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Character and Color: A Creative Remodel Transforms This Portland Home

Two remodelers remove layers of grime to unearth a gem of a house in Portland, Oregon.



Virginia Young and Janie Lowe developed and use many of their Yolo Colorhouse hues in their own home.
Photo By Susan Seubert
The rectangle of deep orange on the ceiling brings attention to the coving and also increases the perceived ceiling height.
Photo By Susan Seubert
The walls in the entry are a golden clay plaster. When the sunlight streams in through the front door, it highlights the sparkling sand and mica in the clay.
Photo By Susan Seubert
The elegant coved ceilings and finely carved mantel next to the rough brick of the fireplace remind Janie and Virginia of the beautiful imperfection of nature.The drawing is by David Inkpen.
Photo By Susan Seubert
Eclectic Victorian tiles at the fireplace may be one of the house’s original features.
Photo By Susan Seubert
Janie and Virginia painted and updated the kitchen cabinets, refinished a fir subfloor with water-based sealer and refinished the plaster walls with casein paint and a beeswax glaze.
Photo By Susan Seubert
Janie and Virginia painted the house deep red to complement the many greens in the surrounding lush landscape.
Photo By Susan Seubert
Janie and Virginia left the original pink ironing board in place as functional art. The portraits are by Stephen Hayes.
Photo By Susan Seubert
Amber-colored glass tiles provide color and texture around the bathroom sink.
Photo By Susan Seubert
The dining room opens onto an enclosed patio with a hot tub––an outdoor “room” that expands the home’s livable space.
Photo By Susan Seubert
A salvaged stained-glass window sits inside the real window, providing privacy and a splash of color.
Photo By Susan Seubert
Nestled under an arbor thick with grapevines, this patio is the perfect outdoor summer dining room.
Photo By Susan Seubert
Janie worked a sheltering tree into the wall of the bedroom.
Photo By Susan Seubert
Virginia Young and Janie Lowe, co-creators of Yolo Colorhouse, draw their inspiration from nature.
Photo By Susan Seubert





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