At this time of year, I head indoors, seeking a snug sense of home. I find it in that first fire in the fireplace and in the old quilts I pull out of storage and pile on the beds. We all find cozy contentment in different places. Whitney Miller, who writes on page 18 about her family’s Thanksgiving dinner in a barn, finds happiness at the long tables around which her relatives gather. Shaye Elliott finds it in a basement root cellar, where she’s laid in all the produce she’ll need to feed her family through the winter. Shaye offers tips on how to set up a cold storage room on page 24. For Katherine Bates Jones, home sits on her dining room table—where there’s a dollhouse-size version of the house in which she grew up. Her delightful story begins on page 49.
Home wouldn’t be home without a wreath on the front door, and you may have noticed a few of them in recent issues. Like many of you, I change mine out based on the seasons. Now I have a grapevine version with lots of fall leaves intertwined among the gnarled branches, and in the coming weeks, I’ll start clipping evergreens to replace the leaves. The options, though, are endless—and they include this cranberry and popcorn wreath from our friends at Birds & Blooms. Learn how to make it at www.birdsandblooms. com/cranberry and then turn to page 29 to meet a woman who grows the cranberries you’ll need.
In the coming year, watch for a new wreath idea in most issues. And please send us pictures of your own versions, so we can share them with your fellow readers. Visit countrywomanmagazine.com/submit and together, we’ll have the prettiest doors on the block to welcome friends and family home this season.