While January is the beginning of the year, the spring is known to bring about a renewed spirit.

Personally, I’m using this spring as my actual New Year. It’s as if the beginning of the year was just a trial run — a hold-over from last year. I recently heard that the pressure of beginning to accomplish your goals promptly on Jan. 1 isn’t necessarily reasonable or even crucial. As long as you have a goal in mind, does it matter if you build in some cushion to get going? I don’t know about you, but this is my current way of thinking.

It doesn’t hurt that along with a spiritual and personal renewal, nature begins its change with outside foliage in the spring. Flowers begin to bloom, trees regain their leaves and the grass gets a bit greener. This entices us to venture outside more and start to finally thaw out from our winter doldrums. And I think we all can agree that we DESERVE a nice spring after the last few months.

Perhaps the most important change that comes about is spring cleaning. It’s not just a saying, it is a feeling that does tend to take hold of you during this time. There is something about the shedding of winter clothes that effortlessly translates into the shedding of items you no longer need around your home. We’re packing away those bulky sweaters and thinking, “will I wear this one next year?” And more often than not a donate pile will start to build during this time. With March 20 being the first day of spring, it could be time to start taking inventory of ways you can spruce up around the house.


It doesn’t begin and end with cleaning, you may be thinking of ways to change up your home, in general, this season. Maybe you’ll remove a door from the closet, paint a wall or two or perhaps you’ll take on a more extensive home project.

Whatever you decide to do, we may have some inspiration for you on the pages that follow.

This March issue is dedicated to all things home and we have plenty to get your creative ideas flowing.

There are two different features with interior designers and home professionals giving advice that any design novice should know. Home envy will become real when you see the top homes sold in Cobb last year. If sprucing up your backyard is a priority, a fire pit might be attractive to you. Tackling an extensive renovation like one Marietta couple could be the inspiration you need to get started in your own home. And you’ll also catch up with local pros featured on Flip or Flop.

No matter where you are on your homeownership journey, I hope you’ll find this content beneficial to your specific needs.


LaTria Garnigan is the Magazine Coordinator for Cobb Life. She has more than 10 years of experience editing newspapers and magazines. When she's not working, she enjoys trying out new recipes, traveling and binge-watching and live-tweeting TV shows.

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