The Master Craftsman at Work

My Mother’s surname is Arana and I am Ernesto Perez Arana. I originally come from Guatemala, but I often say that I was born again in San Francisco, Dolores Park to be exact. In the 1980s I made the City my home and that there is where I took up the Craft, the trade of painting homes. I work with my hands and while I [...]


Camp Arroyo – Gem in the East Bay Hills

Our youngest child Alexi went away to sleep away camp for the first time last week. What a milestone! Through the San Leandro School District, he and his classmates went to Camp Arroyo located within the East Bay Regional Park District and just 45 minutes south of Oakland. “Camp Arroyo,” says the Camp’s website, “is a beautiful residential camp serving children year-round as a [...]


I Love What I Do

Even though I am not a Bay Area native, I may as well be. I visited from the East Coast in 1984 and never looked back. The Oakland/East Bay hills, San Francisco and Alameda are a Painter’s paradise, and it is here that I found the ability to work year-round doing what I love. And hey, how about the Warriors after all these years! I [...]


We’ve Only Just Begun

I have always loved new beginnings just as much as I love consistency and tradition. This year marks 14 years as a Company and 14 years of assisting Bay Area homeowners in their greatest effort. Each year our team grows a little bigger and a lot stronger and we get to be even better at the level of service we provide. Some of our biggest [...]


Support For At-Risk Young Girls

I have given to many a good organization throughout my lifetime, but none has inspired me more than the fight to protect vulnerable young girls. You have no doubt heard that there is a rise in the number of stories about missing and exploited youth. In fact, according to UNICEF 1.2 million children worldwide are being trafficked each year and Oakland is considered one of [...]


Love of the East Bay, Love of Homes

I love the East Bay! I moved from San Francisco to Oakland 20 years ago, and I haven’t looked back since. When I’m not working, you can find me running one of the many trails in the East Bay Regional Park System, visiting the Oakland Museum’s latest exhibit or meandering around West Oakland, on the hunt for new public art. Helping people decide how to [...]



August is such a special time of year; summer is in full swing, there are countless events and festivals taking place, and it also marks the 6th birthday for my dog, and Arana’s unofficial mascot, a French Bulldog named Buddy. After traveling for the better part of a year, working remotely, and being away from my furry, life co-pilot, I am so glad to be [...]


A Summer of Celebrations

Summer 2017 marks several milestones in our Family. Ernesto and I celebrate 14 years of marriage, our eldest daughter Sofia turns 13 and our Company which has grown right along with her also turns 13! Teenagers are now ruling our household with summer sleepovers, slime making sessions and late-night dance parties. Childhood is relived again and again with them and as they begin to find [...]


Three Exterior Paint Failures that should be treated immediately. Save money by avoiding expensive repairs.

Does Your Home Have Any of These Exterior Paint Failures? Save money by avoiding expensive repairs. 1.Wood cracking and separation - Here we see separation between the stucco and wood window sill and cracking in the wood window sill itself. Of all the types of failure, this is the most common and can lead to larger, more costlier repairs. The best approach to remedy this [...]