I am writing this blog on yet another moody June day in Calgary. It’s not really cold, but not warm enough to loll about outdoors. If Calgarians are noted for their busyness and activity, it probably has a lot to do with just staying warm.
Of course, much can change by the time I hit the publish button and I’m hoping for a good blast of sunshine. Here is a nice new book to help you have a summertime fantasy even if the weather disappoints.
Porch Living, by James T. Farmer III, is full of evocative pictures of relaxed summer spaces from a Southerner who is obviously proud of his lineage. He designs both interiors and landscapes and is a frequent contributor to Southern Living.
Farmer's definition of porches is a broad one and he shows a variety of outdoor spaces adjacent to homes and outbuildings. They are lovely places for sleeping and lazing or entertaining. Styles vary from country and rustic to casually elegant.
On a screened porch furnished with overstuffed comfort, a tea tray rests on a generous ottoman which is dressed with crisp blue-and-white striped fabric.
There are floral china and napkins for the tea tray and frosty jugs of lemonade. As well, you see porch swings and outdoor fireplaces and chic wrought-iron furniture under a pool-side pavilion.
The porch is a transitional space between house and garden with planters, baskets and statuary that help to connect the spaces.
When Mother Nature refuses to cooperate, find a book and dream the summer dream.