It has been brutally hot in NYC this week, and I am longing to escape the City, to go swimming, or relax in the shade. John and I spent the long holiday weekend at our house in the Dominican Republic. We are so lucky to be able to feel the soft, tropical breezes in every room. And, of course to cool off in the pool! We practically live outside. The house has large double porches in both the front and the back – perfect for meals, lounging, reading or napping.

So many of my favorite spaces in my homes and the homes I design for clients are “indoor/outdoor” spaces or screened porches that are cooled by ceiling fans and filled with comfortable, wicker or rattan furniture and all-weather fabric.

Just looking at these pictures makes me feel relaxed and refreshed!

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