Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fierce Red

Our Second House in Philadelphia
Fierce Yellow Living Room & Fierce Red Dining Room


Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds. You mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you're getting fat,
and maybe it's been raining too long.
You're just sad, that's all.
The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid,
and you don't know what you're afraid of.
Do you ever get that feeling?

[emphasis added]

from Breakfast at Tiffany's
by Truman Capote


In our second Philadelphia house (built in 1805) We picked vibrant colors to contrast with the coved ceilings, the pre - Victorian windows, the twin marble fireplaces -- and with each other: "Sunbury" & "Arresting Red" (by Duron). While we were painting, young Sam, who was only eight at the time, inadvertently referred to the dining room color as "Fierce Red," instead of "Arresting Red." We liked that so much better that we changed the name, not only of the red dining room, but of the yellow living room as well. From that point on, they were called "Fierce Yellow" & "Fierce Red." Not arresting, not mean -- but fierce! There was no going back!

Ben, Gerry, Sam
Before Painting ~ Removing Forty Years of Wallpaper

Relaxing with Dad After a Job Well Done

Fierce Red Christmas Room
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