Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Rainbow of Front Doors

I know I mentioned it at some point. Our main doors are made of two massive blocks of wood that are glued together. They're solid as rocks, but not the prettiest things. One is painted white and the other is brown. Eventually, they need to be replaced. That's not a top priority, but I thought I might slap a coat of paint on them to freshen them up while we work on other projects.

What color? I'm not sure yet. The house is a little lighter than cornflower blue. It would look nice with so many colors.

When I was younger, I loved glossy, red doors. When I imagined my future home, though the style and size of the house changed, the red door was always there.

This next image actually look a lot like our front door (though ours has a storm door on it).

It would look so beautiful during the holidays.

Pink is unexpected, but I love it.

The light, baby pink in the next image wouldn't look great with our house color.

It would be "very Virginia" to have a blue house with an orange door. We would get so many brownie points from our Wahoo neighbors. In case you don't know, University of Virginia's colors are blue and orange.

A strong yellow would probably look fantastic with our house color.

I'm throwing some green doors in just because they're pretty. I don't think this color would be quite right on our house.

Blue on blue? I think a very, very dark navy might look okay.

I love these lighter blues, but they wouldn't work. Look at the door in the next photo against the blue porch ceiling. Not quite right.

This is totally unexpected, but I love this purple door. 

The gray is pretty, too.

This door might be my favorite of the lot, but it's clearly not going to happen on our house.

Interestingly, I don't see too many doors in our neighborhood with bright doors. I hope the neighbors don't think we're nuts if we go for the red or the yellow.
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Kathy Best Design in Traditional Home

Don't you love it when you see an image that makes you stop and really inspect what's going on in it? That's what happened when I came across this image in the most recent issue of Traditional Home. This is the foyer from the Napa Valley Showhouse, designed by Kathy Best Design.

That light fixture is called Dressage...how perfect!

When I saw it, I caught myself tilting my head as if look at it from a different angle would reveal more of the room.I went to google next and found more pictures of the room on Kathy's website.

Nothing here really translates to my home, but I find the whole thing so interesting. I especially love the wall where that large piece of art is hanging.

Kathy also designed the powder room for the house. Unfortunately, this is the only image of the space. I wish there was more!

But one point that I'm debating...is that ice in the sink?
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Friday, September 20, 2013

The Market at Grelen in Orange County

A recent trip to Orange County with friends included a stop at The Market at Grelen. The property started as (and remains) the home of Grelen Nursery, which provides trees and landscaping services for clients all over the region. In recent years, the owners lovingly restored a barn on their property and created a cafe and farm shop that is quickly becoming a destination for great food and music.

If you think this place is beautiful based on iphone photos, imagine how wonderful it is in person!

There's a lovely, little cafe inside the Market. Local sources, of course!

Of course, this is still a nursery. There are plants and trees everywhere. They also have fields where you can pick your own berries.

This last one is for the Bloggess lovers.

The Market at Grelen
15091 Yager Rd.
Somerset, VA  22972
Tuesday - Saturday  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday  11:00 am - 4:00 pm 

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