Letter from the Editors
Hayley Saunders: We have a confession to make: Here at Artful Living, we’re self-proclaimed wellness junkies. We’re game to try the latest products and services that profess to help us in our endless self-care quest. Whether you consider yourself a fellow fanatic or, on the contrary, are part of the growing anti-wellness movement, you’ll want to read our annual style issue feature, “Inside the Big Business of Wellness” by Marisa Petrarca. It’s a deep dive into the good, the bad and the ugly of the trillion-dollar industry that’s grown massively over the past year. (page 122)
Kate Nelson: Another unintended consequence of the pandemic? The dismantling of the old guard of cool. It seems the original arbiters of taste, like leading style magazines and top fashion houses, no longer dictate today’s trends. So in our digital world, who really decides what’s cool? Laura Antonia Jordan asks just that, and the answer might surprise you. (page 70)
HS: We also weave our personal style into our homes. That’s on full display in our exclusive coverage of Kyle and Jordan Rudolph’s newly finished forever home here in Minnesota (page 234). Then there’s the resort-style Twin Cities abode by Hendel Homes that fully embodies the grandeur of iconic lodges out west (page 216). Finally, John Kraemer & Sons brings a couple of Artisan Home Tour goers’ dreams full circle with a light-filled Lake Minnetonka rambler (page 190). And if you’re wondering how to incorporate antiques and family heirlooms into your decor, tastemaker Chris Plantan has you covered (page 58).
KN: Many of us are itching to get dressed up and go out again, like men’s style expert David Coggins, who offers tips on how to victoriously re-emerge into the real world (page 78). Whether our peacocking happens in public or at home, we’d all do well to take some pointers from the hottest fashionistas to emerge amid the pandemic: doggie influencers like Tika the Iggy and Boobie Billie (page 227). That’s right — these pooches have started outshining us with their sartorial brilliance, proving that real style is staying true to your six-pound self.
Kate Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, and Hayley Saunders, Managing Editor + Associate Publisher