From Blah to Blue

One thing I adore about the U.K. is their use of color on the exterior.  And bold colors at that.  The building may all be the same but the doors and/or trim has a personality all of it’s own.  We don’t see that much in my side of the world but I love it.  And I have to say I’m about to give it a try.  Here are a few more inspiration pictures from England that display some lovely color.

 This is probably my favorite picture that I took.  I have been wanting to paint my front door (a color like this & my brick is somewhat similar in color) so when I saw this I had to snap a picture and really I had no idea how lovely this picture would turn out.  So this is now one of my summer projects, painting my front door.  Any pointers for painting a door?
Last time we were in Europe my husband had to snap pictures of almost every Starbucks we came across…so this one was for him.  Tonight as I was going through the pictures I just noticed that on the bottom of the window frame it says “Hardcastle” and I about flipped out because that is my grandpa’s last name (mother’s maiden name).  I didn’t even notice it when I was there so I have to say this picture is a real treat!
And again just a sweet store front with a bold color that just flows so right with the old red brick!


  • angelgrotton
    Commented on June 9th, 2008 at 2:37am

    Love the combination of the past and the future. Great shots!

  • diana @ please sir
    Commented on June 9th, 2008 at 12:28pm

    I agree – I love bold, red door!

  • A-M
    Commented on June 10th, 2008 at 2:53pm

    It would be my favourite photo too!… it’s just so ‘England’! It’s funny, I lived in the UK for a year, when I had no money and I had to struggle just to put a roof over my head. I would love to go back now and stay in a nice hotel and enjoy all the wonderful things I couldn’t afford to do 20 yrs ago! A-M xx

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on June 10th, 2008 at 5:56pm

    I’m glad you all like the door as much as I do!

    A-M, how fun that you got to spend a year in England. I hope you can go back sometime in the future and splurge on a fabulous decadent hotel!

  • Fifi Flowers
    Commented on June 10th, 2008 at 6:11pm

    GREAT STORE FRONTS! I want a cool store like these… not really… I would have to go to “work” every day… ugh… but they look so wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my blog… come back… I’m going to peek around yours now! Fifi

  • Things That Inspire
    Commented on June 11th, 2008 at 8:49pm

    Wow – this makes me so excited – I am heading over to London next week! I have not focused on this trip at all (going for a family member’s birthday) as I am so busy getting my oldest ready for sleepaway camp…but now I am feeling the anticipation. I go to London every other year, so it will not be my first trip, but it will be my first trip without kids in at least a decade!

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on June 11th, 2008 at 10:06pm

    Well, I’m glad to provide a little pre-trip excitement. How wonderful that you get to go every other year. I’m sure you will miss your kids but I know you will enjoy some kid free time too! Have a great trip and can’t wait to see your pictures!!!!!
    Trina xx

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on June 11th, 2008 at 10:15pm

    Thanks for stopping by Fifi, I hope you’ll be back too :)

  • lily-g
    Commented on June 17th, 2008 at 2:48am

    I’m off to England in September and I’m drooling over the shops,and definately will be stopping by starbucks too!can you tell me where in England these gorgeous shops are?

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on June 17th, 2008 at 2:43pm

    Lily- these shops are in York which is somewhat near Manchester. Way North of London. I know they have a Cath Kidtson in London and of course the shopping in London is AMAZING and so is Paris..oh, I’m so excited for you.

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