Friday, November 8th, 2013

HIP+HOT: Industrial Interiors from Rejuvenation

Our newest METAL family of cool neutrals was inspired by the craftsmanship of blacksmiths and metalworkers.

The Handcrafter Color Collection - Metal Family

Rejuvenation began in 1977 as an architectural salvage shop in Portland, Oregon. When founder Jim Kelly couldn’t find the period fixtures he needed for his own remodel, he began crafting historical reproductions of the items he needed. From this point on, Rejuvenation has combined architectural salvage with the manufacturing of handcrafted period house parts.

Rejuvenation Lighting

Rejuvenation has many lightning fixtures that create an industrial feel in interiors. One of our favorites is The Hood, first spotted by Rejuvenation’s designers in a 1908 Western Electric Catalog archive . The net around the glass globe is made of woven wire originally used to prevent the broken from falling onto workers’ heads in rough-and-tumble factory settings. This was an inexpensive safety feature a hundred years ago that creates the perfect industrial look today.

Rejuvenation Hood Palette

One of the most utilitarian of all materials, metal gives off a hard-working, lived-in vibe when used in interiors. Be it lighting, furniture, or cabinetry, the incorporation of metal objects is at the heart of the industrial design look.

Rejuvenation McCoy Palette

For more industrial inspiration, check out Rejuvenation’s Pinterest board.

And don’t forget to enter to win a Handcrafter Kitchen which includes a $500 gift certificate for Rejuvenation!

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Tufenkian – Artisan Carpets


In celebration of our new Handcrafter Color Collection, we have partnered with companies that specialize in the making of handcrafted items for the home. Our WOOL color family honors the work of weavers and knitters. Tufenkian Carpets preserves the traditional craft of Tibetan rug-making through the handwork of skilled craftspeople in Nepal and Armenia.

Tufenkian’s process begins with wool from Tibetan sheep raised in the Himalayan and Caucasus mountains. Tibetan sheep produce wool considered the finest in the world for rug-making. In order to protect the fibers of the wool, Tufenkian washes their wool gently in local rivers and streams without the use of harsh chemicals. Separated by natural variations in color, Tibetan wool is then brushed (a technique called carding) to get it ready for spinning.

Once dyed, skilled craftspeople weave rugs from full-size patterns into specific Tufenkian designs. Usually four to five craftspeople work on one 9’ x 12’ rug that is made from up to 1.5 million knots. To complete one Tufenkian rug of this size can take 3,000 hours of human labor!

As part of our Handcrafter Kitchen Contest, you can win a 2×3 handcrafted rug from Tufenkian Carpets. Bring the Handmade into your everyday and enter to win!

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Esque Studio- Contemporary Glass

Old into new. These Bud Vasers are made from recycled beer bottles by heating and reforming.

In celebration of our new Handcrafter Color Collection, we have partnered with companies that specialize in the making of handcrafted items for the home. Our GLASS color family honors the tradition of glassblowing in America. Esque Studio puts a modern twist on this traditional craft, by incorporating a strong focus on design when creating their pieces.

Esque Studio is a 15 year collaboration between founders Andi Kovel and Justin Parker. After meeting at a public glass studio in Brooklyn, they realized they shared the same vision: to create modern, functional, and concept-based glassware. Since then they have been trend-setters in glass, breaking the rules and pushing boundaries around traditional glass-blowing.

Esque Studio puts a sculptural spin on everyday objects, like paperweights, terrariums, and carafes.

As part of our Handcrafter Kitchen Contest, you can win a custom Pitcher + Cup set from Esque Studio. Bring the Handmade into your everyday and enter to win!

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Bee Local- Artisan Neighborhood Honey

In celebration of our new Handcrafter Color Collection, we have partnered with companies that specialize in the making of handcrafted items for the home. Our BEESWAX color family honors the tradition of beekeeping in America. The craft of beekeeping is exemplified by BeeLocal a producer of small batch, neighborhood honey.

Portland, Oregon based Bee Local is the only honey producer to offer terroir-based honey varieties. Like wine, BeeLocal honey bears a sense of place. With hives placed throughout the city, unique micro-batch offerings have complex flavor profiles that reflect the forage available in specific neighborhoods.

As part of our Handcrafter Kitchen Contest, you can win 3 jars of BeeLocal honey from various Portland neighborhoods. Bring the Handmade into your everyday and enter to win! link

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Heath Ceramics – Handcrafted Tableware and Tile

Heath’s newest Winter Seasonal Collection

In celebration of our new Handcrafter Color Collection, we have partnered with companies that specialize in the making of handcrafted items for the home. Our BISQUE color family honors the tradition of ceramics in America. A natural choice for this color family is Heath Ceramics, one of few remaining mid-century American potteries.

Heath Ceramics was founded by potter Edith Heath in 1948 and over sixty years later, still makes product in small runs in their original Sausalito, California factory. Highly skilled craftspeople produce quality, durable pieces that stay true to Edith Heath’s original designs and vision, including using the same clay and many of the original glaze colors.

Heathware on a cart in the Sausalito factory. Photo: Aya Brackett

Heath Ceramics has recently expanded their production to San Francisco where their new tile factory is open and producing beautiful, handcrafted tile. A mural in the factory artfully traces Heath’s history, depicting in pictures the growth of the company.   Factory tours are available in Sausalito where you can see firsthand Heath’s commitment to manufacturing in America.

Timeline mural in the viewing court of Heath's San Francisco Tile Factory. The factory was painted with our zero VOC paint and Heath and YOLO Colorhouse collaborated on the custom colors for this mural.

As part of our Handcrafter Kitchen Contest, you can win a large serving bowl in linen glaze from Heath Ceramics. Bring the Handmade into your everyday and enter to win!

See all the BISQUE colors on Pinterest.

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

Artist-Crafted Color

YOLO Colorhouse Co-Founders, Virginia Young (YO) and Janie Lowe (LO)

When we set out to create new colors, we think in terms of putting groups of colors together to tell a story. We started YOLO Colorhouse with The Earth’s Color Collection – 49 hues inspired by nature. Warm backdrops for living, these harmonious colors all connect through golden undertones, with color names that evoke the beauty of the earth, like CLAY, WATER, and GRAIN.

A few years later, we added The Color of Hope Collection. Different from the Earth’s Color Collection, these 36 colors are brighter and bolder hues. Pure whites and saturated hues make these contemporary colors perfect for accents walls and coloristic surprises. With names like IMAGINE, DREAM, and THRIVE, this palette was designed to energize the human spirit.

Our SPROUT Collection is a teeny tiny group of 7 colors designed for life’s newcomers. Fresh and playful, these colors are still soft enough for sleeping.

We have been back in the studio, working on our newest color collection. Inspired by our community and the culture that resides within, we see a conglomerate of crafters and makers. We may have a skewed view living in Portlandia, but there is a pretty big population of trendsetting creatives here that cannot be ignored. Our neighbors are raising their own chickens, making their own beer, pickling their garden vegetables, raising bees, knitting, sewing, building. There is a movement of rediscovery of artisans of the past and an appreciation of the quality of handcrafted items.

Our newest collection of 36 colors – The Handcrafter Color Collection – captures the spirit of makers’ and their craft. We have designed colors around the materials and products of handcrafters in color families like BEESWAX, WOOL, and METAL. This palette has subtle, gray undertones that have a modern feel while connecting us with the past. Yellows lean green, greens tilt blue, and steel-colored neutrals ground the palette.

See where we create our colors and weave their stories in our Color Shed studio in Portland, Oregon:

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

A Home Made in America – 2013 Street of Dreams

Relaxed elegance sums up the feeling of The American Dream home, part of this year’s Street of Dreams in West Linn, Oregon. Constructed and furnished with materials Made in America, YOLO Colorhouse is proud to have been chosen as the paint product of choice for this project. YOLO Colorhouse paints are manufactured in the first LEED Gold paint manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

For the majority of the home, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design chose YOLO Colorhouse hues that are easy backdrops for living, creating smooth transitions from room to room. Colors from our NOURISH, IMAGINE and AIR families are perfect for homes with open floor plans, like the American Dream home.

This soothing neutral palette was also laced with few hidden coloristic surprises! The unexpected use of THRIVE .05 on the cabinetry in the family room adds a jolt of vibrancy to this subdued, rustic space.

Just off the living room, the serene cool of WATER .05 peeks out from the powder room. This hue envelopes the small space, harmonizing with the dark wood of the cabinetry and floors.

Kid’s rooms always sing with color! The dusty lavender of AIR .07 makes this space sweet with a touch of sophistication.

The American dream home is open for touring through August 25th. Don’t miss your chance to see this home in person!

Photo credits: Blackstone Edge Studios

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Bright + Breezy – Summer Color Trends 2013

Inspired by long bike rides, green grass, and blue skies, our Summer 2013 Color Trends color palette embraces the vibrancy of THRIVE .06 and pairs it with complimentary hues DREAM .02, IMAGINE .02, and STONE .07 for a contemporary palette with a hint of vintage.

Bright + Breezy- this is the perfect summer cottage color scheme. Classic white and blue are made modern with hits of bright green and then grounded in grey. These typically more elegant hues take on a casual feel when paired with natural materials like wood and stone. When you view these colors together as a group, you can almost smell the ocean air, see the dock down to the boats, feel the breeze in your hair. Summer!

Carve out sleeping nooks and reading alcoves with darker colors like STONE .07.

Against wood walls in a cabin, try using color on the trim to create a cheerful, whimsical space.

Spots of more saturated hues like THRIVE .06 create a coloristic surprises in small spaces like bathrooms and entries.

One of our favorite cottages is the Tiny House by Portland, Oregon designer Jessica Helgersen. You can see her IMAGINE .02 kitchen above. This 540 sq ft home sits on a five-acre property on Sauvie Island, an agricultural island 15 minutes north of Portland, and was remodeled using nearly exclusively reclaimed materials. See how Jessica uses white as the backdrop throughout – keeping the space feeling light and bright – and incorporates color accents through furniture, artwork, and textiles: http://www.jhinteriordesign.com/tiny-house/

In the spirit of summer, enter to win 2 gal of YOLO Colorhouse paint in the color of your choice and a bike helmet from Nutcase!

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Friday, June 14th, 2013

Roomations.com – Expert Design Advice Online

We know how difficult it can be to choose color for a room. Everyday we hear from people stuck on finding that perfect color for their space. With so many different colors out there, it can be hard to narrow down the options, even WITH a simplified color palette like ours! As shown in this bathroom, even choosing a simple white hue can be tough decision.

We’ve tried to make the process of choosing color even easier by offering free online color help through our website and by letting you see our colors in action on our Explore Color page!

BUT…what if you are doing a complete floor-to-ceiling room makeover or home remodel? When you throw tile, flooring, and furniture into the mix, your fun project can easily become overwhelming! Roomations can help guide you through the design process in a way that is easy, convenient and puts the fun back into the transformation!

Depending on your project needs, Roomations pairs you with a designer online that will assist you with anything from furniture selection to 3-D renderings. You can create a profile where you can determine your budget, the function of your space, measurements of walls, floor, ceiling- everything and anything that your designer will need to know to give you the best suggestions for your project.

Our favorite part of Roomations is their style quiz! This is how your designer knows exactly what you will like and what you won’t! Once your designs are finalized, you will receive a customized shopping list to create your perfect room. This detailed list includes a photo of each product; its name, brand and SKU; approximate price; and a link to the retailer’s website- how easy is that?! Prices for Roomations services range from $20 up to $400 depending on your needs. See how simple working with Roomations is here:

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Monday, May 20th, 2013

Modern Kids Collection – Room to Grow Pinterest Promotion

As part of our Room to Grow contest on Pinterest, we have created a curated palette of 16 bright and lively hues that coordinate with modern kids room furniture from Room & Board. This simplified palette makes it easy to choose harmonious, yet playful hues for your little one’s room that reflect their unique, creative spirit.

By entering the contest, you have the chance to win a complete kid’s room makeover- paint from YOLO Colorhouse, furniture from Room & Board AND a year’s worth of snacks from Annie’s Homegrownso get pinning!

See how to use the colors from the Modern Kids Collection to make your child’s room full of personality and FUN!

Nothing says cheerful like yellow! ASPIRE .02 will make your child happy to hang out in her room, without keeping her awake at night.


Fresh and playful, green hues like PETAL .02 bring a brightness to any child’s space. You can turn down the intensity of this color by grounding it with warm neutrals, like tans and charcoals, in bedding and furniture.


Don’t be afraid of primary colors…in small doses! Accent walls and the back of book shelves are good way to keep these saturated colors confined so that they don’t become overwhelming.


Using neutrals like NOURISH .03 in a nursery creates a calm sophistication. Use pops of color in fabric and furniture to introduce some whimsy.


Zzzzzzz……soft blues like DREAM .03 promote restfulness and sweet dreams.


Warm whites like IMAGINE .02 create a crisp, clean look in a child’s room, without being too stark.


Pink walls don’t have to look like bubblegum. Your little girl’s room can feel grown up when you pair SPROUT .06 with modern furnishings and textiles.


See all of the YOLO Colorhouse hues in architecture here: http://www.yolocolorhouse.com/color/explore-color/

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