Thursday, May 17, 2012

Help Me Rhondas, Part II


 My week thus far can be duly summed up by the following conversation:

Me: So, are we gonna go tan?
Cory: (aghast) NO!
Me:  I thought you said you wanted to!?
Cory: I have no idea what would have ever made you think that.
Me: I like it!
Cory: Well, I do not.
Me: (perplexed) (speechless)
Cory: Ohhhhh! You mean the shingles for the new house!
Me: Uh, yeah. That's what we've been talking about all day.
Cory: I thought you wanted me to go to a tanning bed before vacation.

And....scene.

For the record, neither of us will be going to a tanning bed. And yes, we are going on a 3-day whistle-stop vacation next month. And we are deep in the throes of choosing shingles and siding and door knobs and faucets for the new house.

I have discovered that I'm just not cut out for the big picture selections. Quite regrettably, it appears that I simply don't have it in me.

Our first choice for shingles was tan, like we had on our farm house. Granted, it was never a popular choice. Little Jerry Martin (not to be confused with Cory's Dad, Big Jerry Martin) (No, they are not related) tried to steer us away from it. We stayed the course.

(Memory jog)

After the roof was on and LJM retrieved his microwave, we got a call from the previous owner, asking if we planned to put a different color of siding on the house "since you put a tan roof on it".

The house was white, people. Since when do white and tan not match?

When we mentioned tan shingles to the builder on Tuesday, he avoided eye contact and muttered, "I don't think that's what you want to do...." and hauled us off to see a larger sample. I still liked it. Haters gonna hate.

Then my mom confessed (again) two days ago that she was never wild about the tan roof.

Hmph.

So after 12 solid hours of waffling and seeking then rejecting the advice of near-experts, we decided on Fox Hollow Gray. The clock was ticking. The builder needed a decision.

We emailed him, "We're going to go with Fox Hollow Gray. Thanks!"

He emailed back, "Okay. I do think you should stop by and look at a panel of Fox Hollow Gray since it is a very light gray shingle."

Cue instantaneous second-guessing and self-loathing.


Now it's your turn, friends and countrymen. The house will be all white. Not a single whip-stitch of accent color. Should the roof be Fox Hollow Gray (lighter than charcoal, but not the lightest) or Weathered Wood (a medium brown)?

Don't even say Charcoal or Black. Do not even dare to say it.

Hold the phone. I just found this pin and while our house won't really look anything like it, it is white. And I do like the slate gray roof.

Help me.

Help.
 

In other news, the neighbors' peonies have bloomed and they generously allow me to pretend that they are partly mine.

And my kids continue to be so dang cute that I can arrange them on a pile of junk in the garage and still believe that they could collectively sweep every Gap Kids model clean off their feet.

And I am officially infatuated with chicken lo mein. Never underestimate the commoner.

And I wrote about the blues over at Beautifully Rooted

And I am nose-deep in The Language of Flowers, so I'll catch up with you again in, oh, three days?

But enough of my life. We're got a roof to pick.

Go!

77 comments:

  1. I can't care if it is tan or gray but that island better be yellow.

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  2. #1 from the pics I like "weathered wood."
    #2 but the slate gray is fab.u.lous.
    #3 we intended on joining you Monday night, but the stars did not align with my chaotic school schedule.
    #4 Monday night Savannah continually asked when she was going to get to meet and play with her name twin Ruby River... she is still holding our absence against me.
    #5 I don't have anything really else to say. I just can leave it at only 4.

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  3. Personally, I don't like tan OR Fox Hollow Gray. (I wanted to type Fox Hole Gray, which makes me laugh.) I think darker anything (brown or gray) is better. If you really can't go darker, at least go bolder. Why don't you skip the shingles altogether and go red tin? Our next roof will be tin. But we're in a log cabin, and tin roofs on log cabins are dreamy.

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  4. I can so relate this story. We are redoing a bathroom and I had a picture from a magazine of exactly what I wanted. The person that is building the bathroom vanity, was like, " well we could change this, and change that and paint it this color", WHAT?????? That is why I found a picture. I don't need your opinion. It's my bathroom. Thank you very much. This post made me feel so good. I was second guessing myself all day yesterday.

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  5. if you go with what YOU love you'll never regret it. Go with your gut.

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  6. Does Big Jerry Martin hold his title because of Grandma Big Joyce? I've always had questions about that. Oh those Martins! :)
    -- Sarah

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  7. When we were picking colors and a zillion other things for our new house (we're finally in - halleluiah!), I could immediately tell when my choices didn't line up with those of the designer. Something about that wrinkled nose.
    So...obviously I'm not the best one to give and opinion, but I'd go with the gray. That is all.

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  8. Of the choices I like the weathered wood. I want to be allowed keep reading, but I do LOVE that pin! I'm happy you are enjoying the peonies. We moved to SoCal last fall, and I miss them.

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  9. Is that your farmhouse?? LOVE IT. I'd stick with the tan. The people who put on your roof or visit your home don't have to love it... YOU do. =)

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  10. Tried and true Weathered Wood. Been there done that 6 times, that's right 6.

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  11. Weathered Wood or Slate. That said, no matter what you choose you will know how to make it look great. You really can't go wrong so just go with what you like no matter what "they" say.

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  12. I like brown roofs. They seem friendlier to me. :) The gray is nice, I just like the brown. I mean, tan. :)

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  13. I've always been partial to slate grey rooftops, BUT between your first two samples, I like the Weathered Wood…that is, if you're really not going to go with the Deeply Toasted Waffle (tan).

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps "Your" peonies are soo pretty.

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  14. I loved the language of flowers! And I will pretty much always say to go with gray - I love gray :-) And also, I was the HUGEST STRESSED OUT FAILURE at trying to make decisions regarding the house. SO hard!!!

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  15. So, I am going with the grey. I like it very much. That front door on the pinned photo is great too! Are you going to paint your front door a fun color?

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  16. I'm thinking your original tan idea sounds nice, second option would be the weathered wood. Somehow earth tones on a roof seem to make a house look friendlier.

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  17. Farmgirl.
    You darn well better pick what YOU like best. Go for the tan, woman!
    p.s. I need a rosemary roll.

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  18. My in-laws (whom which will probably never read this....I hope) just put a tan tin roof on their tan house. To each their own. :) the light gray in your pin is really pretty.

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  19. I would drive around and see some good examples of both if possible. There is nothing like seeing it big picture style. You should love it. But, you should also consider what asthetically looks good and makes sense because you may sell it one day. I know that's not very romantic, do what moves you. But, it's reality. If it's 50/50 for you, I'd go Gray. Especially if you like the pinterest photo. : ) If you go with the tan just make sure the shade of white goes with it.

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  20. I know we aren't suppose to say Black, but that is my vote. :) Like it or not! haha.

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  21. Ooh. I like the pin you linked. A lot. And my word. Those kids are so cute. If you pick ugly shingles just make sure the kids are outside a lot. They offer a lovely distraction.

    Love.

    Bye.

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  22. TAN SCREAMS GROSS. Don't do it.I have never said anything this forward before about somebody else's personal taste...but tan screams OLD yucky roof from the 80's that needs replacing. It immediately makes the new look old and tired. GO charcoal.

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  23. I had dark green shingles on my white house and loved it! I also had green trim and shutters to match. Can you tell I LOVE the color green?! The house actually was like that when I purchased it. I dislike tan shingles. Sorry!

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  24. We have a white house and just put weathered wood on it in the fall. I'm not crazy about it. It looks browny on the sample but is more greeny mauvey once its on. Go with the grey!

    I can send you a picture if you want.

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  25. I love the tan, it's such a warm colour, but if you had to go for something else: slate grey.

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  26. I think the lighter colors are very pretty but I have seen weird things happen to light colored roofs which may be why your builder is acting like that. They stain. I live in Ohio. I would go with the darker color unless you want to be redoing your roof earlier than you planned.

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  27. I vote fox hollow grey.

    My kids vote firecracker popsicles.

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  28. I'm down with the brown. (But I'm with Cory on the tanning bed decision...) :P I'm wondering the same thing as Mourning Dove Farm, is it because of staining they're steering you clear of the lighter colors? I thought everything goes with white! I like the warmth of the brown. So that would be my official vote. But I trust you.

    YES to the peonies & YES to those 3 summer cuties!

    Off to Beautifully Rooted...

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  29. Well, we have white shingles. When a tree crashed on our house a few years ago we didn't have a lot of time to make up our minds. White was reccomended to us to help keep the house cool in the hot VA summers. I'm all about practical.
    You could just toss a coin :)

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  30. well to add to your confussion Shannon we have a very light gray roof and it gets streaks running down it every so often then it has to be power washed and that isn't fun or cheap so while lighter color sounds good for summer I think I would go with a med. gray or a bit darker if we had to do it again. Everytime I pull into the driveway those streaks makes me crazy (along with so many other things). just sayin. nancy settel sheepishgrin92@yahoo.com

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  31. ...oh my...i am trying really really hard...not to say char---no...i just will not say it...but i might really really think charcoal...blessings...laney

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  32. ...oh my...i am trying really really hard...not to say char---no...i just will not say it...but i might really really think charcoal...blessings...laney

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  33. yep, gray looks good to me. but we are one of those tan house/black shingles people - we didn't have a choice! and after what you've endured, i'm glad! : ) happy decision making, girl.

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  34. Fox Hollow Gray, for sure. Thank God for the interwebs, right? So these decisions can be made so much easier. ;)

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  35. Loved the pin picture best! Darker is better :)

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  36. You might want to consider something dark. In this part of the country most roofs eventually get a mossy streaking that looks awful--can't see it if it is charcoal or darker. Drive around and look at roofs to see if this is common in your area.

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  37. I think you need to go with what feels right to you. If you loved the brown roof on your white farmhouse, then I think you'll like it on your new house, too. Go with your gut, girlfriend! :)

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  38. we just went through this very same process. we had a 100yo red, diamond shaped asbestos tile roof. it was very cool. but very worn out. and, well, asbestos is no bueno. by the luck, a freak storm caused us to get a new roof. however. insurance does not pay for red, diamond shaped tiles. or red rectangle tiles. we had the samples in our living room forever. i picked, for our white house, the color that shall remain nameless but starts with a C. our roofer told us the downfall was that over time the charcoal roof would fade to a slate gray color. the gray roof is striking. whether it be charcoal or slate. my vote is for slate. xoxo

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  39. Well, I really like Slate and I like the Fox Hollow 2nd best. And we are probably all going to have different opinions and you should just follow your instincts. Also, is there any food on this earth that says summer more to a kid than rocket pops? When I asked Em what special foods she wanted for her Summer break, that was #1.

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  40. I actually like tan better than gray.

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  41. We have Weathered Wood with light beige siding. It's close to your tan in bright sunlight, I think, but looks more of a gray on the north-facing side. Since that makes just about no sense, I'd be glad to email you a couple pics if you're interested? Just email me and let me know if you want them.

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  42. No tan!!!! No brown!!! I think with the white some type of gray has a more classic appeal.

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  43. Our last house was gray and white. bleh. boring. sad. cold. I really like that first house pictures you posted...the tan and white. love it. i'd stick to your guns. you know what you like. didn't you just post about making your house like colors you wear? so if you like tan and white, so be it.

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  44. That yellow door with the white and gray...I think your new neighborhood might need sunshine like that.
    But what do I know? I live in clay tile roof world. Though I am quite certain the color scheme of your children is so fabulous, GAP doesn't have the funds to recruit that level of cute.

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  45. LOVE LOVE LOVE the gray. DO it.

    And if you paint the front door yellow I'm moving in. Tell Rubes I call bottom bunk.

    xxoo

    P.S.- Cute. E. Pies. That's what.

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  46. Haha..just reading all the comments. Doesn't look like we are helping much. =l And I can't get beach boys out of my head now.

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  47. LOVE they grey.

    ~Jodi from Texas :)

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  48. I vote grey. The brown is pretty dark, so it'll be hotter in the summer, or more work for the a/c. I like the grey, especially if you do a fun colour for the front door.

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  49. Slate gray. We have a vanilla house, cranberry door and slate gray roof. :)

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  50. Fox Hollow Gray is the winner in my book, for what that counts. :)

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  51. i don't care what color roof....but please oh please do a mustard yellow door like the one on the pinterest picture!!!!

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  52. I agree with what many have said... YOU need to LOVE it... not us, not your builder, not your neighbors (well maybe them since they'll have to look at it day after day...:)) Unless there is a practical reason that your builder has an opinion, like repairs... upkeep... etc, and not aesthetics, HE should keep his opinion to himself.

    Of course, this doesn't work with my builder since it's my husband... he almost always "wins"...

    Cannot wait to see what utter fabulous-ness you create in your new home.

    ~Chris

    PS LOVE the color on the front door of that pinterest shot

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  53. You and Cory have taken pictures of lots of houses while on vacation over the years...which houses have drawn you the most? Look at those combinations to see what you like. And also, it doesn't matter how others feel about your house (Sorry Shannan's Mom!), it matters how much you 2 love it.

    Personally, I like the slate roof...

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  54. My neighbor across the street has weathered wood on a white house with light gray trim on the porch. It looks a little bland to me, but otherwise cute. I'd say tan with the white, weathered wood if you decide to do a trim color (black?).

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  55. I love all white houses! So beautiful and so perfect for a farmhouse!

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  56. Whichever is darker so I guess the brown.

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  57. Wow, well, when professionals are second guessing you...not just we commoners, it gives me pause.

    My first instinct is to say,"Go with your gut. And, if you loved the last roof, do it again."

    But, instead I'll suggest that perhaps you might ask the professionals why the adversion? And, perhaps check with a local realtor or two and see if there is some buyer adversion to tan. Would you have to lower the asking prices because "everyone and his brother knows that THAT roof has to GO!"

    I still feel like you should go with what you love.

    But, if the color will ultimately hurt your wallet (and affect your giving, etc.) then it's only a roof color - do what the market wants. And, then just keep looking at those adorable children sitting on garage junk with popcicles - and smile.

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  58. Oh and I meant to say that when we were building my friends took me to the middle of an already finished street in our neighborhood. Literally they made me stand in the middle of the road. Then they pointed to five different roofs and asked, yes or no?
    I chose our roof color and lived to tell the tale.

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  59. I thought your other roof was perfectly lovely. Trust that instinct, it will lead you right.

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  60. Grey and make the roof of raised seam metal!!!!!! I love metal roofs. Never have to replace, and so great to sleep under. Yep, make it metal. And the Amish would agree.

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    1. I think my mama just agreed to foot the bill for a $thousands-of-dollars upgrade!!! Sweet. :)

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    2. I was just scrolling through thinking "why hasn't anyone mentioned metal?" <3 metal roofs.

      That being said, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the pewter!

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  61. I like the weathered wood, but would agree with mama. Make it metal. Gray metal. :)

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  62. go with YOUR gut and no one else's!
    i have swayed and then been disappointed big time.
    it only matters what your and the hubby like. :)
    i like them both...big help i am!
    xo

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  63. I don't know about shingles or roofs but I do know that my kids ate cereal for breakfast lunch and dinner for two days while I read it. LOVED IT!

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  64. You WON"T regret standing seam! Go dark! Charcoal of course! :)

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  65. I do like the light/medium gray. I also am trying to break the tan habit. I love the neutral color but seems like that button in me is stuck. Tan house, dark tan/brown roof, tan walls inside. Even different shades of tan accents along with white and black then accents of color. ugh! Have had it, going to get that button fixed within me. Love that you are climbing out of your tan box. :0)

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  66. I like the weathered wood color. It will go great with the white siding!

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  67. I LOVE the slate grey!

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  68. Oh wow... I love this conversation so much. Mainly because it reminds me of the tanning bed scene in "Christmas with the Kranks", which my husband likes to quote at least weekly.

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  69. DON'T NEED MY OPINION, BUT I LOVE METAL ROOFS--GO BOLD! OTHERWISE, I THOT YOUR TAN LOOKED CLASSY & I'M NOT EVEN A ''BROWN'' PERSON--BUT I DO AGREE, CHOOSE A WARM, NOT A COOLER WHITE IF YOU USE TAN--WHICH IS A ''WARM'' COLOR! :D

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