One Southern Belle’s Secret to Keeping Her Home Cool

published Aug 23, 2018
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As the voice and vision of Black Southern Belle, lifestyle blogger Michiel Perry’s days are full of style — and full, period. With a popular blog serving style tips, decorating advice, and Southern travel ideas, plus a very adorable three-month-old, Michiel is always on the go, even in her own house. But ever the belle, Michiel knows how to keep her cool. Read on for her tips!

I live with my husband and our newborn baby, Jackson, in an 1890s Victorian Lowcountry home with the best front porch in South Carolina. My style is a blend of traditional and modern, high and low: I grew up in the South, so I love traditional shapes and brown wood, but I also adore a modern glass table and bold color. Above all else, I like my home to feel welcoming, so the more seating the merrier.

I usually start my day at 5 or 6 a.m. and prep Jackson’s food while checking emails. Once I get him settled for his midday nap, I can work: anything from coordinating photo shoots and talking to brands to binge-watching documentaries and finding new places to antique shop with my husband.

(Image credit: Margaret Wright)

Between working, entertaining, decorating, and relaxing, I spend 80 percent of my time at home — which I love. But the Lowcountry summer is hot enough to keep me in the house anyway, especially with almost 100-percent humidity from May to September. But really, when is it not summer in South Carolina?

My home has a lot of microclimates: Between its U-shape, tall ceilings, porch, and huge shady oaks outside, the temperature and humidity are different from room to room. My Nest thermostat helps me manage a consistent climate from any of them — beyond helpful for someone with a newborn.

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The app is also a huge helper. We take day trips around the South most weekends, and now I set our thermostat to conserve energy while we’re gone and to prepare for our return. And when you have a baby crying or you’re trying to squeeze in a few more minutes in bed in the morning, adjusting the air from your phone is wonderful.

Plus, now my thermostat is an eyesore no more: The Nest design looks like a mini clock, and I love the copper accent. With a hectic life like mine, every minute and every dollar count — having a Nest thermostat gives you those back.

—edited from a conversation with Michiel Perry

(Image credit: Margaret Wright)

Make your home smarter and cooler: A Nest thermostat can pay for itself in two years or less, and has been shown to save an average of 10–12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling — up to $145 a year. One of its coolest features is that it learns your routine and preferences and starts making comfort and energy adjustments on its own.

Plus, if you buy a Nest thermostat before September 3, 2018, you can get a Google Home Mini free. And you may be eligible for an efficiency rebate from your energy provider, too.

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