And the House Said, "When I Am Old, I Shall Wear Purple..."

Early upon our arrival I told you we lived in a (1888) purple house and many of you thought it was a shade of blue. No, it's really purple, and once upon a time, a previous owner loved purple enough that much of the interior is purple as well. As summer tennants, we don't have the desire to pour money into having all the paint stripped (though we did bring the kitchen floor back from purple to the original hardwood). It's something of a challenge to decorate around decidedly purple floors!

You all know there's a love affair taking place at my back doorstep. I had a hard time making him take second place, but I'm trying not to be boring. http://365daysintheyear.shutterfly.com/2251
so glad you didn't waste your money! i love purple house :) i would be so happy to live there :)
posted June 25th, 2010  
What a great house---love the purple, gold and green! I saw Dill too, he sure is a handsome fellow!
posted June 25th, 2010  
what a charming home! and as purple is the color of royalty, i hope presiding over that house makes you feel like the queen! :)
posted June 25th, 2010  
Fantastic perspective, wonderful angles, great colors. Very artistic ;)
posted June 25th, 2010  
I love that poem. And, as it's always been my favorite color, I love that you live in a purple house... inside and out! Do you find that it's really difficult to photograph purple and have it look the same as it does in real life?
posted June 25th, 2010  
oh purple floors!!!!! I never thought of painting my wood floors. ( : purple is the best color ever..... the color of royalty, peace, togetherness and stability.
posted June 25th, 2010  
I really like the perspective!! The purple floors look so inviting!! The lines lead you strainght in and say "Come on, in!" :-) I had to take a look at Dill's photo - what an amazng profile!! I can never get tired of that hansome tenant of yours ;-))
posted June 25th, 2010  
I love the purple. The decor in my home on Cape Cod was pale/pastel lavender, blue and pink. It was very calming.
posted June 25th, 2010  
I love the floors. It must give the house some character. And, I LOVE the quilt on the bed. I'm dying for a quilt of my own.
posted June 25th, 2010  
Great perspective on this! I think I shall walk right in that room and rest on the bed. It's very charming and inviting.
posted June 25th, 2010  
very pretty such cheerful colors
posted June 25th, 2010  
I like this shot a lot, and I have a mental image of you taking it. Louise - your photo stream is anything but boring I find it funny that I just brought up that line about wearing purple to someone just a few days ago. Hadn't thought about it for years. Funny, but not altogether surprising.
posted June 25th, 2010  
did you lie down on the purple floor to shoot this?
posted June 25th, 2010  
Love the perspective, and I must confess that I too love purple!
posted June 25th, 2010  
Purple, Yellow, Green, they are Spring colors. Very cheerful.

I like the photo and the angle from the stairs. What a beautiful quilt on the bed.
posted June 25th, 2010  
my love affair is with this house!! LOVE your perspective on this and I'd love the challenge to decorate around purple floors!!! Did you know my shiplap ceilings in the home we currently rent are painted a muted apple green. LOVE THEM and LOOOOVE this shot!

*your runner up is also just as adorable as ever and I see why it was so hard to decide! * :)
posted June 25th, 2010  
*squealing* and ohhhh that molding and the green door and OH the door knob! hehehehe :)
posted June 25th, 2010  
Thank you for your lovely comments on Wednesday! I'm feeling almost better now & can go to work. As for the footy, I really like it, perhaps more than my hubby! Lovely perspective here, the inside of your house looks as inviting as the outside. I love purple & yellow & the light in your house is beautiful!
posted June 25th, 2010  
Tut tut tut, the things people do to beautiful old wood, paint indeed!
posted June 25th, 2010  
Yes, I am now trained to first looks for Dill then at the photo. Neat image... I like that I shoot through the hall, through the door, into the room to looked at the framed picture. : ]
posted June 25th, 2010  
I ADORE these colors!

Boy do you pay attention to details, my friend! re: Kristen ... she went to HS here on Maui, was a freshman @ Humboldt State College in CA, and came to Aspen for Nique's graduation. (Fortunately, her father is a pilot with Delta!)
posted June 25th, 2010  
I love the perspective you have here and the glimpse through the door to the room beyond and that lovely patchwork quilt. I love purple, but I'm not sure I would go as far as to paint my floorboards purple! But it does look beautiful here.
posted June 25th, 2010  
I love all these colors. Purple floor is so cool. We have purple doors at home. I'm not a big fan of white floors or walls. Colors rule!
posted June 25th, 2010  
BTW, fabulous profile of Dill ...
posted June 25th, 2010  
am loving the sunlight that glows towards the couch, from the opened window beside it, it gives an amount of mystery just by looking at it from that door. you have taken this shot from a very startegigc angle, dear Louise. It tells a story....mystery abounds....
posted June 25th, 2010  
Love the purple! Nice angle, too!
posted June 25th, 2010  
Quirky and unique- love it. I also like the low angle you have taken the shot- cats eye view perhaps? ;)
posted June 25th, 2010  
left a comment on your shutterfly. a very handsome looking home you guys have there as your summer home. love the purple look of it but truthfully i also thought it was blue.
posted June 25th, 2010  
Love it.... I once painted our bathroom at home purple and lilac..... quite pleasing. Purple is good and your picture is fantastic and WHERE IS THE DUST??????????? It is so sparkling clean!!!!!
posted June 25th, 2010  
I love this Louise! Why were you crawling around on the floor? Maybe you'd just finished polishing and that's why there's no dust Elizabeth!! Thanks for your thoughtful and sweet reply to my ramblings...and btw I wear purple quite a lot!
posted June 25th, 2010  
HA! I love the idea of an entirely purple house! I do understand it would be quite tough to decorate, especially because anything wood-coloured would look quite strange next to it.
posted June 25th, 2010  
I love it! I would think you don't really HAVE to decorate much when you have purple floors!
posted June 25th, 2010  
you have the best summer house in the whole galaxy and as odd as the purple floors are, i think they give a lot of character :D
posted June 25th, 2010  
(plus, i still maintain that cat is highly adorable! blue eyes :D )
posted June 25th, 2010  
love your angle on this!! And the colors are beautiful!
posted June 25th, 2010  
I like the way you composed this. Gives it a nice look.
posted June 25th, 2010  
The angle is perfect...and honors the purple as it leads to the yellow!
posted June 25th, 2010  
I wish I could see this house in person. I love colorful things! And purple is my fave :-)
posted June 25th, 2010  
I think an old house, just like an old(er) woman can get away with a lot more when it comes to "dressing." Who would dare tell her to go change her clothes! (Really love how you are now "peeling the onion" for us on your summer adventures, friends, and your home.)
posted June 25th, 2010  
OHMY! Louise! I can't believe this. Chris's grandmother who was such a strong and interesting woman said this as well. So, naturally, Chris would say it to me. I loved purple....! In fact, after we moved Chris allowed me to have a deep, dark purple wall in our master bedroom and family room. It was gorgeous! He even said it was! Then, I moved....but this house had a purple room, but not the same shade. I love seeing this picture as it really helps me to get a feel for the house and what it looks like. I also loved Dill's photo too, but I already commented on that. hehe!
posted June 25th, 2010  
Thanks for another look at one of lifes simple pleasures.
posted June 25th, 2010  
neat!
posted June 25th, 2010  
Love shots like this. What a great perspective, Louise!!
posted June 25th, 2010  
Purple bounces back the other colors, your house has character.
posted June 25th, 2010  
I kindof like the purple and since you only live there for a season it wouldn't get too old right?! What a beautiful house you have it seems so cozy and inviting
posted June 25th, 2010  
the room looks so cozy and inviting!! I think the purple adds character to the house!! :)
posted June 25th, 2010  
What a great photo! I love the way the walls are painted and how inviting this is! What a great angle to get down to and capture.
posted June 25th, 2010  
I think the purple floors suit it very well. It adds character. Love the perspective.
posted June 25th, 2010  
Neat! Although, it seems a shame to paint all those beautiful hardwood floors purple! I love hardwood floors, and to cover them with something like that just seems a shame! Like my grandmother, she had beautiful hardwoods floors all throughout her entire house, but she got them all covered in carpet because my grandpa said his feet got cold! I'll never understand it. For a Korean War Vet, you'd think he could walk on hardwood floors! Lol. Anyway, great shot!
posted June 25th, 2010  
I love this picture, and I love that your floors are purple! It feels so whimsical.
posted June 25th, 2010  
I don't think I could ever bring myself to paint floors purple (or any color for that matter - I like the natural wood) but if I had a house with purple floors I think I would love it. Enjoy!
posted June 25th, 2010  
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I love the colours here! The perspective is really interesting here. :)
posted June 25th, 2010  
very nice perspective, nice colors too!
posted June 25th, 2010  
What a nice home you have! I love the vintage charm of the woodwork. I love the perspective of this shot, too - the angle almost seems like a cat's view! Is this a nod to Dill since you didn't post his picture for the day? ;-D
posted June 25th, 2010  
beautiful...love the way you shoot it.
posted June 25th, 2010  
wow purple floors? thats excellent! it must make your house feel unique! nice capture for today!
posted June 25th, 2010  
i have a feeling i would love this house. not that i am in love with purple, but just because it is old and i am sure has alot of character. i always like to imagine life "back when" ...imagine those lives that lived there before. anyhooo, as always, love your perspective here!
posted June 25th, 2010  
I love the character it gives the house! I love how you got down low to give us this perspective. I also love the profile of Dill that was your runner-up.

Thanks for your comment on my vintage shot. I'm still not in love with being in front of the camera, but I'm trying to get used to it. :-)
posted June 25th, 2010  
Your house clearly has character plus charm to spare. No surprise really when you look at the tenants...
posted June 25th, 2010  
That room looks really bright! I love the floors, too, they're very unique. :)
posted June 25th, 2010  
As helen says its lovely getting a glimpse of the lovely quilt, I also like the poem, not too sure about purple floor boards?
posted June 25th, 2010  
I know it would be hard...but I kind of like the purple, actually! (and the white cat is really gorgeous! is he yours?)
posted June 25th, 2010  
It's a beautiful home! Such charm and character. I'm a purple kind of girl so all the rooms in my house could be puple! My hubby and son might not care for that very much though LOL.

Thank you again for your wonderful comments!
posted June 26th, 2010  
ali
wow i love all the color in there! i want to have the guts to do crazy stuff like that. i thought when we bought our own house i would, and there are lots of colors, but not as much as i'd envisioned. i think this would be such a fun house to live in. cool perspective on the photo too!
posted June 26th, 2010  
Hi Louise! Funny that you can see my choc. chip smiley profile pic, because I can't! I guess I had a problem uploading it and I didn't think it went through. And on my end it still hasn't showed up. Now sure how to fix that. =/
posted June 26th, 2010  
Louise, I can tell I would love your house! Love the green door and the purple floor and the fact that it was built around the same time as mine -- though mine has a more uptight feel. I could see your house in Martha's vineyard where we spend two weeks in the summer. What a fun retreat for you! It feels very summertime...
posted June 26th, 2010  
louise, thanks for the link! i LOVED looking at your pics from your 'field trip'! it looks like a really, really lovely place! and if you have never read 'evangeline' it is beautiful!!
posted June 26th, 2010  
Wow, I love that the inside is as bright and pretty as the outside of the house. Lovely shot, great perspective :) Dill's shot was gorgeous as well :)
posted June 26th, 2010  
really do love the purple though! even thought it's a challenge, what great, eclectic character it gives the house! thanks again for your sentiment re: my gigi...
posted June 26th, 2010  
feel like I am walking through that door...nice picture...
posted June 26th, 2010  
I like this shot of your home - purple floors are good.
Did you make the beautiful quilt on the bed.
I do quilting too!
posted June 26th, 2010  
It's probably pretty late on this comment list to say so, but I didn't make the quilt; I brought it up from California where I'd bought it. I do have a number of old hand-made quilts here that I found in shops or estate sales. I think they're charming, too. (no, though, I don't quilt)
posted June 26th, 2010  
I love your house! That was a great portrait of Dill also! He's such a handsome fellow!
posted June 27th, 2010  
Oh, those colors! I wouldn't want to change it. What a fun happy place to live!
posted June 27th, 2010  
Wonderful perspective and the light is gorgeous. Love the contrast that you have with the yellow and the dark floor.
posted June 28th, 2010  
Love it.
posted July 20th, 2010  
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