Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hunting For Color: Turquoise Houses


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Dear friends, I write this post with the utmost joy and delight. My passion for color is larger than life, I guess you all know it by now. Also, my love for turquoise made me act on my impulses and paint a turquoise accent wall in the living room (you can see it here if you missed it, by any chance). When I see turquoise in front of my eyes, my synapses glitch and endorphin (which is our natural "happiness hormone", don't think otherwise) starts running through my body. 

What you don't know is why I especially love turquoise. I didn't know it either, until I was involved in an accidental healing session, a while back. The reason why turquoise makes me so happy is.... drum rolls... I saw many turquoise houses in my childhood and I loved looking at them. In Romania turquoise houses are very common. We have a cheap affordable paint named "sinila" and it only comes in turquoise. So everybody can paint their house like that!

That brings me to the downside of this sweet childhood memory. On the way to my grandparents (who lived in different cities) we passed through many villages. And in the poorest villages, it was exactly the poorest houses (those crooked little houses which looked like they were about to tumble down any minute) that were painted turquoise. So there was zero chance that my grandparents would succumb to my tears and paint their house turquoise, as well :D

Anyway, enough with this confession. Let me present some turquoise houses from Romania. This first house, with the beautiful architecture, is actually a City Hall in another county. Notice the Romanian flag and the romantic lamp post!



I took this pic on my last holiday at the seaside. This is a very beautiful house, not poor at all. The square shape is killing me, I need a cubic house like that, one day... The owners must really love the color turquoise, just like me. Notice the matching turquoise paint on the wooden fence and the tiny chartreuse detail of the carpentry - boy, they must really love it all! As a bonus, the turquoise highlights the green leaves of all the small plants, bushes and trees from their garden!



This one is from the northern part of the country. Actually it's in the same village as these crazy colored beauties, which I presented in a previous post. I love the peacock blue paint on the door, such an intense accent! I am also jealous of the shabby look of the fence, made of reclaimed wood. The turquoise with the peacock blue and the copper highlights in the wood make a striking color combination!



Don't be alarmed, this is not an actual house. It is an abandoned fishermen shed by a seaside lake, where they used to keep their fishing tools. What I like the most is the rugged texture, with the paint peeling off the walls and everything. So does any of you like looking at turquoise houses, like I do?


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    1. Thank you, it's great to see the small wonders on the road :)

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  2. Turquoise is my favorite color! And looking at your pictures I think Romanian houses look a bit like mexican houses! People looove pinting their houses in wild colors! There is also a cheap paint here that everybody uses but it more greenish than turquoise...;)

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    1. Oh, I know the vivid colors of Mexican houses very well and I'm crazy about them! During my trips in Romania, I've gathered a small collection of colored houses which could be directly from Mexico, I think :)

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  3. Love turquoise too. It's such a happy color!

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    1. I sure love the soft spots of turquoise in your lovely home, Emmeline!

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  4. That's one of my favorite colors! I love your story, that first City Hall house is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Christina, I fell in love with the turquoise City Hall at first glance :)

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  5. What a beautiful post, filled with stunning photographs! It's amazing to see how this delightful color is used throughout the world to bring everyone happiness! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for the lovely words, Erin! I'm a big fan of your blog :)

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  6. Turquoise is a beautiful color, brings sunshine even on rainy days and it is a talisman against sadness!!
    http://fantasyjewellery1.blogspot.it/

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  7. I never would have guessed that turquoise would look so gorgeous next to greenery, but it does!

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    1. It was a surprise for me too, but a turquoise house surrounded by green trees looks extremely beautiful :)

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  8. I know exactly what you mean, and that first picture is beautiful.
    Katie x

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  9. Like turquoise! Beautiful pictures! :)

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  10. Its such a beautiful color, I like this! /Elina

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    1. Thank you, Elina, I hope you're having a wonderful day :)

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  11. Beautiful color - and beautiful photos - I especially love the city hall - thanks so much for sharing -
    Visiting from A Diamond in the rough - I need to pin these :)
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Suzan, I love all colorful houses and I keep posting them from time to time :)

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  12. Great post! I love this color, too. TFS!
    I found you today at Not Just A Housewife's Linky. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    www.vmg206.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for visiting, I guess we all have a soft spot for turquoise :))) You can see I painted my living room like that: http://meehameeha.blogspot.com/2012/02/before-and-after-turquoise-living-room.html

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  13. I love to see homes painted turquoise, I'm not bold enough to paint a wall, but the color is beautiful to me. I grew up near the ocean, and I think that is where my love for it began. Must be wonderful to be transported home by a color.
    Jeannie

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment! Not only did I paint a turquoise wall in my living room, it was all worth it! And you can do it too, just give it a try... You know what they say, it is only paint and you can cover it if you hate it.

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    1. Thank you, it's not the Pantone color of the year anymore, but I think it's the color of the millennium turn :)!

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    1. Thank you very much, it's hard not to fall in love with these turquoise beauties...

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  16. I loved these houses! Thanks for sharing. Turquoise is one of my favourite colours too, I painted one wall of our hallway turquoise! It looks fabulous.
    xx

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    1. And I painted a turquoise wall in the living room, so I know how your hallway makes you smile :)

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  17. How fun to see! I like turquoise as well, but I'm not as brave as you to paint a wall in my home that color. But..ya never know...you got me to use pink last year!!

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    1. "Never say never to JR Ewing", dearest Danni - who knows, maybe in a year or two we'll see a turquoise / emerald accent wall in your home, too :)))

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  18. I am pinning these - I LOVE turquoise. My favorite is the fisherman shed for its color and rustic look. Thanks for this visual tour.

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    1. Thank you, Donna, your sweet words are music to my ears :) The shabby fisherman hut is my absolute favorite, as well!

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  19. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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    1. Thanks a million for following, Melanie! I'm heading over to your blog right now!

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  20. I am a big fan of colour too. I would love to live in a colourful house but we have brick here and you are not allowed to paint it

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Molly! What can I say, there are ups and downs to everything. I would kill to spend at least one year in a charming brick house!

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  21. I love this color, it is so fresh and just makes me happy. :)

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  22. So Pretty what a great collection of photos.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Kristina, turquoise houses are dear to me and I've got (many) more colored houses to share in the near future :)

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  23. This is my favorite color! Thanks for linking up this eye candy to Monday Funday!

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  24. This is my favorite color and I love your description of how it makes you feel. I'm claiming that for myself! Cool pictures.

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    1. Thanks a million for visiting the turquoise houses, Shannon!

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  25. Love this colour and these pictures :) Thanks for sharing withy us at Creative Mondays,,, following back :)

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  26. wow, how beautiful...and simply wonderful pix!! :)

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    1. Thanks a million for making time to visit and comment, Jocie!

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  27. Lovely round-up of photos...I love the background story you shared also. My best friend here in Chicago is from Romania...

    I'm featuring you tonight at Creative Juice. Thanks for linking last week!
    Nicolette

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  28. I love colorful houses and turquoise is one of my favorite colors. Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

    T'onna

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  29. I love the turquoise. And thanks for sharing a little bit of your history with us.

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Sharon, it is a pleasure to have you here!

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  30. Beautiful color! Great photos! :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit the link-ups, Roeshel!

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  31. What a great post with incredible photography. The pictures so told the story and I love that color too but I was slow to come around to it. Obviously my attraction to it comes from somewhere else but it was heartwarming to read about your affair with turquoise. Thanks for sharing.
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    1. Yup, who doesn't love turquoise? Thanks a million for the wonderful comment - you are a lovely hostess!

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  32. Great turquoise finds. Love the variety from shabby to chic.

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