The Green Barn

I know this news might not be as exciting to you as it is to me….but nonetheless my excitement for this announcement borders (irrationally) on the level of engagements and new babies.  WE HAVE DECIDED ON A PAINT COLOR FOR THE BARN!

I know that might not seem that momentous ….but given that we have mulling it over and changing our minds for YEARS — all the while the poor barn has sadly waited for the TLC it desperately needs  — to us it feels as epic an announcement as we have had in some time.

So here it is:

Featured in: 2011 Photography Annual Structures. Eric van den Brulle, photographer  via

I am taking this image to the paint store for color matching, and we are going to finish with the same white trim.

What do you think of mossy green barns?…a carpenter arrives this weekend to help us get it ready to paint.  So I am giving ourselves no time to change our minds.  But (since I have made this into a completely neurotic decision) do you like it?

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Ann of Monona on April 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I do like it! Such a large building should be gently connected with its landscape and the green should do a very good job.

  2. Deborah Silver on April 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Dear Rochelle, this looks like a moss green stain, and not an opaque paint. Gorgeous! Having painted all of the trim on my house a dark mossy green (I am telling you this from memory-Benjamin Moore Turtle Green) I will say that sunlight does affect dark colors over time-especially colors that have yellow in them. I think yellow is what they call a fugitive color-age and light changes it. I do hope you post a picture of said barn after you are done painting it! Deborah

  3. clarice perrone on April 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

    So good just to look at it. Go for it!!!

  4. Sandra on April 28, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I think the green is very nice. I like the way it stands out against the snow. So pretty.

  5. Rebekah on May 8, 2013 at 7:10 am

    It’ll look perfect! I love that it will be colorful in winter and create a gorgeous backdrop in summer.

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