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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Key West Architecture~ Redeux

Where are Martha Stewart's blogging assistants when you need them?
I am taking an online Algebra class this semester and it has been big trouble just trying to configure my computer to run the program. Sheesh! Also, who knew graphing calculators were so expensive?
I also have two design clients I am trying to finish up this week as well as my own two projects and have run out of time. So I am re running a favorite post from last year. This will buy me a few days to finish up a historical post I am currently researching, as well as put the finishing touches on next week's Friday Freebie. I think you will "love" it.

I first saw pale blue porch ceilings in Savannah and later in Charleston.
I was a delighted to see the blue ceilings again in Key West last week.
I have been told a number of reasons why the light blue color is used.

~Wasps and other insects will not nest in an area they think is the sky.

~Blue paint reflects more light and the front rooms of a house painted as such will appear brighter.

~Blue chases away evil spirits. (Haint blue is a popular shade in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.)

Whatever the reason, I just love it. So cool and calming. When I wanted to paint our back patio porch cover a tranquil blue last summer Mr. Decor said "No." It had something to do with the fact we live in the desert. Someday...

I loved the pale pink and aqua combination of this home, but could do without the cars in front. I was reminded that people do actually live in the homes and have a right to park. But it WOULD be so much better if they drove buggies.

I so wanted to see the inside of this church but alas, it was closed.

Is there anyone else out there who wears rose colored glasses and desires to take up a scraper and return this home to its former glory?

Sadly, this is what's available in our price range.

Luckily, dreams are free.
This post originally ran on March 29, 2008.


TRay said...

Hi, Laura!

I love that pale blue color on porches, too! (go figure...) It is called "haint blue" in the South, and yes, it is to chase away evil spirits or "haints!"

Miss Sandy said...

Cute post! I'd take the scrapper!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I have always loved Key West. We looked at property there years ago, but it was pricey even then! Plus, it's at the opposite end of the state, not exactly practical for a weekend getaway when Florida is 40,000 miles long! ;-)

We opted instead for a getaway in St. Augustine, and I've never regretted it. I wish I could tell you my porch celings are blue. Alas, they are antique white (can't remember the Benjamin Moore color), but the house in St. Augustine is blue and Victorian. ;-)



Blue Castle said...

I do like that blue color too. Those houses are so beautiful. It always makes me a little sad to see neglected old homes. I just want to love them up a little. :)

Leigh said...

My dream too! I LOVEd this post!

The Muse said...

LOL yes...we can dream!
What a delightful post!

Coastal Sisters said...

I am loving this post. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures. I am also loving the Vintage Valentine's bracelet in your Shoppe.

Have a wonderful weekend :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the last line, "dreams are free."

Shimmy Mom said...

good luck in all your projects. I love the blue porches. And if it keeps insects from nesting I'm painting mine tomorrow!

Her Shabbiness said...

I loved all the information about the blue ceilings and pictures to accompany it. I had never heard anything about the blue ceiling folklore. Very Fascinating.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Oh yes, those calculators are pricey but so useful. We had to buy my daughter one a few years ago and she finds it very useful.

Love the houses and those blue ceiling are very popular here in the south.


Liz said...

Your funny! I remember thinking it was funny the first time I read it!

Good luck with all of the work and the classes! I understand! : )


P.S. Can't wait to see the finished project!

Jorgelina said...

Hi Laura!!!
Cute post!!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Oh, Key West! I love the houses there! That's what I want mine to look like! I never knew about the blue chasing away evil spirts! :-)
Thanks for the tour!

Velvet and Linen said...

I'm so glad you posted this again. As a relatively new blogger I'd never seen it.
I never knew the reasons behind the blue painted porch ceilings. They really are beautiful and functional!


Miss Sandy said...

I remember this post and loved it! A rerun is perfectly fine, I only wish I'd thought of it last week. We are in the middle of a family situation and posting was the last thing on my mind. I will be sending a little "knee" mail your way for your computer woes as well as your class and schedule, it sounds like you could use a little expanded time and energy. Blessings dear friend!

Musings From A French Cottage said...

Ooohhhh...I just love those pale blue ceilings! Beautiful homes. Thanks for a great post.

I just found your blog and would love to return - hope you don't mind if I add you to my favorites. Have a wonderful Sunday!


Maison Douce said...

What a cool idea, to paint the porch ceilings blue... And what beautiful houses! Even the one in your price range...

gina said...

Interesting. I to never knew the meaning behind the blue paint.
The houses are beautiful.

Marina Capano said...

Hi, Laura! Cute post!


Linda said...

Hey, I think that last house is our house, lol.

I enjoy your posts.

Kim G. said...

Love, Love, Love pale blue paint on any surface, including southern porches!! Your price range fixer upper resembles mine, oh well, gotta start somewhere!

Shana said...

I've also admired the pale blue porch ceilings as well. Husband hasn't approved yet - but maybe, someday, when we have a home just like the ones shown in your post, he'll agree. Sigh - one can dream. :)

Bella Casa said...

Gorgeous! Do you live near there?

Your necklace is a big hit at the Etsy Party, Laura!

Thanks again!