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I think it’s safe to say that everyone finds comfort at home. It’s the place where we go to recharge and decompress from our busy lives; where we seek refuge from the hectic, and sometimes chaotic, world. When I was in my 20s, I lived a carefree life. With no responsibilities other than work and paying the rent on time, I lived off ramen and happy hour promotions and traveled the world, savoring every opportunity to soak in new experiences. It was the life!

Yet, no matter how far I went, I felt comfort knowing that my parents’ home was always there for me; a room with a cozy bed that had my name on it. It was … home.

My daughters will grow up and eventually move out to stake their claim in this world—but, just like my parents did for me, I’ve created a home for them, an anchor in the harbor always steady and present and here for them.

Home base. I hope we all have a place that feels like this.

In this issue, we’re focusing on homes. In our main feature, we’re showcasing some of California Pools & Landscape’s jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring backyard creations. #Goals

And check out our Open House, where we peek inside Uyen and Lance Carlson’s cozy modern farmhouse, complete with chickens and goats. #CoupleGoals

Keep reading and you’ll find writer Michelle Guerrero’s interview with Katy Krupnik, owner of The Tidy Cottage, who shares her tips on how to keep your house clean and organized. #LabelAllTheThings

And we visit with a local chocolatier who is handcrafting organic, fair-trade chocolates in her backyard. #Yum

All of these people have found a way to make their homes feel special and unique. As you’re flipping through, I hope you find something that inspires you to create a sanctuary of your own.

Happy reading!