Hello Again and Black Houses

One day you're sailing through life like all is well in the world.  Then one day stops you in your tracks and you become ever more present to life.  That happened last year when my Dad told me he had a brain tumor.  I put on my big girl panties and said, "alright, let's do this."  Life had to go on though because I have two little boys who depend on Mommy.  Luckily, his surgery went amazing.  He had a few setbacks later on down the road but I think, hope, this is all behind us.  What I realized though, when you think that this might be your parent's time, is that it cripples you.  I lost my motivation to blog.  It made me so sad to not work on it, after all the time I'd put into it, but my heart wasn't in it.  And well honestly, I didn't know what to say to you after such a long hiatus.  But a good friend told me "The only way out is through".  So, here we are.  We meet again but now more determined than ever! So, to quote the ever popular rapper Macklemore from his song "Glorious":

You know I'm back like I never left

Another sprint, another step

Another day, another breath

Been chasing dreams, but I never slept

I got a new attitude and a lease on life

And some peace of mind

Seek and I find I can sleep when I die

Wanna piece of the pie, grab the keys to the ride

 

Ok, so let's do this.  Let's check out some black houses!!

When you think of winter some of the adjectives you might think of are warm and cozy. On the one hand you might think of white for snow, but it also conjures up thinking of darkness.  Well if you know me, you know which one I'm thinking about more.  My favorite color, black.  Now think about this; a black house.  Some of you might automatically be on board but if you're like my Mother you might be thinking what she said to me "oh no, that sounds terrible."  Well Mother, keep scrolling and see if you are still thinking that when you finish reading this.  Of course, with anything you do in your home, or want to do with your home, it might not work.  It needs to be the right home, in the right setting to make it work.  But as you will see, a black house is very doable.  In fact Dad, it might be time to talk about your house. ;) 

BLACK AND STONE

A great way to break up an all black house is with stone.  You may already have a home that has a great stone so why not try putting up a black paint swatch to see if your home and you can handle a black house.  The stone helps give the black some life.  Of course with any color, there are so many options.  Any paint you are planning on painting make sure to put samples up.  A lot of blacks when you put them up might have a purple or brown undertone, which of course you don't want.  A nice inky black is what I would be striving for.  

A modern take on a  traditional farm house  situated on an old civil war site in nashville, tennessee.  I PARTICULARLY like the mix of the metal awning with the stone and black. 

A modern take on a traditional farm house situated on an old civil war site in nashville, tennessee.  I PARTICULARLY like the mix of the metal awning with the stone and black. 

This stone gives me the feel of an old english cottage combined with the worn wood shingles.  

This stone gives me the feel of an old english cottage combined with the worn wood shingles.  

I like the SEPARATION of the lower level with the stone.

I like the SEPARATION of the lower level with the stone.

BLACK AND WHITE

Another great way to break up an all black house is with white.  It doesn't get any more classic than black and white.  It provides a high contrast, but also brightens the house up.   

Reminicent of an old english home, but with some modern aesthetics.  if you think this is beautiful, you need to see the rest of the  exterior and interior  of the home.  The interior was designed by  Alexa Hampton . 

Reminicent of an old english home, but with some modern aesthetics.  if you think this is beautiful, you need to see the rest of the exterior and interior of the home.  The interior was designed by Alexa Hampton

all the moody feels 

all the moody feels 

a modern rustic danish cottage with a simple, yet eye catching  kitchen .

a modern rustic danish cottage with a simple, yet eye catching kitchen.

a craftsman bungalow in black with a curved door and pergola?  ummmmm, yes please!! 

a craftsman bungalow in black with a curved door and pergola?  ummmmm, yes please!! 

BLACK AND WOOD

Another great way to break up black, but in a more modern, crisp way, is with a nice warm wood tone.  I'm sure you've seen black and wood inside a home, well why not carry it out to the exterior of your home?  The exterior of your home should set the tone for the inside, so it's all cohesive. 

I'm loving all the different widths of the vertical lines on this house.  Between the main part of the house, to the second floor, to the metal roof, yet somehow it all works.  You will be shocked to see what the  other 3 sides  of this house look like.  

I'm loving all the different widths of the vertical lines on this house.  Between the main part of the house, to the second floor, to the metal roof, yet somehow it all works.  You will be shocked to see what the other 3 sides of this house look like.  

knowing that this  house  is designed by  bob and courtney novogratz , this exterior will be the only neutral part of this house.  It's like a sorbet before your dinner.  It cleanses your palate before the real invigorating meal, the interior.  

knowing that this house is designed by bob and courtney novogratz, this exterior will be the only neutral part of this house.  It's like a sorbet before your dinner.  It cleanses your palate before the real invigorating meal, the interior.  

A houseboat? Sure why not.  If you watch HGTv's  fixer upper  then you know this is a killer before and after.  What makes this exterior so unique is the wood is not painted, but has a treatment called shou sugi ban.  shou sugi ban is an ancient japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire.  which makes it the perfect treatment for a house that will be getting wet.  

A houseboat? Sure why not.  If you watch HGTv's fixer upper then you know this is a killer before and after.  What makes this exterior so unique is the wood is not painted, but has a treatment called shou sugi ban.  shou sugi ban is an ancient japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire.  which makes it the perfect treatment for a house that will be getting wet.  

BLACK ON BLACK

Alright, so now that you've gotten warmed up to the idea of a black house.  Why not take it ALL THE WAY?!  Wait, is that from a movie? Sports?  Anyway, an all black house should still be broken up with perhaps the trim in a different sheen, or maybe a completely different black color.  The black materials on the house may be different, or maybe you've run materials in different directions.  No matter what you do, do something.  Break up the black somehow.  Something as "small" as the house in a more matte finish and the trim in a more high gloss will define the spaces and your home.  

the large wall of windows help break up the darkness of the black.  

the large wall of windows help break up the darkness of the black.  

your green plants will pop off black.  But what I think will really pop off the black is chartreuse green plants like potato vines.  

your green plants will pop off black.  But what I think will really pop off the black is chartreuse green plants like potato vines.  

a classic a-frame house

a classic a-frame house

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So, have I sold you on your own black home yet?  If so, you might be interested in this next house.  

This is the  HGTV Dream Home 2018  that you could win.  You need to see this  before and after  to see how a blah beige house turned into this stunner.  Again the power of of windows breaking up a space.  

This is the HGTV Dream Home 2018 that you could win.  You need to see this before and after to see how a blah beige house turned into this stunner.  Again the power of of windows breaking up a space.  

I want to thank you so much for taking the time to read this, but mostly for following along on this journey with me. I'm so ready for this year and more determined than ever to bring you some pretty spectacular spaces that will hopefully inspire you as much as they inspire me.

Tucker 

 

 

 

Haint What?

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Just look at this front porch!! There's just so much greatness going on with the brick porch and facade, topiaries, blue ceiling, black shutters and rocking chairs, the stained front door.  I know what you're thinking, "wait, you said blue ceiling?" With a porch with so much curb appeal it could have been easy to miss that haint blue ceiling.  

Can you imagine how much it would cost to build a house with that much detail work today?

Can you imagine how much it would cost to build a house with that much detail work today?

Now I've known about porch ceilings being painted blue to trick insects and wasps into thinking it's the sky and to build their nests somewhere else because of my Mother.  She has a beautiful, cozy, want to take a nap back porch with a painted blue ceiling just for that reason.  Ok, really, she also just loves any shade of blue and will put it anywhere if she could.  No, really, she just got a blue kitchen sink.  But in actuality, the blue paint color might not keep the insects away.  Well, anymore at least.  Apparently, what might have kept insects away years and years ago was when people painted with milk paint.  Supposedly the lime in milk paint kept insects away.  Either way, insects, or no insects, is a unique feature and is still popular in the South.  

Talk about a napping porch 

Talk about a napping porch 

I know you're still wondering what haint means.  Well long, long ago in the deep South, we're talking Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, ceilings were painted haint blue.  A haint was a ghost, or a lost soul.  And we're not talking about Casper the friendly ghost, we're talking ghost from a horror film.  So people would paint their porch ceilings blue to represent water because evil spirits couldn't pass through water.  And the blue obviously represented water. Now, if it was me, my whole house would have been blue.  Blue siding, blue door, blue ceiling, blue windows.  Let's even landscape with blue.  I'm not looking for any haints to pass through my walls.  

loving the mounted planters and lanterns 

loving the mounted planters and lanterns 

imagine how old this house is

imagine how old this house is

I'm done.  I'd never leave this  spot  if this was my house.  Meanwhile my guests would be thinking "what? you get that comfy couch and i get this  wooden  stool? really?" I mean you can only be polite so much. am i right?

I'm done.  I'd never leave this spot if this was my house.  Meanwhile my guests would be thinking "what? you get that comfy couch and i get this wooden stool? really?" I mean you can only be polite so much. am i right?

I'm a sucker for stone houses.  mix that with lanterns and the haint ceiling and this is perfection.  via  

I'm a sucker for stone houses.  mix that with lanterns and the haint ceiling and this is perfection. via 

in case you couldn't tell, lanterns are big right now ;) You gotta click  this  link and see what this house originally looked like. get ready to be blown away 

in case you couldn't tell, lanterns are big right now ;) You gotta click this link and see what this house originally looked like. get ready to be blown away 

obsessing over the pattern on the transoms

obsessing over the pattern on the transoms

No judgement if the next time I drive by and your entire house is blue.  But maybe start with a small project this weekend and start with your porch ceiling first.  

Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker

Living Homes

As I sit here there's a lot of you buried under A LOT of snow.  I'm sure you've loved the extra day or two away from work, but are ready for a warm up and a little less snow.  If it makes you feel better, I so wish Denver had gotten dumped on!  We didn't get anything.  I love the snow, minus the shoveling when Brad's out of town.  How is it he's missed every snow we've gotten this season so it's me doing all the back breaking work?!  Oh Mother Nature, you have a funny sense of humor.  She knows I need to work out and have been putting it off.

I know it feels like a long way off, but it's almost February and spring will be here before we know it.  So to help you forget about the snow and cold weather, I'm bringing you homes and buildings with living walls.  You might be asking what a living wall is, just think climbing vines, grass and flowers.  It's one thing to have planters, but by having something living on your home, brings curb appeal to a whole different level.  I'm just going to lay it out here though, I have a brown thumb so don't even begin to ask me how to start this on your home.  My suggestion is to go to your local nursery.     

The "simplest" way to achieve a living home is to have climbing vines on your home.  I say "simplest" because I have no idea how simple this is to grow, but my assumption would be with some good planning and patience, you could achieve this on your home in a few years.  Remember, patience though!!

It's amazing how just a simple black garage door and some vines can have such an impact.

It's amazing how just a simple black garage door and some vines can have such an impact.

I love this little building,  it's an old shipping container.  I could imagine this being an office, an art studio, or just a place for mom to have a "time out".  yes please!!

I love this little building,  it's an old shipping container.  I could imagine this being an office, an art studio, or just a place for mom to have a "time out".  yes please!!

Perhaps having a lush home isn't for you, you can still get a strong impact even if the vines don't cover the entire home.  

i can't wait to have the windows open!!  if this home was in arkansas in spring there's no way the windows would be open, everything, and i mean everything would be yellow inside.

i can't wait to have the windows open!!  if this home was in arkansas in spring there's no way the windows would be open, everything, and i mean everything would be yellow inside.

this walkway exudes sophistication, meanwhile your gardener hates you

this walkway exudes sophistication, meanwhile your gardener hates you

Wanting a romantic home?  Try climbing flowers.  They're not only gorgeous and smell wonderful, but your significant other will love it because they won't have to go out and buy flowers when they mess up anymore.

climbing roses

climbing roses

Ok, so these next few photos are extreme.  I love them, but to put them in a residential setting it must be done properly or your home will just look like a deserted house.  I imagine this mostly in a modern setting, by an outdoor patio on one wall, or an entire back wall of your backyard.  Perhaps also, even right when they step on your front stoop, on one wall.  Remember, keep an open eye.

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designed by  patrick blanc

designed by patrick blanc

i love the different textures and shades of green.  also by having accent lighting helps accentuate the  wall  that much more.

i love the different textures and shades of green.  also by having accent lighting helps accentuate the wall that much more.

Imagine if you didn't have to tell someone your address.  You could just say, "oh I live in the red flower house" or "the house with a pink roof".

Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker