Here for a good time—not a long time—summer is a cold cocktail of memories shared with those you live, laugh and grow with. And while it’s often romanticized, just like real life, it unfolds in different ways for different people.
When the idea for the Hello Magazine series was first hatched three years ago (Yep, count em’- One, Two, Three) we knew it needed to be more than just a how-to guide for styling your home. We replaced the trappings of a traditional catalogue with real families having real moments in their actual homes. What I didn’t expect when we conceived this idea was how much these spaces would feel like home to me.
This issue of Hello Sunshine had us jet-setting from coast-to-coast in search of summertime inspiration. We flew to Edmonton to experience city life and baby snuggles, Ubered to the suburbs of Milton to enjoy some whiskey camomile sippers, and rented cars to drive hours from the airport to the rural countryside in Nova Scotia for some east coast hospitality (and my first-ever lobster dinner!)
Meeting and spending time with each of the talented creators on our roster is such a rewarding experience. While I love seeing firsthand the prominent role Leon’s plays in their everyday lives, my favourite moments are the ones that happen between shots: reading to Thalita’s twin toddlers in a tiny tent; bouncing Kristina’s three-month old baby on my knee while perched on the edge of her new navy Heritage sofa; making myself at home in Amy’s living room while I catch up on emails; fighting with the crew over who’d get to sit in Virginia’s new Laurel chair; and chasing chickens around Bethany’s patio before jumping on the trampoline with her three kids.
A really special moment for me in this issue was bringing the team to my hometown of Walkerton to reveal a space that I designed for my parents. My mom and dad give all of themselves to our family and don’t expect anything in return. After a few trying years for them, I was overjoyed to design a room that was both beautiful and tranquil, and the perfect place to relax and unwind.
As I reflected on how meaningful these behind-the-scenes moments were to me, I knew we needed to find a way to share them with all of you. We’ve created a webisode series that premiers this month, highlighting the amazing, creative people who work on our team and giving you a first-hand look at the faces and places that are involved in getting your sofa into your living room. Most importantly, you’ll get a glimpse at all of those ‘real’ moments that make a house a home.
While we put together this issue, I thought of all the things I personally love about summertime: long days of sunshine, weekends spent on a backyard deck with a fancy umbrella drink and a good book, and the wafting smell of BBQ on warm evenings. More importantly, I realized so many of these summertime moments happen right at home.
So let us help you set the stage; the rest is up to you.