Arana Craftsman Painters

Steps to Buying Art for Your Home with a Professional Art Consultant

The Process of Buying Art for Your Home — with a Professional Art Consultant By Danielle Fox, SLATE contemporary "When the sun is out and the pool is warm," by Sheldon Greenberg. 48 x 40 in. Oil on canvas. At SLATE contemporary gallery. In addition to being a physical location in Oakland’s vibrant Uptown arts district, SLATE contemporary is an art consultancy [...]

2019-07-17T13:24:54-07:00July 17th, 2019|

The Art of the Pattern — Q & A with Workroom C

The Art of the Pattern — Q & A with Carolyn Rebuffel of Workroom C Workroom C patterned fabrics. Photo credit: Eric Zepeda Carolyn Rebuffel, Principal Designer of Interior Design Firm Workroom C, based in Emeryville, offers her brand of “inspired, practical design” to clients throughout the Bay Area. With that mission comes the textiles she custom-creates to help implement her visions, [...]

2019-07-09T15:11:18-07:00June 20th, 2019|

10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Summer

10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Summer Adapted from: www.libertymutual.com/masterthis/warm-weather-home-maintenance and www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/get-your-house-ready-for-summer Exterior deck and wood siding restored and stained by Arana Craftsman Painters, in Piedmont California 1. Clean the walkway: Pressure-wash the walkway, then replace damaged pavers or bricks, or just flip them over. If any pavers are sticking up too high, raise them, remove a little dirt, and drop [...]

2019-06-20T19:29:21-07:00June 20th, 2019|

Home as Canvas and Art Gallery

Home as Canvas and Art Gallery By Julie Feinstein Adams  Danielle Fox of SLATE contemporary. Photo credit: Lauren Edith Interior painting and artwork have an intimate relationship. The way that light reflects, the color tones shifting against the other’s presence. It is no small thing to choose the right location, lighting, and wall color for art, or to choose the right wall [...]

2019-07-17T13:19:49-07:00May 2nd, 2019|

Manager, Micromanager, or a Hands-Off Remodeler? Part 2 of 2

Manager, Micromanager, or a Hands-Off Remodeler? Part 2(Continued from previous post: https://www.craftsmanpainters.com/manager-micromanager-or-a-hands-off-remodeler/) Photo Credit: Dimitri Otis/Getty Images Adapted from an article by Laura Gaskill via Houzz2. The MicromanagerWhy being a micromanager can be a good thing: Micromanagers get a bad rap, but there is an upside to this management style: Micromanagers tend to be detail-oriented, proactive and good on a deadline. This can be a real [...]

2019-05-10T09:20:53-07:00May 2nd, 2019|

Bay Area Schools Train Next Gen Tradespeople

Bay Area Schools Train Next Gen Tradespeople By Catherine Baldi In February our daughter Sofia was accepted into the Academy for Business and Finance at our local San Leandro district high school. The Academy is a three-year program that provides academic and technical training to prepare students for the workforce as well as for higher education. These types of programs are a critical resource at [...]

2019-03-28T07:30:28-07:00March 27th, 2019|

A Few Of Our Favorite Organizations

A Few Of Our Favorite Organizations Growing up Catholic, we were asked to tithe a portion of our earnings to the church. Today, in the Bay Area and Northern California, there are many organizations that do the kind of good works that churches can’t do. December is the season to offer dollars and support to those that strengthen our local community. Of course, there [...]

2019-02-26T01:36:59-07:00December 20th, 2018|

The Many Dimensions of Thanksgiving

The cultural tapestry of the Bay Area is rich and varied and contains cross-sections of the many peoples and cultures that make up our America. Living here, we are privileged to have immediate access to a myriad of perspectives on the holidays we celebrate. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays; it has a multidimensional story that is complex — and important to weave into [...]

2018-11-21T00:06:49-07:00November 20th, 2018|

Turning and Returning

I love October. Not only is it the month of crispy leaves and long shadows, it is also when we get to celebrate Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Similarly known as All Souls Day in the Catholic tradition, this holiday is dedicated specifically to reaching out to those close to us who have crossed over. Bay Area Reclaiming holds a public ritual to celebrate [...]

2018-11-13T22:35:09-07:00October 30th, 2018|

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