I've really had fun sharing our house renovation in Due West with friends and
I've taken and posted pictures since day one.
Pictures of the estate sale back in October.
The weeks of demolition as plaster walls & ceilings were taken down to the studs
through November and some of December.
And more recently, the original fireplaces being uncovered and new wiring and
plumbing going in this month.
Scott and I hardly go anywhere that we don't get asked....
How's the house coming along?
What's going on this week?
When do you think it'll be done?
I've seen evidence.
Of what I sincerely call.
"Favor of the Lord."
Time after time.
On things pertaining to this house.
I saw it today.
Approaching the time.
When the exterior house color had to be picked.
Whatever we choose.
We have to live with it.
For a while.
My goal was to LOVE whatever color was chosen.
The key word there is LOVE.
Many felt we should repaint it the original white.
With black shutters.
That was nice.
It was classic.
It was in keeping with the era of the house.
But, I didn't LOVE it.
I noticed one day. Not too long ago.
I passed it each day.
On my way home.
Very similar to the Due West house.
A color I LOVED.
I drove by the house.
I stalked the house.
And knew in my heart.
It was "the" color.
The color.....for our house.
How to find out......the color?
What's it called??
I did what any red blooded, stalking HGTV veteran would do.
I checked the tax records in the county to find the owner's name.
What do you know?
A very old acquaintance.
As it turned out.
From years ago.
When we first moved to Greenwood.
I tried calling them.
Never an answer.
No answering machine.
The stalking went on for a while.
And my LOVE did not diminish.
I drove myself to Lowes.
Scoured over the paint samples.
And chose what I thought was a close match.
I nervously handed the paint color over to our contractor.
Hoping, I had come close.
Geez. I hope it's the same.
I squinted at that color.
I stood in front of the house and tried to imagine the color.
And hoped for the best.
Then came the next day.
Scott and I drove by the color I LOVE house on our way to lunch.
We both LOVE it!
Even Taylor LOVED it.
And we sat down to eat lunch.
At a deli near downtown.
I was about two bites in.......on my tuna salad on wheat toast.
And in she walked.
The owner of the color I LOVE house.
There she was!
She didn't even seem startled.
When we approached her asking for the elusive color name.
Grabbing a pen to write it down.
I gave the contractor a different color!
We drove to Sherwin Williams to pick up a swatch of Svelte Sage.
And then drove to Lowes to pick up a swatch of the color I had given to the contractor.
Big difference in the two!
I wasn't even close.
If the painter already had the color.
If he had already bought the paint.
It would be too late.
But a quick call confirmed.
The work had been put off until Monday.
Put off until Monday!
Nothing had been bought yet.
Thank you, Jesus!
You wanted me to have the color I LOVED.
And you made sure it came my way.
I googled it tonight to see if I could find it on another house image.
I have to "see" it.
And guess what comes up in my search?
The HGTV Dream Home for 2013.
With an exterior paint color of........
You guessed it!
Of course, it was HGTV!
And come next week.
Our old house on Bonner Street in Due West.
Will enjoy the same fate.
Svelte Sage. Everywhere else!
Favor of the Lord.
I've ask Him to direct me in everything I do.
No surprise He shows up in the small stuff too.
This time, it was in the Svelte Sage!
"the Lord leads in with unfailing love and faithfulness." Psalm 25:10.