Letter from the Editor March 2021

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Welcome to the Spring Home & Garden Issue! As I’m writing this, there is a foot of snow on the ground and we’ve all been hunkered down, trying to manage this abnormal Kentucky winter weather. However, after the winter we’ve had, I’m sure we’re all more than ready for some springtime inspiration and motivation, so here it is! 

We kick off this issue with a gorgeous home’s greenhouse and garden designed by none other than renowned local landscape designer Jon Carloftis. This leads into a quaint and cozy cabin designed by Kiel Thomson and his talented team at KTC Construction. Digs shared some spring trends with us and their latest and greatest outdoor offerings. Josh Miller is back with two articles in this issue. The first highlights local nonprofit YouthBuild Louisville and its work with their community garden and Bernheim Forest. His second dives into Louisville Metro Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to bring awareness to testing for lead in Louisville’s historical homes. We featured a stunning home in Mockingbird Valley designed by Ron Wolz of Bittners with pops of color galore. Speaking of color, do you know interior designer Isabel Ladd? If you don’t already, you will soon thanks to an article by Laura Ross who got the inside scoop on her recently designed “Harmon Room.” It’s a hotel room at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington inspired by the popular Netflix tv show “The Queen’s Gambit” that’s bursting with 1960s color and flair. We loved it so much, it was also the location for this issue’s fashion editorial titled “Fashionable Gambit.” To keep it local, our models were previously mentioned Isabel Ladd and Jon Carloftis, as well as Haley Harris Gatewood of Carl Meyers boutique in Lexington, Stuart Mercer of Stuart Mercer Gentleman’s Shoppe in Lexington, and Alex Narramore, the skilled cake maker also known as the “Mischief Maker.” Can you tell I’m excited about this one?

Keeping with the spring theme, we have a Farmers’ Market Guide where you can find garden-fresh ingredients and locally made items all year round. For the first time, we also have a new column by libation aficionado, Joe Daily, who offers advice on how to make at-home libations with fresh, local ingredients. Welcome to the team, Joe! I think you all are really going to like this one. Local Chef Anoosh Shariat shared some spring-inspired recipes with us and what we can expect from Anoosh Bistro in the coming months. If you need to start with the basics, Steve shared his green-thumb tips and tricks to get you gardening in no time. If you want to shake off the winter blues, Milestone fitness professional Bekki Jo Pritchard introduced us to the psoas muscle and how it can relieve stress. We have some occasions to share with you, like David Grantz’s birthday, the opening of Levee Bourbon Lounge and photos from local farmers’ markets this season. 

To round it off, it wouldn’t be March if we didn’t mention the Speed Ball, so I got to know this year’s Co-Chairs, Missy & Jim Allen, and Lopa & Rishabh Mehrotra. They shared what it’s like to co-chair during a year with no in-person ball, why it’s so important now more than ever to continue supporting Louisville’s largest and oldest art museum, The Speed Art Museum, and what we can expect in the future from the Speed. 

As always, I hope you all enjoy it and it leaves you with a feeling of anticipation, excitement and a new beginning for 2021. 

Sincerely yours,

Liz Bingham
Editor in Chief