LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
n this issue we are exploring the idea of creating homes that truly encourage everyone to kick back and enjoy the time spent at home. Sure, it’s great to find gorgeous treasures to bring into our homes, but are we keeping an eye on how we really live on a daily basis? It’s an easy trap to fall into, one where we lose focus on the reality of everyday life to become wrapped up in some unrealistic pursuit of the “perfect” home. When my husband and I had the opportunity to purchase our first home, to say I was excited would be an extreme understatement. Growing up our family’s housing was provided as part of my father’s work, and with such an arrangement comes limitations in putting a personal stamp on the dwelling. But now, with an opportunity to buy and participate in the building process, I finally had the freedom to express my personal style preferences through flooring, cabinetry and finishes, and I embraced the process with enthusiasm. So what happened when the house was complete and my family moved in? The hardwood floors were so precious I fearfully
worked at preventing a single ding from occurring. And the kitchen? I could barely bring myself to cook in it, not wanting it to appear less than sparkling new. As for the upgraded Berber carpet, pets were to be no part of our future. I believe I got my wakeup call the day we learned our second child would be a boy. Of course I was thrilled, but I was also terrified, knowing my orderly life was about to be disrupted in a major way. Well, thank goodness for that! Coming to my senses I learned to accept and be comfortable with a “lived in” home, and eventually broke down to happily welcome a pug into our family. And if you know any pugs, you know how they shed! Today our home, while still beautiful and filled with the things we’ve enjoyed collecting and creating over the last several years, is a place that sees a lot of real life. Kids, pets, guests messes and a sofa or two sporting some wear and tear, a real home. Thankfully I know now to appreciate this much more than the showplace I first aimed to create for my family. I hope you’ll enjoy all the stories we’ve assembled here, and we’re excited to announce that with this issue we will begin publishing every other month! It’s a leap of faith to take this step, but we’re excited about this growth and what lies ahead for the future of House of Fifty!
Janell Beals, Founding Editor
House of Fifty magazine July/August 2012 issue