I have seen this mistake so many times with exteriors, that when Terreeia and I drove around the French countryside and saw the houses I had her screech to a halt while I jumped out and took a photo.
Ok. I took more than one. It’s a fun thing that Terreeia and I (okay just me, and she just tolerates my obsession and drives me around) like to do when we travel to different cities.
So here’s the big mistake that I have seen many, many times, in my career as a colour designer.
You go on a trip and fall in love with everything about an exterior (or interior) you encounter in another country. There, it looks amazing. When you bring it home and slap it on or inside your existing house, well not so much.
First, Terreeia and I spent two nights in this dreamy chateau in Normandy during our visit to France.
I loved this room (above) and this adorable baby bassinet (below) casually placed at the end of the bedroom hallway. So pretty.
Our travel planner recommended that we rent a car and drive out to the country to see the French countryside and I’m so glad we did. It was completely enlightening!
Look carefully at the next few photos. Notice the placement of the stone as casings around the window.
This was a pre-school (below) in one of the villages we drove through looking for cheese one night:
OMG we found the cheese (below). Cheese, wine and bread are very inexpensive in France. And the bread of course tastes the best. I don’t know why but it really is that good.
We drove through little villages like this one:
So charming right?
I mean, all these houses that look like a tissue box with black slate roofs.
And the reason I snapped these homes was because of this house (below):
Are you ready?
It’s located not far from where I live and my sister and I have ridden our bikes by it many times.
When I first saw this house, I wondered how on earth it ever came to be.
But now I know. This well travelled colour designer has now seen this house, just not anywhere in North America, haha. The owners were obviously either in France or they watched a movie and fell in love with the look that they incorporated onto the exterior of their home.
And I’m telling you right now, we are not in Kansas anymore.
This house belongs in France in a village close to this Chateau. It does not belong in Canada.
I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of their kitty cat waiting to be let inside!
Here’s Terreeia and I in Amsterdam after our trip to Paris!
Over to you my lovelies. Name some doozies you have seen in a house you inherited?