I was in the midst of editing Laurie Allen’s article about the artist Jeny Reynolds for this issue of Columbus Home & Garden, when I had to stop and savor the moment. I grabbed a notebook and pen that were nearby and jotted down some points that I needed to remind myself, among them: grow things, make things, live with the things that you love.
In my world of constant deadlines, interspersed with frequent travel for family and business purposes, I needed this reminder.
Laurie’s article was just the one that I needed to read. My favorite phrase in that piece, by the way, was that you didn’t just visit Jeny’s home, you bask in it. There is nothing like a home where you can feel the soul of the person who resides within.
I first met Jeny and her friend Jane Heller many years ago when Jeny’s granddaughter and our daughter attended the same preschool. Back then, Jeny and Jane often teamed up to host shows of their art. I’ve long been an admirer of their creativity.
But the idea of writing about Reynolds’s home came from a different direction. About a year ago, our photographer Tim Johnson visited Reynolds’ home to photograph her and a group of artist friends for a different story. He returned with a comment that was something like this: “Jeny Reynolds has an amazing home. We should write about it.”
I was happy one bleak day last February when Jeny agreed to this plan. My hope is that you will be as inspired by her life of creativity as I have been. The story and photos are even better than I anticipated.
Creativity inspires this issue in every story you’ll read. First, there’s architect Richard Taylor and his builder clients, the Gormans. Richard reached out to us once the home was completed, as he knew it was a Central Ohio gem. It’s on our cover. In another story, architect Jim Dietz, of Behal Samson Dietz, did an awesome job in designing a very unique third floor space in a historic Arlington home. And then there is the cozy home of longtime Columbus interior designers Doug and RoseMary Kohler, who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Board of the Columbus Museum of Art. You’ll read about others here, too.
Thanks to Jeny, Doug, RoseMary and all of the others who shared their homes and gardens with us in this edition of Columbus Home & Garden. We deeply appreciate, too, each and every one of our advertisers who continue to support this publication.