Meridith Ingram

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, mostly because the minute I set one, I hate it. But if 2020 taught me anything, it’s that setting an intention is a better way to go. Intentions are more forgiving; they can be set anew each day, or month, or season, giving shape or purpose to uncertain times. As 2020 wore on and on, I found myself setting daily intentions in the form of daily to-do lists, including even the mundane, writing down simple things as a way to make them count amidst the tedium. “Finish folding laundry. Plan next three meals. Purge hall closet.” What was a coping tactic gave me new appreciation not only for time management but for my home and the activities that make it function.

You’ll find lots of ideas for setting your own intentions at home in this issue of HOME. If you’re looking for a mood boost (who isn’t, at this point?), check out our feature on trending paint colors and the effects they can have on our moods. Another idea: You may think your garden is sleeping, but our article on forcing blooms will show you which branches can be snipped now and brought indoors for an early-spring boost of color. Or the simple act of buying a new houseplant you read about here might give your space just the shot of life it needs. Considering making a commitment to healthier eating, even just one day a week? (Notice I did not say “resolution;” it is February, after all!) We explore options for meatless proteins; it’s easier than you think to embrace Meatless Monday.

Perhaps your intentions involve accomplishing chores, being productive. Our article on laundering winter textiles will help as spring beckons and you’ll put away those wool blankets and down comforters. Or maybe you want to cut your astronomical cable bills; our article on navigating the world of streaming may help you cut those costs and possibly discover some new shows in the process.

A couple of things (in addition to toilet paper) became very dear in 2020, chief among them, swimming pools and outdoor heaters. While one may have a long lead time and the other may or may not be sold out, learning about both will inspire you to consider ways to enjoy your outdoor space at home. You’ll find all of this and more in this issue of HOME, as we continue to stay close to home and navigate our way out of this global pandemic. Keep the faith!

Thanks for reading!
Meridith Ingram
meridith@westwillowpublishing.com


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