*home is where i want to be
pick me up and turn me ‘round
i feel numb—burn with a weak heart
guess i must be having fun
the less we say about it the better
make it up as we go along
feet on the ground
head in the sky
it’s ok i know nothing’s wrong…nothing
most of us spend so little time in our homes, it’s a wonder we can remember which part of it we’ve been wanting to update. we work, we travel, we run around. personally, there are some weeks i feel like my home is little more than a drive-thru coffee stop that happens to offer a closet and bedroom. yet, our human compulsion to constantly improve our homes, to decorate, re-decorate, renovate and re-re-decorate, fails to diminish. from the time man first stood up on two legs, we’ve been scratching art on our cave walls and back then, there was no guarantee it would lead to a spot on a reality tv show. we are simply compelled to nest. [insert favored home cliché here.]
our october issue is focused on décor and entertaining because this month, more than others, is a time when we take stock for the colder days ahead. part of that includes readying our abodes for the coming times we’ll spend indoors, whether privately or with friends and family. to fan your inspiration, some of our main features focus on the trends more and more homeowners are seeking out. rustic luxury profiles one private estate to explore balancing the desire for natural woodsiness with the need for posh amenities. spice route calls on the expertise of interior designer deborah martin for insight into the elements of moroccan style that can give even the most suburban residence an exotic feel. and our semi-annual designer showcase and house of style companion segments cover everything from prevailing trends to the professionals who make them happen.
one area that’s expanding in particular is the world of home automation. wouldn’t it be extraordinary if you could pull up to your house and a simple retina scan would open the door, adjust the lights and temperatures, open or close the curtains, turn on the stereo and bring the jacuzzi up to temperature? this little luxury isn’t fully available as of yet, but we’re not too far off. our look at smart homes identifies some of the state-of-the-art bells and whistles you could have right now, as well as those you can plan on having in the future.
it’s also a time for homecoming in another sense. blue öyster cult, the venerable “thinking man’s heavy metal band” set its roots in great neck and stony brook in the late 60s, collaborating with patti smith and others, before making the road their home and capturing worldwide fame. they return to long island this month for their first ever all acoustic show. the nets are back where they belong too, on this side of the hudson. 40+ years ago the team moved into a humble arena in commack (an ice rink, actually). then they wound up in nj for decades, but now they come home to brooklyn (yes, it’s part of long island, check the map) to stake their claim at the lauded barclays center. and one man takes his seat at the final table when the world series of poker returns to vegas this month for the conclusion of the main event, poker’s biggest tournament. seaford’s michael esposito, a broker by trade, triathlete by hobby and all-out rounder to his bones, is among the nine finalists who will vie for the coveted gold bracelet and $8.5 million when he goes from wall street to fifth street this month.
albert camus was right when he said that autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. things certainly are blooming.
*always for love,
*This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Talking Heads