A study in scarlet


The South London Press has a story about the Ruggeri family, who've painted their Brockley Grove house pillar-box red, creating a local landmark. Insinctively, we like the sound of this, but the photo on the SLP website doesn't give much indication of what it actually looks like, so if any BC readers can get a better one please, we'll post it here.

UPDATE: Thanks to KayinSE4 we now have this photo with which to judge. On balance, it gets a BC thumbs up.

18 comments:

csr said...

Does Barratt need its branded flags flying along the road in the way in does along Loampit Vale towards Lewisham station?

With the housing benefits rule changes meaning that claimants are effectively forced out of central London into less expensive areas. I just hope all these developments in this borough are not going to become ghettoes.

Anonymous said...

Only a percentage of that development will be given to housing associations.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, nice red house though

Anonymous said...

When the red house first became red I thought it looked awful but it has really grown on me and I now love the splash of colour!!!

Anonymous said...

A shame nobody can do anything about the nearby eyesore 1 Brockley Grove -
http://reportemptyhomes.com/report/1302 .

Anonymous said...

i LOVE it - and they maintain their frontage very nicely

patrick1971 said...

It does look fantastic. I live just around the corner and that stretch of housing is very drab and run-down indeed. The red one really stands out and lifts the area (and it is pillar-box red - the picture in the linked article makes it look orange). It would be great if the other houses in the row would each pick out a bright colour as well. It's just a shame the house has the ubiquitous uPVC double glazing instead of the wooden windows, but it is a very busy road.

Anonymous said...

Its rank.

Headhunter said...

Well it's better than that nasty crazy paving/stone cladding that some people have stuck on the front of their Victorian houses in an attempt to make them look like cottages in the Costwolds or something. Or that horrid stick on "lattice effect" that people put on Victorian windows in an attempt to make them look like Elizabethan/Jacobean manor houses. Now that IS rank...

Tamsin said...

Left turn or right turn from Manwood Road? I would like to take a dekko on my way home before presuming to judge.

Anonymous said...

Left.

drakefell debaser said...

On seeing the word 'Dekko' I wondered how anyone could type the word 'detour' so badly. Then I looked it up.

Thanks for teaching me a new word Tamsin.

Tom Gifford said...

I used to live in Bristol and there's a great street up in Totterdown where almost all the houses have been painted in bright colours. They're a great local landmark and it seems to work really well when everyone gives it a go.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricksphotos101/3314624886/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricksphotos101/3314625844/in/photostream/

Tressilliana said...

Tobermory is pretty colourful too.

M said...

Yup, that's definitely a red house. Is the matching car theirs too?

Tamsin said...

Took my detour and had a dekko and, yes, despite my initial doubts from the description I like it. Strange how the newspaper photograph so misrepresented the colour. There's also a pale lilac frontage a few houses along. The block is turning into a little bit of Dublin.

BTW dd - did your looking up say were "dekko" derived from? "Recce" is obviously "reconoitre" but "dekko" is in my active idiolect without my knowing its origins.

Monkeyboy said...

From Hindustani देखना / دیکھنا (dekhnā), to see, to look.Comes directly from the Hindi "Dekho" (see)


....Apparently

Tamsin said...

Brilliant. Obviously from my father then. How nice. And thinking about it, my parents also used a phrase pronouced "dekni-kiwasti" - for the purposes of decoration - about useless ornament that had no function other than to look nice - that must come from the same root.

Like the fancy script - when I first saw it I thought it was a new source of spam on the blog.

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