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Part 2- the Painted Lady's Facelift

So, here's a quick re-cap: BEFORE [caption id="attachment_2021" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="This charming Victorian was faded and cracked- that is- until CertaPro Painters and I came in to the rescue...."][/caption] AFTER [caption id="attachment_2022" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="With a little updating on the colors and color placement, this house sparkles again"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2026" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Painting the window frames a different color than the trim adds dimension and shows off beautiful architectural elements "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2025" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I chose to emphasize the sunburst details on the first floor and balance that colors with the rectangle shapes just below the roofline. If those upper shapes weren't painted to stand out, most poeple would never really look past the sunbursts- they're beautiful but there's...

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My favorite Painted Lady

It's not a cocktail or a proposition- it's San Francisco's iconic Victorian style house. Known for their gingerbread details and vibrant paint colors, many of these homes survived the big earthquakes and post-quake fires of 1906 and 1989. [caption id="attachment_1967" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption=""William and Grace McCarthy Collection, (Audrey Fullerton - Donor)," 1906 AC 96-07-08 California State Archives Sacramento, California"][/caption] Recently I had the good fortune of color consulting for one of these beauties on lower Haight Street just a block or so above what the proud owner called "the fire-line" of the earlier quake. We had to consider the history of this home but also create something unique and thoughtful for today's aesthetics. Here's how it all went down: [caption...

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