Home: Editor’s Letter

It’s no coincidence that our cover model is wearing a kicky, casual satin cocktail dress with a low, puckered waistband. It’s not the sort of dress you see in big mall shops right now. Nor is it wildly couture. It’s a little offbeat, a little ahead of its time, a little splurge-worthy, more than a little fun.

We think Philadelphia Home should be like that dress. Our mini manifesto: Embrace the trendy — see Emily Gagne’s page of highly covetable winter must-haves. Laud the timeless — see Janine White’s feature on a classic Spruce Street townhouse. And, most of all, track down the chic, effortless, edge-skimming spaces, people, places and parties that make our region so unique.

We also are about voice, and this issue shows off the stellar, truly fun-to-read work of some of my favorite local writers, now Home columnists. Among them: Sandy Hingston, graceful teller of gardening parables; A.J. Daulerio, hilarious recounter of cohabitation tribulations; and Veronica Chambers, stylish expounder on the finest of Philadelphia’s at-home services.

New this issue: the first installment of a comprehensive resource guide. Reviews of our region’s most amazing shelter stores. Since we had room for many, but not all, please visit our website, phillymaghome.com, for a complete list.

Happy winterizing.

Lauren McCutcheon,
Home and Design Editor

P.S. The dress on the cover comes from Old City’s Vagabond Boutique, whose co-owner, Mary Clark, is featured in our issue.