Wel­come Home


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.

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