Hayley Saunders: It might sound cliché, but there’s truly no place like home. That’s why hoteliers across the country are trying to capture that warm residential feel at their boutique properties. Although we once tried to emulate the excitement of faraway places in our own abodes, now that sentiment has been turned on its head: We want to take the creature comforts of home with us on the go. Jennifer Blaise Kramer expertly explores this movement in our feature story, “Reviving the American Inn.” (page 114)
Kate Nelson: Speaking of creature comforts, our houses are going to the dogs — quite literally. A spike in pet adoptions during the pandemic propelled the barkitecture trend to new heights (page 194). Plus we’re bringing our favorite recreational amenities (hello, pickleball!) to our own backyards (page 46). All of this reflects the ever-evolving nature of the home industry, as captured in our talent showcase on contemporary design, “Windows on Talent” (page 202).
HS: Of course, summer is a time to get outside. In need of some gardening inspo? Look no further than Madame Ganna Walska’s Lotusland in Montecito, California (page 213). If you’re yearning to bring the great outdoors in, our resident outdoorswoman Laura Schara has you covered with her top tips (page 190). And those looking to explore farther afield should consider buying up real estate in our expert-picked list of top international second home destinations (page 88).
KN: If it’s dream homes you’re after, you’re in luck. Charles Stinson designed an indoor/outdoor stunner (page 162). Tea2 Architects headed to Colorado to bring one couple’s Rocky Mountain vision to life (page 184). And David Strand gave a Minnesota lakeside cabin an uber modern aesthetic (page 176). After all, up north is a state of mind and entirely what you make of it. Welcome to summer.
Kate Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, and Hayley Saunders, Managing Editor + Associate Publisher