One of my favorite go-to pursuits
is perusing house listings on realtor.com.
It’s been a while since I blogged about my “finds”,
but then yesterday I spied this cape cod in my hometown*
FOR A MERE $25 GRAND!!!
If you can’t see the enormous potential
of this charmer-in-waiting,
then I’m sorry —
but we can’t be friends any more!
*It’s in Greenville, Illinois, which is 50 miles east of St. Louis
+ has 1207 sq. ft. + 3 bedrooms + 1.5 baths (listing here.)
I did share this house on my RedBird Facebook page,
as is my way (follow me!),
at which time I mused about possibly
painting it all black to make a modern statement.
I’m pretty sure I was influenced by this do-over,
featured in the current issue of Country Home magazine —
as I thought it was really striking + so well-done.
The original section remains quite traditional + untouched,
but the flat roofs on the wings
+ their horizontal siding add the modern.
Metal roofs can go either modern or traditional,
+ I think this raw, unpainted metal looks industial + modern.
This next all-black houses’s over-sized windows
add to its modern look,
yet I think it remains quite traditional.
Here, the dark metal roof accents skew traditional.
This stately Victorian house
is nearly all black,
with pops of white in the window surrounds.
Notice how the black window sashes “pop”
against the white trim.
Would you have painted the door trim white?
I would have.
This sunning home looks fantastic in black,
+ notice how pretty all the mostly-white flowers
contrast with the dark facade:
This house reminds me of the Country Home do-over,
with its traditional bones
+ some modern details added,
such as the horizontal boards on the porch + foundation:
However, most of the black houses online
do include white trim,
+ let’s face it, that’s a really good look.
When a house has a multitude of beautiful details,
the white gives them the attention they deserve,
like this home’s arch top window + door
+ swoon-worthy front pergola:
This house is very traditional + colonial,
but the pale blue door brings it into the 21st Century
in a very pretty way:
I think this is a newly-built farmhouse-style house,
+ those stand-out twin columns
might be lost if they weren’t painted white.
I love the window box with its brackets,
which echo those along the roof gable!
Here’s another beautiful new-build
with pairs of porch columns.
Its metal roof reminds me of the all-black magazine house
that sparked my all-black inspiration.
The simple, pale front door says “today”:
.This next beautiful house’s charcoal siding
is more interesting when paired with black shutters
+ white paint on its colonial details,
like that front door surround + picket fence.
(P.S. Nothing says New England architecture
like a whale weathervane!)
And speaking of pretty white details + picket fences,
this house couldn’t be more charming.
I’m smitten with the rows of rose bush topiaries
+ box woods marching along side the brick front sidewalk!
here’s a look-see at a pale before + black after:
They kept enough white trim
to accent the pretty details
(notice my “faves” – the black window sashes),
+ amped up the modern very nicely
with the natural wood door
+ horizontal natural boards on the foundation
+ on that nicely beefed-up front porch.
M e a n w h i l e —
after all this online researching of black cape cods,
I’m on the fence about my hometown house’s exterior color.
Instead of going with a monochromatic all-black exterior,
I now think there are just enough pretty details
to highlight in white.
I think I’d paint those interesting window sashes black,
so that they stand out,
+ some sort of pale front door
would be nice + on-trend, don’t you think?
Too bad I don’t think I could persuade G.O. to move
to my southern Illinois homeland with me!