I promised (or threatened) that I'd be posting house updates. Well, here's one.
We just had the house painted by an awesome company (Portland folks, if you're in the market, I can talk your ear off about Crew Painting.) It's impossible to tell from this particular "before" photo, but the paint was in major disrepair, peeling in large chunks off the house. The color was fine, but Doc and I had our hearts set on a blue house.
Aided by the color expertise provided by Crew Painting, we found a perfect medium, slate-y blue ("Schooner") for the body, off white with a slight green tint ("Paper Mache") for the trim, and a darker slate color for the foundation. We love it! It's a bit hard to tell from this photo (and the overcast skies when it was taken), but it so beautifully brings out the honey in the front door. The front also looks so much better without the plastic shutters next to the windows (although I needed to be convinced to leave them off) and I love the accent of the neutral yellow curtains in the front.
Please ignore the majorly over grown shrub lining the driveway and the evidence of my "pruning" alongside it. Soon (let's hope!) this will be beautifully landscaped to match the beautiful paint job, as we say "goodbye" to the grass.