This morning, I no sooner had written the following…
I can’t seem to get a decent shot of the house because of the overhanging branches of our Norway Maple (which nowadays is considered to be an invasive species). I called the village almost a year-and-a-half ago to trim it (since it’s in the parkway, the village is responsible for that), but they seemed to have forgotten about us. I need to call them again, but at this point it might not happen until next spring.
…than I hear the rumbling of trucks down the street. I look out my window, and lo and behold it’s Public Works: cherry picker, wood chipper and all!
I ran out to ask them if they were trimming trees on the street and they said they were there only for the tree across the street. I explained how I called a loooooonnnnnng time ago and they said they’d have to put in a ticket for it and that someone must have forgotten. Boo! But he seemed a little open to squeezing me in, so I said, “Well if you have time to just get a few branches that are hanging over the lawn, that would be awesome.”
I went inside and next thing I know the cherry picker is in our tree. Yippee! I’ve said it before, but the Public Works department is definitely a plus in Morton Grove, especially with snow removal, but also with fall leaf debris removal and now this.
I’ve been taking little breaks throughout the day to try to capture the best light to get the whole awesomeness of the bay windows so you’ll have to wait a little bit longer for that. I’m sure the neighbors think I’m nuts, but it won’t be the last time I go out for that perfect shot. It would probably help if our lawn looked halfway decent. In any case, I really love how it turned out, but I’m still getting used to it too.
So here it is: the Official Sneak Peek.
While I have absolutely no problem choosing colors for our interior projects, and 99% of the time it turns out exactly as I expected, or exceeds my expectations, for some reason I am always apprehensive about exterior color choices as evidenced here and here.
So even though I went back to the paint store to darken the outer trim color (which I’m glad I did), it’s still a little bolder than I anticipated and much more gold than I photoshopped. But the color does match the orange-y gold/yellow ochre-y bricks (hey, I should get a job naming colors!), and I think if I go any darker with it then the interior part that is painted to match the color of the upstairs windows will look too light — almost white — which is of course what I was trying to get rid of in the first place!
And yes, while the beige-y color — Cashmere, to be exact — looks lighter in the photo than it really is, there IS a tiny bit of white on the inner, inner part of the windows. I decided not to paint that because those parts move up and down and I was afraid it would get chipped easily. In addition, the outward-facing part of the wood windows (behind the storm windows) are still painted white too, and that shows a little. All the more reason not to go too dark with the outer parts. Whew! Did you follow my logic/justification?
I’d say it’s definitely a big improvement over this though, and the empty planters look much better with the mums we picked up on Sunday at the Skokie Farmer’s Market too. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go do my happy dance!