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Exterior Painting Tips for Fall

Keep your home looking fresh for fall.

Exterior painting tips for fall.Fall can be an excellent time to paint the exterior of your home, however there are a few special precautions that need to be taken. A fresh coat can transform your home’s exterior from drab to fab. Use that extra time now that the kids are back in school to get to those home projects you’ve been putting off all summer!

Exterior Painting Tips for Fall

Make your fall painting project successful:

  • Most exterior paints and stains should not be applied in temperatures lower than 50° F.
  • As a general rule of thumb, the best hours of application in the fall are between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • When possible, try to start your painting on the sunny side of the house and follow the sun around (this is just the opposite of painting in the summer). Read the rest of this entry »

Exterior Painting

How to paint your home exterior.

Exterior Painting TipsWhat is any color imaginable, has the ability to transform, and the power to protect from sun, wind, and rain? No, it’s not Superman. Just a fresh coat of exterior paint for your home! Give your home a second lease on life by painting the exterior. The average house takes about 60 hours to paint, but the impression will last years. The exterior of your home delivers first impressions. Bring the personality of your home from the inside to the out by showing it some tender loving care. Here’s what you need to know to paint the exterior of your home with precision and quality. Read the rest of this entry »

Color Travels A Crooked Road

Where does the fashion industry get its influence?

Where does the fashion industry get its influence?

Some people say color follows in definite cycles, some say you can predict color by the economy or its time has come. Some of that is true but for the most part colors happen because of more than one outside influence.

Most color futurists agree that color has a beginning in fashion, mostly because it changes for every season. If a color catches on in fashion you can count on it showing up on unrelated products down the road. But where does the fashion industry get its influence? It can be a single designer who has a runway show that features unique styles or embellishments and the color goes along for the ride. It may be picked up by someone in the limelight such as a movie star, they wear it to a much publicized event and high end boutiques or department stores carry it in limited supplies. The chain continues if the color remains popular and it is placed on ready to wear clothing or accessories at lower price points where the majority of the population can embrace or reject it. Once it is adopted by the general public it is free to spread its popularity into other categories, such as textiles and home furnishings. The automotive industry may have placed it on cars and ingrained it more into the marketplace. It may have picked up companions on its road to popularity. For example the popularity of cranberry with hunter green in the nineties or the gray and mauve combo in the eighties. In the last few years  the aqua and chocolate duo made both colors hits in fashion and home furnishings.

Being paint manufacturers you can grab and adapt the trends much faster than most other products giving us an enviable position. Room schemes should put paint as the last color to be added as it provides the glue that make a color scheme cohesive. Wall colors frame the design of a room and act as a canvas to the items we treasure and surround ourselves with.

Patricia Verlodt

Color Guild Spokesperson

Painting History with Color Guild Member Miller Paint

The Ladd Carriage House

The Ladd Carriage House Comes Home

The Ladd Carriage House Comes Home

The Ladd Carriage House was designed by architect Joseph Sherwin in the English Stick Style, the 1883 house is the last remaining building from the once expansive Ladd Estate.  Constructed at the NW corner of Broadway and Columbia Streets in Portland, Oregon, it housed twelve horses, William Ladd’s personal carriages, a hayloft, and residential quarters for the estate’s coachman and gardener. The Ladd family owned and maintained the building until it was converted into small shops and offices in 1926. The building later housed architects such as Van Evera Bailey, civic institutions such as the Portland Civic Theatre and major employers such as Hoffman Construction.

William Ladd was one of Portland’s pioneer entrepreneurs responsible for creating the eclectic city that Portland is today. Ladd arrived in Portland in 1851 when the city was little more than a ramshackle trading post. He grew a single product store into a thriving business and within three years was elected Mayor or Portland. In 1859 he co-founded Portland’s first financial institution, the Ladd & Tillton bank. Throughout his life Ladd continued to expand his influence by serving on numerous boards and was a vocal advocate for Portland’s business community.

A devout Presbyterian, Ladd felt duty bound to give back to the community. He provided offices for the Portland Library Association and left a generous endowment upon his death. Other institutions such as the Oregon Humane Society, the Ladies Relief Society Child’s Home and the San Francisco Seminary all received support during his lifetime.

In October 2008, the Ladd Carriage House was moved down Columbia Street and back to its original site after a sixteen month absence. Relocating the Carriage House was part of the first phase of a redevelopment project which includes Ladd, a 23 story residential apartment  building located in the heart of Portland’s cultural district. To help retain the history and character of the neighborhood, Opus Northwest, LLC worked with a number of local partners including The first Christian Church, the Friends of the Ladd Carriage House and Ankron Moisan Architects to create a revitalized mixed use block that will prominently feature the Ladd Carriage House. Construction requirements included an underground garage that necessitated the moving all 350 tons of the carriage house to a temporary location in June 2007.

The Friends of the Ladd Carriage House are actively engaged in preserving and restoring the iconic Ladd Carriage House by serving as advocates  for the buildings retention and integrity. For over three years the Friends have worked diligently with their partners towards the goal of producing an economically viable building that will enrich the Ladd redevelopment site and downtown Portland in perpetuity.

Painting contractor Schiller and Vroohan painted the building using Miller Paint. Colors were selected by Opus Northwest based on their suitability for the style of the building and to also fitting into the surroundings. They are a combination of subtle neutrals much like the colors of the era.

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