A season for overlaps

I’m fascinated by overlaps, like where indoors and outdoors coincide, or public and private, or two uses.  An overlap can capture the allure of different conditions simultaneously.  Most of us are intrigued by outdoor rooms or interior courtyards, because they are neither completely outside nor completely inside.  We enjoy porches along sidewalks which invite homeowners and passersby to share space while remaining distinct.  We appreciate three-season rooms, between our houses and outbuildings, which act as sunrooms and storage, blending the uses associated with the building types they connect.  The fall season takes place in an overlap too.  It’s where summer and winter mingle at the periphery.  It’s a time for morning glories and pumpkins.  Revel in the overlap.  Happy Halloween.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast