So we’ve checked out the field of choices for the exterior wall light for the front porch of the Grout Cottage. And this is the choice,
I chose the Masonic lantern because I needed a hanging fixture with a lantern style. I liked the simplicity of the hook and loop and the curve of the framing detail around the seeded glass. I am pleased with the scale and the end result, see for yourself.
Here it is in action on the front porch of the house,
I know the house looks finished in the photo and I haven’t shown you the complete renovation but it’s coming I promise. Can you tell what paint color it is?
Leaving dirty yellow, Pepto pink, white and a battleship gray foundation would be no trouble at all.
From previous experience I know how painstaking the process of choosing an exterior paint color can be and I didn’t want to be rushed or procrastinate. I’ll sheepishly remind you all that I once had a house painted three times. In order to get ahead and never make that mistake again, I let samples stay up for something like two months at the Grout Cottage.
In gathering inspiration at the start of the project on the Grout Cottage pinboard, I pinned a few color combinations on Queen Anne style homes. For a hot minute, I kicked around maybe stepping away from the blues, greens & grays and doing some sort of terra cotta combo. Ultimately, I couldn’t depart from what I love so much so I decided that I would do something in the blue/gray family.
There were a few Benjamin Moore colors I have been curious about and wanted to try including:
1- Woodlawn Blue 2- Hollingsworth Green 3- Stratton Blue 4- Wythe Blue
I narrowed it to Woodlawn & Wythe fairly easily. After viewing them at different times of the day, I found that the intense sun washed Woodlawn Blue out significantly at certain times of the day.
So I chose Wythe Blue.
And then the rest of the players fell into place after that.
Out and about this morning, if you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen all of this business but for those who aren’t…
Preparing for the open house happening this evening at my old house. Couldn’t help but notice the limelight hydrangeas doing their thing in the front yard.
A quick PSA:Attention gardeners and landscapers in NC– who needs azaleas that only bloom for a couple of weeks when you can blast a mass of beautiful hydrangeas for two months that look good closeup and from afar. This gardener doesn’t– I liberated myself from the gazillion leggy, woody azaleas that were growing in this yard. Except for Encore azaleas, you’re cool and you can stay.
The view from the front yard of Mid Pines golf course. The course is looking good, especially with a little morning fog.
And the porch brackets are up at the Grout Cottage, we’re bringing back a little of the Queen Anne. The painting crew is scraping the exterior now, we’re so close!
To review… the Grout Cottage is a Queen Anne built in 1895. It is a duplex that we began remodeling in December 2012. Here’s the introduction post to the house.
I know I said that we were going to keep the old carriage house but after taking a serious look at it in the back yard of the Grout Cottage, we decided that it would cost too much to save it. We wouldn’t really be able to recoup the cost to basically rebuild the dilapidated carriage house so last week it came down.
My Dad skillfully demolished it with the backhoe. Here’s a snippet of the action,
well that was fun if you like watching buildings being demolished…and then after a few hours work it was reduced to this,
Nice view of the neighbor’s pool now. They’ve got to love us after rehabbing this dump and they’ll love us even more after we plant some barrier trees.