Edi­tor’s Note

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Save Your­self the Trip

I hate to travel. Don’t get me wrong — I love the ex­cite­ment of vis­it­ing places I’ve never been, meet­ing in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and shar­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences, but de­test the has­sles that come along with it: the pack­ing, traf­fic, se­cu­rity check­points, air­line de­lays, noisy ho­tels and, the at the end of it all comes the worst: un­pack­ing.

My house is my sanc­tu­ary. There’s truly no place I’d rather be, which is why I’ve cre­ated an at­mos­phere that makes me feel si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­laxed and en­ter­tained, al­most like I’m on va­ca­tion ev­ery day. That’s the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind this is­sue of Log Home Liv­ing — the feel­ing of ut­ter con­tent­ment at home — and I don’t think I’m alone.

Take Bill and Pamela Fraser, the en­er­getic cou­ple be­hind our “Home of the Month,” (page 36) for ex­am­ple. As the founders of a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, they’ve trav­eled the globe, but as they planned their Colorado log re­treat, they found them­selves in­cor­po­rat­ing many ameni­ties wor­thy of the most ex­clu­sive ho­tels, start­ing with a lux­u­ri­ous gym and spa that’s built right into a rock out­crop­ping and end­ing with a band­stand/ball­room where they can host as many as 100 peo­ple for a char­ity event. They de­cided if they were go­ing to do it, they wanted to do it at home, and with a place as spec­tac­u­lar as this, I can’t blame them.

Their story is just the be­gin­ning, how­ever. You’ll find scores of “va­ca­tion ev­ery day” ideas sprin­kled through­out these pages.

For in­stance, in “Open Up and Say, Spa!” (p. 68) we show­case a gallery of ideas to cre­ate a sooth­ing at-home spa ex­pe­ri­ence, just like the Frasers did.

If Spring’s warmer weather is call­ing, we have three ar­ti­cles to get you ready to en­joy some al fresco fun. Res­i­dent builder Dan Mitchell shares his con­struc­tive tips to en­sure your wood deck is in tip-top con­di­tion (p. 32). “Take it Out­side” colum­nist El­iz­a­beth Mil­lard shows us the way to de­sign a bird-watch­ing perime­ter that lets you en­joy na­ture’s splen­dor while pro­tect­ing your home from po­ten­tial dam­age (p. 30). And, in “Cook Up a Good Time” (p. 58), we share some of our fa­vorite ideas for a home-en­ter­tain­ment trend that’s on the rise — the out­door kitchen.

These de­sign ideas are com­bined with in­dul­gent-yet-af­ford­able prod­ucts that will help you re-cre­ate the va­ca­tion vibe in your own home. And best of all, you’ll al­ready be un­packed.

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