I’m drawn to authentic barn cupolas, like this one. Grand, domed cupolas, the type with a belfry or lantern, can be exquisite, but it’s the hard-scrabble, yet graceful, venting cupola on a work building that speaks to me. This octagonal one is outfitted with green slatted louvers and a gently curved, somewhat-conical roof. The white roofing color reflects heat and nicely contrasts the black roofscape and moody sky. Of course, the weather vane on top is a fine form of functional grace, too. Look for another winning weather vane in a future “design snapshot”.
by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast