Ed­i­tor’s Note

Timber Home Living - - Contents - Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

My mom and dad mut­tered this phrase (with quite a bit of ex­as­per­a­tion, I might add) through­out my child­hood, mostly in ref­er­ence to one of the count­less times I for­got to shut the front door be­hind me. I know I’m not the only one who’s rolled her eyes to this parental ad­mo­ni­tion; and now that I’m a mom, I have to con­fess that I’ve used it my­self.

Of course my cranky re­sponse to my par­ents’ rhetor­i­cal ques­tion was, “NO!” But now I won­der if we all shouldn’t have been so lucky to have come into the world in such a stylish way.

In terms of home de­sign and decor, barns and farm­houses are hav­ing their big mo­ment in the sun. I’m sure two of the main con­tribut­ing fac­tors are the wide-open spa­ces and light, bright color pal­ettes, but I be­lieve there’s a bit more to it than that. In all the noise and the tech­nol­ogy over­load we’re bom­barded with on a daily ba­sis, I think our hearts and minds ache for a qui­eter place to be. The by­gone sim­plic­ity that barn-style de­sign evokes pro­vides that peace and soothes our souls.

To cel­e­brate this feel­ing of coun­try con­tent­ment, we’ve prac­ti­cally de­voted this is­sue to all things “barn.” You’ll de­light at the in­ge­nu­ity of our fea­tured homes (“Beauty & Pur­pose,” p. 28 and “The Place to Be,” p. 38). Though each is un­mis­tak­ably de­signed in the barn-style tra­di­tion, with stately tim­ber fram­ing at its core, they couldn’t be more unique.

Once we’ve mo­ti­vated you with their sto­ries, ex­pert de­signer Allen Hal­comb gives you the scoop on the iconic elements that will help you plan your own barn-in­spired abode (In­side Style starts on page 18). We’ll also take a look at one of the hottest trends around: party barns — they’re not full-time res­i­dences; their pur­pose is pure fun. Check them out on page 52. Plus, we show­case a crop of farm-fresh fur­nish­ings and wrap it all up with a sneak peek in­side our cover house — a beau­ti­fully re­stored four-barn com­pound. It’s in­spir­ing from start to fin­ish.

So, the next time I hear my­self, or an­other frus­trated par­ent, ask that in­fa­mous ques­tion, “Were you raised in a barn?” my in­ter­nal an­swer might be, “If only…”

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