Editor’s Note – Welcome, 2021

Christine Riccelli

At dsm, we’re always looking ahead, as we plan our print issues some six months (or more) ahead of publication. For this issue, we particularly welcomed focusing on the future, given everything that 2020 brought.

So in these pages you’ll find all sorts of reasons to look forward to this year—whether you’re interested in trying a new recipe, listening to new music, discovering new shops, sampling new brews, pursuing a new interest (knitting, anyone?), even exploring new ways to manage your money.

You’ll also find a calendar of cultural and nonprofit events for this year. Not surprisingly, many organizations were unsure at press time if their events would be in person or virtual, and some didn’t know date or time details. Still, the listing provides plenty of reasons to mark up your 2021 calendar with an inviting range of concerts, plays, exhibits and fundraisers—as well as dsm events, such as Restaurant Week and Sages Over 70.

One new event I’m excited to tell you about is our inaugural Home Design Awards, which we’ll host virtually March 9. As the pandemic forced people to stay home, readers told us they were even more interested in all things home.

Responding to your feedback, we increased our coverage and created the Home Design Awards. In a blind review, an esteemed panel of independent judges from the art, architecture and design fields selected the winners from 140 entries submitted by 43 local businesses.

We invite you to have your say as well: Until Jan. 22, you can view the finalists and vote for your favorites here. I guarantee the photos will inspire you to start dreaming of your next project (and—fair warning—also make you come down with a serious case of home envy).

We’ll announce your selections along with the judges’ choices—plus unveil the March issue of dsm and a special issue devoted to the awards—at the event.

While the Home Design Awards will be virtual, I am holding fast to my optimism for 2021 and say that I’ll see you in person sooner rather than later as we continue to emerge from 2020 even more grateful for one another and for our community.

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