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From the Editor: The Big Chill

This winter has been a particularly rough one; and when you’re brushing three inches of snow off of your windshield almost every morning, and you can’t go outside without dressing like an Eskimo, it can be hard to imagine warmer days ahead. Although I love the change of seasons in Connecticut and the cozy appeal of snow days, I am officially ready for spring to arrive. I’ve joked that the snow and ice will still be here on Memorial Day, but I know spring will take me by surprise (as it does every year) and I’ll want to spend as much time as I can relaxing outside.

Which is exactly why we should all use the last weeks of winter to plan our outdoor projects. We’ve got three landscapes to inspire you—and a portfolio of professionals to help you maximize the potential of your own property. Whether you have a quarter of an acre or an estate, the right pro can work magic. Let them devise a plan for you that will make you feel like you’re vacationing in your own yard, add value to your property, and ramp up its curb appeal.

For professionals in all areas of design—landscape, interiors, or architecture—I also want to remind you that we’ve started accepting entries for the 2014 A-List Awards on our website, athomefc.com. The May 1 deadline also probably seems far away, but don’t put it off! It’s time to choose your projects, get them photographed, and fill out an entry form. Questions? Call or e-mail me or Ann Kaiser any time.

Here’s to warmer days spent outside where the only thing frozen is your drink!