From our Editor: On Bringing the Outside In

A look inside our May/June issue celebrating fresh farmhouse style and much more

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When I lived in Jackson, Wyoming, each spring my neighbor would greet me by asking, “Are your bulbs up yet?” In this liminal season, after winter’s whiteness, we look forward to that first splash of color, a yellow crocus or purple grape hyacinth, spring’s harbingers. In the mountains, we are hungry for summer to arrive with its invitation to open our homes and embrace the outdoors.

In this issue, we showcase “farmhouse style” in homes with indoor/outdoor living at their core. In Eagle-Vail, the Deighans built their custom home on a lake, taking design cues from a photograph of a Danish farmhouse; a historic cattle ranch, also in Eagle-Vail, with geologic views, serves as the backdrop for an animal-friendly house; a historic home, once a boardinghouse on Lake Tahoe’s shore, is restored to its former beauty and enhanced with added windows to bring in the natural light; and a charming, light-filled Crested Butte family home serves as a multi-generational retreat, with a lovely front porch and back patio for enjoying the outdoors.

Also for spring, we share picnic blankets to take outside and bud vases to bring flowers inside; and the newest addition to Brush Creek Ranch—The Farm—serving a seed-to-table culinary experience designed to take in the views, where food is a work of art. In the “Jackson Goes to Georgia,” five artists who often find inspiration in the natural world are being celebrated at an exhibit at the Booth Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate in Cartersville, Georgia.

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Photo by Povy Atchison

I hope spring has found you, bringing a breath of fresh air into your home and life, telling you summer is on the way. Throw open the windows and NanaWalls and let nature inside—although not all nature, as one of my Jackson Hole friends once learned after coming home to find a bear in his kitchen. But that’s a story for another time.


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Reprinted with permission from Chronicle Books,

A Year in Flowers by Erin Benzakein, found at—perfect reading during May showers.

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