Please forgive me for being a day late with this month’s Editor’s Letter. This past weekend I took a family vacation with my parents to the Catskills that ended up being a bit more complicated than we expected. A little less than five miles from the house, our car died (completely) and, to make a long story short, we ended up being transported to our vacation home in the back of a State Trooper’s car. Several land-line calls later, we took an hour-long cab ride to Oneonta, NY to get a rental car and the vacation began in earnest the next day. So I’ve been a bit behind schedule and catching up due to our rough start and lack of web/phone connection.
Car disasters aside, the past weekend felt like the gateway into what is always one of of m favorite months: July. I love July so much because it is, without fail, the first month I really stop to notice and appreciate summer every year. June comes and goes so quickly and August is usually sweltering, so July is the first chance I get to sit back, relax and feel the sun. Spending a few days in a seriously secluded mountain house was the best way for me to kick start this month of relaxing and spending time in nature. And speaking of nature- that is our theme for this month: The Great Outdoors. From beaches and woods to deserts, rivers and lakes, we’re going to be celebrating ideas, homes, recipes and projects that are all about getting outside and enjoy the nature around you.
The bittersweet part about July is that everyone seems to travel this month. Several of our team members are jet-setting this month and I’ve chosen to stay here and enjoy the stay-cation that is Brooklyn in the summer. Tourists are busy in time square, locals run off to the beach and my day-to-day streets feel delightfully empty this month as everyone begins their vacations. So, whether you’re traveling or just kicking it at home this month, I hope you’ll enjoy the ideas we’ve been rounding up for getting outside. Even if you’re like me and don’t have access to the “great” outdoors (does tiny city park count?), we’ll find ways to help you bring the outdoors in, no matter how small it is. Here’s to deep breaths, fresh air and fresh starts. xo, grace