|Unfinished wall with window reflections
|You'll want to click twice to enlarge this one
I have a friend who bought a home near this artist's cottage. She is happy to report that her place only cost around $70,000 a few years ago and is coming along nicely as she installs tile and cupboards that she has built herself.
Some of the homes just stop you in your tracks. And some are painted a little more conservatively, but they still have spunky touches of color.
Sometimes you can only see a hint of the wild colors beyond.
I've actually been inside this last house for a party.
|Colorful inside and out
Here there was a painted bird sitting on a painted tree branch above a window with bright turquoise trim against an orange wall;
and over there an artist wearing gorgeous handmade jewelry and a zebra-striped vintage hat
(was there a veil on the hat, and did she hold a long cigarette holder, or is my memory
just beyond her was a french door leading to a beckoning enchanted garden
filled with bright benches and birdsong and flower-covered arbors,
but next to the door was a professor who could talk firsthand about discoveries of prehistoric dinosaur tracks in the nearby mountains.
It was the best kind of gathering, colorful in every way.