I want to give a particular shout-out to "mschatelaine," who linked to a Farrow & Ball color palette that blew my mind. It felt so modern, but not out of place for something a little older. We ended up using Benjamin Moore's Flint, Mayonnaise, and Imperial Yellow, since we couldn't get to Farrow & Ball in time.
Also, please note: The hedge is gone! I hated it as much as you did so I sucked it up and paid for its overdue demise. The bush in the lower right corner is next.
Now, I know some of you will certainly wish I'd picked otherwise, but I couldn't be happier. The neighbors have all sincerely complimented us, my man digs it, and I feel confident I made the perfect choices, which is such a relief after spending so much money. I can't wait to add some chic potted plants up on the porch, as well as landscaping in front of it.
Speaking of which, if you are a plant person in the Pacific Northwest, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what would add color and texture. I hail from San Diego, where the extent of my gardening was a few potted succulents.
Thanks again everybody!
(Re-edited from a post originally published June, 28. 2011)
(Images: AnnaMaria Stephens)