December 16, 2006
I love the plum. The house down the street is grey-green with plum details. It's beautiful.
Carol and Michele were working on the colors for the house and I came in late. The screen color had been chosen—a bright red. The plum was reserved for the door only. But it looked good. The red looked good too, although a bit fire-enginish. The plum was the bee's knees. Still, if Carol and Michele were happy with the red, I was fine with it. Go with it, I said. It is my gift to you, I thought.
Tonight, in a lamentful mood, I sigh, "There's this house that's green with plum details down the street. It looks really good. But we've chosen red for our screens. Why?"
Michele's reply: "I thought YOU liked the red. I LOVE the plum!"
"I thought you and Carol picked out the red, and I just decided to go with it. I LOVE the plum too."
We gave each other the red screens. Neither of us wanted red screens.
And so, in this Christmas season, in this town that O.Henry once called home, we have the modern house-renovation version of "The Gift of the Magi." Sort of.
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Michele and Michael, I just took a look at your BLOG this morning. It will be such a nice record of your project, which is progressing right along, isn't it? You'll be in there in no time!
A comment on your paint color selections. No, I won't vote (!). While it's commendable that you're considering the historic style and context of the house, think about the design scheme (paint colors, fabrics, furniture and fixtures) that you'll be incorporating into the interior of the house as well. You'll want interior and exterior schemes that are complementary so there's a nice transition from outside to inside.
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