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The New Domesticity: Autumn Nesting

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The bright red tartan wool blanket gently sways in the autumn breeze. Slanted sunlight and scurrying squirrels remind me that this blanket may have seen the last of the picnic days. But, who knows? Weather is a capricious maiden, and we may yet have some crisp, bright days, begging for hot chocolate and cider to be passed across tartan tables.

I find myself eager to take advantage of these fleeting sunlight hours, hence the blanket airing on the line. My neighbors have similar autumn nesting instincts and have put area rugs out to catch a burst of fresh air, too. While we often naturally think of spring cleaning, fall is also traditionally associated with an intentional shift in housework. As the weather becomes wet and grey, our attention turns toward wrapping up outdoor living and preparing our homes for the winter months. As we do so, let’s look back in time at two major principles that guided families in keeping their homes.

To read the rest of this article, pick up a copy of the November 2019 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy below.

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Julianna Lawson and her husband, Jamie, make their home in Vancouver with their four children, ages 13 to 21.

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