“You must miss your closet,” my husband astutely said to me this morning as I was getting ready for work. In our last house, I had a great closet.
Though our 1903 plain Victorian in New York lacked for closets overall, one bedroom had a sweet and smallish walk-in with a window and extra space under the attic stairs.
It was my pretty retreat. My best friend helped me wallpaper in an exuberant orange-and-metallic gold floral. My husband installed closet rods and built shelves for folded clothes and shoes. I added valet rods, a vanity table, and even hot-glued a nifty gimp along the front edges of the shoe shelves. Now, in my Boston-area rental duplex, I stare into the maw of an ugly, dysfunctional, unlit, and freezing cold space that is to serve as my closet.
I’m unhappy about my new closet.
But, I am thrilled about my new life.
After many years as the East Coast Editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, I have joined Wayfair as Editorial Director. In this exciting new role, I have the opportunity to bring you information and inspiration (and some laughs!) while you actively look for furnishings here on wayfair.com. I hope you love the features we’ll be rolling out over the upcoming months, but right now I’d like to introduce to our blog, My Way Home.
My Way Home isn’t your typical “corporate” blog. I think most corporate blogs are boring. To me, what makes a blog interesting can be a personal voice, inspiring visuals, expertise, fresh ideas, or strong opinions. My Way Home has all those things. We tapped some of the most intriguing voices in the blogosphere and gave them (and you) a free-for-all space for chitchat.
We are calling our bloggers the Wayfair Homemakers. We debated about this. “Homemaker” can be perceived as an old-school and disparaging term describing one aspect of a woman’s life. Yet how can making a home, improving your life, enjoying your life, and providing for others be anything other than admirable?
Wayfair wants to take the term “Homemaker” back.
I want to restore its nobility and widen its meaning. I work long hours in a high-rise office building in downtown Boston, and I’m a Homemaker. I think about my home all the time. I chose our rental duplex largely because it has a deep porch and a proper foyer. I looked for a place that signaled welcome and would encourage kids to come over and make friends with my transplanted 13-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.
My fabulous husband, Pete, a writer, has always stayed home with the kids. He’s a Homemaker. He cooks the food, makes the fires, and is currently building a window seat in my daughter’s room. He owns his role and feels extremely lucky to experience home and family in a way most guys don’t get to. The My Way Home bloggers are all Homemakers. We are all passionate about our homes, and we hope you are, too. Please share your thoughts about these blog posts, what you love, and what you would like to see as we move forward together.