Arana Craftsman Painters

Boosting The Value Of Your Home With Paint

When homeowners begin discussing the sale of their home there are many conversations that come up and even more ideas that get passed around. Homeowners will begin looking at ways to improve their home. They will look at flooring, the health of their yards, and a multitude of other things that they believe will boost the value of their home. One of the most [...]

2019-11-17T21:03:26-08:00November 17th, 2019|

Tips For Hiring An Exterior House Painting Expert

You may be looking at your home and thinking about just how dull your once vibrant exterior has become. Don't beat yourself up over it, it is actually a very common occurrence amongst homeowners. Years and even decades pass with very little, if any thought given to a home's exterior paint. You might also be staring at your home's exterior, wondering what can be [...]

2019-10-26T08:42:05-08:00October 17th, 2019|

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 [...]

2019-07-17T13:24:54-08:00July 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, [...]

2019-07-09T15:11:18-08:00June 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 [...]

2019-06-20T19:29:21-08:00June 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 [...]

2019-07-17T13:19:49-08:00May 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 [...]

2019-05-10T09:20:53-08:00May 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 [...]

2019-03-28T07:30:28-08:00March 27th, 2019|

Reading the Stars and Charting 2019

Reading the Stars and Charting 2019 Ernesto, the kids, and I spent the first week of the year in Sea Ranch, California, letting go of 2018 and committing to new and better selves in 2019. Like any good captain and crew who look to the sea and stars before they set sail, in our family, and in our business, we take time in [...]

2019-03-04T15:48:52-08:00January 31st, 2019|