Author Archives: Ginnie Young

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The Beauty of Recycling

Anne Thompson of Acanthus, one of my favorite shops in Portland, is what I would call a Master of Recycling.  Every day Anne gives new life to beautiful pieces of old furniture. I love this Lounge Lizard Sofa,  upholstered in … Continue reading

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Coop Color, by YO

Our latest project is building a coop for 3 chickens. We chose a coop design that was more traditional to go with our 1888 “somewhat-” Victorian farmhouse. Ian Mayer of Lorax General Contracting here in Portland helped us build it.  … Continue reading

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Colorful Memories, by YO

Last week I was working on a project in our basement and came across our old portfolios from YOLO Paint – the painting business Janie and I had from 1995-2005.  Of course, I had to pull myself away from the … Continue reading

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

WATER.02-The Complex Color, by YO

I am a Pisces, born on the cusp of Aquarius – ALL water, so it seems natural that I would want to surround myself with blue.  But since I was young I have been drawn to the warmer shades, the … Continue reading

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Less stuff. More color!

Last week we had the privilege of living on a boat!  It was a good reminder for me of how much easier life is with less stuff!  I should qualify by saying we were on vacation, so of course life … Continue reading

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Dreams, Imagination & Courage!, by YO

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” -Jonas Salk It is always inspiring to see someone who has made an idea come to life.  Artist, Merel Karof followed … Continue reading

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Monday, March 7th, 2011

Mod Green Pod, by YO

Last week I spoke with Nancy Mims, founder of Austin, Texas based fabric and wallpaper company, Mod Green Pod.  It is always fun to talk with another founder about their adventures and the paths they have chosen. Mod Green Pod … Continue reading

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Yellow in Architecture, by YO

As a kid my favorite color was yellow and my favorite number was six, only because yellow has six letters.  I was smitten with the sunny hue and it was evident when you walked into my childhood bedroom. As an … Continue reading

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Color of Character, by YO

When my parents sold the 1910 farmhouse I grew up in and moved into a townhouse with huge walls, they were daunted by the task of filling the expansive walls with artwork.  The job did not take long to inspire … Continue reading

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The Color of Craftsmanship, by YO

I was so inspired and surprised when I saw the images of Dalton Ghetti’s pencil tip sculptures.  It really makes you do a double-take!  Ghetti is a carpenter by trade and makes these phenomenal sculptures as a side interest.  He … Continue reading

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