Letter from the Editor
Like many people these days, I’ve been juggling a number of roles the past decade. But lately my career as interior designer has overwhelmed my job as editor and publisher of yoursource. Mini-projects I first took on as concepts for the magazine expanded in scope, such as the Mobitat mobile home you see profiled and pictured in this issue.
And then there have been a series of U.S. projects. First up, I’m
doing a kitchen in the Pacific Palisades home of Food Network star
Giada De Laurentiis. It’s an outmoded hacienda-style house, and
when I finish bringing it up to 21st century specs, she will shoot
segments there for the next season of her show Everyday Italian.
I’ve also got another project cooking with chef Art Smith (we featured
The largest project on the go is for fashion designer and entrepreneur Marc Ecko. It’s a vast rebuilding and refurbishment of his 30,000-square-foot estate called Stronghold.
Ecko’s 165-year-old Post-built castle in the foothills of Somerset
County, New Jersey, has been completely gutted to make way for
an intricate room-by-room (45 of them!) restoration and modernisation.
I am due to spend two years reinventing the layout of the
six-storey mansion and grounds, which will include four kitchens,
15 bathrooms, a night club, a full-sized gym and basketball court,
The idea for Mobitat sprang from the necessity of where to live while working on the Ecko estate. I redesigned the interior of a 1978 Airstream Land Yacht for maximum comfort, and have loaded it with the latest smart technology and creature comforts. It’s also completely green.
Turns out this is not just my fantasy. Many individuals and corporations have been interested in this aluminium capsule that you can take anywhere, anytime. You get your sneak preview in this issue.
And finally, a note to my loyal subscribers – I’m a little (okay more
than a little) late with this issue, but subscriptions have been
extended and you’ll be seeing the magazine in your mailbox more
regularly. As anyone who’s gone through a reno knows, these
projects are full of delays, crises, and the ultimate – contractors just
The theme of this issue is “smart” – smart homes, smart people, smart technology, and smart ideas. The features include a geothermal contemporary home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, style guru Marc Ecko, an art collector’s glass house, new recipes from Giada De Laurentiis’s top selling cookbook Everyday Pasta, smart hotels, Canada’s best cup of Java, plus so much more.