Country Sampler's Prairie Style - - Editor’s Letter - Happy trails! Fifi O’neill, Founder and Edi­tor-in- Chief

Pprairi­estyle has an un­de­ni­able emo­tional qual­ity. But, wher­ever the homes are, they all share a love of crafts­man­ship, tra­di­tions and na­ture.

There are many ways to em­brace the prairie life­style. For Po­etic Wan­der­lust cre­ator Tracy Porter, it meant mov­ing to a ranch in Cal­i­for­nia’s Santa Ynez Val­ley sur­rounded by a vir­tual menagerie (page 40). An­tiques dealer Sarah An­der­son finds seren­ity in a lodge built from lo­cally sourced wood (page 54). For a busy New Yorker, find­ing and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing an old Con­necti­cut dairy was a dream come true (page 92), while for artist Donna Mor­gan, living in a whim­si­cal tree house proved to be the per­fect set­ting (page 102).

Of course, there is much more to en­joy in this is­sue, in­clud­ing five other en­dear­ing homes. We love to share sto­ries about an­i­mals (take a look at Chick­en­ing Out), tempt you with easy and tasty recipes from three fun and fes­tive pic­nics, and in­spire you to cre­ate your own DIY wed­ding.

Love trea­sure hunt­ing? Then don’t miss read­ing about Count­ing Sheep An­tiques, lo­cated in a Mas­sachusetts barn filled to the brim with an­tiques and ar­ti­facts.

Sit back, re­lax, and en­joy a slice of prairie life!

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