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From the Editor: Spring Break

Ditch that dark, heavy winter coat, and perhaps your old marketing plan too. We’ve got one big tip to make you look your best and brighten up your business to boot: Enter the A-List awards and it could prove to be the best $65 you spend in twenty-twelve. A-List finalists and winners get their work in front of some of the biggest names in the design world (go to page 102 to see who’s on this year’s star-studded panel), and their projects not only get published in athome, but the A-List program gets inserted into all of Moffly’s town publications too—that’s a pretty far reach. You’ve got nothing to lose, a list of new clients to gain, and all it takes is a few photos of your fabulous project.

New and noteworthy this year: we’ve increased the number of judges to add more depth to each field of expertise (architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture); we’re tossing the restrictions on project location as long as the firm submitting is located in Fairfield County (so now you’ll have even more projects that qualify); and we’re even adding a few new categories too. Let’s make a date to meet on September 13 at the Palace Theatre in Stamford—an extra-large, ultra-hip venue that will accomodate even more industry professionals and their guests. So what are you waiting for? We’re open for submissions at athomefc.com now, so visit our website and jump on your chance to get published in athome.

In the meantime, get ready to liven up your own surroundings by snatching some ideas from our landscape issue! We’re featuring the Westport home of New York Times-Bestselling author Jane Green, whose new house has all the comfort and quirk of an old place that’s been lived-in and loved for generations (“The House that Jane Built,” pg. 52), and is the perfect place to relax with her family. Her labor of love shows off her natural flare and talent for design, and I’m willing to bet you’ll be tempted to tearsheet a few ideas from the beauty she’s built. After months of dreaming about getting outside again, you’ll love our “25 Spring-Loaded Garden Ideas” (pg. 41) to make your garden really gorgeous, gathered from landscape designers and architects from Fairfield County and beyond. And finally, don’t miss interviews with the twelve latest Rooms with a View designers (“The Next Set,” pg. 91), a great group of up-and-comers who’ve got some serious design cred under their belts already.

Happy Spring!