Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Little Pink Houses for You and Me.

Whenever I see a pink house, I'm always intrigued. They stand out, that's for sure. Whimsical and quirky. It's such a definite choice. Like, you might buy red paint and it turns out orangey red. Or your blue might have a gray-ish hue. But pink? There's no mistaking it. Someone decided that they were going to buy multiple gallons of bubble gum pink paint and roll it all over their home where it would remain for years to come. Was it a woman? A man? A couple? Did they fight over it or did the man acquiesce and say, "Pink? Sure thing honey. I'm on it."

In my neighborhood in Flint, Michigan there was a Pepto Pink house that I was fascinated by. They had two big picture windows in front, and at Christmas there would be a green tree in one window and a pink, snow-flocked tree in the other. They were serious about their pink. One year there was a huge mural of a Budweiser beer can label on their garage door. I liked to think that the hubs finally rebelled. This is their house.

I started taking photos of pink houses whenever I would pass them. Here are a few of them for your viewing enjoyment! They are all in California.

I didn't snap these, but I thought they were pretty nifty:

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

And thank you John [Cougar] Mellencamp:

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  1. pretty!! i love a good pink house too, but i'm in an ultra conservative jewish neighborhood so although there is LOTS of awesome mid century houses that SHOULD be painted pink, they're all just brick. sigh. maybe i'll surprise our landlord and pinkify my house!

    the one dusted with snow looks like my old doll house!! so pretty!

    what an awesome, niche, post alex!

  2. Love them! I actually did a blog post on pink houses a year or so ago on a now defunct house blog and loved sifting through FLickr finding examples. GO the pink!

  3. They don't really seem to do pink houses over here, but I kind like them, its quite a soothing colour!

  4. I am loving the old "painted lady" There is one of those Victorian beauties by my grandfather in central IL. It was always my must see when we went to visit.

  5. LOVE photo #9 & am quite surprised! When I first saw 'PINK house', I thought that they would look so WRONG but they're all quite nice in their own way..... LOVE IT. I've never seen a pink house, apart from photos.... (unless it's undercoat) but I have seen a lilac purple house with pink trim, lol. My daughters adored it and I wish I'd taken photos...... hmmm, actually, now where did I see that house? :)

  6. I love this post! There was a lavender house with dark purple trim near my grandmother's house in Braddock, PA, and I always love the Eastereggyness of it.

  7. oooh! i photograph pink houses too! those top ones definitely look like l.a. to me. this is very happy!

  8. Oh my gosh, what a great post. I am so intrigued by pink houses too. I love your quote: "pink? Oh sure honey, I'll get right on that." Way too funny, you're so right.

  9. I am so in love with all of these houses, especially the Pasada de Colores apartments, such a great pink.

  10. This is one of the most unique photo collections I have ever seen! I love it! There are 2 or 3 BRIGHT purple houses in my city and they would make a great start to another collection for you!

  11. I think this is not just a small, it's big for me. I love the first photo.

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