From the Editor: Style with a Story
I have been searching for a new living room couch for longer than I care to admit. Commitment issues? I suppose. But in my defense, decorating can be overwhelming. Unless you’re the type who starts redecorating just as the last pillow is being placed, you understand what I mean. The choices we make are not purely utilitarian, they are emotional. The artwork we hang, the lighting fixtures we install and the fabrics we choose turn a house into a home. And our homes tell the tale of who we are.
I look around my home and there are memories everywhere—both old and new. The chandelier that hung in our dining room growing up, the antique desk that belonged to my grandparents, the gold-leafed mirror that was one of my first grown-up purchases and the coffee table that my brother gave me as a housewarming gift. Almost everything has a story behind it. The same holds true for the house that graces this issue’s cover.
Tracy and Alisa Bahl managed to beautifully merge comfort and grace to create the perfect place for their newly blended family. Here, kid-friendly touches seem to effortlessly coexist with high style—giant crystal candy jars sit on the marble kitchen countertops, a perfectly appointed guys’ hideaway is outfitted with state-of-the-art video and audio. And though this is a new house, they have already filled it with memories. Be it the metal sculpture Tracy gave Alisa as a Christmas gift, the piece of art in the hallway that helped the couple decide on their wedding venue (you’ll have to read the story on page 84 to find out what I’m talking about) or the guest bedroom that was decorated in homage to Alisa’s childhood in Miami.
There is no doubt about it, this home has heart—and it certainly tells a story.