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Addendum: Pink Houses

So, is it somehow intolerant of me to think that yuppies who pay half a million dollars or more for pop-up Neo-Victorian mansions should at least have the good sense (and good taste) not to paint them the exact colour of Pepto-Bismol? This stomach-churning eyesore was previously an attractive house. Now, we may have to change the usual route of our evening walks to avoid unpleasant mental associations with nausea and the cloying taste of "wint-o-green." Oh, the photos are behind the cut. That last one is just an out-of-focus shot of my right foot taken last summer, which I thought I'd include for any fetishists who just happen to be into chipped black toenail polish...


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Jun. 1st, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Eeeoow indeed. *Sympathies*

There's a house the color of bubble gum across the road from me. Used to be a nice pleasant beige, and now, munchkin land has arrived!
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
Wow! Cottages in the SW of England are sometimes painted pink, but a softer, candy version. This is REALLY pink.
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Oh. Um, wow. I wasn't ready for that. I mean I read your post, but ...wow.

There's a house in my neighborhood that's Barney purple. It's just a tiny thing though, and the neighborhood is kind of ecclectic style wise, so the weird purple color kind of works in a funky cottage/personal style sort of way. That house, however, is way too pink for it's size! That's just bad taste.
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
It is probably a symptom of everything wrong with me that I think that house is gorgeous. So's your foot, even though I generally hate feet.
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Jun. 1st, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of a quote I included in a news article I wrote last week:

"For many years, there has been a lot of unmonitored growth" and design, said Martin, who has lived in the neighborhood for eight years. "People are asking, 'Can I paint my house bright pink?' No. It doesn’t fit up here."
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
Whats wrong with them? That's a BEAUTIFUL house and a hidious color. :( That's just a shame.
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
I think I would be a little more bothered by that color if so many Victorian houses hadn't originally been garishly painted (or designed, in some cases). That house would surely rank up there with some of their ugliest, but I don't know if it's actually worse. Not to say I like it, you understand -- I grew up to a house so minty green that it glowed in the dark and I still see it in my dreams.
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
Last year we remodelled a house for a real estate agent who epitomized "Spoiled daddy bought it". For months straight we had to listen to her yammer about "Tuscany" this and "Tuscany" that. Then she chose her colors for the exterior of the house, and she picked the worst blue I have ever seen. It looked like swimming pool blue, or closer yet, the color blue that people use to paint the inside of a claw foot bathtub before they bury it standing up in their front lawn to shelter a Virgin Mary statue. The painters told me that when they started work, one of the neighbors walking by did a double take, stared, and then yelled up the hill, "You have to be f*&king kidding me!"

We thought that would be the end of it, except her next "Tuscany" choice was to paint the kitchen purple with yellow trim. It seriously hurt the eyes, and we kept asking each other, "Do you think these are the colors of the Tuscany college basketball team? Because the Huskies sure have these colors."

The whole thing was so bad that before we laid the countertops we left a note underneath, "To you poor bastards that have to redo this kitchen. It was not our choice and we did everything under protest. Good luck."
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Good for you: I worked for a painting crew fresh out of high school, and we used to do the same thing in particularly scary cases. The worst offender was demolished about five years ago, so I suspect the demolition crew found our notes behind the sheetrock. Hell, we left so many notes in the sheetrock that I think we added to the insulation value of the walls.
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Jun. 1st, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
it bears a striking resemblance to the Barbie Dream House(tm)
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
The house, I suppose, isn't bad for a McMansion, until you get to the color. However, my eye is jaundiced to the point of bubling out of the socket where those things are concerned.

Previous to my moving into a pathetically small, but still legitimate city, I lived in the woods of northern CT, which is rapidly losing its trees to shite spewing monstrosities like that one and becoming a white-flight megachurch pastureland exurb.

One wonders if, indeed the family includes the 7 to 10 that could comfortably rattle around that place or just the 5 that I suspect. Dare one hope for the dozen that would justify all that wasted space?
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, no. That godawful Dallas fad moved to Atlanta? (Pink became the "hot" color for Dallas McMansions about twenty years or so ago, when Mary Kay Ash of the Mary Kay cosmetics company had her house painted the same exact color as her famed pink Cadillac, and suddenly all of the Beautiful People had to do the same thing. Over the winter of 1993, I was living in a tiny garage apartment in Highland Park, literally across the alley from one of these monsters: a $2 million zero-lotline faux-Tara painted from roof to baseboard in that same shade of awful pink, and not even making D magazine's list of "the tackiest houses in Dallas" discouraged the owner in the slightest. What was scary is that he didn't have an excuse: he was an ophamologist by profession, so it's not like he was blind or anything.)
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)

Please tell me this is a joke, and that you or Spooky are practicing with Photoshop! Eep.

I notice there is a sign out front, is that some kind of business or something maybe? While that won't lessen the horrid color, it might explain it. Explanations of complete idiocy are sometimes soothing.
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
Jumpin' Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick, that just isn't, well, that just isn't right!
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
I magine a very perky serial killer lives there.. Who could live in a house painted that color without becoming a homocidal maniac?
Jun. 1st, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
I just laughed out loud, literally.
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
it looks just like the barbie dream house we just gave away to the salvation army. Maybe somebody planted a barbie dream house there and that thing grew in its place?
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