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“White House with Boxwoods”- that is the search term I used to research the “look” we wanted for our home 5 years ago. Today, the landscaping has mostly filled in and we have a white house with boxwoods but now it is not just a house, it is a home.

 

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It’s still not totally finished.  We haven’t finished our basement how I would like to and we haven’t decided what we want to do with the back yard just yet but I still like looking at it when we pull up to the driveway each day!

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Beveled Cypress Siding Paint is Porter Paint Soft Antique White in flat

Shutters are Enduring Bronze by SW

Front Door is Farrow and Ball #91 Blue Gray

Roof is Cedar Shake

Planters are from Restoration Hardware

Benches are from Hayneedle

Pendant is from Ballard Designs

Pathway and front porch is bluestone

Architect is Stephen Fuller

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Picking Paint

Where to begin.  Well, we have to paint it at some point and I am googling everything to do with “Exterior Paint” combinations under the sun.  There are so many shades of white I quit counting and I do not have a degree in design so I do not understand undertones so there you go.

We thought a shade of white would look classic with the shake roof.  I really don’t want black shutters though.  No red door either.  That is just too traditional.  So, I have branched out and tried to find other color combinations besides a body color of white and see if I(we) like them.  Here are some of the ones I found late night googling-

Option 1-

 

 

 

 

 

 

The colors are pretty, they look sophisticated to me and they are clean-looking.  I like this look.

Option 2-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty, I think…kind of a beige with a dark brown shutter and crisp trim.  Love the green landscape with it.  This looks like our house but I wonder if it is too yellow…hmmmm.  I have the magazine advertisement from Behr with this picture and it looks better in person that online.

But then I go back to this-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just love white. I could sure tear up that pretty grass driveway with my Suburban though!  Wouldn’t stand a chance!

I’ve called in for reinforcements already.  I have a consult next Wednesday with a paint specialist.  Then I can have someone else to blame if it doesn’t turn out okay!

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