A Note on Connection

A look inside our newest issue + a few things our Editor is loving
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Portrait by Eleanor Williamson

One day this winter I was looking at my old coffee table and decided to make a change, imagining the future when I could invite friends over again. We’d sit around it with a bottle of wine—or maybe we could order a pizza and watch a movie.

Since then, I’ve spent hours online shopping, sending my daughter and my friend Anne countless links, asking their opinion on round, square, rectangular, glass, wood, industrial or Midcentury Modern.

And through this exercise I realized it was not a new piece of furniture that was motivating me, it was about how much I missed having people over and my anticipation of entertaining again.

It’s not like the pandemic has stopped us from socializing though: online cooking classes, streaming live workouts from my favorite studio, sitting at a backyard fire pit for happy hour, snowshoeing with friends on a wintry day. The pandemic may have put obstacles in our way, but it wasn’t going to keep us from our peeps.

I was thinking about that—about the drive we have to connect with our people—when I read this issue of Mountain Living: a London couple created a home in Martis Camp designed specifically for rambunctious get-togethers with their family; a California couple, who were empty nesters, built a home in Whitefish that attracted their daughters “like moths to a flame” to come home during the pandemic; and an empty nester sold her rural farmhouse and moved to Bozeman to have a deeper connection with community.

In this issue, we also focus on kitchens, the heart and hearth of our homes, the place where we gather. As writer Alicita Rodriguez points out, the four elements come together in the kitchen, appealing to our ancient spirit—and family members and guests sit around an island like our primitive ancestors once sat around a campfire.

The good news is that spring is on the way! Soon we’ll be watching for new life as green shoots poke through the snow, a metaphor for hope. And when this is over, want to come over for a pizza?

Read The Kitchen Issue now

You’ve Got Mail

With more time at home, we’ve been sending and receiving more cards and letters these days. Here are a few of the beautiful handmade cards Art Director Loneta Vigliotti and I have received from friends and family.

Ed Letter Square

A card made from May I Make A Suggestion | #8—a 36” X 36” inch acrylic by Abbie Kozik, abbiekozik.com.

Ed Letter Watercolor

Hand-painted watercolor card by John Blanchard, johnblanchardpaintings.com.

Ed Letter Dad

Art Director Loneta Vigliotti received this card from her father, David Showell, watercolor, 5×7.

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