Sunday, June 20, 2010

Princess Diane and the Lavender Castle

I was flipping through the local newspaper yesterday, The Loudoun Independent, when I spotted a photo that made me smile! There it was, a house on Farmwell Road near Bloom Supermarket in Ashburn, VA that reminded me of the beautiful colorfully adorned row houses in Charleston, SC. Actually, the owner Diane, was inspired by houses in Georgetown. After moving in, she decided to paint the siding lavender and the trim around the windows purple.

If I was a child looking at the house from the sidewalk, I would expect a princess to live there. Inside this castle, I guessed, would be a rainbow of funky furnishings and decor that would make anyone exude happiness and creativity. I laughed outloud thinking about Dorothy and the yellow brick road colliding with Alice in Wonderland!

Diane bought the house in the 1970's as the article states, and I suspect there were no neighborhood homeowners special ordinances about house colors especially since it was the only house on this farmland. According to Diane, the house was a fixer upper and in terrible need of paint. Needless to say, she had a great time making the color selections.

So what I'm trying to say is not to be afraid of having fun and be daring when selecting your house colors, at least the inside ones. If you're a fire engine red, blazing orange or bubble gum pink "person" it! It's only paint and you can change it to beige, pale gold or sage before you sell.

I suspect that "Princess Diane" is not selling her house anytime soon. She has gotten used to motorists screeching to a halt to get a closer look. What will Diane's magic wand touch next?

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