June 9, 2013 | Your home: Relaxed elegance

How to get your house cool this summer

There are more air-conditioning options than ever — from so-called ductless split systems to high-efficiency models. We help you choose what’s best for your family. By Elizabeth Gehrman

Brass and stainless pendant lamps by Lunabella hang over the stairwell.

Against the gray

Shades of one handsome hue make bright accents pop in a young family’s dream home in Winchester. By Marni Elyse Katz

Connections

Hazards of his profession

One question remains unasked and unanswered each day when my firefighter husband steps out the door: Will he return home safely? By Noelle Graves

Soundtrack


Hub and spokes

In Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline, bicyclists can grab and go in a flash. By Scott Helman

First Person

Boston College pitcher and fifth-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays Andrew Chin of Newton readies for the Cape Cod Baseball League. Beach ball

Boston College pitcher and fifth-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, Andrew Chin of Newton readies for the Cape Cod Baseball League.

On the Block


Fun in the summertime

Homes for sale, swimming pool included.

Style Watch

Under cover

Seven stylish ways to catch some shade this season.

Your Week Ahead


Five things to do

A selection of events to keep you busy in Boston and beyond.

Cooking

Mix and match cookies, ice cream flavors, and extras like nuts. They’re a great Father’s Day treat. Really good humor

Recipe for ice cream sandwiches you make at home. By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

S’mores ice cream sandwiches

A treat at the Cask ’n Flagon’s Marshfield location.

Out and About

Actor Morgan Freeman received an honorary degree at Boston University’s graduation ceremony on Nickerson Field in Boston. As seen around town

A prime minister, a movie star, and students winding down their year.

Dinner With Cupid

Fred Howland and Alicia MacKin. True romance

Will their shared dating-column attraction lead to love?

One-Liners

Writer/comedian Wyatt Cenac. Comedian Wyatt Cenac on missed manners

The comedian, who is performing June 28 at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre and June 29 at Cambridge’s The Sinclair, makes a joke on Twitter.

Letters to the editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to anti-vacation rants and Dinner With Cupid.

Tales From the City

How many is that?

A 5-year-old adds up birthdays.