We bought our home (our very first) back in 2008 during the Great Recession, an undoubtedly awful time for the market. But the silver lining was that we, like many, were able get a fantastic starter home at an exceptional price.

Of course, there was a lot of work that needed to be done and it would take a lot of time.

Fast forward 13 years and there’s still a lot of work to be done. In fact, I’ve discovered working on one’s home is a task that never truly ends. Instead, it’s more of a constant evolution. But, I guess that makes sense. Like its inhabitants, a home’s style, vibe, and energy is ever-changing. And that’s not a bad thing (it can be an expensive thing, but not a “bad” thing.)

Growth is inevitable and a little refreshing can go a long way toward making a home look a little more fabulous. Even a coat of paint can breathe new life into a room or add a pop of color.

So if you’re looking to make some positive change in your space, this issue is for you.

Our goal is to help you find that often-needed inspiration and to help, we sat down with some folks who have it in spades.

In our Life on the Links feature, two couples were kind enough to open the doors of their exquisite homes situated on the Retreat Golf Course and share the elements that make living there a dream come true.

We also turned to the pros. We chatted with the folks at Duke’s Coastal Flooring about ways to add exciting accents — a tile wall or pattern floor — to a space. And designer Elaine Griffin shared her brilliant tips for bringing the top 2021 trends into your home.

We also sat down with City Commissioner Julie Martin who shared the details of her historic downtown home.

Last, but certainly not least, we headed out to 5 Oaks Farm owned by none other than Adam Wainwright. You know, the St. Louis Cardinal’s pitcher and Brunswick native? Well now, he’s adding farming to his impressive resume. In addition to designing a farm with sustainable practices, they are also donating produce harvested and eggs collected to nonprofits like Sparrow’s Nest in Brunswick.

We hope you will enjoy diving into this design journey with us. May it bring you lots of inspiration and joy.

Happy reading —