It’s not nice to leave you wondering, so I won’t make you ponder any longer; Tim and I agreed option ‘C’ is ideal for our new porch. It was the first option to catch my eye and after talking it through with Kimberly, our designer, I was firm in the choice.
There are several reasons I like ‘C’ best, not the least being that I have a thing for threes. As you will notice, the elevation is centered with three windows flanked by a pair of windows on each side. The Latin phrase “omne trium perfectum” means everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, a set of three is complete. Plus, in my mind, the room was already divided into three areas just as the windows divide the space: a center entry highlighting the view with a sitting area to one side and a dining space on the other.
Also, the big window in our kitchen is divided into three so the idea of repetition is appealing.
There were practical reasons too. Within the room, sconces will be well placed on columns closer to the center of the room. While below, a wider spread between the hefty brick columns will provide better views from the patio and make the space easier to screen if we decide to enclose it later.
Option ‘A’, the crowd favorite, is certainly the most dramatic, and ‘B’ takes the prize for being straightforward and balanced. Our thought is that ‘C’ offers the best of both.
On the bloom front, I surprisingly have an offering for In a Vase on Monday, sponsored by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. This branch of deciduous magnolia, clipped for a recent program highlighting camellias and other plants with winter interest, has decided to flower!
Plus, I want to give a nod to Jason at Gardeninacity, who provided seeds and nuts to songbirds during Chicago’s weekend blizzard, with a photo of two of my favorite birds—a Carolina wren and a red-bellied woodpecker—enjoying breakfast at the suet feeder.