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February 21st, 2010


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10:57 am - Renovation and Hooves
A quick series of thoughts:

*I've been sadly delinquent since... ever... in the upkeep of my house. (I spend my money on Diet Coke with Lime, travel, books, and cowboy boots -- although I still haven't sprung for a pair of Luccheses, and I wants them, my precious... Okay, yes, I totally, totally get that this is improvident.) This spring, however, I'm hoping to catch up with things I've neglected, including my house.

This means that I'm currently lost in possibilities. Should I paint my house a wild color? (The consensus from friends and family is NO.*** Dash it.) Should I go small (new handles for the kitchen cabinets!) or go big somehow? What counts as indulgence?

Onward in the forest of possibilities!

*I'm currently renovating my major-project-in-process as well, ripping up characters and building them anew, adding more load-bearing walls to the structure I've already got. But I've got to keep some of those fine artisanal details I put in at first, yes? The nicely balanced archway of words here, the shot of light for that character there... Say yes, I tell myself, and pause the cursor, and watch it blink.

Onward in the forest of possibilities!

*As I was scanning the vogue.co.uk style blog this morning (as you do), I came across a review of a London fashion week show in which the footwear was referred to as "hoof-like." Of course my mind immediately leapt to actual hooves: the hard exterior to protect the more tender inside, the patterns they make on contact, the sound on earth or road. Should it be "hoofs" for unshod horses -- "barefoot," as they say -- and "hooves" for those protected and nailed with metal, to match the sounds they make? Or should I reverse that?

And then I started thinking about a human's shoes becoming hooves, started thinking about strange transformations in the forest of possibilities, and I went back to paint colors and character-building. Safer that way, more provident!

What are you thinking today? What are you building, what are you backing away from?

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***My father was the exception to the swelling chorus of voices telling me to choose a safe color for my house. After I mentioned that every house on my block was painted either white, tan, or taupe, he said, "Well, then, you should paint your house blue or something." A beat. "That way, if you ever come home drunk, you'll know which is yours." Oh, Dad. ;-)

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From:chase820
Date:February 21st, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
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If you have a mid-century Florida rancher, you can paint your house whatever color you want. In their original incarnation, they were quite brightly colored. My parents have had their house a rather nice shade of sage green for nigh-on 40 years, but when they bought it, the whole thing was shell pink.

I rather like the idea of a pink house. Though if I ever were to buy a rancher, I'd probably go with daisy yellow.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Sage green has made a comeback here in the Small Town, I have to say, and it often looks great -- but not with as many contrasting shrubs and trees as I have. (And I've seen disasters with green, too: ex. a seafoam green house which looks great at twilight and horrific every other time.)

I'm thinking buttercream with trim in a yet to be determined rich blue. ;-)

[waves and sends thoughts of vacation]
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From:headrush100
Date:February 21st, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Go wild, I say. :-) If not outside, then inside.

Happy writing, happy pondering of possibilities!

**hugs from a germ-free internet**
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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
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The interior of my house is v.v. colorful, it has to be said. ;-)

Hugs hugs, and get well soon!
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From:janus_74
Date:February 21st, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I think your dad is onto something :)

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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
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He's wise, my dad. ;-)

Happy Sunday to you and yours!
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From:julia_here
Date:February 21st, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Those shoes look like the rubber bells that Tennessee Walking Horse trainers used to use to get horses to increase the height on their front feet. Not worse than the dyed fur booties Zac Posen is showing for fall.

My house is soot-brown with red and green trim; I need to redo the trim this summer when the front stoop is given ramps. I have to look out at two subdivisions where the covenants decree shades of aging oatmeal and brown rice, and I would rejoice if comeone painted their house a nice old-fashioned midcentury modern color like burnt coral or azalea or Carolina Blue.

Julia, there is one house in the closer sub-d which is the palest possible yellow, like butter in the depth of winter, with barely greenish grey trim: nice, and individual, but still rather blah

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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
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I saw those Zac Posen fur booties. [withholds comment]

I send good thoughts for redoing your trim this summer! And I sympathize with your displeasure at the blandness of so many home-association-ruled subdivisions. Although I live in a small town where we are free to pursue our fancies [grin], I know too many people locked into blandness.

For myself, I'm thinking of a rich color to set off a palest buttercream for the body of the house.

Happy Sunday!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Your idea of eclecticism in knobs is a good one... but then the handles would compete with the antique glassware I've inherited, which now are the shimmering focal point of the kitchen. Hmmm. [ponders]

Hugs and happy ponderings and springtime joys, C!
From:going_not_gone
Date:February 21st, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
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A yellow house is always nice. Or you could just paint your trim and your front door in a vivid color. Perhaps purple.

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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
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I'm definitely thinking of vivid and rich for the trim color. (Purple, maybe not...)

Thanks, and a good Sunday to you and yours!
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From:anne_d
Date:February 21st, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Start with the small redecoration, like interesting knobs and drawer pulls, see where that leads you?
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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
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That is a wise thought... to pursue the logic of small changes! :-)

Hugs and good changes to you, A.
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From:heron_pose
Date:February 21st, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
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The Tall Man and I came home from Brittany (2.5 years ago now) determined to do our green house's trim in lavender or French blue -- something that would really pop, and remind us of France. But we haven't.

So, I'm with your father. I'm always in favor of other folks doing radical things to their lives. Um, perhaps I'm not the best person to ask.

::hugs::

::not with hooves::
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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
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I love French blue trim on a green house! That could be so cool. [admires the thought]

I totally understand the not-quite-realized quality of the renovation idea, too. ;-)

Hugs (sans hooves) to you, H_P, and a good Sunday!
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From:lazy_neutrino
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes! Paint your house raspberry!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Heee! Alas, that color would clash with the springtime azaleas and camellias which surround the place with pink from January through March. ;-)

But maybe for a trim color...!

Happy Sunday to you. :-)
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From:paratti
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Lilac might be fun:)
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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
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That's actually a cool idea for the trim! [beams]

[sends hugs and good thoughts for your Sunday and beyond]
From:gwynnega
Date:February 21st, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Lilac trim does sound nice! :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
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We shall have to see if that's the ultimate winner. :-)

[hugs and a good Sunday]
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From:nutterbudgie
Date:February 21st, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Orange would work w/your neighborhood, with a flashy French Blue or lilac trim!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 21st, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Orange is a bit too much for me, to be honest. ;-)

(I've tested a dark gold, and, er, no.)

But it's very clear that a flashy trim is the way forward -- thanks for adding your voice! Hugs and a good start to your week, too. :-)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:February 22nd, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
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Putting in a vote for a rich Prussian Blue for trim with the butter yellow 9a combo I've always loved).

Now that my father is gone, I think I'll adopt yours (virtually, of course, and if it's okay with you -- you make him sound delightful).

Hugs and a toast for house improvements!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 22nd, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
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Mmm, that's a color combination I do like! [thinks]

And I am perfectly happy to share my father with you. :-) He's a funny fellow, and a good one.

Hugs, time for yarn art, and a good week overall!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 22nd, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
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Hi hi, Rainkatt!

You articulate well my dilemma: most of the time I want a bright COLOR, but sometimes I don't. [nods] The bright pop of color might be confined to the trim...

Anyway, it's so good to hear from you! I send thoughts of yarn and virtual hugs your way. :-)
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:February 22nd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Another vote here for painting your house in a bold, vibrant colour.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 22nd, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
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[notes down vote]

Thank you, S_C, and a good thought for a colorful week for you! :-)

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