Thursday, July 12, 2012

How do I look?

We love this line from what we consider a ‘classic’ movie, Multiplicity!

Michael Keaton asks his wife, played by Andie McDowell...”How do I look?”

And she says, “CRAZY!!!”

We say that all the time and laugh like it is an original line or hilarious joke!

But I do feel rather ‘dorky’ posing in front of my ‘new house’!

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The painters are finished and the house looks so pretty! But I think I need to answer a few questions...and fess up!

I can’t take credit for painting it lavender...it was lavender when we bought the house 7 years ago! And we have loved it. The trim, front door and garage doors are all alabaster.

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And yes....we have screen doors that slide over on our garage. We leave the garage doors open during the day and just close the screens....it’s a Florida thing! I still need to take a photo with the garage closed!

And for those that are worried that our house doesn’t fit in...it’s Florida!

Nana Diana said... “Oh- I love it! A lavender house! It makes me think of Miami Beach with the pastel houses in a row. What fun!”

I quoted my girlfriend, Diana! And yes....all of the houses in our neighborhood are pastels....blues, pinks, yellows, some beige and white, too. And even a few more lavender houses. This is typical of Florida...light and cool!

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Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments. It’s always fun to share something special and have all of your friends happy for you!

The photos were taken at sunset....that’s the best time to get out when it’s cooled down some!

I’m joining Katherine’s Corner this morning!

Did you get to walk or ride your bike today?

68 comments:

Linda Walker said...

It looks lovely Diane! You don't look dorky at all!

Enjoy! Linda

Stacey said...

I love it! Lavender with a screened garage sounds perfect for Florida to me. With that screen door on your garage you can use it like a porch, right? We should all do that! I bet you did just fall in love with that neighborhood when you first saw it.

By the way, you always inspire me to want to walk or ride a bike.

Karen said...

I love it!!... I even love the screen garage door!.. never seen one before.

An edging of purple and white petunias all around the base of your shrubs would be GORGEOUS along the front of the house.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

You look so cute with your bike and I love the lavender house! I have to admit that I've never heard of the screened garage thing tho.

Vicky said...

You look "MAUVELOUS, darling" as quoted by Billy Crystal!! I love the color and it does suit 'Florida Living' perfectly!
}}Hugs{{
Vicky

Kim K. said...

You look so darn cute. I'm doing a bike post on my blog tomorrow. Great minds think alike. Have a lovely lavender Thursday!

Maria Elena said...

I love, love your new home and the color is just beautiful! Never heard of the screened garage doors, but I have to tell you I absolutely love the idea!

NanaDiana said...

See? I know you aren't in Miami but doesn't it remind you of that? When we lived in Florida we lived in an area of pastel houses...each lovely and sweet. Our NEW next-door neighbors moved in. They were from Massachusetts. They painted their house the sane color as their OLD house had been. Dark red with black trim. Every car that went by slowed down to look at THAT house. So funny.

We had those screen door things for our garage doors, too. I sure do miss Florida! xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

Oooopppsss...PS...forgot to say your house looks wonderful! Beautiful job!!!

Roxanne Reinhart said...

Your home looks great and it is exactly the color(s) I think of when I think of a FL home!!

Terri Buster said...

Painters did a great job- it looks wonderful! Yes, I did get to walk this morning- and just about melted because of the humidity!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it. What a fabulous color. Hugs, Marty

Della said...

I love your house! It's so pretty! If my house didn't have such a "wild" coral color on the inside I would consider lavender for the outside for sure. You don't look dorky!

We have the garage screen, too :) It's a Florida thing.

laurie said...

I love your Lavender cottage, its just perfect, the pastel colors are beautiful, they evoke a sense of cool don't they, did you name your blog from inspiration of the house color or have you always loved lavender?Its a wonderful scent and color, I'm very fond of lavender and grew it to dry for my linen cupboard all the time,

Vee said...

The screen door on the garage is a super thing. I wish we had one. Did I ride my bike today? Do you think I want to look crazy?!☺

DearHelenHartman said...

That is awesome! I get grief for painting my door red! Love the screens on the garage doors - esp since we leave ours up when we are home and birdies like to fly in and flap about. You look perfect posing in your pink shirt in front of your purple house!

Janet O'Connor said...
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Janet O'Connor said...

Sorry, I made a mistake.
You look lovely. I love the color or your house, it reminds me of twilight...soft, mellow and very Florida-like<3

Mary said...

Your house is the color of my parents bedroom, when I was 0-14. My mom love lavender. Happy house.

Catherine Holman said...

I love it! You look great too!

cynthia lee designs said...

I love the color of your house and how cool to have screens on the garage.
Oh how I miss riding a bike...I have bad knees and the doctor told me that there was no more riding a bike for me. So I do a lot more walking outside now.
hugs,
Cindy

Anne said...

It looks great! a very subtle lavender, and those screen garage doors are awesome!

Olive Cooper said...

screening the garage is brilliant...

Becca said...

That's a beautiful house! I LOVE the screen door on your garage..I've never seen that before...very cool! I also love your bike. We just bought bikes and they should be in today! Whoo hoo!

It's Just Dottie said...

It is so very pretty!!
Smiles,Dottie

It's All Connected said...

Screen doors for the garage is an awesome idea! You can paint stuff out there and never get bugs or dirt in it. Love the colour of your house! ~ Maureen

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I love it!

The Beaded Pillow said...

It turned out very pretty, Diane. And now you are a officially MN Viking fans. LOL (PS: no mean comments as I am in MN and a Vikes fan.)

flyingbeader said...

Seeing your face is always a pleasure & especially with your lavender house. Hey, when I was growing up in LA we had a pink house.

Lavender Cottage said...

Thanks for making sure I saw this post Diane, and the last one! You lucky gal to have a lavender coloured house, yes I'm envious. :-)
I've often thought I wished all our brick was a light yellow and how nice lavender accessories, plants etc. would look with it. Instead, it's an orangey colour that I really hate but the rest of the house is perfect for two.
Judith

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Your house looks wonderful...love the color! I wish we had a screen for our garage. It's so hot inside with the door down.

Happy@Home said...

It looks great. I love those happy, Florida colors.
I don't think I've ever seen the screen garage doors before. What a great idea. Our garage is always like a sauna.
You look adorable in front of your house ... not a bit dorky.

Barbara F. said...

The perfect state for those pastel colors. I love the lavender house. You look great getting ready to go for a bike ride. You are inspiring. xo

Yael at Home Garden Diggers said...

I Love the lavender color of your house. It's interesting that it was already lavender. I also love your screen doors on the garage. It would sure be nice in the opposite corner of the US as well (Oregon)

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

You look super cute in front of your beautiful house!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

Your house looks so beautiful and isn't it wonderful to have a fresh new look. I have just done my exercise workout for the day (Aerobics Oz style - which is great.

Happy Friday
Hugs
Carolyn

Cozy Little House said...

Heavens no, I can't even walk right now to the bathroom. Unfortunately. I love the color of your house. It is very "cool" and appealing in this heat.
Brenda

Robyn said...

I think it's beautiful.. I love that it's so subtle.. I would paint my house that color if I could..

Sam I Am...... said...

It must be a pale lavender because it looks more gray from here. But I love the contrast in the trim. Very nice and well kept...wish I could say the same about mine! LOL! Mine is orange brick which limits my color choices but this year I painted my front door that fresh apple green and I like the contrast. You are SO right....in hotter climates it feels cooler to have lighter colors both on your person and your house!

Diane Writes said...

Hi namemate! First of all, I'd like to tell you that I adore your home. Wow! I love it!!! The color, the style and the perfectly lawned front garden is for the win. You are so blessed namemate! Have a great day!

Diana Cooper said...

You and the home look great :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi Dork! LOL!!! I think the house looks beautiful, I LOVE the color! Not that I think you have to, but are you thinking of changing the color of the front door? If you do I think eggplant would look stunning! I love the screens on the garage, my husband is making some for our Maine garage, the mosquitoes are like kamikaze pilots around here! LOL!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I got my spinning class in this morning. Yep Florida houses are all light colored. I wish I had the screen over my garage door, that is such a great idea! thank you for your sweet comment on my guest hosting at Kathy's, geez, what a treat to get such nice comments and not even have to die LOL!

Carol

Cheapchick said...

It is not just lavender but a very chic shade of lavender. It looks very classy

Martha said...

My Florida house looks very similar to yours but I still don't have those awesome screen doors on my garage - it's on the to do list! :)

Renae said...

i think its really pretty. It is a soft lavender and it goes nicely with the deep greens of the hedge and the grass. Good job, Diane!!!

Katherine said...

Well I love it! What a beautiful colour and your house is darling! :)

Hugs,

Shelia said...

You look darling and safe with your cute little helmet and bike! Your house looks beautiful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

68sesentera said...

Hello, Diane

Your house is very beautiful. I´d like live in a beautiful place.

When I was a child I realy like cycling, I felt very free. The air in my face I really liked me.

Greetings,

Caty

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I think the house is looking great, the houses where we live are often coloured as well. :)

T!na said...

Your house looks great!

Sweet Bear Creek Whims said...

It's very lovely Diane.... and I love that you often add yourself to your pictures, not dorky at all but fun! I have never seen you in person but could pick you out in a crowd!

Hugs
Jody

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes said...

I had never heard of those garage door screens until I saw another blog a few years ago. She too was from Florida and had them on her garage. In fact, she explained they didn't park their cars in the garage, but showed how they had the garage set up as an extra room with a tv, a couch and chair, rug, and exercise equipment.

Basically, what the rest of us would consider a "den" was out in her garage, but she said the weather was nice enough that they kept those screens up and lived out in the garage every night to chat with the neighbors.

Your house looks very nice, and I like the fun color. Bet it's easy for people on your street to tell others where they live since they can point to the pretty colors.

Have a great weekend!

JG said...

That is a great photo, Diane! Once a year my hubby takes a photo of me somewhere in our front yard. It's a great record of what is going on. :)

That's a good idea of a screen door for the garage in the warmer states.

~Judy

Chatty Crone said...

A gorgeous home - and I love it. I love the one story too. I wondered if at first you had glass garage doors. Screens - I have never seen that - very nice. And I LOVE the color.

sandie

sissie said...

Hi Diane,
Your home is so lovely and looks charming in the lavender color. I don't think I've ever seen a screen door on a garage, but it looks cool!

You are looking really sporty there on your bike.

hugs
Sissie

Shirley said...

Love your lavender cottage (house)!! It's a beauty! And the garage screen is fabulous..I've never seen one, and that is a smart invention! Thank you so much for your kind visit recently!! Hope you are staying as cool as you can this summer.

Terra said...

Your house is a lovely color, and how nice other homes in the area are pastel yellow, blue, etc. The screen across the garage door is new to me. I live in California. Do you sit in your garage?

ImSoVintage said...

I love it. I think it looks so fresh and Floridian. :)

Joanne said...

I love your house!!!! I have never seen a screen on a garage before...really cool.
Have a great weekend
Blessings, Joanne

Cheryl said...

Thanks for popping over from Vee's this morning...and I hope you enjoy the cheeseburger salad as much as we did! :D

But while I'm here...
I love your lavender house! I am all about decorating that fits the person and the location and the house itself. Your house is special...enjoy your new paint job!

ladyfi said...

I love that lavender!

Ali said...

Your house is gorgeous. You paint it whatever colour you like, says I. That bicycle isn't too shabby either. All you need is a basket and your good to go!

Ali x

Anonymous said...

I love your house. What I love about Florida, Nags Head, NC and Gulf Shores, AL areas and many beach communities is the array of colorful houses from deep purple to bright reds and oranges and every other color.
And you don't look dorky, you look fit and full of energy.
Cam

Katherines Corner said...

I think your house is awesome! My favorite color too I might add. I love that you have screens for the garage too. I feel like we could use that here right now. It's been 100's or higher for a couple of weeks and it is kicking my bum. I do ride my bike in the early morning though. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo P.S. the new giveaway has started!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh your house looks wonderful! They did such a great job and you look so cute on your bile!!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Your house looks beautiful! I love the color...and it's soft. The screen doors on the garage...that's interesting. It's funny the things you don't know about other states! It looked great.

Pat Kelly said...

You and your house both look fabulous,Diane!! Our house is a light peach with a darker shade for the trim, it matches the brick color. Have a great week! Love, Pat