3.15.2015

nesting






Good morning and happy Sunday to you.  What a lovely break it has been.  Over a month of very limited computer use has been wonderful.  I think because I did not grow up with computers or social media letting go of it felt good.  I also have a bad case of tendinitis in my right elbow so staying off the computer has helped that too.  But anyway I'm back and thought I'd fill you in on what's going on around here.  A few days ago I found this beautiful nest in my yard.  It had been blown out of the tree and was resting on the lawn.  I've been collecting abandoned nests for years.  Each one is a study of beauty and function. They remind me of our own homes and how we work to make them comfortable, safe and pretty.





My friend L who lives in San Diego sent me this photo yesterday of a nest that was built right into a wreath she had hanging on her front door.  Gorgeous!





M gave me this Camelia plant when we moved here.







We've been feathering our nest so to speak, as the exterior painting has begun.  Are you shocked by the color choice? I kind of am. What happened to white and pink?  I have no idea.  We decided on Benjamin Moore's Black Bean Soup and that was that. It's actually their paint/stain and is covering the red really well.  In the shade it reads as black but in the direct sun you see more brown.  We've been going out and painting for about 2-3 hours a day and we are making our way to the front.  In fact today we will be painting the front and so the neighbors will see and that's going to be interesting because they LOVE the red and are going to be shocked. So I have that to look forward to today. Yikes!

Have a really good one. x

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  1. OH HAPPY DAY!
    you are back, and I'm delighted. Enjoy your posts. entertaining, inspiring,educational. everything!
    My favorite of the bloggers.
    xoxo

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  2. So glad you are back Janet, your posts are always so inspiring!

    Your house is going to look gorgeous in black, just like the Danish beach cottages and small summer cabins that I admire.

    /Bea

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    1. thank you bea. i will google them and take a look. x

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  3. Welcome back, you have been missed. Where have you placed the desk in your cottage? Have you tried Biofreeze on your elbow? It might help you.

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    1. yes priscilla,i use biofreeze throughout the day. and an elbow brace. it's a frustrating injury that is taking soooo long to heal.

      the desk is to the immediate right when you step inside. i put it where the small white table was that always has the big ralph lauren book on it. i need to take some inside photos to show you. x

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  4. Lovely to have you back! I think the color you chose for your house is perfect.

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  5. You could still do a peony pink front door. With Cream or gray shutters

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    1. That sounds wonderful - do it, Janet! :0)

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    2. Oh, I LOVE that idea!! I had a couple neighbors back in the early 80s that painted their bungalows black. I loved it then and still do. They also had very quirky yards that added to the atmosphere. The pink door would be icing on the cake!!

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    3. that's a great idea chaina. both the front and back doors have screen doors covering them so it won't have the impact that i'd like but would still be so pretty. i will keep you posted! x

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    4. There's a kind of storm door that the top half has screen that pulls down... best of both worlds? I know you are frugal so maybe later in your decorating timeline. I have one and I love it.

      http://www.homedepot.com/p/Andersen-3000-Series-Black-Self-Storing-Easy-Install-Storm-Door-3SNEZL36BL/203145058?N=5yc1vZbtxkZ1z0rgsx

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    5. that's a good idea viridine but the front screen door is as old as the house and so i wouldn't ever replace that. the back screen is one of those security screens so we can leave the door open in the summer. but thank you for your idea, that's so sweet of you to provide the link too. x

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  6. Gosh how I have missed you....i prayed that you would come back online.
    Your desk vignette is gorgeous....our cats would rip a nest to shreds and I have had to hide my collection of feathers as the cars think they are toys! Oh and your house paint colour is gorgeous! I can visualize it when it is finished and as it has great bones the effect will be transformative. All your pretty garden roses are going to stand out like beacons!
    You have made my morning happier Janet. Thank you
    XO

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    1. thank you so much leslie. what a lovely comment. i hope to post more pictures soon! x

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  7. Glad to see you're back and that you enjoyed your break. I can't wait to see the finished paint job, such an unexpected color choice.

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    1. thanks so much. i know...i kind of surprised myself too. but i know it's the right choice for this place. x

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  8. Welcome back! You must tell us how the neighbours react!

    I'm so glad you're back. I love all the bloggers that I read regularly, but you and Leslie give me a special sense of calmness just by reading your posts. Thank you.

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    1. Patricia, Would you let us know the name of Leslie's blog? I'm intrigued.
      Thanks.

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    2. thank you patricia. it was a quiet day around here yesterday. today we will really be in the front all day painting so i'm sure the regular walkers and such will have something to say!

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    3. fran i'm pretty sure patricia is talking about leslie from the hostess of the humble bungalow blog. she is a sweetheart. her blog is on my sidebar. x

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    4. Yes, that's Leslie's blog!

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  9. Wonderful choice for your new house color!!! A deep, natural and neutral tone that will work so well with many accent colors too! Well done on all of your hard work!

    Do consider posting a Before-and-After set of photos -- always fun to see a change!

    Here's to The Power of Paint! :) Cheers!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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    1. thank you jan. i most def will do before and afters. x

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  10. Good to have you back, Juanita!
    Love the colour of the wall. We painted our garden shed aubergine and it makes a wonderfully dramatic backdrop for plants.
    That nest is beautiful. x

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    1. thank you vix. oh aubergine sounds beautiful in your garden. will be by to visit today. x

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  11. Hurray! Finally! Welcome back, did you know you would be missed so much?? My sister found a nest on her walk that had a fishing line, with hook, all woven into it. You never know what you'll see in a nest, they are true little works of art.

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    1. oh kitty that sounds so amazing! they are like little works of art! x

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  12. So happy to see you back. And I am very much looking forward to seeing what you do with a black/brown house!

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  13. Love the black! I would have loved pink; but that's not as "you" as black and I get that. Kevin Sharkey, the designer who really influenced the change in Martha Stewart from her kind of country eclectic (early 90s Martha is my fav) look into her streamlined monochromatic look now, has said that he dreams of a black house as he thinks it'd be the 'chicest thing in the world'. He has an eye for luxurious and understated. Not the overdone English Country and Victoriana I love-but I appreciate it nonetheless. So glad you're back. I love the nest on the wreath!

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    1. I worry that Kevin has no other friends as his life seems so emeshed with Martha. I LOVED early 90s Martha too. Her garden book from Turkey Hill is still a favourite.x

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    2. how do i not know about kevin sharkey, he sounds like a genius! i don't know if this place will ever be chic but it's looking pretty smart right now. it's like the black paint is bossy and told the cottage to stand up straight. can't wait to post after photos.

      ff - her turkey hill book is one of my faves too. x

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  14. I too was so happy to see you pop up in my feed again! While I would have loved to see the house in pink, I am actually glad to see you are going with the black since that seems to be where your heart has been wanting to go for many years. Can't wait to see it finished.

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    1. thanks melodee. i think the black goes with the inside now too. it's really quite calming. x

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  15. Your nests are stunning, I've got one lonely one on my mantle, they are really amazing. And I think the Black Bean Soup is an inspired choice :)

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    1. thanks sue. i wish i had a mantle to display my nests as i think they are beautiful. i have to thank the owner of the paint store for the black bean soup recommendation - he was right on.

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  16. So happy you're back.....although I completely understand the need to step away once in a while. It's kind of like sorbet during a wonderful meal. I, too, have a fondness for nests...along with feathers & broken eggs I find. I generally love any beautiful gift nature has to offer !! My late husband would bring feathers to me that he found on his runs with the dogs. Sometimes I would find one on my car seat in the morning. I now find very tiny feathers in fairly odd places & think perhaps he left it for me.

    I love the black, although you would have done the pink perfectly. Will you have contrasting trim, & if so, what color? Enjoy your project !!

    Anita ~ the cabin on the creek

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    1. oh anita, i think this is one of my favorite comments ever. what a sweet husband you had and i love that you associate finding feathers with him. that is utterly beautiful! i don't think i'll look at a feather the same way again...

      the trim will stay white. thank you for sharing. xo

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  17. The nest collecting is a precious thought! You are a lovely woman. I liked the red but change is good for the spirit. It shakes things up a bit. Hope your neighbors are good sports. Happy Sunday!

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    1. thanks jennifer. there is one set of neighbors that have me a bit nervous but in the end they will have to get used to it right?! xo

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  18. The nest collecting is a precious thought! You are a lovely woman. I liked the red but change is good for the spirit. It shakes things up a bit. Hope your neighbors are good sports. Happy Sunday!

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  19. Glad you're back, you certainly have been missed. I really like the color you've chosen for your exterior. So brave of you and it looks great.

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    1. thank you jeannine. i have my paint store expert to thank! x

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  20. I have missed you J!!! I love the black- remember the black house at the Grove on out garden tour? My grandparents have a black house- so chic.

    Hope all is well with you- I've been feathering my nest too0 new sofa, new rugs, new cushions. So comforting! xxx

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    1. oh yes i remember. that is my main inspiration. when we turned that corner and i saw that gorgeous room addition i think i died a little. love that your parents have a black house!

      xo

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  21. Oh goody you are back! the black bean is a total suprise but I have always been impressed by how you put together a room so i know it will look great. a good backdrop for your lovely roses.
    Darby

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  22. Dear Janet,

    So happy you are back. I have really missed you too. We painted our porch furniture HB Black Tea (it looks almost black) and I still love the color after many years. Just hope it "clicks" for you and you are truly happy with your color choice. It's a great background color for plants and accessories.

    Sincerely,
    Debra from SENC

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    1. thank you debra. it really is a great backdrop for a garden. i have always felt that the red overpowered the garden and i think the black is going to really bring it out so to speak. xo

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  23. Well, well...and there you are; hi. Wowee, the paint color blew me sideways. Remember that somebody is always gonna not like your paint choice. We've been painting our exterior a green that's sorta pea soup-y and I can't imagine some of the unheard comments but it goes with my plants and yards; I like it. And that's what counts. What YOU like. One thing about the black, it will sure make all the color around you pop. You've got all that wonderful color in your garden. So, are you painting with the other arm that's good? My husband has to take a lot of painting breaks. The eaves are the worst, like painting a ceiling.

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    1. hi vicki. i love that pea soup color.

      i'm painting with my left arm which is hard but i'm getting the hang of it. the painting is very slow because each individual shingle has to be painted. it's like painting in 3D. i take an afternoon break and it recharges me. larry on the other hand can just go and go. thank God for him. xo

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    2. Yeah, my husband is painting stucco and it keeps sucking up the paint; he's doing it by brush/roller and not spray gun. I think it's three coats already; has gotten very expensive. Don't overdo it on that arm. I was in a skateboarding accident when I was a kid; long story, but it tore off one of my fingernails at high speed and my hand got infected with the ground-in asphalt. I had to learn, for school, to write with my left hand. Amazingly, I learned, and it strengthened my hand. Good luck; paint on! My hubby is the Energizer Rabbit, too. Even he had to knock off for awhile, though, in these exasperating 90+degree (f) temps and winds of the past few days; paint sets up too fast anyway. We're six degrees cooler this afternoon. It's killing my baby vegetables I just planted; grrrr...

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    3. ouch, that sounds really painful vicki. my left arm is getting stronger!

      L and I are both amazed at the coverage of the BM paint/stain. We are shocked really! so glad we picked it because it looks like we'll cover the whole house (minus trim) with 6 gallons. amazing.

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    4. We color matched from Sherwin Williams; they had a paint card we liked but we couldn't find it anywhere. I bet we're gonna realize we didn't buy high-enough-quality paint so, see, you get what you pay for, unless the stucco is just a sponge; ugh. You chose well. When I told my husband the name of your paint color, he immediately said, "I know that color. It's a nice brown-black. It is NOT black. It's a really unusual color. I wish I had something I could paint that color!" One thing I'm 'mourning' is that I had a crop of healthy and prolific yellow roses in the front of my house which have now 'disappeared' against the pea-soup green. I did not anticipate that. I'll leave the roses of other colors there, but I've decided I'm going to use the yellow for cutting flowers/arrangements because, now, they're wasted on the bush. You won't have that problem. The more I think about it, Janet, the red really wasn't 'you,' was it. I think you'll have soothing flow now...calming, continuous transition of neutrals from inside to outside and vice versa. It sounds like you're leaving the trim white. If so, you'll have best of all worlds...somewhere I retained, I don't know if it's true, that black (even though you're not true black) is the absence of color, yet white is the presence of color. I have a house in my neighborhood which is painted dove gray with black trim and white trim. It looks awesome. Very refined.

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  24. I'm so happy you're back. I so enjoy your posts. I too collect abandoned nests. It's so much fun to see how each one is so unique and well made...like each of our homes. I love the color of your house and really admire your painting it yourselves.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. thank karen. they are all so unique and well made...like each of our houses.........exactly! i love that about them! x

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  25. WELCOME BLACK! Love your blog and the daring but perfect house color. White trim? Smashing front/back door colors? I, too, like the color of pink if it's not too twee ("affectedly dainty or quaint"). You always surprise us with your independent sense of style that always works so well for you and brings joy to the hearts of your fans. XO, Jan Leanne

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    1. thank you so much jan leanne. what a wonderful compliment! xo

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  26. I love that paint! It looks so chic.

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    1. thank you nancy. i wasn't going for chic but if in the end it is...wow, how amazing that would be! xoxo

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  27. Woohoo! Glad you are back! Love the paint choice. I think it suits you. Or maybe it suits me. Can't wait to see it done. Hope all went well today as you painted your way to the front. Thought of you last week as I carefully added a few new things for summer to my wardrobe, and selected a few to be donated from winter. Really glad you are back.

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    1. thank you kathy. i need to work on my wardrobe too. it's summer like here now. it seems we barely had a winter and skipped spring. kinda scary this weather pattern. xoox

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  28. Oh wow! As much as I loved the red for your home. Not a favorite colour choice of mine but I really loved it on yours and could have moved in with that colour...But I have to say black bean soup is a popular black finish on trims and furnishings and such. I love this xolour choice for your home. I hear others suggest your pink and whites? It reminds me of the black door and pink rubber boots on the cover of Romantic homes last month of Fifi's feature.

    I love the idea of black and white due to the white and black kitchen you have, and the colour combo of your bedroom, and the formal living area with its blacks and whites. Your homes exterior with bring the outdoors in and really have a great energy flow to the outside vibe greeting you to then flow right into the home.

    I can see black home, white trim and white door, and very soft grey shutters, or white!
    I just can't get past all black and white.
    Please share more right away, as soon as you get it all painted.
    And then you two come up to the desert and help me paint mine black and white.

    Xoxo
    Welcome back I so missed visiting one of my favorite blogs.

    Dore

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    1. hi dore! thank you so much. yes i think the outside now will flow with the interior. i hope it comes out as lovely as you describe. i don't know that i could paint another house soon though. i'm getting tooo old for this!!! xo

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    2. To old you look fabulous.
      Xx
      Dore

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  29. Welcome back my friend! :) I've missed you, but sometimes we just need a break to concentrate on other important things. There was black cottage down the street from us back home and it was so charming! Their yard was filled with dark green boxwoods and lots of white flowers, it was stunning in the spring.

    I hope all is well and that you are re-energized for the lots of good things happening your way. ♥

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    1. hi sarah! oh i'd love to do boxwood and white flowers. that was such a gorgeous look in all the english gardens i saw on the tour. all i wanted to do was come home and plant boxwood! hope all is well with you too. xoxo

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  30. Janet, Soooo glad to see that you are BACK! I'm sure you needed that break and ouch... tendinitis, certainly don't blame you for wanting to get away from the computer for awhile.

    The momma bird has been tending to the three eggs in her nest. (I can see her head through the glass in the front door when she is sitting there) We have been leaving the porch light off at night as to not disturb her.

    LOVE the new color, you are right quite a change of heart from white or pink, but it will look so cool and elegant. Our house needs painting as well, and I actually considered black for awhile. Black makes everything pop, so your flowers will look so pretty...I just bought 4 glazed black pots for my plants by our front gate to replace the blue ones that are there right now.

    Can't wait to see the finished project!

    Linda
    xo

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    1. thank you so much for the nest photo. it really is gorgeous. i hope you will get to see the baby birds hatch. how fun that would be! can't wait to share the finished photos too! xo

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    2. Did you by chance pick the Black Bean Soup out of the March issue of House Beautiful? I happened to notice an interior wall color when I was flipping through it awhile ago, and sure enough it was the same color!

      Your nest is extra beautiful!!

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  31. I see that I am not alone when I say that I am glad you are back. Can't wait to see the finished project!

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  32. Lovely to see you back again. I'm sure the black will look wonderful and dramatic against all the colour and beauty of your garden.

    I can't pretend though, I just don't relate to black very well and could never do that colour myself, I've been to too many funerals. Black clothes tend to make me feel sad. I worked in a large elite department for a long time and at some point most of the younger women switched from wearing colour to black, I guess they thought they'd look more professional or perhaps thought they'd be taken more seriously. It used to depress me walking into work behind all these black clad women - they seemed like clones. I began to feel everyday as though I was going to a funeral. I stuck with colour and still do. But that's just me. The politicians I often used to have to deal with though always told me they loved the colours I wore. It apparently brightened their day.
    Love the way you've styled the desk - so pretty - and those beautiful roses. Best wishes, Pammie

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    1. pammie do you remember the black office addition at The Grove?! was't it stunning?! i'm hoping for that effect, lol. i don't think many gardens can compare to that though. so gorgeous.

      i get the relationship to black clothing and being somber. i love you in all your colorful scarves and chic jewelery. you are such a beautiful woman, inside and out. miss you. x

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  33. Ok, pink would have been adorbs, but the black --YES ma'am! I think the black speaks better to the inside of the house as well. It's going to look amazing!
    Thanks for coming back Janet. Missed you!

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  34. Oh Janet! You know how much I love a black house! It's going to be gorgeous.....it is already, but can't wait for the big reveal.

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    1. thank you annie. i tried to see what color black you used on your barn but couldn't find it. this is a brown black not pure black like yours. but i'm still super excited! x

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  35. I am very happy that you are back! I love the color you chose for the house. The name alone tells me that it's a winner - all of my best color choices have had food names :) Hope the painting isn't aggravating the tendinitis too much..

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    1. the painting is not helping the tendinitis at all but i'm so excited to be painting that i don't care! i think a paint name has so much power too! x

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  36. Janet....I'm so glad you're back! Like so many others, your blog is also my favorite! I love the color on the house. Black is my favorite color. I can't wait to see it competed!

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    1. thank you wanda. i hope you like the results. :) x

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  37. Happy to see you back! I have to say I love, and I mean LOVE the paint choice! It's been a loooong winter here in Maine and I just can't wait to do a bit of nesting myself this Spring.

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    1. And in New Hampshire as well! And I love Janet's paint choice as much as you do. But here such nesting tasks must wait until many feet of snow is gone. June?

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    2. thank you swissy and debbie. wishing you both a happy and productive spring. x

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  38. Welcome back! I love dark colors on houses! We are painting our house a dark grey this spring, sooo excited! I am getting ready to take a month hiatus soon too. I think we forget to live when we are connected to the internet. <3

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    1. ah, i can't wait to see your house dark gray. how pretty. enjoy your break, i did. :) x

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  39. Hi Janet,
    It is sooooo good to have you back! I love your blog. I think your cute little cottage will look very nice! All of the lush green foliage in your yard will look so pretty against the dark color of the cottage.

    Don't worry about the neighbors - they will love it or adapt, right?

    I'm wearing a t-shirt right now that says "Be beautiful, Be yourself." I think that sums up you and your blog.

    Caroline

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    1. oh thank you caroline! and i love that tshirt! xo

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  40. Good to have you back! There's something so fascinating about nests, particularly when they've got eggs in them. I can't wait to see the finished house!

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  41. Fabulous paint color!

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  42. Welcome back, sure did miss you! I did a double take with the paint because you were so into the pink. I have to say I like this very much!! We will need many photos when it is complete. I am guessing sun fading will not be a problem? I live on the coast and that is always a consideration. :( Lots of white houses around here. LOL

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    1. thanks diane. the summer sun really does beat down but most of the house has a lot of tree shade. i will post lots of pics!

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  43. So happy you are back Janet and I love love the house color. I was dying to paint my house black last spring but was overruled. I will try again this year if the snow ever melts. "deep space" by BM was my choice and is a black/ blue and gorgeous. Your little nests will have a very cool big nest to reside in.

    Deb

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    1. thanks deb. this is really a brown/black and really is making the cottage have a cape cod vibe which i love! your color sounds beautiful. x

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  44. What a very pleasant surprise to go to your blog and see you back!.....I love your color choice and I believe the outside of your house now reflects the interior of your home....so classy. Can't go wrong with the basics...ever. The colors of your garden will provide all the colorful accents you'll need and, even when everything is just green without flowers, it's so Ralph Lauren! Janie

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    1. oh thank you janie - that's the ultimate compliment! x

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  45. Great to have you back! And what you write about not growing up with the computers or social media is so true. I have the same feeling and can stop or shorten my time at computer more easily than my children.
    Have a great Spring, Jana in Prague

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    1. thank you jana and once i did step away it was very easy to stay away...too easy really! but i hear you about this generation. x

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  46. L..O..V..E.. the colour of the house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cindy F

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  47. So happy that you are back after your break! Can't wait to see the pics of the cottage exterior. I, too, collect bird nests and have them displayed on my front porch. Some are still in branches and they are like pieces of art to me.
    Connie

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    1. thank you and oh i'd love to display them in the branches, that sounds so gorgeous! great idea. xo

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  48. Aw, I'm sad to see the red go, I must say. It's bold and unique ... like you! Not so sure about that dark color, but that's just my two cents. And what really matters is how you feel about it.
    Claudia

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    1. thank you claudia. yes it was bold but not my thing. i do love red just not in such a big dose. i'm loving the new color and feel good about the choice. xo

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    2. I like the color more now that I see it in today's post. And I love the contrast between black and white in decorating, clothing, photography, etc. so the porch is really appealing to me. Looks great!
      Claudia

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  49. I love a red house, but I know you were "red-y" for a change... and the black is gorgeous.

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  50. Glad to see you're back!

    When I saw the black I was shocked! But, I love it!! Can't wait to see the finished product.

    Betty

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    1. thanks betty! btw - i have a new grandaughter arriving this year and they are naming her betty. :)

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  51. Genius color choice! Although it keeps getting described as black, the fact that it has a brown undertone really keeps it from being flat and hard. It will make the house more a part of the landscape. I love the way dark colours seem to make things disappear. For years I struggled with the colour of my dining room walls. They were cream, burnt umber, coral, red, then I painted them a colour I call black coffee. Now they are perfect. No one notices the walls but everything in the room seems to stand out. At night in candlelight, it feels like you are in a Dutch painting.
    Glad to see you are back!

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    1. oh dining in a dutch painting sounds so beautiful. you are right about the color. it is a deep chocolate brown mixed with black. in the shade it reads black but when the sun hits it you can see the brown. very cape cod looking. i'm loving it. xo

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  52. I have missed you, Janet! Good to have you back!
    Love the new colour on your house. Looks really lovely with all the surrounding greenery and the contrasting white window frames.

    Greetings,
    Tanja

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    1. thank you tanja. it really is a big change and the white window frames really do stand out now. xo

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  53. I have missed you too, Janet. I love the paint colour you are painting your beautiful home! Your flowers are going to pop against that shade.
    Hope things are well with you!!

    Marilyn

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    1. thank you marilyn. looking forward to planting some color soon. x

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  54. LOOKS GREAT the color.................so GRAND of YOU to take a BREAK from this computer stuff.I need to follow in your footsteps!

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  55. So nice to have you back, Janet! I am moving into my own cottage soon, and the first thing I packed was my nests....Love the house color.
    ~Lauren

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    1. hi lauren! yay on moving into your new cottage! x

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  56. So happy you came back. I enjoy reading your blog. I'll admit I was looking forward to seeing how your pink house would look after you painted it because it's my favorite color but black is very chic and always in style!

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  57. So happy you are back! I also collect nests and use them to decorate my Christmas tree each year. Ahhh camellias. Reminds me of my father who used to bring me bouquets of them from his trees. And the paint color is gorgeous!

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  58. Just Beautiful! I too have nests,my Aunt from Pa. even mails me nests that blow out of her trees. The desert nests are very airy and fall apart easy. So that color! Amazing choice. I work for Sherwin Williams, and as a color consultant I have been telling clients for the past year that black is beautiful and I must say they look at me like I'm crazy! Of course here in the desert we need to use it on trim and shutters and pots (like one commenter said) that is the best way here in the Desert Southwest. Black feels so classic and fresh at the same time. Looking forward to the pics. I will be mentioning your blog for color reference to my clients when I talk about interpreting black into their home!

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  59. Welcome back Janet! :) Wow(!) to the house color. Wasn't expect that, but I certainly do like it!!

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  60. Ok, so I though I could take a break cause you were and now I come back and find you're not only blogging but you've painted the house in a really fabulous color.

    You need to send me an email when things like this happen because I HATE to be late to a party.

    You are such a stylish woman.

    xo J

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