Living in Washington, D.C., for the last decade, Brooke Lea Foster came to understand all of the angst that resides in being a homeowner. She and her dentist husband, John Vargas, did a total gut of a 1919 Arts and Crafts bungalow, putting in a new kitchen, finishing the basement, painting the exterior, restoring the shingles, and more. "You never think you'll be stressing about which faucet to choose for your kitchen," she says, "but then, suddenly, you're there in Home Depot wrestling with it."
Now, as the new editor of all things home design in the Globe Magazine, she'll get to live out her home fantasies through others. Foster, 32, who lives in Inman Square with Vargas and their mutt, Sadie, will not only oversee Your Home issues, like the one in your hands, but also weekly design stories, as well as other features in the magazine.
Just as she's familiar with how to tear up a home, she's equally comfortable with how to put together a magazine. Foster worked for the last nine years as a staff writer at Washingtonian magazine, while also freelancing for The Washington Post Magazine, Parents, Good Housekeeping, and others. And she has a book to her credit, The Way They Were, which explores how adult children deal with the divorce of long-married parents.
Though arriving in Boston in the dead of winter might have shocked someone who has never lived here before, Foster, who got married on Block Island, came prepared. When she showed up at work wearing a long black North Face coat with a fuzzy hood, she looked like any lifelong hardy New Englander. Cold. And yet warm.