As many of you know, over 4 years ago, Terreeia and I bought a house one hour East of the city of Vancouver so we could live close to my Sisters, my Nephews and my Mom. Now that I’m talking about my Mom, a few months ago I mentioned that she was looking for a mobile home but it was as a second home, she wasn’t moving up North, some of you thought she was, so I thought I’d correct that 🙂
Anyway, now we live in a small town called Yarrow which you’ll find on the way to Cultus Lake, surrounded by cornfields (below). If you want to see what we did to our house go here to read the archives.
There’s lots of tourist traffic on our main street, and one thing we have seriously been missing, is a funky little coffee shop that makes good espresso.
When I saw the awning installed on this former deli in our town I was excited! Clearly, someone with taste was doing something cool, hooray!
But then they painted the front of the building (below).
So one day I stopped by and dropped off my card with the trades who were working inside. I said I’d be willing to pick new colours for free given this is my little town and the colours CANNOT stay the way they are.
No one called me, so I worried that maybe my approach needed some work, oops. I seriously could save myself a lot of angst if I could get more diplomatic, but luckily I married the most diplomatic human being I’ve ever met.
A couple weeks later, one of my neighbours said she knew one of the owners, so I got her phone number and set up a time to drop by to tweak the exterior colours.
I’ve often said that the reason grey is here, is to provide a fresh backdrop to the clean colour trend.
I’ve also said that beige dies with clean colours.
And it does.
But that doesn’t mean grey goes with all clean colours.
You still have to consider the value or intensity of the grey that you are combining with the colours you are adding to the palette. If the grey is too dark and the colours are too light and pale or clean, the result will be less than awesome, as you can see by this exterior.
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For a grey this dark to work with yellow, the yellow needs to be deeper and stronger like this front door above.
The yellow had to stay because it was the exact same colour as one of the owners sports cars. However, the yellow was really not a problem, It was the combination of the dark, blue grey that made the yellow look like a bad choice. Because the grey was dirty combined with the clean yellow.
Also, you’ll see that I could have chosen black for the casings around the windows but then the casings would have started to visually compete with the stripes in the awning and the combination of black and yellow starts looking a little like a bumble bee as well, although the white in the sign would have helped with that visual.
I had the casings photoshopped so you can see that black would definitely NOT have been the right choice (below):
And that’s why I chose white trim instead of black.
In the end the yellow is fabulous on this cute little cottage-looking-cafe-exterior.
I also suggested black containers with green boxwood. Hopefully, that’s coming sometime soon.
I photoshopped them in so we could see how it looks!
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Here’s how it looks inside, I snagged this picture off the Yarrow Facebook page because I missed the most important picture this morning when I was there!
Here’s the coffee menu, hooray!
Some pastries attractively displayed.
A little farmhouse decor, after all we are in the middle of the country!
Industrial chic tables and chairs!
The ceiling was damaged from the previous tenant and looked like it needed to be re-done but his designer came up with a creative solution!
They installed rustic planks to cover up the damage with some cheap builder lights, spray painted black, with $5 LED Edison bulbs.
Such a great, creative solution! That’s what great designers do the best, help you spend your money where it counts!
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Hellen Junttila & Maria Killam
Here’s a quick photo of my Mom (Hellen) and I with my hair up because I got out of bed this morning, threw on some makeup and came down to check out the new cafe.
We are very excited to have this new bakery in our little town! Welcome Hazel Springs!
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Thanks to everyone who signed up for my upcoming Fall courses this past week, I’m excited to meet all of you! The early bird discount of $500 is now over but if you can find a friend to come with you, you can still take advantage of the lower price. The Los Angeles Area (Seal Beach) event is now almost full but there are two spaces left if you’d like to jump in (Sept 28-30). I won’t be back to Los Angeles or Washington, DC in 2017.