Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sunlit Sunday -- Brilliant Colors


ISLAND IN THE SUN

I was in Key West, Florida, a few days ago for the first time.  What a picturesque little ocean town! Everything about this quaint boisterous island in the sun is starkly different from our quiet refuge in Free Union, VA.  I can't resist sharing with you some pictures of beautiful homes there.  These photos are perfect for Karen's Sunlit Sunday collection.  They are also perfect to cheer those of us whose winter doesn't want to depart.

There isn't much color in our architecture in Central Virginia.  Our color scheme is much more subdued. Our farm house is pretty typical of homes in our part of Virginia.

Cedarmere Farm, Free Union, Virginia - 2013

By contrast, in Key West most homes are very colorful and are quite ornate.  (I will share with you some of the gingerbread woodwork in my next post.  They are quite amazing.)


This address plaque belongs to the house above.












Even ceilings under porches are colorful!







I LOVE this one.  I think it's a storage shed.



Still, there is no place like home!

Cedarmere Farm, Free Union, Virginia - 2013


 More from Key West next week.
Have a nice week, 
Christa 



Sharing at Sunlit Sunday
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                  Weekend Reflections

36 comments:

  1. Christa,

    Such bright and brilliant colour in Key West's architecture, definitely dazzling to the tourist from northern parts, but your farmhouse is so charming and pretty, and best of all, it is placed in a picturesque space! So enjoyed your amazing photos; thanks for sharing!

    Poppy

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    1. Hi Poppy,
      That's true, our farm is beautifully situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  2. Isn't it wonderful how attractive all the different colours make these houses look? I would love to live in a house of pastel colours, then coordinate the outside with flowers.
    We've not been to Key West but are happy to be in warmth and sun at Clearwater for the month.
    Judith

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    1. Judith, I heard Clearwater is a beautiful place to visit. You are so lucky to be able to hang out in a warm climate for an extended period of time.

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  3. I grew up in Miami so I've been to Key West a few times. It is such a fun beautiful place. Nice to see these colorful pictures as I sit here surrounded by ice. Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

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    1. Amelia, the colors were amazing! I love colors so I really enjoyed walking around and checking out all the houses.

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  4. Key West certainly offers up a host of brightly coloured houses, Christa. I'd love to get a look inside some of them. The mural on the shed is amazing and provides a "view" from the adjacent building, much nicer than the metal siding would have been.

    I'm feeling quite warmed up after this post! Thanks for bringing a bit of Florida to Sunlit Sunday. (Your home, by the way, is beautiful.)

    -Karen

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    1. Hi Karen,
      I just checked the temperature in Key West, and it's in the 70s. It's only 39 degrees in Virginia and more cold weather is expected! :(

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  5. We were in Key West a couple of years ago at Thanksgiving and I loved it! There's a part of me that would happily toss this Virginia winter and live there ... tshirts and flip flops year round.

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    1. That was how I felt when I was in Key West. Such a fun little community!

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  6. All of the photos are amazing but I love your home best of all - beautiful!

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    1. Mildred, thank you. Our farm house is quite charming and has an interesting history (I will tell you about it in a post soon).

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  7. The colors on those homes are amazing and such fun bright ones. I am drawn to the aqua blue but for a person who really doesn't care that much for pink, I loved the pink home with its charming gingerbread woodwork.

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    1. It must be so fun to be able to add bright and crazy colors to the exterior of one's house. I think I would have a field day (not sure my hubby would feel the same!).

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  8. I love the colours of the houses, so bright and cheery in a sunshine state! xx

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    1. Hello Chel, thank you for visiting from Lincolnshire. These houses are so fun, aren't they?

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  9. Oh, Christa... I wish I could post this in green type...since I am "Green" with envy! LOL The photos of Key West are amazing...the pretty pink is my fav! But your lovely home in such a picturesque setting just speaks of love and warmth! Can't wait to see more. Smiles...Susan

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    1. Hi Susan, I hope I get a chance to go back to Key West soon. I really loved my time there. Can you imagine me painting our farm house pink? green? purple? Maybe not! I should blend in with our neighbors, right?

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  10. Your farmhouse is utterly charming, Christa. Is it a heritage home or a newer one?
    My theory on colors is that strong light can handle strong colors, whereas the softer light of more northerly latitudes flatters softer colors best.

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    1. Lorrie, Our farmhouse has two sections. The original section (which is what you see in the first photo) was built in 1850. The back was added much later. The original house has an interesting history, which I will share soon (I hope, I am doing a little research right now).

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  11. Oh my....so many beautiful homes. And yes, there is no place like home.

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    1. Hi Anni, thank you for visiting. I see that you are one of the lucky ones who get to enjoy the sand and surf every day!

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  12. Love your Key West pictures. It's one of my favorite places and I'm overdue for a trip there. Thanks for bringing me along. Your home pictures are lovely, too.

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    1. Hi Carol, you have to go back to Key West soon. Next time I go, I should stay longer. There was so much to see, so many art galleries to visit, so many restaurants to try....

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  13. Wonderful place to soak up sunshine and enjoy the sights. Wish I were there. ;)

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    1. You should visit KW if you have a chance. Great place to take pictures too.

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  14. Yes, those are some bright and sunny houses. I think I prefer your farm, though. It's picturesque in a quieter way.

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    1. Thank you. We love our farm. It's beautiful year round. Thank you for visiting.

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  15. Your place is so very pretty. I may have to hop over the mountain an do a drive by sometime.
    I was in Key West many years ago and long to go back.

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    1. Joan, do come over and visit. That would be fun.

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  16. Great images of all the colourful houses, Christa.

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  17. Those are some awesome looking homes but I guess that's how it is when the sun is always shining! I think I prefer your house, though. It looks quite inviting.

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  18. Your home and farm look wonderful Christa - so serene and welcoming. In my mind I'd love a pink house like that first image, but everyone would think I'd gone quite mad! My last house was quite a bright blue and was talked about loudly, and not often positively! Like our current home, it's gray now. The colours definitely suit that tropical lifestyle though don't they?

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  19. Another beautiful and interesting post, Christa.
    and you're right - there's no place like home! I live in an old farmhouse too.
    Yours i lovely - the house looks well cared, and how nice to have a pond and garden nearby.

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  20. Blue porch ceilings are supposed to ward off bugs or evil spirits or something.

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