Designing a home is (or should be) just as personal and just as much fun as getting dressed. Home design is my subject matter of choice, informed by a lifelong love of design and a constant desire to know more. My mission as an editor and writer is to bring the best of what I find to readers: The work and design wisdom of top talents such as Nate Berkus, Alessandra Branca, Patricia Urquiola, Jeanne Gang and more; the products and ideas that will help them bring design home; and homes that have one thing in common no matter the price tag — great personal style. I've shaped home design coverage with the goal of emphasizing the most intriguing, singular spaces. The collection-filled home of a pair of artists, the minimal atelier of two industrial designers or the curated, constantly changing home of a city's revered tastemaker all make the list, because each has the most important element: The story of the person who brings the space to life is written in every detail.
From a quest for the perfect oyster on the shores of Puget Sound, to the food-obsessed farms of Oregon, to a journey through India's stepwells — travel is the ultimate experience. The Travel issue hinges on the notion that every destination is chosen for the story behind it, adding a layer of richness that doesn't come with pointing readers to standard-issue resorts. A healthy dose of style, inside knowledge from the smartest travelers, and a ton of visual inspiration gets readers ready to pack their bags and go.
You are the life of the party: Our home entertaining issue is beautifully balanced on the line between eye-popping aspiration (who wouldn't want to serve her dinner guests a menu handcrafted by Jean-George Vongerichten?) and completely achievable. (Drop a croquet lawn into your Chicago apartment gangway? Not as hard as you might think.) The secret that turns readers into armchair guests and real-world hosts is the hand-selected, carefully cultivated high-low mix of inspiration and concrete, actionable ideas.
Centerpiece of this annual crowd-pleaser: A year's worth of the best stuff an editor sees and seeks out, handpicked and presented as a style-forward, instantly useful guide for shopping. Unlikely star of the show? The essay, a favorite project undertaken to enhance the magazine's narrative thread and focus its voice. Spotting and working with talented writers to craft pieces that exhibit wit and sensibility is one of the highest uses of an editor's skills, a true labor of love.
Need to know how to (really) talk to your dog? Or become a jack-of-all-experts? Or find the idea that unleashes your creativity? Concepted and executed via a cast of characters that has included NPR insta-geniuses, bartenders who create $100 cocktails and an internationally renowned art world talent spotter, this issue aims to put expert advice against any topic that seems now and necessary. The secret to a successful issue? Tapping into a strain of insatiable natural curiosity, and never forgetting to show readers just how much fun smart, useful stories can be.
Our Style issues consistently offer the best of high fashion, as well as workshop pages that break down everyday, wearable looks for readers. As editor, I shape a book that not only expresses our fascination with the art of fashion, but explores the entire spectrum of how style informs our way of living. True style is found in the way a home is decorated, the presentation of a delicious meal, or the perfect sneakers you wear to walk the dog. Quite simply, it's confidence — something we hope to share with readers by empowering them with great ideas they can adapt to build style that is all their own.