Our home has a red metal roof, not by choice but because that’s what was all they had in stock (or so I was led to believe) at the time of remodeling before winter. I had wanted forest green to blend in with the pine trees and disappear from the view from the road. However "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” That said, I’ve come to love my red roof. It matches my fire engine red car and despite it’s flashy brightness, the foliage at the front of the house fills in so completely that you can barely see us from the road! Not only that, but when directing friends and family to our home,..." It’s the one with the red roof!"
Again when ordering new windows and doors, I wanted a matching red door to follow suit with the roof. Also I envisioned how fabulous it would look with a rich green wreath at Christmas. I should have known that there are many shades of red. My door came in a dried blood red which was closer to burgundy. Looking back now, they were all happy accidents, for nothing is quite as stunning as a dark burgundy red combined with a bright orangey red. I learned that from a florist once when asking advice on decorating trees. She had a grapevine wreath wrapped in an artificial dark wine coloured berry vine with a cardinal in the centre. It was stunning! She explained to me that this was a winning combination and I had to agree. But I digress!
Knowing that things have a way of always working out in my favour, I’ve come to accept things as they unfold and go with the flow. This led me to create my own door wreath to pull everything together after we painted the forest green shutters to match the roof. It was a heart shaped grapevine wreath bought at a garage sale for pennies that had burgundy silk roses glued on. I removed a few here and there and added silk orange poppies. Simple yet elegant!
I have one surviving wooden lattice trellis salvaged from high wind damage that will help break up the boring white vinyl siding of the add-on mud room. It needs a few wood strips re-attached and then a coat of red. I have scarlet runner beans to plant where they will climb and liven up this space.