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House Warming in Black and White

"I hate flowers. I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move." - Georgia O'Keeffe

The are over and I've been going through major withdrawls. No one is on my TV swimming relays, running long distances or winning gold medals anymore and I'm sad. My kids, who last week gave me a high-five when they heard my Olympic-themed ringtone, now just give me a pathetic little smile and shake their head. As if to say, "Oh Mom, the Olympics? That was so last week."

Or maybe they look at me like that because they know the phone calls are from me. I keep calling myself simply so I can hear the ringtone.

Pitiful. 

Just when I thought there was no hope of pulling myself out of my Olympic-sized depression, I drive down and catch sight of the most phenominal Victorian house! True, the house itself is beyond beautiful, but it's the paint job that make me stop and take notice. It's whimsical, but not in a tacky or garish way. Somehow the owners made black and white paisley exterior house paint look both sophisticated and fun. It doesn't take away from the architecual ellements in the slightest and actually, I think it's quite stunning.

I immediately pull over and knock on the door hoping to ask the residents a few questions. I slyly look down, half expect a gnome to answer the door. Or at least, someone wearing a cape. But alas, no one was home.

No matter. I am instantly pulled out of my funk and pull away from the house in a crazy good mood. Glad that once again, Alameda is the reason for  

Now, if awesome houses only had a ringtone I could download...

EJC August 17, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I like the paint job too! It is kind of brilliant and has made me wonder about other house-painting possibilities.
Donalda August 17, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I love love love this paint job- I have even driven down Central a few times just to see it.
Judy Judy August 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Well, there are these: http://dornob.com/cool-colors-10-crazy-painted-houses-home-painting-jobs/?ref=search Oh, and this one: http://baskingridge-nj-homesforsale.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/HOUSE-2.jpg But they're just a little subdued for my taste. ;-) Personally, I like the Alameda house better.
Lisbeth Allen August 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I like it too. I wonder if it will start an Alameda trend. I'd like to see the entryway get a little more detail. Maybe some mosaic trim with mirrors? Delaine Hackney would be just the artist for that. She's the talented artist that did the Perforce mural, among others.
Lorri Garrett August 17, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Central is pretty long. What is the cross street?
Judy Judy August 17, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Grand-ish. Can't miss it!
Alameda Resident August 17, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Even though it's odd, it's so much more attractive that the ubiquitous green-with-purple-trim pain scheme that everyone else in Alameda seems to use for their Victorians. It kind of reminds me of the wallpaper in Sherlock.
khalilawm August 17, 2012 at 06:20 PM
My husband and his partner own this building BenHad properties... We really appreciate all the wonderful feedback and this well written blog! Thanks to all of you forward thinkers in Alameda!!!
Lisbeth Allen August 17, 2012 at 07:30 PM
What inspired this vision of loveliness? Now I'm wondering what is hidden behind those eye catching walls.
Lisbeth Allen August 17, 2012 at 07:35 PM
between Chestnut and Willow
Rob August 18, 2012 at 03:47 AM
It looks so nice, I was excited when I saw construction on this house a few months back, and the finished product is awesome!
Bhodi Li August 19, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Really? Yes it's whimsical but it's also a bit obnoxious. In a city that prides itself on it's historical homes and where it is almost impossible to alter anything Victorian, I am surprised there hasn't been more said against this paint job....
Lisa E. August 20, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Obnoxious? How is it obnoxious? Nevermind, don't answer that, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I LIKE IT! It's different and fun.
Jennifer Loring August 20, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Saw this house the other day and it stopped me too - because it's beautiful. It's elegant and fun and different. Really nice work.
virgo August 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I think since it's just paint, it's not altering the Victorian. It can be easily changed whereas a structural change would be significant and harder to revert back to it's original look.
Lisbeth Allen August 20, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I tend to be a preservationist too. The reason why this project doesn't cause alarm for me is because it is only paint. No Victorian elements were gutted. All the original parts of the house are still intact. The paint colors and design are relatively neutral and accent the architecture. If someone tries to do a Hello Kitty house I wouldn't be so calm.
Jessee August 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I think its shockingly awful.

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