Hubba Bubba…And the case of the Curb UN-Appeal.

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pink houseWhen I first passed this neighbour’s house, I nearly went off the road. My first thought was “Yikes, what are they thinking?”. Then thinking better of the situation, I realized that no one would choose to paint their home this colour – would they?

Recalling when I once painted a room a deep wine colour, the recommended primer was a Pepto Bismol pink. I couldn’t get the real colour up fast enough.

It must be just that, a tinted primer for a rich red (mmm…maybe…Benjamin Moore’s Lyons Red CC-68) or burgundy (the Radicchio CC-32 would work well) these would look sharp against the cool grey brick. That must be it.

So, I waited to see what their final colour would be…but as the days passed I began to think that my initial impression was bang on.

I give credit to the homeowner - at least they painted. Many people live in a house for years with never a thought about painting or caring for the exterior of their home.

In new homes, the paint used tends to be the lowest grade that they could get their hands on and the same colour is replicated throughout the surrounding homes, creating “cookie-cutter” houses.

However, I think this homeowner yielded a little too much creativity but at least they stand out on the street!

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Gina Dougherty
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My initial reaction is that it is awful, it looks like a flamingo. But I like flamingos and so then it starts to grow on me. 

Paint would be my first recommendation if I had to stage it though!

November 29, 2006 01:58 AM
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Sarah Cooper
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I've seen much worse.  Like Gina, I think it could grow on me.  At least the shade of pink goes well with the brick ... ;)
January 21, 2007 12:27 PM
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Cindy Lin
Staged4more Home Staging & Redesigns // EcoJoe

well, out of town visitors definitely won't get lost! all they need to do is ask "where is that pink garage house?"

actually locally in palo alto here, one of my berkeley professors was known to have the ugliest pink house in the neighborhood. her neighbors were so angry (because it's in the midst of expensive homes) they protested because her house was pulling down the property values for everyone else. it actually got on the local news. and they interviewed all these angry neighbors. haha it was pretty funny.

miss ya!

;P

cheers,

cindy@staged4more 

January 31, 2007 02:02 PM
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Pat Ebrahimi
I think by now you have to believe your first take on the paint job was on target because why else would someone paint the door and it looks like a mailbox or something the same...unusual....color?  It goes to show we people with some modicum of taste are needed out there.  Go stagers, go stagers.  Go have a talk with these owners.  They make the case for HOAs!
February 02, 2007 09:17 AM
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Lou Anne Fleury

I love this house.  Congratulations to the  owners for following their own likes.  Thank
God we live in a country where we have freedom of choice.  I live in a small "resort" town in the Catskills in upatate New York.  Our home is an old victorian/farmhouse and when we pruchased it, it had been empty for awhile and needed some love.  We chose to paint the house light grey, with pink & blue trim.  We have a white picket fence and at holidays, we decorate with pink & white icecicle lights. ( I change the bulbs to add the pink  to every 3rd bulb).  We have people stop by all the time to photograph our home and it's known as the "doll" house.  During the summer, we have "pink" wicker furniture and hanging baskets of pink flowers on the wrap around porch.  I an very thankful that I live in America nad have the freedom of choice and do not have to succumb to the "taste" of others.  If you enjoy living in a boring house, great., but I love living in my pink & blue trimmed home.  Personally, I think  tan & green painted homes are in poor taste, but that's only my opinion.  This is America, Enjoy your freedom to make comments about others, but be ready for others to criticize your taste in things.

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