From the Ed­i­tor

Victorian Homes - - Contents - Bless­ings, Mer­rie Deste­fano, mer­riedeste­ Ed­i­tor

BY THE TIME SUM­MER COMES, WE’RE SO READY— we can’t wait to get out­doors, even if it’s only as far as our own back­yard gar­den. There are bar­be­cues and base­ball games and trips to the beach. Sun­screen and sand lit­ter the back­seat of our cars, flip-flops be­come our fa­vorite shoes and jack­ets are packed away as if we’ll never get cold again.

Then, af­ter a few deliri­ously happy weeks, we dis­cover we’re melt­ing from the heat. Those lovely Vic­to­rian homes can quickly be­come sti­fling. Some­times the gor­geous floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows you fell in love with have been painted shut or have a bro­ken sash or the glass has tiny hair­line cracks. Small rooms can hold in the heat and pre­vent proper air cir­cu­la­tion. You may have lost a trea­sured shade tree from a re­cent storm and now one side of your home gets more sun­light than be­fore.

One easy, tried-and-true so­lu­tion is to live like the Vic­to­ri­ans did. Spend as much time as pos­si­ble out­doors, es­pe­cially on your wrap-around porch, if you have one. Other op­tions seem sim­ple, but ev­ery lit­tle bit adds up. Draw your drapes closed when the sun shines in, in­stall ceil­ing fans, hang-dry your clothes and drip-dry your dishes.

Still, sum­mer may be a good time to in­vest in in­su­lat­ing your home. Whether that be­gins with an ex­te­rior restoration or is as sim­ple as re­pair­ing or re­plac­ing a few win­dows, the long-term ben­e­fit al­most al­ways out­weighs the ini­tial cost. Check out our ar­ti­cles Eyes of the Soul (page 14) and En­er­getic Ex­te­ri­ors (page 28) for tips, and please re­mem­ber to share your renovations sto­ries with us! We love to hear about the jour­ney you took to re­store your Vic­to­rian home.

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