Dear Gents,

It’s a common phrase meaning that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our worlds, where we start and end each day, and keep our most prized possessions.

This month, we bring you our Home issue, which is full of ideas for creating the best environment in your own home – whether you live in a ranch-style house, cool contemporary digs or a ’90s “work in progress” remodel. With springtime upon us, it’s time for a little DIY project! Refresh your interior with a few new home decor accents—for inspiration, check out what’s new at Décor to Your Door. And, if you are welcoming house guests this spring, Laura Christian with Laura Design Co. offers tips on rolling out the red carpet.

Meanwhile, the folks at Calloway’s can help you tackle your yard, but don’t forget plants inside help create a healthier and more pleasing environment. In “Healthy Homes,” we delve into this concept. You won’t want to miss a look inside the stunning Bartonville home of Corey and Vanessa Van Trease. Their daughter, Isabella, a senior at Liberty Christian and soon-to-be journalism major, provides a unique perspective as we check out their labor of love.

We hope this issue inspires you to appreciate the place you call home—both your personal dwelling and our shared community—whether you’ve just moved or it’s a place your family has occupied for generations.

Here’s to home sweet home!