Ten years of HOME!
And Roanoke Valley HOME is celebrating, too!
It was March 2007 when we published our first issue of Central Virginia HOME and just a year later, in September 2008, Roanoke Valley HOME debuted. I have made so many new friends along the way and have experienced so much joy in publishing HOME. I couldn’t have asked for a more talented group of people with which to work, for more gracious homeowners in this community who have opened their homes to us, and for more loyal advertisers who have been the lifeblood of this magazine.
Over 10 years ago, we had a vision to be the sole local resource to provide ideas and inspiration to homeowners and then connect homeowners with the businesses they need to execute their plans and projects. We’ve refined this vision over the past 42 issues as we continue to keep our content fresh, focused and local. We are grateful to each and every business that has advertised and continues to advertise in our pages. There are so many local professionals who have been incredibly instrumental to our publication over the years, bringing a level of personal commitment and interest to further improve our content.
Some of our earliest and longest running supporters are Elaine Stephenson of Elaine Stephenson Interiors and Valeta Pittman of Halifax Fine Furnishings. Both of these talented professionals have led us to many spectacular homes and projects over the years. In fact, Halifax has supported our pages with advertising in every issue but our first.
We’ve been lucky enough to call on a bevy of designers—more than we could list—to share with our readers real design tips. They’ve weighed in on hot design trends, favorite paint colors, the perfect white, the best design books—you name it, they are always generous with their words of wisdom.
Since our early years, we’ve called on business owners like Jeff Janney, owner of Vinton Appliance, and Kathy Spark, owner of Accents on Windows, along with experts from National Pools, Grand Home Furnishings and Ferguson to provide us with expert input on many of our featured topics. These local professionals assist us to make sure our content is applicable to the homeowners here in the Roanoke Valley.
Finally, there have been countless people in our community who have referred us to interesting projects and inspiring homes to feature. It really is a community effort to produce a publication that celebrates all the home and garden resources our area has to offer, and we’re lucky enough to work with more talented experts than we could possibly name here. We hope that the past 10 years have demonstrated that when you’re looking for home and garden ideas and inspiration, you have to look no further than the pages of HOME magazine—and for years to come.
Onward to the next ten!
Julie Pierce, Publisher