Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
photo by Matt Cornelius

The design of our home sets the backdrop for our life, and how we function there writes our story.

Dorothy was on to something when she said, “There’s no place like home!” It is one of the most famous quotes from one of the most classic movies of all time. Dorothy simply needs to get back home. I find it interesting that Dorothy’s home is far from perfect, yet she still has a powerful connection to it. The movie’s entire plot revolves around Dorothy returning to her little farm in the middle of tornado alley. Only a solid connection to home could make you want to return to that circumstance. This is proof that making the creation of a home and life is distinctly intertwined.

For some, home is not necessarily a specific place but a feeling of safety and contentment you only experience when you are with the ones you love. As I age, I realize home is the only place I truly long to be. Though I enjoy the adventure when I travel, I cannot wait to return home to my pillow, bed, and safe place. I cannot find a destination that puts my mind and heart at ease as much as the space I share with my husband, my two boys, and my dog. It is personal… THEY are personal.

In many ways, our homes represent who we are and what we value. These spaces and our experiences within their walls define us. I am a sucker for something sentimental that reminds me of my family, childhood, or heritage. I love photos of loved ones and significant moments, and I cherish my kids’ artwork; this is something you can tell the minute you walk through my door. It reflects the mood of the life we are building. When our homes reflect our heart, soul, life, and family, we cannot help but feel those warm and fuzzy feelings.

This month we are featuring some stunning local homes. Each one speaks to its occupants and all those who visit. I love the experience of creating this issue as our gracious hosts invite us into their most precious spaces to give us a glimpse into their experiences and the surroundings they find most comforting. I love hearing their stories about the unique pieces of art and the meaning behind each beloved keepsake. We consider it an honor to share each one with our readers.

Many of the homes in Texarkana rival those of top designers across the world. This year’s Home Edition even includes designer details such as specific paint colors used by each homeowner to make their spaces unique and beautiful! Home is where we all belong at the end of the day. Let’s make each moment there beautiful!


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