Rachel's boldest colors (including one that proved too much): Flickr Focus of the Week

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We're wrapping up Yahoo Homes' very first Flickr Focus of the Week with a deeper look at Rachel Stuart-Haas' boldest color choices of all.

First let's take that eye-popping red dining room. Flickr user A.J. Kandy commented on the photo: "Very Dutch Old Masters, this pic. ... I was never able to get a proper, even red paint coat in a room I did once. What's your secret?"

She replied: "I had that problem too. Most reds are too watery, and your room ends up looking like a crime scene rather than the rich velvety you'd imagined. Pick the color you want and get them to add some Kilns to it so it will be thicker. See if it helps!"

That was a few years ago. Ultimately, though, "I DID not like red walls in the dining room," she confesses to us. "WAY too overwhelming."

We asked her about a more recent color choice, her black kitchen. Hard to live with, too?

Not at all, she says in an email. "The black is utterly peaceful to me. Cozy and comforting. (I also dressed goth in high school. = ) )"

And even if it had been problematic, well, it's just paint, after all. She's "learned that there isn't anything that a can of paint can't transform. It's magic! ... I paint everything. Sometimes I walk around the house armed with a can of spray paint and attack stuff. After moving it outside, of course."

She tells us that she's not done giving her house the Rachel treatment. "When we moved into our current house, we removed the popcorn ceilings and painted most of the rooms, which will probably get repainted several times before we move out again."

We have to admit, we're awfully curious what she'll try next!

Here are our previous installments:

Monday: Audacious color defines this artist's home
Tuesday: Amassing a 'slow collection' of art
Wednesday: Rachel reveals her most unusual trick for a special home (it involves friendly 'theft')
Thursday: Rachel's cheap and easy DIY projects

More about Yahoo Homes' new Flickr Focus of the Week feature

Each week, we're going to select one Flickr user's home, work and/or project to feature on all five weekdays. Loosely, our plan is to start with a broad slideshow on Monday, then take slightly deeper dives into specific aspects of the Flickr user's photos on the successive weekdays.

We'd love your feedback and suggestions as this work in progress evolves. You can email us at Or, if your questions are specific to one week's focus, leave questions and suggestions at the bottom of the blog posts. Yahoo Homes promises to keep a close eye on the comments section -- and sometimes, the person whose home or work we're featuring will also participate in the comments to answer your questions, too.

For future installments, we very much welcome your submissions at Toot your own horn or someone else's! This would be a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about a designer, contractor (before-and-after pictures would be fabulous), home stager, blogger, even perhaps real estate agent (maybe one who specializes in period properties?) -- anyone who does creative home-related work that can be illustrated in photographs. Just go to to join Yahoo Homes' Flickr group and share photos; that's where we pull our photos from.

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