If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
See my “useful and beautiful” To-Do list here.
The exterior color of our house was one of the few things we didn’t like and vowed to immediately change once we moved in. Immediately turned into 10 years.
Ten years probably worked out for the better since it spared us from painting the house some really atrocious colors. I cringe thinking back to my “match the brick” phase. Also narrowly avoided: greige. We decided on a cream body with bright white trim. It’s classic and works well with all the greenery. That greenery is one of the reasons we didn’t paint the house green, a popular accent color with red brick homes.
I also painted the doors Tardis blue, so I’m not entirely boring.
It’s been 3 months since the Wayfair GreenThumb Challenge and the plants are doing great! My two drought tolerant plants circled the drain following a blistering heat wave shortly after planting, but they’re on the mend. I’m glad I didn’t toss them out. They looked like tumble weeds, but their stems still showed signs of life when I scraped them gently. Now I just get rid of the dead leaves and be patient.
The succulents, on the other hand, have had not one problem. I was so worried putting them in direct, west-facing light, but they love, love, love the porch. They’ve at least quadrupled in size and soon it will be time for me to start propagating. Free plants!