From the Ed­i­tor

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WE ALL HAVE GRAND PLANS FOR WHAT WE WANT TO DO when the weather turns balmy and the skies are clear. There may be an an­tique din­ing ta­ble you want to re­fin­ish, but have been wait­ing un­til you can have all the win­dows open. Maybe you want to in­stall an or­nate, wrought-iron fence around your prop­erty, com­plete with a Vic­to­rian gate. Maybe you want to plant an heir­loom flower gar­den, or paint your house ex­te­rior in a his­toric color pal­ette or re­place your alu­minum rain gut­ters with cop­per.

If you're like me, the list of things you want to ac­com­plish over the sum­mer can seem daunt­ing—es­pe­cially when you re­al­ize you need to hire pro­fes­sion­als to do the work. There are, how­ever, a num­ber of projects that you may be able to do your­self. For ideas and tips, check out our ar­ti­cle on page 14 ( Mak­ing Sense of Main­te­nance). If you're look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion on which project to tackle first, check out The Ul­ti­mate Retro (page 22), Cul­tured and Crafted (page 88) or The Art of De­sign (page 82.)

I hope your sum­mer is full of ad­ven­tures and va­ca­tions, and that you'll some­how man­age to squeeze in a home ren­o­va­tion project or two. But first, I hope you can grab a glass of lemon­ade, find a cozy spot in the shade, sit back, re­lax and en­joy this copy of Vic­to­rian Homes mag­a­zine.

Bless­ings,

mer­riedeste­fano.com Mer­rie Deste­fano, Ed­i­tor

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