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At no point in recent memory has the word “home” had more meaning to us than in the past two years. 

For many across the region our homes became our office spaces. It’s where we undertook quarantine-inspired projects to beautify our surroundings. It’s the one place we felt truly safe. 

I remember much earlier in my career using the words home and house interchangeably and a copy editor pulling me aside to explain the differences between the two words. A house is a structure, he’d explain. A home is where you live. 

It’s hard to imagine the word home ever being insignificant to us again. Home was always where the heart was, but now it’s everything. 

This month, in the first of two home issues we’ve planned for 2022, the pandemic or post-pandemic new normal is still very much front of mind. 

On newsstands and soon to be here online, you’ll find Tara Smith’s feature on a pair of local home organizers, two people we could have used advice from on any number of do-it-ourselves projects we undertook in the past couple years. Interior designer Hadley Wiggins-Marin, who we also featured, could have helped, too! 

In our cover story, we tell the story of the couple behind the Tucked Out East Instagram account, a family that relocated out here during the pandemic and has shared through social media the ways they’ve updated their 19th-century farmhouse. 

And of course, it’s that time of year when we start thinking about our gardens and a new company Yard Crop can help you with that — especially if you’re a weekend resident or part-timer.

Even as many of our readers have likely returned to offices for at least part of the time, we hope this month’s issue has you at least pining to make the most of the time you still have in your home. After all, it’s more than just a house to you, as it should be.