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.