Our House Colors And A Bit Of Reality

Just a quick post before the weekend.  I put together this board of all of our house colors for reference.  All colors are Benjamin Moore.


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1. November Rain: Master bath, Master bedroom, Kids bathroom, Kitchen floor and trim

2. Agave: Accent stripes in boys room

3. Sandy Hook Gray: Dining room fireplace, Living room trim

4.Winter Ice: Entryway, Hallway

5. Ballet White: Living room walls (on my monitor, this color looks beige but it doesn’t look like that at all in our house.  More like a white with taupey undertones).

6. Deep Creek: Kitchen muntins and door, Living room muntins and mullions

7. Morning Dew: Guest room

8. Dark Pewter: Powder room

Unless otherwise stated, all trim in our house is Kelly Moore Swiss Coffee.  That’s also the color on the walls in the kitchen and in the office.  BM makes a Swiss Coffee but the KM one is softer.

Secondly, I wanted to throw a little truth in the mix today.  You may remember this image from my last post:

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It looks like a quiet peaceful garden here.  But that’s because there’s no volume on this blog.  Below is an image looking out of the second floor window of the boys’ room:

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This is College Avenue.  In the morning and afternoon rush hour there is a steady stream of cars driving faster than they should on this street.  There are stop signs a couple of blocks in either direction and it is a heavy pedestrian street with lots of shops and restaurants 2 blocks down so it’s not like a freeway, but too often cars are rushing to get somewhere and racing up to the next stop sign.  Every weekday I cross that busy street right there with at least three kids (sometimes more if we are bringing friends home) and can’t tell you how many times we have almost been mowed down.  For the last year I have led our neighbors on a crusade to petition the city for better traffic calming measures here.  There are four schools within a four block radius as well as a playground, library and dog park.  The city came back with a response that everything was fine, case closed.  While I have handed the reins over to another mom who lives right across the street to fight the good fight, it is still one that gets my blood boiling everyday.  Especially because a few years ago a kindergarten student at our elementary was killed at a bad intersection just a few blocks away from here by a driver in a hurry.

BUT, what I really meant to write about before I got on my soapbox was how deceptive the photos of our yard are with that hedge.  When we moved in the hedge was about 3-4 feet lower and there was no fence.  This yard was also all gravel.  We stared at that yellow and salmon colored apartment building and willed the trees and plants to hurry up and grow!  We are slowly transforming this yard and it is nice to feel that all that chaos is at least not visible to us when the kids are playing here but the reality of the city is still right there on the other side.  That’s why I had to call it our “urban oasis.”  And don’t get me started on our back yard.  That’s for another time…

Have a great weekend and be safe!

9 thoughts on “Our House Colors And A Bit Of Reality

  1. You must be reading my mind. I was thinking about putting together a board with all of the colors in our house as well. It’s a great tool to have on hand for reference. We also live in a town where the speed limit is 25 mph but people rarely follow that rule which frustrates us to no end. Even when we approach the crosswalks – rule in PA is that drivers MUST yield to pedestrians – and they don’t. My husband acts as a crossing guard and holds his hand up. It’s really inconsiderate and people need to really think about their surroundings when they are buzzing around. Is there a college right near you guys?

    • Hi Holly! Yes, drivers are supposed to yield here too and pedestrians can be pretty aggressive but still drivers get in a hurry and make really bad choices. (It’s made me a lot more careful as a driver too!) I have yelled slow down so many times at cars my kids are starting to think that’s just what you do when you cross the street. And yes, Cal (UC Berkeley) is about a half mile down College Ave to the left in that photo. I actually really like being near the university as I think we are far enough removed that it doesn’t get too crazy where we are but we get the benefit of all the amenities of the campus. It’s mostly families around us and some students. I would not want to live any closer though!

      • I bet that’s a great area it sounds like it and I read/hear a lot about the school. We have the signs in the streets and on the corners by the crosswalks and those do not help much. The one good thing although it doesn’t help that much is that we have a light every 3 blocks or so. It does make you a more cautious driver. We yield for anyone when we are coming through town.

  2. Why doesn’t the city put stop signs at that intersection? Ugh – how frustrating for you, with small children! You’ve done so much with your outdoor space – you would never know that your beautiful yard is right in the middle of that busy area! Enjoy it.

  3. My thoughts exactly Lisa! It seems like a no brainer to me to add something to make cars slow down but the bureaucracy here is intense. Thanks so much!

  4. Would never have guessed that. I love what you guys have done to that space and it is filling in really well. Did you find that hedge grew pretty quickly? We have the most annoyingly close neighbor right behind us and I’m dying to plant something that will create a nice green ‘fence’ to separate us. :)

    • Hi Elizabeth! Yes re: the hedge. We love this hedge and it is nice and thick and low maintenance. I think it grows about 1-1.5 feet a year. It also gets the most fragrant little flowers in the spring (and maybe fall too?). It’s called a Tea Olive hedge. Thanks for your kind comments too!

  5. Your hedge is brilliant. Such a good idea!

    Is the spot you were referring to called Zachary’s Corner? I drove past it today and it was filled with Valentines flowers and gifts and little dinosaurs tucked near the bottom. Broke my heart.

    • Yes, it is Zachary’s corner and it breaks my heart every time we go by too. The boys are haunted by it as they see it from time to time and we finally told them what it was. I think it happened on a school field trip too–I can’t imagine…

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