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House Prints in Green: Heading into Summer Fun




Summer green and falling in love


Last week I posted my first House Print: Finding Outfit Inspiration from Sonoma Homes. Remember that beautiful violet c0lored door on the black and white house? Today I’m bringing you House Print No. 657 which celebrates summer green.

These House Print collages combine my favorite things: my walks, Nature, Sonoma, color, fashion and numbers.

Remember, the numbers are arbitrary and not the actual house number on this lovely home in Sonoma.


Numbers from 657 to 40,000


I will tell you though that 657 was an easy reach to name this House Print. It’s the number of my former P.O. Box in Ross when I was living in Marin County. Good things came through P.O. Box 657. My first book contract from Wildcat Canyon Press came to that box number.

I remember pulling it out, stepping outside of the Post Office, and standing there like a statue reading all the official language while people went in and out. It had been a long process with the publisher to wind our way through to the contract stage (seemed like forever, probably wasn’t). I was beginning to wonder if it would ever become official. But that day, 40 Over 40 by Brenda Kinsel, was officially official and destined to be on book shelves in only about eighteen more months which really was forever!

I was amazed to be a human being holding a book contract in her hand–it’s not an easy club to get into–but then of course, reality hit: the contract said I had to come up with 40,000 words! When I shared that number with a friend later that day, she said, “Do they have to be 40,000 different words or can you use the same ones over and over again?”


That New Green


Okay, so now you know my fondness for No. 657 so next I have to share my fondness for this lovely home in Sonoma. The green shutters and the wraparound porch with the crisp white rocking chairs invites a sensation of pure relaxation.

This color feels so summery. The green is that early summer shade of green when all the leaves are brand spanking new and glistening in the sunlight.

I could imagine this color combination at a resort or spa, in the Caribbean, or maybe on grand estates in historic places like New Orleans.

I just want to go here and stay for two weeks, don’t you? Can you imagine sitting in that white rocking chair, sipping a gin fizz in the hot afternoon before changing into your party dress for the evening festivities? I think you could fall in love with someone new or fall anew for someone you’ve known for twenty years if you were around these colors for very long.

So let’s imagine what’s happening for the person wearing the dress that mimics this summer green shade.


House Print No. 657 and the person who wears it


Although green is a very nurturing color, this green bold print is dramatic. You can’t look away from it: It’s an attention getter. The sheen of the fabric implies sophistication and luxury.

The high-low hem allows us to see the woman’s ankles and feet. It’s much more alluring this way. Think of it in a straight hem and it loses that sense of adventure in the world of men and women and romance.

What I’d imagine about the person wearing this outfit is that she’s comfortable commanding attention. Getting her own way is natural to her like breathing. She doesn’t wish for it or hope for it; she just gets things to go the way she wants them to! If she’s not doing it already, she’d relish the thought of managing a large herd of people. She’s a natural leader and a high achiever but she also knows how to take time for herself and isn’t afraid to splurge on herself either.


Where she wears this print


I’m thinking she’d wear this print to a charity gala, a wedding on St. Bart’s, the film festival in Cannes, or her own summer solstice cocktail party.

I imagine she bought the dress last week, opened her closet and was reminded of how beautiful it was. So over coffee this morning she gets the idea for the summer solstice party. By 10 a.m. one hundred people have RSVPed to her e-vite. She has her caterer committed (even though the caterer had another event to handle, she’s made special arrangements to handle this one because the connections are going to be huge!).

She’s so excited, she can hardly stand it! But she will stand it. She’ll accomplish great things between now and June 21st. I hope you were one of the people that already responded to the e-vite! Those gin and tonics are going to be so yummy!


Does this color tickle your fancy? Do you have a place where you’d wear a dress like this one?


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  • Reply
    June 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I feel the exact same way you do – the house and the dress just seem to say ‘romance.’ I feel like the dress should be worn by the bride at an intimate wedding rehearsal dinner at this house or a summer evening engagement party.
    What a gorgeous dress.

    • Reply
      June 10, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Wow, Rebecca, I love the way you think! Yes, wouldn’t that be true? A perfect rehearsal dinner dress or engagement party. Maybe it’s time I moved beyond the engagement and into the wedding plans so I could wear a fancy dress to my rehearsal dinner!

  • Reply
    Marjory DeRoeck
    June 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I want an invitation to that party! I love living through your imagination, Brenda!

    • Reply
      June 10, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Oh Marj, I’m giggling! I have the feeling, as I keep doing these, that my imagination is going to get more and more wild. It is fun making up stuff! Keep reading! You may become a character in one of these soon!

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