This post is for Nate. Y'all know Nate, formerly of North Dakota, late of New York City...yeah, that Nate. See, way back when I was picking paint colors I temporarily lost the nerve to paint the window sashes black like they were originally. "It'll be too much of a contrast with the yellow house," I said. "It'll look funny with the storm windows," I said. But Nate would have none of it. He encouraged me to paint them black, and suggested I paint the storm windows, too. He said his mom painted the storms on his parents' house and it worked out fine. And then he said the words that have stayed with me all this time (words which I am quoting as best I remember, because I'm darned if I can find his original comment): "I think you should paint the window sashes dark. Without it, the house will seem like a beautifully made-up face without mascara."
And I am very happy to say that Nate is absolutely right! Window on the left, with mascara. Window on the right, without it.
And a closer look, so you can see that I painted the storm window, too. Window on the left, Liza Minnelli. Window on the right...um, not Liza. I happen to love Liza Minnelli, but like her or not, you have to admit the black eyeliner and mascara is her trademark look and she just wouldn't be the same without it. And neither would the Kelly House. Thanks, Nate!