Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Oliver Hill: Bright with Red

We just returned from vacation, during which time we visited friends and family, and I couldn't resist taking some pictures of house beauty for my blog...

Our friends the McGoverns have moved onto a farmette in Ohio with a tiny old house. Their property is christened Oliver Hill, after their tiny son who died of SIDS last year. (they also run Oliver Hill Home Health Care.) The house on the property is a renovation project, but I was impressed by how Molly has decorated it for their family of five children.

Their house is small, and despite some unusually fine wood detailing that gives cottage charm; it has (like a typical cottage) low ceilings and small windows. The pine trees around the house keep its interior in shade. So how does Molly keep her house bright and cheerful? With a vigorous and generous use of red.

Red is a strong color, usually used as an accent. Since Molly's house is small with rooms flowing into one another, she kept the color scheme consistent throughout the house, with her favorite color, red, as the unifying theme. Red shows up in vintage tablecloths, old sofas and metal tables, candles, picture frames, and the vibrant fiestaware on the hutch. And the central room of the house, the living room, is painted red. This scarlet shade gives what could have been a dark crowded house, overflowing with children's toys and homeschooling materials, a merry welcoming personality.


Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Oh my - what a lovely home - how warm and inviting!

I love those window boxes and the red - what a great use of color!

I have 1000 feet and find it fun but challenging to use my space well!

Your friend's home is wonderful and charming!

WondrousPilgrim said...

i love the display of crucifixes. I have always wanted to do something like that, anchored by a large San Domiano Cross that was a graduation present.