I often think back to the summer nights I spent on the back porch at the cottage my friends rented in Martha's Vineyard. This inviting and relaxing room quickly became the gathering spot for all the girls on our trip. We deemed it the "Magical Porch," it felt like time stopped when we were sitting out there and nothing could touch us- not even the pesky bugs that came out in droves during the evening. It wasn't until we left the island and returned to reality that we understood the porch's true magic:
It's crazy how a communal room can have the power to bring people closer together. Rooms where friends can simply sit around, listen to music, eat junk food, drink too much, amuse ourselves with stories from the past, and share dreams of the future. Looking back at some of my favorite moments, they've happened in these "magical" rooms like the ones below. They're where I've had some of my most valuable memories, learned the biggest lessons, and connected with the greatest of friends.
Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito
Co-Author: Jesse Meade
Edited by: Jesse Meade
Photography: First 2 Photos taken by Athena Gomez-Hipolito / Inspirational Photos found on tumblr and WeHeartit (If you have taken one these photos and would like to either receive credit or have them taken down please email email@example.com----Thanks for your inspiration!)