We closed on our first home at the end of October.
Ah, the joys of homeownership. (If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that …)
It’s no surprise that we had a few tasks to tackle. Hardware stores became our second homes as we searched for tools we never needed before, floodlights, doorstops. But then, AT&T hit our sewer line when they were laying down fiber, which led to multiple issues that took weeks and weeks to fix; we think everything’s OK now. We went to mulch the incredible amount of leaves that had blanketed our half-acre in the fall, and our lawn mower wouldn’t start. The 10 inches of snow that fell in January brought down a portion of a cedar tree and caused the exhaust fan in our master bath to start making a grating noise. (That led us to discover that these fans had no ductwork attached to them – great, right?)
I could go on, but I know these woes would just lead to that same aforementioned quip. So, there was some sense of personal investment in thinking up several of the stories for our “Shelter” home and garden section. I hope you will also be able to take away quick ideas for re-organizing your closets, home offices and pantries (page 38), spruce up your home with our local decor finds (page 42) or get some good advice on how to get your house and garden spring-ready (page 45).
We haven’t had a housewarming party yet. We haven’t even unpacked all our boxes, we’re waiting to find the right furniture for our den, and we need to finish deciding the layout of the living room.
But one thing’s for sure: This is our home, and we have the freedom to make it whatever we want. That is the true joy of homeownership. – Amanda MacLaren, executive editor
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38 ORGANIZE THIS!
Ideas for home offices, closets and pantries
54 WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN WATTS-HILLANDALE
This National Historic District is more than 100 years old, but its social and active residents maintain its vibrancy
DEPARTMENTS AND COLUMNS
The hottest spring events
22 In Their Words
Duke’s Dr. David S. Pisetsky concludes his thoughts on town-gown relations from our February/March issue; author Carl W. Kenney II shares retired police chief Steve Chalmers passion project, Men of Vision; and Bites of Bull City blogger Amber Watson talks about how the city’s growth affects our restaurant scene