According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, a woman who recently purchased a Victorian-style house, painted it purple and turned it into an arts center is sparking some debate about the color she picked and the bushes she removed. The house is located in Epping, New Hampshire which is about 20 miles east of Manchester. Vandy Leigh bought the home, which used to be painted white, in 2018 and has been working on it ever since, but not everybody likes the changes.

Some passersby yelled at the painters from Tyler McAniff Painting to change the color during the painting process and someone called the town offices to complain, but the art teacher with big plans wasn’t changing her mind. She said she has no regrets about the paint job.“This is actually lilac and lilac is a Victorian color. The middle section is a dark plum, which is also a Victorian color. But you know what? It serves my purpose,” she said.

One woman commented about how she’s driven by the house for 20 years and never noticed it until now. Others also complained when she removed overgrown rhododendron bushes that covered part of the house, but their removal has made it more noticeable.

Some didn’t like the red roof, but Leigh said it’s always been red. The color change did need planning board approval because the property was being switched from a residence to a business. “She’s an artist and they trusted her judgment with the color,” Town Planner Brittany Howard said. Neighbor Grace Frost’s jaw dropped when she first saw the purple. She yelled to the painters, “Please tell me that’s primer!” While she admits she didn’t like the color at first, Frost said it’s grown on her and she’s cool with it now.

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