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Colors of home

Colors of home - Stirling, NJ

Eren’s post on the colors of Coastal Maine struck a chord with me.  With every year I fall more and more in love with the colors of the Jersey Shore.  The sandy beiges, the blues of the sea and sky… Yummy.  But I remember last May, after spending five days in Ocean City, I was struck with just how green it is in my own back yard.  There’s very little green at the beach.  As much as the colors of the sea call to me, I think I’d miss green terribly if I were to move to the shore.

Fall Colors of Home

The sad truth, though, is that the greenery isn’t lush for very long around here.  Before long, it’s fall.

Fall has a beauty all it’s own.  I love that too, but it is even more fleeting than the greens of summer.

Winter Colors of Home

Sooner than I’d like, we’re looking at six months of gray.  It gets old fast.

Colors of the beach - Ocean City, NJ

But the beach?  Pretty much still beige and blue.  It’s timeless.

I have no idea where I’m going with this.  I was just struck by the idea that every region has a palette.  And some regions, like mine, have a different palette for every season.

I played with Big Huge Labs’ Color Palette Generator for this post, in case you wanted to try it, too.  What are the colors of your neighborhood?

P.S. I’ve been tweaking again.  New sharing options at the bottom of each post, as well as one of those ubiquitous LinkWithin widgets (although, I have yet to get it to work for some reason).  If you find you miss the old text-based “This Day in Blog History” or “This Topic in Blog History” or the ShareThis widget, let me know.  I can always bring them back, if anyone was actually using them (or if LinkWithin doesn’t start working soon)!

13 thoughts on “Colors of home

  1. Beautiful colors. I am definitely going to play with the color palate generator. Lots of fun!

  2. Great colors! I’ll have to play with that too!

  3. Gosh! That was so beautiful! I love the comparison between the reality on the photos and the palette colours! It’s been ages since i left a comment on your blog. It’s just the holiday thing with the kids around all the time… but I still come and visit!

    1. Nice to see you again, Barbara! If I wasn’t stuck at home with a busted car so much this summer, I wouldn’t be reading, writing, or commenting much either!

  4. How did I miss that you all were in NJ? We could have stayed with you all halfway up instead of in Waterbury CT. Next time my friend!

    Oh, and I love this post. Love the summer pallet above!

    1. I don’t think I want your first in-person impression of me to be my disaster area of a house and my nonexistent hostess skills, LOL!

      Maybe I will have improved in those areas next time you travel up this way 🙂

  5. […] Check out Lisa Clark over @ PolkaDot Cottage and her post on color. […]

  6. I love this idea! Color is so important to me! Right now, for now, we are living in my new husband’s townhouse while we look for a place that suits us better. The entire neighborhood is painted poop brown. With yucky beige doors and trim. And sadly there is no option to paint them any other color. With all the beautiful huge oak trees we have, I could envision so many awesome shades to paint these homes…but for now, I must endure!

    I am going to buzz your post on my blog, and add some photos of homes I have had, and one I want, with their palettes! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Oh, that sounds like a dreary-looking neighborhood! Glad the palette generator can help you daydream a little 🙂 Thanks for the buzz!

  7. Well hello! I stumbled in here from SeededBuzz…and it is proof my stumbling around can be good;I occasionally stumble into a gem, as now.

    Don’t mind me…I’m just gonna wander around a bit and see what all is here. If I look behind enough curtains and under enough rocks I can find writing prompts…and enjoyment…everywhere if I just keep my eyes open.

    1. Glad to see you – thanks for dropping by!

  8. I can’t wait to try this! But I’m a little nervous that my color palette will come back muted, dark, and dull. EEK!
    Ps. I love big huge labs! such a great site!

    1. Did you try it? How’d it go? I always feel like my own photos are not as bright and cheery as I like to imagine they are. I’m trying to work on that, but really there are an awful lot of dark browns and dull greens in my Flickr photostream… It’s a little depressing!

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