Main Bathroom Vanity Happiness

Now that the tile is up + running in our bathrooms,

it’s finally time for us to choose our vanities.

Let’s start with the main bath, downstairs:

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There’s room for a 36″ vanity, which will sit to the right of the toilet.

Above it we’ll hang this ginormous medicine cabinet from IKEA:

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I have big plans for a custom re-do for it, involving crown molding.

Of course, I will share later, as that’s how I roll.

* * *

Back to the vanity.

As I type, G.O. is headed to our local build-o-rama, Menards,

where he will order our awesome vanity!

Stay tuned!

* * *

First, let’s have a look-see at something I briefly considered:

vanity -- menards with farmhouse sink

I know — how awesome is that farmhouse sink!?

About a week ago or so, I posted this photo on my FB page,

where it received many favorable comments + likes!

“So, why did you not choose it?” you ask?

Well, that farmhouse sink maybe the coolest thing I’ve ever seen,

but seriously.

Who needs a huge, deep sink in the bathroom?

I can think of only one good reason, + here she is:

chloe at the vet

If I could bathe Chloe the Dachshund in a deep farmhouse sink like that,

there’d be no more on-my-hands-and-knees at the bathtub, already!

But back to the cons.

Look at the counter space, or lack thereof:

vanity -- menards with farmhouse sink

I’m pretty sure that this would be

what G.O. calls “all ‘looks’ — no function” or something derogatory.

And speaking of which, check out this very funny naysayer-in-training!

It seems G.O. has a 9-year-old apprentice!

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So early, the boys learn the fine art of nixing everything we like!

(I’m sure he’ll make someone a very fine husband, one day!) . . .

. . . because look how cute he is,

posing next to the vintage-style refrigerator I want!

(Blue tongue courtesy of a blue raspberry slushie from Sonic.)

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* * *

But back to the vanity.

Here ’tis:

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Disclaimer: this is 48″, I think, while ours will be 36″, with doors, no drawers.

This is kind of perfect for our hacienda, don’tcha think?

It checks off all my bathroom vanity hopes + dreams,

which include the following:

1. Designed like furniture, with the legs

2. Shaker-style doors

3. Marble top with an expensive-looking ogee edge!

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4.  Cool, rectangular under mount sink!

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Another disclaimer: that faucet, mercifully, is not included.

Please.

must have something with cross handles!

Like these:

faucet -- signature hardware -- new york widespread

Signature Hardware — New York widespread

Anyway.  Back to our vanity.

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As I mentioned previously,  it looks expensive.

It’s not.  The regular price (at Menards) is a mere $599!

It’s currently on sale at a mere $499!

Wow, it’s going to look great, so of course, I can’t wait!

Stay tuned, as always!

* * *


2 Doors, Lots Of Waiting

TWO DOORS ARE BEING HUNG IN THE DUTCH COLONIAL!

We’ve been at this project for so long . . .

. . . every minor update is a real morale boost for lil’ mama.

How else do I explain my giddiness about a pair of doors?

Let’s have a look-see at all the excitement.

Door #1

Photo snapped earlier today:

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Here’s the same doorway last week:

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Today:

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Disclaimer:  G.O. is upset by the squalor + wanted to delete this photo.

Saner heads prevailed, though.

* * * *

You may recall that we created the powder room

from what was a hallway.

Right now, it’s an approximately 5′ x 5′ boxy silo.

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Oh, dear.  Boxy silo isn’t exactly the look I had in mind.

What shall we do, to add ‘instant age’ to this space?

First up, the marble tile floor looks like it might have been original:

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As does the ‘new’ door itself, which is, in fact, original to the house:

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It was borrowed from somewhere upstairs,

as was all the woodwork that will go IN-side the powder room.

Have a look!

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‘Tis okay that this side of the door’s been painted.

My plans are to paint everything gray in the powder room.

But just look at the beautiful, original doorknob:

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The paint on it has to go, + go soon.

Look at the other side’s knob + hardware!

 I am seriously loving the black glass!

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Stay tuned for a reveal of ‘Door #2′ . . .

+ meanwhile, here are few more RedBird projects!

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Thanks for viewing!

 

 

 


REDBUD CREEK FARM GARDEN CENTER

I’ve been working like a bee of late, + while I really love it/mean it . . .

. . . I feared that life might just be passing me by!

Time for an outing.  To here:

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I’ve heard good buzz about this place, + it did NOT disappoint..

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All this awesomeness is out in the middle of nowhere (J/K, kind of!) . . .

. . . SW of Chicago, somewhere close to Yorkville.

It’s definitely worth the trek,

but you’ll need to use your GPS or MapQuest to get there.

Trust me.

REDBUD CREEK FARM

2930 N. 4351 Road / Sheridan, IL

(815) 496-9400

http://www.redbudcreekfarm.com/

* * *

 Sadly, I’m not yet in the market to buy plants,

as our Dutch colonial landscaping is on the way-back,

ohpleasedon’tmakemewaituntilnextspring burner.

Yes, this could have been a major buzz kill, but it wasn’t.

Here’s why:

IMG_4782(1)Lots of eye candy, of the garden center persuasion!

IMG_4752(1)All that red siding with pretty green trim!

 I felt a pang of siding remorse,

because I’d briefly considered said-same for our Dutch colonial!

 

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 Look at those sweet rafter tails!

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Look at the garage door, the lightning rod + the cool barn light!

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G.O. pointed out that light fixture, which had me mentally high-fiving myself.

It’s good when he digs the same things that I do!

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Look closely at what’s on the left side of the potting shed’s door:

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OMiGosh, it’s an old kitchen sink, which I totally love

+ which we totally have, languishing downstairs in our basement!!!

Gas up the truck, because it’s headed to its new home,

beside our blue garden shed

(a glimpse of which you can see here, to the right, behind our house!)

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But wait!  There’s more!

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Yes, that’s another vintage sink, + yes, we have one of those, too!

WOW, my head’s spinning with inspiration!

Speaking of which, this place was packed with repurposed vintage stuff!

Like these:

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IMG_4781(1)+ last but not least, there’s our dog, Dory, enjoying her day!

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BATHROOM TILE HAPPINESS

Hola, everybody!

We just paid a small fortune

to have bathroom tile installed at the Dutch colonial.

Methinks it was money well-spent.  What say ye?

Let’s begin upstairs + then work our way back down again.

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My tile design scheme:  classic, timeless

+ making it look like they are original to the house.

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I am especially pleased with my design for the window surround,

because it was a big challenge to keep things looking original.

We used inexpensive chair rail or cap tiles, in stock at Home Depot.

The subways were bought there at the same time.

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Now let’s head back downstairs.

First up, our powder room:

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May I just say that I’ve never loved anything more?

I call these 2″ tiles hexagons, or “hexies”,

but they’re also known as honeycombs.

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And does it go without saying that this room has to be gray,

to complement all the gray in the marble?

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I’m not afraid to choose something dark-ish,

since the floor is so light.

Meanwhile, check out this masterpiece:

gray panelled bathroom walls -- apartment therapy

Apartment Therapy

MAMA LIKE!

That picture frame molding might be too much troublesome for G.O.

I dunno, but stay tuned.

  *  * *

Meanwhile, here’s our quality control officer, Chloe, giving that floor the once-over:

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She approves!

Now let’s have a look-see at the downstairs main bath:

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I’ve always loved this kind of tile, which I refer to as “flowers”.

We searched + searched at tile retailers, but had no luck.

We ended up ordering it from Amazon.

Back to our room:

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As you can see, this tub’s been tricked out just like the one upstairs.

Love it!

And now, because I’ve been keeping so “bizzy”,

please allow me to share a few snapshots of my recent projects:

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As always, thanks for viewing!

It means a lot!


MEDIA WALL MUSINGS

Lately I’ve been planning our Dutch colonial’s living room in my head.

What fun!

Of course, we’ll need comfortable seating + lights for reading.

I must incorporate a TV, my books + artwork, too.

Me being me, I need to try + do this as stylishly as possible.

With a miniscule budget.

Yikes.

Let’s see what we have,

looking in from Dutch colonial’s front door:

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Next, as seen from the adjacent dining room,

through our fabulous pocket doors:

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A closer view of  that large, south-facing window bay:

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Here’s the view from that bay past G.O.

+ into the dining room (+ the kitchen, just beyond):

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We’ll have ourselves a nice, bright room!

But again — what to do with the TV, my books + artwork,

a.k.a. the media wall?

Answer:

That large, blank wall opposite the front door.

Here ’tis again:

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Just this week while perusing Pinterest,

I found a fantastic inspiration for our media wall, here:

Don’t you love it?

It’s inside the L.A. loft of Kristan Cunningham + Scott Jarrell:

lonny magazine -- kristin cunningham and scott jarrell's LA loft

You might recognize her from the old HGTV show, Design On A Dime.

These 2 kids also own the L.A. design firm + shop,

Hammer + Spear.

lonny hammer + spear

lonny magazine -- victorian turned wood easel with mirror $750

Victorian turned wood easel with mirror $750

lonny -- painted parchessi and checkers game board hammer and spear $499

Painted Parcheesi + checkers game board $499

lonny hammer + spear laboratory perfumes scented candle $60

Laboratory Perfumes scented candle $60

 

Cowboy Grass unisex fragrance by D.S. Durga  $106

Cowboy Grass (what?) unisex fragrance by D.S. Durga
$106

Okay.  So I love everything, but it’s all too spendy for me!

It’s that miniscule budget I mentioned, before.

* * *

But I digress!  Back to their fab media wall!

Let’s have a look-see + determine why it is so awesome:

lonny -- kristin cunningham's living room mid century + walls

While it looks like a wall of expensive built-ins,

 upon closer inspection,

one realizes that they’ve actually used light-toned wood cabinets

with a matching, light-toned wood wall behind them.

It looks like those are relatively inexpensive brackets + shelves, too.

lonny -- kristin cunningham's living room mid century + walls

Please notice the high contrast between the lighter media wall

+ how dark they’ve painted every other wall.

It creates an amazing focal point!

* * *

So.  That’s what I want to try + emulate for our media wall!

Instead of the cabinets,

we could use our new/old mid-century dresser.

(We drug it home from the curb about a month ago.  Score!)

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I like that our rescued dresser’s a whopping 64″ long;

it’s really going to make a statement in our room!

Its simple, mid-century modern good looks will ramp up our style, for sure.

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Now to match our dresser with our wall,

as they matched their cabinets with their wall in the L.A. loft.

Our options are to refinish our dresser’s wood

+ install some sort of wood wall behind it.

Or paint everything.

I’m leaning toward painting the dresser + wall, like here.

See how the artwork “pops” + the TV kind of “disappears”?

gray dark tv and artwork pottery barn

potterybarn.com

As you no doubt noticed, I’d be switching the lights + darks

from the original loft’s media wall . . .

lonny -- kristin cunningham's living room mid century + walls

. . . + go darker for my media wall + much lighter for everything else, like this:

Look how the dark gray renders the TV nearly invisible!

gray dark accent wall -- houzz.

Houzz.com

YAY on the TV “going away” . . .

. . . sure, we have one, but who wants it to be the focal point?

Now that that’s settled (one hopes), next up is the question,

“Dark gray or dark navy?”

 

navy houzz

houzz.com

Stay tuned!


A Couple Of Big Projects

Announcement:

G.O. has decided to strip the beautiful woodwork

of our Dutch colonial!

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While this means that we’ll never, ever move in (just kidding!),

it also means we’ll have the prettiest woodwork on the block!

Feast your eyes on one of the 2 pocket doors

between our living + dining rooms:

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Beautiful!

My plans are to leave the wood as natural as possible,

but I’m hoping we can somehow tone down that orange a bit.

Stay tuned for that.

* * *

Meanwhile, here’s another look-see at our beautiful woodwork.

This particular type of molding is called egg and dart:

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I recently observed said-same

on the exterior of an old building in our town:

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I think this illustrates very clearly why it’s called egg and dart.

Check out our molding in this before photo:

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Yikes!  All those pesky coats of paint almost obscure the gorgeous details!

 * * *

SO.  While — again — we may never, ever actually reside in our house . . .

. . . G.O. did share with me, just this a.m.,

 that a huge project should get underway this week, at long last!

T I L E !

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These 2″ hexagon marble tiles will be the floor of our powder room.

Here’s my grout chart, strategically placed next to the tile samples:

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I shall choose a medium-to-dark gray,

which is easier to maintain, will pop against + accentuate the light tiles,

+ I also think that dark grout looks more old-fashioned.

* * *

I’ve also got a few paint charts in the powder room.

At this point (meaning I might change my mind!),

I want to paint the walls a medium-to-dark gray.

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Since the floor’s so light + the room is so small,

I think I’ll be brave + go with something quite dark.

Maybe not this dark:

gray dark bathroom white tiles apartmenttherapy

apartmenttherapy.com

. . . but maybe a bit more dark than this:

gray bathroom walls with white floor apartment therapy

apartmenttherapy.com

Here’s what I have in mind:

gray walls -- #1

Source unknown

Definitely stay tuned for that, because I dunno if I have the courage!

Whatever shade I do pick for our powder room,

I want to install picture-frame molding on the walls, like here:

gray panelled bathroom walls -- apartment therapy

apartmenttherapy.com

I KNOW — YUM, right?

Oops!  I’ve not yet shared these fun factoids with G.O.

surprised boy

I’m not sure which he’ll dislike more — the dark walls or the paneling.

Please.  Stay tuned!

 


PORCH POSTS!

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Yesterday our front porch posts were installed.

I’m pretty excited about this wee bit o’ progress.

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While these look like wood, they’re actually fiberglass.

Soon they will be painted white to match the house.

* * *

SO.  This means one thing.

It’s time for me to finalize my railing choice.

First up, there’s your X motif — I’m a fan.

Let’s have a look-see,

starting with this charming cottage here in town.

I’ve always loved it!

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Man, do I love that screen porch, or what.

They replaced the original X rail on the front porch + stairs.

Kudos to the homeowner who cared enough to continue the X motif.

Looks good! — except they’re kind of too stretched out, in my opinion.

I prefer it when the X is more square, like this:

porch railing -- X motif -- hookedonhouses.net

hookedonhouses.net

X porch rails in the tropics scentsational girl

Centsationalgirl

My favorite of all the X railings would be when it’s “smooshed”, like this:

porch with X

Source unknown

So, the X it is!

* * *

Or IS it?

I just don’t think X railings are right for a Dutch colonial porch.

In all my surfing, I’ve not seen photos** of said-same,

 so I’m pretty sure I would have remorse.

G.O. hates it, so there’s that, too.

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**Happily, I have seen at least one photo of what I really like.

Stay tuned for that!


Too Bizzy To Blog; Here’s Why

Hola!

Man, I’ve missed blogging, but here’s why I’ve been absent.

I’ve been bizzily making “stuff” like this,

using old wood salvaged from our Dutch colonial!

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It’s reversible!  2 X’s the fun!

It’s also currently for sale in my brick-and-mortar space, or store:

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I call my biz REDBIRD Vintage Home,

+ I really couldn’t love anything more.

I share my space with 12 other vendors in this new-ish cool store:

 true north flyer

true north -- amy's toucan true north -- front interior true north exterior

Let’s have another look-see at REDBIRD.

Here I am, at left, inside my space,

 with 2 of my high school classmates who visited last week!

Guess the name of our high school.

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Kay – Janet – Kathy

I’ve been making + selling pillows for several years.

I have an etsy shop for them, plus 2 galleries sell them for me –

1 in Jackson Hole, WY + 1 in Los Angeles.

Lately, I’ve focused more on signs + furniture + other “stuff”.

By “other stuff”, I mean measuring sticks.

Here is a close-up of a couple:

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Wow, all that old chippy paint — I love it!

I like to think of these as the world’s hippest growth charts

or just a cool, industrial accent.

* * *

My plans are to combine my work

with other “merch” that I order for the store,

like these glove molds from NYC:

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. . . and this fabulous-ness from New Hampshire:

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Meanwhile, it’s time to view a few more of my projects!

I love the word “HOME” + opted to stencil it on this old, wooden step ladder:

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$22

Next up, I stenciled a faded Frenchie stripe on some off-white canvas,

+ G.O. used it to reupholster this old, red metal mechanic’s stool:

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$34 — SOLD!

This cute table was tricked out in a Swedish kind of way:

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Check out how I lined those drawers.

It’s old Mary Emmerling wallpaper from a recent past bathroom of ours!

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SOLD!

A pub table turned a little British with its stylized Union Jack top:

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. . . and a couple more vintage items received their RedBird crosses:

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* * *

So.  What’s going on over at the Dutch colonial? — you ask?

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THE SIDING IS DONE!

Next up (soon!): tricking out THAT PORCH!

Stay tuned!

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CHANGE O’ PLANS — AGAIN

Oh, dear.  I’ve changed my mind, yet again.

This is the very thing that upsets poor G.O.

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I’ve decided against my original color choice for our front doors.

My starter plan was to use this pretty pale blue:

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Brittany blue by Benjamin Moore

I wanted to complement the darker blue of our garden shed,

which, as you can see, is quite visible from the front of the house.

Oh, + there are our front doors, too.

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(Insert snarky comment about the blue trash can

color-coordinating with our house.)

* * *

Back to our shed + front door colors.

Here they are, side by side:

blue spruce

SHED

DOORS

DOORS

 

Beautiful, no?

Yesh, BUT WAIT.

When viewing the house as a whole, there is a lot of paleness going on,

but there are also 2 very prominent, very dark features!

DARK FEATURE #1

The charcoal gray metal roof  out front:

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Here it is while the siding goes up, protected with cardboard:

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DARK FEATURE #2

Our black roof.

I mean, HELL-O!  There’s a lot of roof on our house!

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Here’s what I think:

Black doors.

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Here’s why:

REASON #1

 Our house looks a tad top-heavy,

because all the black is way up high.

That black roof, especially, kind of looks like it doesn’t belong on this house.

We need something black on the lower level.

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REASON #2

 The rule of ‘three’.

You know that rule, don’t you?

When one chooses an accent color,

one should repeat that accent color  THREE TIMES.

Something about one’s eye being able to travel uninterrupted

throughout the space.

I shall be doing the same thing inside our house, with the color red.

STAY TUNED!


Front Door Color!

Our siding is going up, + the good news is that I love it!

Here’s the finished 2nd story, out back:

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SO.  The bad news?

Well, it’s not that bad — but now, in comparison,

the rest of our project looks even worse.

The humanity!

Take the original wooden storm doors.

Please.

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I’ve decided to paint them a pale blue,

which will look great with all the white + pale gray.

I also want them to ‘play nicely’ with the blue of our garden shed,

as it’s visible from the front of the house.

Here ’tis, as of yesterday,

after we did a little landscaping to boost my morale:

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My old trellis section, pedestal + urn, with some new lavender + mulch

We painted the shed last summer, using Benjamin Moore’s Blue Spruce.

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To choose a complementary pale blue on our front doors,

I opted to consult the same color chart that the Blue Spruce was on:

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Blue Spruce is 2nd from top, on the left

I liked Santorini Blue (3 shades down from Blue Spruce):

 blue -- santorini

Done!

Front doors color, handled!

Now let’s have a look-see at some blue doors I spied on Pinterest.

These beauties reaffirmed my choice of a pale blue door!

Melissa Reading on Pinterest

Melissa Reading on Pinterest

 

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Alison Johnston on Pinterest

Time to head to the Ben Moore paint store in town

Stay tuned!

 


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