It’s November, the weather has turned and it feels like it’s time to burrow in and do a bit of nesting. For me that usually includes making a pot of soup, pouring a glass of wine and curling up with a good book.
Our homes are the most important place we have, for good reason. We raise our families in them and because of that, they’re precious and we tend to take great pride in them.
A long time ago I discovered these words by Willam Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.“ Morris was perhaps ahead of his time, but just in time for me because I’ve been quite diligent about sizing down over the years. In fact, simplifying and sizing down has become my new normal. I’ve consistently rid myself of possessions over the years until I’ve reached a point where I’m comfortable knowing that everything I own is special to me; it’s literally either useful or beautiful.
Speaking of nesting, one of my favorite possessions is a birdbath. For many years it sat, doing what it was meant to do, in my garden, but over the years it has made its way into the house. It’s one of those rare treasures that I can’t picture myself getting rid of. Indoors, it’s been repurposed into a nightstand, an end table and I’ve even used it as a Christmas tree stand. It’s beautiful. It’s useful and I adore it.
There’s lots to adore in our November issue. We’re focusing on the home, how to find the right one, and how to make it everything you’d like it to be. I hope you enjoy our tips, tools, trends and inspirations and find them useful while feathering your own nest.
Jana Good, Editor