In this issue, we're treated to a peek inside four local interior designer's own homes, to see how they create the spaces they want to live in. Each space is beautiful and unique — and also subject to change. One common element among the designers was their lack of fear in revamping their spaces — moving furniture from room to room, regularly swapping out art and generally experimenting to keep things interesting or tweak the room's function.
With a new year upon us, that's not a bad mindset — at home and elsewhere. In fact, research actually shows that "novelty" — including new experiences, new things to look at, listen to, smell or taste — actually makes us happier, sending a rush of dopamine through the brain. It also primes your mind for learning and improves motivation.
Also in this issue, Jacob Jones explores some "novel" sports for kids, from yoga to roller derby, and finds there are many options, and good reasons, for kids to stay active.
Finally we check in with local musician Cami Bradley, who's still rooted in her hometown but exploring new musical forms.