My brother, Lane, introduced me to the work of Jim Nares… ah, I want a painting of his, to paint like him, to create something as beautiful… needless to say, I feel pretty passionate about it. So, if I had this painting, here’s the color palette I’d put around it…
It’s true, not everything can be fixed with paint, BUT check out the before/after photos of this house posted on the CertaPro site and see that it can almost fix everything!
Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!
I was suprised and thrilled when the owners were open to painting their brick house. Now, to choose colors that won't make them regret their choice. No pressure.
Choosing an olive green for the body with cream trim gave the house a much more welcome feel. I chose a black/blue for the detached garage because it's, well, detached, and made of a different material in a different style. Not every building on a property has to be painted the same color.
I suggested a warm yellow door. The homeowner painted her Adirondak chair to match- great touch!
Here's the back porch on the same house. That's not patio carpet- it's red cement... hm, what to do...
Painting the back side of the house in the cream trim color turns this dingy deck into a cozy sun room with a pale gray cement floor and again, yellow star details added by the homeowner. I love it when the colors and color consulting process inspire my clients!
Finally, I start working on this project months ago! But here it is (drum roll please), the brochure I created for a national client.
Working hand in hand with CP’s corporate graphic designer as well as local CP paint contractor, George Irving, I had the awesome opportunity to create color palettes that show San Francisco in its best light.
I named each color palette after some of the prettiest neighborhoods and most famous points in the city. Then I named each color in the palette to define those areas.
That’s 40 colors, ten neighborhoods and 10 color palettes… seems like a lot, but it was actually difficult to narrow down such a vibrant city into just a few colors.
Each row represents a color palette. I made each group versatile so you could use a darker color for the body with a light trim color or vice versa, and each group has an accent color that works beautifully to punctuate the front door, window trim, or a unique architectural detail. Knowing San Franciscans, some of them will use the accent color for their whole house... and I think that would be fabulous!
Whether you live in San Francisco or not, adding fresh new color and accenting the best details of your house can completely change the way you feel about your home.
Next stop, creating color palettes for all the major cities in the country and maybe even a few not-so-famous cities…
Last week was big! I gathered a production crew, wrote a script, and corralled some residential clients to film some testimonial videos for a national client. As of last week, I’m an executive producer and I couldn’t be happier!
We spent two days meeting clients and talking about the impact of choosing new paint colors for their homes.
Here’s the luck of a film crew: as soon as we stepped outside to shoot our homeowner talking about the new exterior color on his house (in a very quiet suburban little pocket neighborhood of San Francisco) a limousine pulled up across the street for a surprise 80′th Birthday party, a taxi pulled up to pick someone up next door, AND AND a Firetruck came up with firefighters jogging up the street carrying hatchets! I’m not kidding!!
Hard to see, but the taxi is leaving, the limo is behind the firetruck, and the firefighters are smiling because everything seemed to be fine- we never found out about the emergency that brought them up the street. But, the homeowner kept saying, “I swear, it’s never this busy in my neighborhood!”
Eventually we got back to business and made our way to five locations in two days with lots of walking and talking along the way to tell the story of my work and the homeowners I get to work with every day. I have to say, I was nervous because this is a new crew I’ve never worked with, I was asking all of these homeowners to do us a big favor filming them and their homes, and I haven’t been on camera in awhile. But at our first stop I remembered why I love working with people in their homes, why I enjoy being on camera, and why I’m so passionate about paint, color, design, art…
Now the editing begins, the production team takes two days of filming, before after photos, and our script and starts creating in their medium. We’ll meet each week as the project develops and debut our product at an annual meeting in January.