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We are often denied the clearly delineated temperature shifts that elsewhere define a change of season. What is a given each spring — and much anticipated — is the return of the light. The beams that shift into our bedrooms, the shafts that fill the light wells of our foyers, the brightening of our morning coffee corner. How our living spaces capture the sun is never more contemplated than at this time of the year. That’s one of the reasons we thought the premiere issue of  should reflect on light, how it illuminates our homes and defines our decor, our color choices, the placement of our art and furniture.

Architects have always regarded light as a building material. The masterful Louis Kahn channeled it through his many works, both public and private. Learn more about his process in an upcoming major retrospective — the first in 20 years — opening at the Kimbell Art Museum this month. We’ve got the details on Page 24.

Fort Worth architect Joe Self and designer wife Tracy regard light as a treasured material, too. We interview the FIRM817 co-owners for the insights they’ve garnered from local projects. Page 82.

Whether we are aware of it or not, light — natural and artificial — weighs into our daily satisfaction and comfort. Lighting designer Paul Ferrante’s eponymous company has explored that connection during decades of creating bespoke hand-wrought fixtures. Longtime home and garden writer Mariana Greene provides some history on the company, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with more than one jaw-dropping chandelier. Mariana also takes a shine to Alison Berger and notes the designer/artisan’s deft hand at creating fixtures that appear constructed of starshine. See Page 28.

The heart of our magazine is filled with the interior spaces we call home. This month we were invited into a blended family’s newly renovated home, thoughtfully expanded for Jennifer and Chris Kapcsos and their five children. Contributing editor Laura Meyn opens the doors on their warm and embracing lifestyle devoted to gatherings of friends and family, Page 48.

In our cover home story, we tour the gallerylike environment crafted by homeowner Greggory Brauer to showcase his art collection and provide a fresh take on urban living for himself. See Page 58.

There’s more illumination for you in these pages, too. We hope you’ll settle into a sunny spot and enjoy all the inspiration, insights and expertise we’ve gathered. Welcome to 817 Home. Our doors are always open.

 

Babs Rodriguez
Editorial director