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Last week on my way to Lillie Road for a little antique-shopping with a friend, we passed by rows and rows of Victorians in southwest London. But one house was not like the others...

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The owners of one house had decided to take the Victorian fancy for black and apply it to the exterior, painting the whole house in a matte shade of black. With glossy bright white trim to set it off and a shocking pink door to add a little cheek to the enterprise, it was a house with personality wedged between a classic brick and a demure flesh-colored number. On a gray afternoon it stood out from the crowd and won us over. So what do you think? Would you paint your house black?

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- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com