Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Long Hot Summer

"Darling, this heat is intolerable! We simply must re-decorate."


Well, it's still in the 90's here (a much needed break from the 100's) and we have a good month (maybe more) to go.
This begs the question; How do you decorate to stay cool?
Are you the light, bright, white, airy, minimalist, or do dark, cozy rooms keep you happily refrigerated?
How do you maintain a tolerable temperature in your home without forking over your life savings to the local power company?
Most of my friends crave crisp, clean, light, and white. As far as I'm concerned, give me dark walls, a club chair, and the click, click, click of an old oscillating fan, dark wood venetian blinds (tilted up), soft lighting, a good book, and I can handle the heat.
What do you think?

Foyers set the tone of a home, but can they set the temperature?
Does this look work for you?

Or, is this the answer?

Do you prefer to let the sunshine in,

or do clouds make your day?

Would you rather toil over a hot stove here,

or here?

Would you enjoy a club sandwich and Arnold Palmer here,

or crab salad and chardonnay here?

Will you take the waters here,

or is this more refreshing to your senses?...

Soft and frosty retreats...

Chilled and composed sanctuary...

Now, short of a whole house flocking,

decorating for temperature relief is probably not a wise idea. If you love your space, that in itself will help you to maintain.
Go to the light, or take a walk on the dark side, but remember to enjoy your surroundings, and stay cool.