Now that I have a bit more free time over the summer, my mind has turned to picking up some of the projects that I promptly dropped after moving into the new house in December.
Specifically, the time has come to think about the Philadelphia special: flower boxes and shutters.
I spend an embarrassing amount of time wandering around this city and taking pictures of my favorite houses—most of which have both.
Witness (not my picture, but this is the best example of the style):
Clinton Street….the stuff of dreams.
By comparison, here is my (much smaller) house:
It has been my dream to add shutters and flower boxes to it. But, back when I was on a roll after I first moved in, I brought in a shutter specialist to look at it, and he pointed something out: a big, fat drainage pipe and a lot of wires running too close to the left upstairs window for shutters:
Now, I could pay somebody to come in and shift the pipe and the wiring to the left, but that would be a lot of expense and a lot of bureaucracy and still might be too close.
So I’ve been on scouting missions for alternatives, and here’s what I’ve come up with. Some houses have shutters on the downstairs windows and none on the upstairs windows, like this:
What do you think of that? Does it look weird and disproportionate, or nice?
Second question: given the weird dark color of my brick (another project, perhaps, for another day), what color shutters do you vote for?
Thank you and good day.
- judiism said: i think you can totally pull off that dark, cobalt-y blue. and shutters just on the bottom definitely looks nice. still adds tons of interest!
- no-evidence-of-intelligence said: Shutters on the bottom windows and flower boxes up top? That way those windows don’t look so bare. I like the lighter green or darker blue color.
- genoprimanti said: I have the same problem with the external utility stack too close to my top left window. I like the idea of just the shutters on the bottom. I don’t think it would look out of place. For the dark brick, I’d go with a light/bright color. Yellow?
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- brooklyntree said: Any shutter is better than no shutter! :) Love the shutters on the first floor windows.
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- stuft said: Yeah I think it’s ok w/shutters only on the bottom if you can’t have it all the way up.You could check historic paint colors for Philly. You may not be in a historic district but it may look nice! fhpaint.com/archite…
- hithisisdanielle said: I still like the 1st floor shutters with window boxes. I think you could do black easily- but my favourite Philly houses are the brighter ones. What about a mustard yellow or a blue grey?
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- sitnexttolynn said: First thing I’d do: paint the front door black
- em-brenn said: I think it looks nice! I’m about to move to a Philly trinity style-house in Aug, but it’s been modernized and is not nearly as cute as any of these pictured.
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- divinesecrets said: Oooh, I like just having the shutters on the first floor! But I’m helpless on color suggestions - I have a terrible eye for that kind of thing and all of my rooms ended up featuring the same color in different shades (snoozefest!)
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- alutamillloves said: ha Love these photos around Philly. I like the black or maybe a tan?
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- umcanyounot said: shutters on just the downstairs windows, flower boxes on ALL THE WINDOWS?! I like flower boxes a lot. and then every window will have flair.
- paperbackgirl said: The light green color would work with the brick I think. Maybe start with doing the lower row and in the meantime investigate how much of a headache dealing with the pipe and wiring would be?
- girlwithcurlsandglasses said: DEF do shutters just on the bottom. a lot of places in philly are like that. it would not look weird at all… as for color, i have no idea. maybe a blue gray color?
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- colormecozy said: This post was made for me I think. I, too, am going to add shutters + window boxes. I think if you can’t do the shutters on all, just the bottom too look nice, and or just get super skinny shutters, I’ve seen those too! And I vote BLACK! Classic!
- postgradslump said: i don’t think it’s weird at all. especially because when walking most people aren’t looking up at the other windows. i’ve never even noticed if people only had them on the bottom.
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