From the 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.