My parents did a little work on the Diamond Street house. My dad had worked on the kitchen cabinets to make them more like what my mother wanted and he might have wired the stereo system to extend to the basement as well.
But the exterior of the house needed work. My mother set to work with special coloring pencils and devised a scheme that is illustrated below on the blog entry titled, Yellow Stick.
So the house was painted. The painter told my mom that he could match the pain of the coloring pencils. It turned out lovely. You will see dark blue (they look like black) knobs on above the windows on the second floor. There was a tiny protusion that was covered with gold leaf to finish the house. The effect was stunning and the neighbors were pleased.