When we pore over the pages of décor magazines, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the design possibilities for our own home. Perhaps our entire space needs updating, or we want to create a designer look in just one room. Most designer styles work well on the pages of a magazine, but it's important to ask ourselves, "Is this right for me and the home that I have?"
As a decorator, it was always difficult to step into people's homes and create a décor for them based on my impressions of their taste. Your home is your comfort zone and the personal décor should reflect this. While I am not a promoter of sacrificing style for comfort, I do believe in the value of finding your authentic style to create a space that makes you feel at home.
In the fall, we present our Home & Design issue with inspiring décor ideas throughout the pages. But more importantly, we feature people who are sharing their uniquely created home environments to help others. A family of 10 found much-needed space with a new country house, while one couple effectively combined their home lives later in life. In the city, a newly built home surprised its owners with unexpected views, and a florist makes her home a canvas for her own talents and those of her family. An amazing restoration in Rockcliffe Park may stir up renovation envy, yet all these different homes have come together to participate in The Homes for the Holidays tour in support of Hospice Care Ottawa.
Reflecting on the comforts of home is only fitting for an issue where we highlight an event that helps to provide end-of-life care in the most comforting way possible. It makes us recognize that the true meaning of our home goes far beyond its design style and decorative finishings - even if they are magnificent!
During the transition into fall, we enter a season that takes us back inside. It's a time to regroup and discover what we cherish most about our living space and how to maximize it in preparation for more indoor living. For me, that means bringing the outside in with windows exposed, vases filled with seasonal offerings, adding a splash of colour and a few new trends to show that I am on top of the latest styles. Yes, it is possible to have it all, as long as you love all that you have within the home you're in!
Making it work,
Mary Taggart, EDITOR IN CHIEF