/ by Lynn Greenlaw

Tis the season.

Time to cast aside cares and envelop all the joys of the holidays. Plus embrace a bit of respite from the much warmer days

We can’t think of a better time (or a better way) to buoy spirits than within the pages of our winter issue. It’s filled with some terrific gift ideas in Style Spotter; décor and antique shops to visit in Detours; scrumptious food and drink recipes for the season in On the Table and even something fun to collect that Santa would approve of in Treasure.

We’re also introducing a new feature called Design Playbook, which will provide interior designer and decorator tips on creating cohesive environments. We’re kicking it off with an open concept living room by Taylor Johnson.

As always, we have spectacular homes to show you.

One family’s home is fully decorated for the Christmas holiday, and you’d have to be a total humbug not to smile when viewing this family and the pleasure that they exhibit while decorating their home. The other homes are so unique that it’s hard to find the words to describe them. Fortunately, our talented writers and photographers have captured each of them superbly.

Of course, there is more and I’m sure you’ll have a grand time enjoying everything in this issue. It makes me think of the unattributed quote, “Christmas: the only time of year you can sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of socks.”

I wish everyone a festive-filled holiday season and Happy New Year… soon. We’ll see you next year.