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Exterior House Details

2 little pre-post disclaimers:There will be no full shots of the outside of our house. I have a few reservations about that. I am only going to post a couple of close ups, I feel confident you all understand! Second, while it’s really enjoyable to renovate a home I fully recognize that it is temporal… the most important thing to me is that we have an eternal home in heaven. Basically, this stuff is really fun to me, but lacks eternal value.

When we bought our house 2 years ago, it looked like this.


Which to me resembled a prison more than a house.


We immediately removed the exterior iron doors, replaced the light fixtures, and removed the shutters. I’m a little weird about shutters… I always like them to look real, even if they’re not. Which means if you were to pretend to close them, I think they should look like they would actually serve their purpose and cover the window. {I know, I’m nuts} Ours did not, and they also drew your attention to the black bricks scattered throughout the brick pattern. After we did these minor little changes we waited to paint. We waited two years, which I know isn’t a really long time, but for me, it seemed like we’d never paint. Our house had 3 different types of brick on it and every time I walked outside I could hear it crying for paint.

The doors pictured above are our front doors, the door pictured below is our side door.


We initially replaced the light fixtures {picture above are the original light fixtures} and then waited to paint. If you look closely you can see that the brick near the front doors is a different brick from the side door… which is a much different brick from the garage. We also cut back the Azaelas that were taller than the roof.


It took me 7 quarts of paint to finally decide on colors. Thank goodness for sample quarts that are only $5 {Sherwin Williams}.


After a few consultations with Erika and the help of both sister-in-laws and my kind neighbor who came by to examine my handiwork on the garage, I finally decided on Clarksville Gray {Benjamin Moore HC 102} for the body and Texas Leather {Benjamin Moore AC-3} for the trim. For the doors, I asked the paint shop to mix Texas Leather with double the formula + black, does that make sense? I wanted it to look like a really rich Texas Leather but be obvious that it’s NOT actually Texas Leather.

We did have painters paint the house. We really wish we could have done it ourselves but the quote we got was almost too good to be true. We also couldn’t figure out logistically how to do it ourselves… we’re finally getting to the point in our lives where we realize the benefit of paying someone to help you… it’s a good place to be… but comes with a price.

They primed and sealed the brick first with a product called Loxon {a masonry sealer} by Sherwin Williams. We used all Sherwin Williams paint in Benjamin Moore colors.

Out front, as I mentioned before, we removed the horizontal handrailing and used my sister-in-law’s spare bricks to create a step. Do you remember when I ran over our brick column? Well eventually {after it stayed like that for TOO long} a brick mason stopped by to see if he could replace it or repair it. We ended up getting rid of the columns all together {and adding lights to the garage instead} and he ended up adding this step for us one Saturday morning.



We also changed out the doors, door hardware, and lights {the lights we bought after buying the house were moved to the garage}.

The doors are by Barnett Millworks in their Mobile Bay Series, they come in either Mahogany or Fir {paint grade}, we obviously went for the paint grade. I believe the company is to the trade only, we ordered our doors through Chapman Building Systems.


Please excuse the landscaping, or lackthereof. The door hardware and lights came from Lowe’s. The lights are really substantial {over 30″ tall} and the price was really good!! I can’t find the actual lights that we have on their website, but they are basically these but in the next size up {with 4-lights instead of just 3}. The door hardware is by Kwikset and it too came from Lowe’s. The urns are from Lowe’s {it’s right around the corner & dangerously convenient, can you tell?} and the ferns are Kimberly Queens and from a local nursery.


My sister-in-law has added a quick tutorial on the ghosts on her blog if you were inquiring. We put up the light fixtures on the side door entrance shortly after we moved in, I think they came from Lowe’s too. We put the same pair on the front of the house when we moved in and ended up moving them to the garage when the electricians came to install the new lights and canned lights at the front entrance. They’re on this great programable light switch that I found, it’s very convenient. The garage was a late addition to the house {I think in ’85} and it’s on a separate breaker… I wasn’t planning on walking out to the garage every night to turn the lights on so the programmable switch was worth every penny!


Several of you asked about how I feel about having windows on my doors. As you can see there is a wall almost directly behind the side entrance with the flag print, so unless they have their face plastered to the door they really can’t see in. As for the front doors, if they walk up to them and ring the bell, then yes, they obviously can see in. However, our house sits back from the road a good bit and you really can’t see in unless you are parked out front and really look hard and if you do that I might call the police. 🙂 Most of our guests use our side door and usually I answer so there’s no need to really hide. If you like to hide or if your house sits on a busy street you may not like these doors.

To ensure that the front steps aren’t slippery when wet {Jon Bon} we used a sifter and white sand to evenly spread sand during the last coat of paint… it worked great and they have a nice rough surface so no one falls and hurts themselves.

Did  I miss anything?

We’re in the process of getting ready for a BIG surprise for the girls… more to come on that soon!

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  • Kendra
    October 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I love painted brick. You did a great job–it looks amazing!

  • NewlywedHostess
    October 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I feel like I know you from reading your blog. I know that I have failed to comment before, but just wanted to say that your renovations, tutorials, and cooking tips and recipes are lovely to read everytime. I love how the exterior turned out. Have a blessed day!

  • eringianni
    October 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    yay! it’s so so so pretty!!! I adore the colors, and the details, and what more can I say, it’s gorg but i’m not surprised. you’re so crafty, i had no doubt your home would be pretty as a picture:-) It’s also very compelling your pre-post statement. honestly, it’s nice to be reminded. so can i take a wild guess about the girls surprise…? a killer playhouse? hope all is well. kisses, e

  • Mommasissy & Sloane
    October 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    looks great!! i cant believe i haven’t seen it it person yet? when my girl is a little older we’ll come for a visit. maybe a tea party!?
    love you! see you soon!!!!

  • Mag
    October 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    No wonder I liked it, I have Clarksville Grey in my kitchen/family room. I have received MANY compliments over the years on the color, it is great and oddly neutral. Love your renovations, takes a sharp eye to see what that house could be. You guys have certainly done it!! Beautiful.

  • MC
    October 13, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Just gorgeous! Thanks for the info on the doors! I wonder if it would be possible to get them in MD…. Good job on the exterior – great curb appeal, as they say!

  • Brittan
    October 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    It looks great! We also have a brick home and have been wanting to paint it for a while. Is there more upkeep once you paint it? We also have full view glass doors and at night we just put up a little sheer panel and it provides some privacy.

  • melissa stover
    October 13, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    it looks great. i love the look of painted brick.

  • Jen
    October 13, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    It’s beautiful. You did a phenomenal job and it’s so warm and welcoming.

  • Jennifer
    October 13, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    looks great! love your colors. I’m totally with you on the shutters, and you might have given me the nerve to take mine off (though I’m a little frightened of what might be behind them …) our house is board-and-batten and brick combo, and we’d like to paint it all eventually. sand in the last coat on the steps is a great tip! thanks for sharing!

  • Amy
    October 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Beautiful!! Love all the changes you have made. I wish I could make those kind of changes to my own home. I need the help of someone with an eye like you have.

    Thanks for sharing all that you do on your blog. I love checking in to see what you’ve been doing.

  • Jeremi
    October 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Darby, I found your blog about a week ago and I now stalk it on a regular basis. 🙂 Love everything you’ve done to your house! It’s gorgeous and I’m jealous!

  • Jenna
    October 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Gorgeous, Darby! Can’t believe it’s the same house. The doors are to die for.
    And I’m TOTALLY the same way with the shutters needing to look like they would work. Lol! I thought I was the only one. 🙂

  • Sarah
    October 13, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I love the colors you used to paint your house. Everything looks great together.

  • Kristen
    October 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Darby…it looks amazing! I know you are so pleased with the results. When we moved into our house, I wondered how I would feel about our front door having windows, but I LOVE it!

  • andi
    October 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Looks GREAT! 🙂 You guys did a great job with everything! Let’s have a ladies coffee night soon…missing fellowship with you gals!

  • Mandy Norris
    October 13, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Your house looks great! I really love the colors, lighting and doors! Thanks for the info. We have a brick ranch that I would like to paint one day as well and this really gives me a visual of how to go about that. Hope you are having a good week! Love, Mandy

  • Kelly
    October 13, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Your house looks beautiful. Also I wanted to let you know that I have the same shutter hang up!!!! They have to at least look like they would meet in the middle and I prefer they have the hardware that looks like it’s keeping them open (if that makes sense) I had to remove the shutters on my house too!

  • alison g. (brazil)
    October 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Looks beautiful! Talk about curb appeal!

  • Tricia
    October 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Darby,

    I have been following your blog for a while – from far away – and just love all of the wonderful creative work that you have done on your house. It looks great inside and out.

  • Rachel Pilston
    October 13, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Yeah for Barnett Millworks! Good people!

  • Kaela
    October 13, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I can relate to your “eternal” side note. I’ve been finding myself praying this (almost daily), that I can want for eternal and not material. Anytime I find my self longing for anything other than an eternity with The Lord, I ask for this. Nice job on the rennovation, it turned out beautifully!

  • Marielle
    October 13, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Lovely results. Your home is updated with a sophisticated tone. It appears that the decorating gene is present in both twins. Your family is just beautiful and it is a treat to see your wonderful photos–this journal of their young lives in your family is a priceless gift that they will treasure always. Blessings.

  • Kristin
    October 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Your Home looks so wonderful! I love the colors, very chic. I enjoy reading about everything you do on your blog, and find it so encouraging when you express your faith. Everything we have is truly a gift from God. Thanks for sharing.

  • Grace
    October 13, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I think y’all did a fantastic job – it’s beautiful!! LOVE the painted brick – I’m convincing my parents to do the same. I’ve always loved that look!

    Congrats on your home-makeover!

  • Emily
    October 13, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I am sorry I failed to comment before today. I have been following your blog and enjoying every minute! You have a lovely family, a strong relationship with Christ and a beautiful home! Thanks for your transparancy and willingness to let us all into your life.

  • your cool friend Cheryl
    October 13, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I absolutely love painted brick. My mother in law cringes every time I bring it up. Maybe one day I’ll convince my husband to paint ours, too! 🙂

  • Sara
    October 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Darby- your home is lovely! Your blog is a favorite. Thank you for your inspiration and for reminding all of us what is most important in life!

  • Victoria
    October 13, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love how you changed the look of your house. I cannot wait to show my husband. 😉

  • Jesse
    October 13, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    It looks amazing! What fantastic taste you have. But I will tell you what I am most impressed with and that is your wisdom of faith. Come visit me sometime.

  • Stacy
    October 13, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    What a gorgeous transformation! I bet your neighbors love you:)

  • valerie
    October 13, 2009 at 9:27 pm


  • Dianne
    October 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    It is amazing what you have accomplished in this house….just beautiful! What’s even prettier is your outlook and priorities being in the right place. xoxo

  • kim
    October 13, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    very nice!!!

  • rhonda
    October 13, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I love your blog for that your love for Christ is transparent in everything you do.

    Now, that being said, I have (ahem) lusted over those doors for YEARS in other homes in my neighborhoods so I am ever so grateful for the insider knowledge of how to obtain them! 😉 (However, it will have to be on our next home as we currently face south-southwest and our cooling bill is killer already!!)

    Thanks so much- you have done a lovely job on your home!!

  • Anne W
    October 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Your house looks wonderful! I just love the paint colors you chose!!!

  • jenn
    October 13, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    it looks great!!!!

  • Devon
    October 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Wow Darby! That looks absolutely classic and fantastic. I’m loving everything you did but am obsessing over the flag print. It looks great in your hallway!

  • elizabeth
    October 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    your house looks great! i love painted brick. we plan on painting either this coming spring or next….i’ll have to check out the paint colors!

  • Shannon
    October 13, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I love love love those doors. They are exactly what I had been looking for when we built our house last year. May have to change out to that style now that I have seen yours. Thanks for the design, color and family inspirations!

  • Jessica
    October 13, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Darby- once again you’ve inspired me! i have been debating whether to remove the (actually functional but old) shutters on our house when we get it repainted. we would have to get some new shutters made because some of the originals have sagged over the years. but i think we will just remove them. my husband tells me it will look ok without but i have been in question until i saw your beautiful house. he wouldn’t dare stand for painted brick but your house looks so beautiful with it painted. way to go! your friend in tally/sgi.

  • Kristen
    October 13, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    The house looks great! You did a fantastic job with the paint colors. I really don’t know much about decorating whether it’s inside or outside the house, so many choices! However, it looks like you have quite a talent!

  • Rebekah (Yeebird)
    October 14, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Everything looks so amazing, Darby!

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    October 14, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Two words: Awe. Some. Love it! We have been wanting to paint for a while now and I know exactly what you mean about the bricks crying. I think our neighbors might be crying, as well. Love the fixtures and am a bit of a Lowe’s addict, as well! It all turned out so beautifully! Great job!

  • Meredith
    October 14, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Wow! Everything looks so great! I love the colors and I LOVE the doors!

  • Jamie
    October 14, 2009 at 7:17 am

    I love everything that you have done! It is all so very elegant. Those gorgeous doors make my heart race just looking at them!

  • Anne W
    October 14, 2009 at 7:25 am

    one more thing: where’d you get that wreath on the door? I need a fall wreath…

  • kristin
    October 14, 2009 at 7:42 am

    where did you get the cute pumpkins on the front porch? did i miss it? happy fall!

  • seleta
    October 14, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Gorgeous. When I see this, it makes me want to live in a real neighborhood with a yard. I can just imagine all of the space you must have for having friends over or just spreading out and having a “yard work” or “craft” day with your family.

    You did a great job!

  • Ashley
    October 14, 2009 at 8:07 am

    The exterior looks gorgeous. Thanks for the detailed list.

  • Jill Cribb
    October 14, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Love the renovations. I think your house should be featured in Southern Living or other magazine for the work y’all have done….it’s OUTSTANDING….you are not nuts, I feel the same way about shutters!

  • Rachel
    October 14, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Just another reason why I enjoy reading your blog! I love the renovations, and I’m so glad you think that way about the shutters.

  • Melissa
    October 14, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Gorgeous! You did an excellent job. The paint and new doors make a huge difference. Can’t wait to see what the surprise is for the girls.

  • Sarah
    October 14, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I absolutely LOVE to see a plain old brick ranch transformed into something stylish and great! You had a great eye for the potential your house had!

  • Katie
    October 14, 2009 at 8:56 am

    LOVE it! that side door is so inviting. like it’s saying, “come on in!”

  • Kathy
    October 14, 2009 at 8:58 am

    I just want to say it looks so good. Thank you for sharing the information and I hope you can enjoy the finished product!

  • Kristen
    October 14, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I love the new look on the outside of your house! Texas Leather is such a great color, I have it in my bathroom and it looks like a really nice grey/brown in there, I actually get a lot of compliments on it. I’m a new reader and am so happy to have found your blog, there are so many posts to catch up on. What a beautiful family you have!! I keep getting jealous of your warm FL weather!!

  • MaryBeth
    October 14, 2009 at 9:34 am

    It is being beautifully transformed. I like all of your choices. It is a shame I can’t see the whole exterior but of course for your safety I understand. Please keep updating us, we enjoy every project you show. MB

  • Megan
    October 14, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I’ve been wondering about that flag print for a while. I love it! I actually thought it was a framed real flag from the photos I’ve noticed of it before. Thanks!


  • alston
    October 14, 2009 at 9:55 am

    it looks beautiful! your paint colors are gorgeous — great job!!

  • Leigh Scott
    October 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Love your colors, it looks awesome! I even like it when the paint starts fading on painted brick bldgs. I agree, I hate shutters nailed to the exterior wall! They’re not meant to be decorative but functional! I’ve also coveted that american flag print and wondered if it was a print or old cloth flag…now I know:) Looking forward to the next post:)

  • Victoria
    October 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful! Great paint colors – very classic. I love the glass doors too. We changed out our doors and people always compliment us on them and say, “why didn’t I think of that”.

  • Heather
    October 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm


    Your house is absolutely stunning! It is fresh and modern while still being classic and timeless. I adore your style- both inside and out. You have done a wonderful job and haven’t missed a detail. I love the colors and those light fixtures!!!!

  • angela
    October 14, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Love your front doors….course, I always love everything you do! Thanks for sharing with us. I get a lot of ideas from you. Still COVET the Pottery Barn sign.:)

  • Lori
    October 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm


  • Kelly
    October 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    that is a stunning, gorgeous transformation!! seriously, gorgeous!

  • Brim 'n Lea-Team D.C.
    October 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you for the cheerful, optimistic outlook on life, and I always love reading about your latest projects. You’re inspiring, as a mother, wife, and creative personality. The house looks fab!

  • Adrian
    October 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    This is gorgeous! I can’t stopping looking at it.

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    October 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Your home is absolutely beautiful. 🙂 Trying to imagine what my old (1970s) brick would look like painted….hmmmm…..

  • Anna
    October 14, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Wow, that transformation takes QUITE a vision!! I’m afraid I would not be able to get past the initial hideousness. Now, I am sure your home has far more style and originality than any new build. Thank you for sharing this lovely inspiration. Gives me hope for my formerly hopless ranch style. I better get to work!

  • christi
    October 14, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    darby it looks amazing!

  • Jennifer
    October 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Gorgeous, Darby! I have to say I appreciated your “disclaimer” most of all…it was a very good way of putting into words what I’ve been feeling lately!

  • amanda
    October 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Girl…the doors are fab but I tell ya what…I am a sucker for sparkling, clean glass and it looks outstanding in your pics! We have a glass breakfast table and I swear I clean it 1000 times a day to remove all those precious prints, seriously it is all beautiful and you are right sometimes it is worth the extra $$$ to pay someone, with 3 kids, that is a blessing!

  • Michelle
    October 14, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Hi!! I really love your house! The color choices are fab. I am hoping you can give me your advice. I have purchased the exact same hardware a couple weeks ago and I am just waiting for my door to be installed. I had planned on painting it black, however do you think the venetian bronze hardware will get lost in the black door? I may have to paint it the same color as yours:)

  • rebecca
    October 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    once again…i am leaving truly inspired. thank you for sharing all that you do.

  • laura
    October 15, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Hy Erika, your house look really wonderfull to me…i love your white kitchen and also this doors…but here we can’t have door like this…in Italy you can’t sleep if you have a door like yours, you should find some people eating in your kithcen or ….
    I have let see your paintend kitchen to my hubby…but here we don’t make work like this….and is a really shame!!!
    Hugs from Italy

  • lisa
    October 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Your house looks great! I just love your blog. You have wonderful taste and your family and values are awesome. Thanks for sharing pieces of your life. I have learned and grown from you!
    A fan in Colorado

  • laura
    October 16, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Darby oppsssss sorry i have make a mistake i called you Erika..is the name of your twin sister…..forgive me!!!!!!

  • Margaret
    October 16, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I love all of the improvements! We also have an older ranch-style house that we’ve slowly been improving. It’s so much fun! I’ve had the hardest time finding inexpensive front porch lights that I like, and thanks to you, now I have! 🙂 We will be heading to Lowe’s this weekend to buy the same ones and I couldn’t be more excited to replace the hideous plastic porch lights that have been on the house since we bought it a year and a half ago! 🙂

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  • Donna
    November 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    This looks really amazing!!! What a change…it doesn’t even look like the same house!

  • Meagan
    November 8, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Darby, I love what have done with the house! It is beautiful. But I wanted to let you know how wonderful I think it is that you acknowledge that remodeling and decorating and all the extras are just extras and that won’t get you to heaven!! This really made me think. Because it is SO TRUE! We get very caught up in what is temporal! Have a wonderful week!

  • Alison Roehm-Shoaf
    February 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    My cousin, Katelyn, told me to hit up your blog because my husband and I are considering buying a house that needs a major face-lift and I’ve been freaking out and getting totally overwhelmed at the mere thought of everything that needs to be done. SO glad that she sent me your way. All of your pictures give me hope that it can actually be done! 🙂 Thanks so much for posting and for including so much info on how you did everything and where you got your stuff. I plan on bookmarking these pages for repeated reference!

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  • Jenn
    March 31, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Unbelieveable!!! We just bought a house that is in need of SERIOUS updating. I’m so inspired now. Thanks for sharing!

  • ashley burse
    June 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    what kind of plantion blinds do you have in those front windows (on either side of front door)? i’m getting ready to remodel the exterior of my house and am looking for a less expensive way than plantation shutters…and i have this funny thing that all window coverings have to be uniform on the front of the house.

  • Laura
    August 25, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Hi, I just found your blog and love it! Do you live in the DFW area of Texas? That is where I live and it reminds me of the houses around here. Love what you have done to your house!

  • Linley
    October 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Is it impossible to be in love with the exterior of a house? Beautiful work and a timeless look. I have been trying to convince my husband to paint our brick…this may do the trick!

  • licette
    December 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Fantastic job! The house looks beautiful LOVE The color you choose. I am getting ready to paint our home and will need to test your colors.

    I also love the new lights. If you don’t mind me asking where did they come from?

  • Kami
    January 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Clean, classy and inviting exterior. Looking to paint my 1960’s ranch similar colors and am wondering if your roof is light gray or brown….hard to tell in photos. Also, did you paint the gutters and downspouts Texas Leather? Glad I happened upon your blog from your sister’s website. Thanks in advance for sharing.

  • Krista of Hopeless Chest
    May 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    WOW! That looks absolutely fantastic now. I love painted brick exteriors.

  • Marie-Anne
    July 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Hello Darby,
    I came across your blog through Pinterest. And your lovely family picture caught first my interest. I then peaked through your renovations & could not help thinking that you bought a home with the vision of how it would turn out in the end after much work & dedication, didn’t you? I can personally relate to that since we did exactly the same thing over a decade ago….& we are far from reaching the end of our projects since we are now empty nesters. Our bedrooms must be redefined with different purposes & of course, that consumes all my time lately. Your home improvements are substantial & I love the rebirth & energy you gave back to the “somber/depressing” space. A real night & day difference, indeed….. I share your taste. BRAVO !

  • Angela
    August 25, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I know you are busy… but do you have the formula for your front door paint from Sherwin Williams?

  • Jess
    September 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I also would love the paint formula for your front/back doors! Pretty please?!

  • lilai@foammattress
    November 22, 2011 at 6:02 am

    amazing transformation! It’s very nice.

  • Courtney
    March 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Hi Darcy, I absolutely loved what you said about our eternal home at the beginning of this post. Thank you for brightening my day! I am a designer, and I do think it is easy to get caught up in the beauty and excitement of design, without stepping back to realize who created it all to begin with.

    Thank you! Have a wonderful day!

  • Nicole Jenkins
    April 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

    My husband and I have a red brick ranch (like the orangey-red color). We are debating the “paint the brick” question. I have been reading your blog for a while and am curious–after a few years—how’s the painted brick holding up and looking? Any peeling, moldy-ing look, etc.? Any thoughts about the resale value question?

    Thank you for your thoughts! : )

  • Kathy
    July 1, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Darby – love what you have done with your home. Especially love the door color, but can’t seem to get the formula right. I had Sherwin Williams double & add black, but it is just more gray and not really darker than plain Texas Leather. Can you possibly help?

    Thank you – Kathy

  • Callie Childs
    September 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Hey Darby! Big fan of yours 🙂 We are thinking about painting our brick and I was trying to tell by your pictures but did you paint your garage doors the same as the body of your house or as the trim? I couldn’t tell and can’t decide what we should do. We are thinking similar colors to your home. Thanks and hope your sweet family is doing well!


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    January 23, 2013 at 10:49 pm

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