A Greek Inspired Exterior

     When I think of Greece, this photo represents what I envision.  Husband and I had a deposit on a Greek Cruise for a recent birthday – but as the date approached, I decided I couldn’t leave the kids for 2 weeks so we cancelled.  But SOMEDAY I will take that cruise through Greece.  Or one of thoese photography tours where you follow a photographer around all the great spots.   Don’t you love the bright blue contrasted with the crisp whites in pretty much every photo of Greece?

     Last week I met Mr. Contractor at the Beach House.  Good news – our kitchen has arrived.  Bad news – work has not progressed enough inside to install the kitchen.  Sad face!  We zipped through my list of what needs to be done and stressed how much I want this to be complete in May so we can work on finding a tenant in June.

     Remember when I told you our neighborhood has Greek roots?  Well, I want our home to have that Greek color palette.  One of the Gulf Front homes in our neighborhood has the perfect color scheme.  I told Mr. Contractor this – so we drove to the house and he pulled out this nifty little computertized tool from Benjamin Moore – you point it at the color and it reads the color back to you in a Benjamin Moore color!  Voila!  And better yet – there’s an app for that!  I thought when I found an app that tells you in real-time how long the waits are for each ride at Disney World that I had seen it all.  This will come in handy:


  This home was the color inspiration – and hopefully imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! 


How cool is this little tool?

So what colors did it choose?  (Insert drum roll…)

The main exterior color is a creamy white – it showed up as Benjamin Moore Fog Mist:

And it gave 2 readings for the blue trim – Blueberry and Bermuda Blue:

On the paint swatch I prefer “Bermuda Blue” but I think I will sneak back to the inspiration house and hold up the swatches before I fully commit.

Can you picture the Beach House with new doors, windows, shutters, landscaping AND the new paint colors?  She is not going to look the same!  I met with a landscaper today and they are going to start on Phase I – removing the jungle so we can paint the exterior.  Phase II will be sprinklers, sod and some palm trees.  I also had the glamorous job of shopping for toilets today – Kohler Highline  elongated toilets in case you were wondering.


And a few more pictures from the real Greece…

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About Kris Moran

I love decorating and design – one of the favorite perks of my job is seeing all of the wonderful homes and condos that we list and sell! I love to “borrow” inspiration from them, and from decorating shows, magazines and the many blogs I am addicted to!


  1. […]      Without further adieu, here are some pictures of the progress – this is the exterior.  We had a bunch of the “landscaping” removed and we painted the house Benjamin Moore “Fog Mist”.  This is a block concrete home covered in stucco.  We used elastomeric paint which is the best for stucco and will last a long time.  The doors will be painted “Barrista” and the shutters and accents will be “Bermuda Blue”…just like the inspiration house. […]

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