Saturday, November 30, 2019

Laurelhurst Painted Lady

I am finally walking around the neighborhood again and I'm enjoying the chance to see some of the changes folks have made to their houses in the last several years.

In period, Craftsman homes weren't painted like this. As I understand it, painted ladies were a victorian thing, but I do love it when folks pick out the details. If we repaint our house, we will likely go painted lady. This is how this house used to look in 2012 when I was having copper gutter envy.
This is how it looked today.
So pretty.


  1. Wow, what a transformation! The house looks as if its had an awakening!

  2. The natural earth tones do look good, and are likely more authentic for the craftsman period, and do look really good.

    Victorians as "painted ladies" with many bright and pastel colors is actually a relativity recent trend that began in San Francisco in the 1960s. The original paint schemes generally were darker earth tones with fewer colors and less highlighting of the details. I generally prefer that approach, as it lets the ornate millwork and tinwork show more gracefully, being brought out by shadow lines rather than blatant color contrasts.