Dear read­ers

Condé Nast House & Garden - - CONTENTS - ED­I­TOR IN CHIEF

Septem­ber. Spring. At last! It is re­ally six weeks of soft open­ing for sum­mer. Luck­ily, I got a bit of a jump start of in­spi­ra­tion when I was in Mi­lan in April, where I was spell­bound – more than usual – by the way the city sud­denly pops with fresh en­ergy, street life, and a hy­per dec­o­ra­tive cel­e­bra­tion of out­door liv­ing. Peo­ple re­ally at­tend to their per­sonal patch of out­door space. Even if it’s just a bal­cony, they pack it with sunny punches of colour via win­dow boxes planted with lush leafi­ness and hang­ing lanterns. Of course, cafe, park and al­fresco life was buzzing be­cause of the Fur­ni­ture Fair, and this is where I saw a real es­ca­la­tion in life­style-cen­tric fur­ni­ture de­sign, geared for all-weather glam loung­ing.

First of all, colour. For­get stone, sand and ash, for­get try­ing to cam­ou­flage your out­door fur­ni­ture. You’re sit­ting out­side, that’s all, what’s the se­cret? It’s much more up­beat to go big and make a state­ment with rasp­berry crush­coloured loungers and coral-pink para­sols. And if your floor isn’t ready for its close up, a bold striped out­door rug will sort that su­per fast. For a ton of new prod­ucts, de­sign so­lu­tions and shop­ping ad­vice on the sub­ject, check out our bumper com­pi­la­tion of out­door sanc­tu­ar­ies in Out­door Think­ing, page 47, and then if it’s a proper ur­ban wonderland you’re af­ter, dose up on the new in­va­sion of jun­gle prints we are in love with this sea­son in Run­ning Wild, page 41.

You’ll prob­a­bly spend some of spring plan­ning sum­mer and get­aways, so I hope you en­joy the houses in this is­sue, which all cater to fam­i­lyfriendly liv­ing in var­i­ous ways and for var­i­ous lives. From a re­treat on a river, a beach house, and two city homes, each cre­ates a sense of place and clever ways to com­mune in con­tem­po­rary ways.

En­joy the is­sue.

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