Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

Country Sampler - Home Tours - - Contents - Donna Mar­cel Ed­i­tor dmar­cel@coun­trysam­pler.com

WWhat turns a house into a home? A house, by def­i­ni­tion, is a struc­ture whose main pur­pose is to be oc­cu­pied for habi­ta­tion by hu­mans. A home, how­ever, is a place of peace­ful refuge, where be­long­ings are kept and where a per­son feels safe and ac­cepted. Trans­form­ing a mere res­i­dence into a rest­ful re­treat in­volves cul­ti­vat­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that ful­fills the five senses—and the tal­ented home­own­ers whom you’ll meet in this is­sue sure know how to fash­ion serene sur­round­ings. Here are just a few of the ideas from our nine fea­tured homes: Sweet Smells: Whether you pre­fer bou­quets in full bloom or a few hand­fuls of un­der­stated wild­flower sprays pop­ping out of vases and pitch­ers, place flow­ers and green­ery on man­tels, ta­bles and shelves to bring fresh and fra­grant aro­mas that are sure to de­light the nose. (See “Hid­den Gem,” pages 16–23.)

Color Con­nec­tions: At­tract the eye to­ward a fa­vorite neu­tral-hued col­lectible by pair­ing it with col­or­ful, smaller-scale items. The brighter pieces will di­rect at­ten­tion to the real star of the dis­play. (See “Texas State of Mind,” pages 76–85.)

Tasty Treats: The sense of taste might not seem like it con­nects di­rectly to in­te­rior de­sign, but set out a freshly baked pie, cake or batch of muffins atop a unique pedestal sur­rounded by a wispy wreath, and your fam­ily and guests surely will take no­tice. (See “Un­ex­pected Ap­peal,” pages 24–33.)

Crea­ture Com­forts: Soft pil­lows, quilts and cov­er­lets all beckon peo­ple—and pets—to sit and stay awhile, no mat­ter the weather or sea­son. In­cor­po­rate these touch­able tex­tiles into ev­ery room to fos­ter cozy, com­fort­able liv­ing quar­ters. (See “Sec­ond­hand Charm,” pages 56–65.)

We hope the abun­dance of en­light­en­ing ideas in this is­sue will in­spire you to dream up new ways to cre­ate pleas­ing vi­gnettes in your home. And, just as im­por­tant, don’t for­get to ap­peal to your sense of hear­ing with your fa­vorite mu­sic. Those sooth­ing sounds, com­bined with dec­o­rat­ing that en­livens the other four senses, will evoke a wel­com­ing am­bi­ence that you will love to live in.

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