Lavender Problems

A few weeks ago a little girl and her mother came to our door selling girl scout cookies. We weren’t buying, but her sales pitch was memorable. The first thing the girl said was something like “I have to say, I LOVE your lavender door. Lavender is my FAVORITE color.”

Lavender isn’t my favorite color and it certainly isn’t Megan’s either. The door has been lavender since we first moved in. Can you believe we bought it that way? Fortunately for us, having a lavender door and shutters has its advantages. People can spot our house easily,  its memorable, and its great to mention for the pizza delivery boy when he can’t find our house.

Wide Home Exterior Day Winter

They say a new color of paint on your front door can really change the look of a house, and that’s what we’ve got in mind. I’ve always enjoyed the faux-cedar shake vinyl siding on the house, and the gray color is fine by me. The lavender door and shutters, not so much.

We’ve been at Lowes looking into the project and it seems like we’re priced out of replacing the shutters. 30 bucks a pop? That wouldn’t be very DIY of us! We’re thinking of refinishing them in a black color but the door is still up in the air.

Lavender Shutters

Lowes and Valspar have a series of paint colors created with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. What they’ve done is create “a palette of over 250 colors documented from historic places across the country and representing American colors from a variety of periods and styles.” Its a cool concept and some of the colors could be perfect for our front door. We’re thinking something in their blue family. Maybe Betsy Ross House Blue?

Low Angle Front of House

Stay tuned. We’re not jumping into this project just yet. In fact, I don’t know when we’ll get around to it, but hopefully as the weather gets warmer we’ll be a little more eager to get outside and paint.


Hurricane Sandy/Nor’Easter Updates!

First of all, I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since our last post! Sorry for the inactivity on here, we’ve definitely still been active around the house.

Secondly, we’ve survived Hurricane Sandy. And now we’ve woken up this morning to a sort of winter wonderland. Have these two weather events really signaled the end of our favorite season? Check out a few photos from the past month.

Fall in Blauvelt, NYAutumn, Palisades Parkway, NJ

Those two were taken in Rockland County, NY and along the Palisades Parkway in NJ, respectively.

Hurricane Sandy Tree on Car

Yes, that’s what we came home to after the storm. Yes, that is Megan’s car. Not a drop of water anywhere in the house, and not another tree down in the entire yard.

Broken Tree after Hurricane Sandy

It was a big pine, and a tree I never thought would snap like a twig.

Hurricane Sandy Tree Debris

Hurricane Sandy Yard Cleanup

And then the clean up began. Not a bad pile, it definitely wasn’t as easy as Irene.

House and Snow

Here we are just over a week after Hurricane Sandy hit, and I come home to this, a nice mix of rain and heavy, wet snow. It did, however, make for a pretty good looking, yet difficult, commute this morning. Here’s two shots from our respective commutes.

Snow on Laurel Hill, Secaucus, NJ

Snowy Road in NJ


Road Tripping (to Cape Cod)

This past weekend we took a road trip up to Cape Cod. For us this is a 6 hour drive and we didn’t have much time so the emphasis was more on the road rather than the destination. We left super early to avoid the rush hours into and through New York City and Connecticut. The plan worked and we were in Hyannis before noon.

Sandy Neck Light

That’s a picture of Sandy Neck Light, on Sandy Neck, a spit of land not to be confused with Sandy Hook. This view comes courtesy of the Long Pasture Nature Preserve, a very cool park run by Massachusetts Audubon.

Hyannis Harbor Anchor In Hotel

That’s a view from our hotel, and yes, it was that dreary the entire trip. That didn’t stop us from visiting the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory!

Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory

On the way home we decided to make a few stops, one of which was Jamestown, Rhode Island. Jamestown is on an island in Narragansett Bay, and was the filming location for films such as Dan in Real Life and Moonrise Kingdom. The latter was the reason we wanted to check it out. Check out a few pictures.

Moonrise Kingdom Coming Soon

That’s a still from the Moonrise Kingdom trailer and below is the way we saw it that day at Fort Wetherill. Fort Wetherill is a former fort turned park and was one of the more iconic settings in the film.

Moonrise Kingdom Fort Wetherill

So, this post didn’t really have anything to do with the house, but we’ll be getting to that. Stay tuned for some interesting things we found at an antique shop on the trip.

Bill Murray Moonrise Kingdom