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In This Issue
Bounty of Color
Creative Poster Reuse Idea
New Palette! The Color of Hope
Outside Paint Sale
Thanks Color Collaborators!
Look out web, here we come!

YOLO Colorhouse is now on facebook!  Become "fans" to stay up-to-date, participate in discussions, post pictures,
and interact with other YOLO-ites around the world. Twitter is also up and running, so be sure to follow us as we tweet about the new palette, green trends and everything YOLO.  See you on the web!

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Bounty of color at our local Portland Farmer's Market




Check out to find farmer's market locations and what restaurants are committed to serving local produce in your town.
 Creative Poster Reuse Idea

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Charmaine Manley, of in Bend, OR, reused PETAL.04, CLAY.02, LEAF.06 and WATER.05 posters to make beautiful note cards.

Have any cool poster reuse ideas?  Send photos to
If everyone in the United States used zero VOC paint instead of 'low-VOC' or traditional paints, we would eliminate between 150 million to 1 billion pounds of chemical solvent from being released into the atmosphere. So breathe easy, YOLO's got it covered.
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desert cactus
As we write this letter, we are traveling across the Mojave desert from Yosemite National Park to the Grand Canyon.  The rugged desert is a study in neutrals.  The only eye-catching colors are the 18 wheelers, boxcars and the occasional road sign.  It is not breathtaking like Yosemite, but it offers it's own bleak beauty and open expanse of simplicity.  The desert reminds us of the importance color plays on our mood, after 8 hours we start taking photos of the red, blue and yellow trucks against the desert background.  We pull off the highway at the first spotting of a red blooming cactus and realize how we are craving some bright accent of color. The Mojave is a sharp contrast to the majority of colors we have created for our new palette The Color of Hope (to be released on the summer solstice! see below)

As we are traveling, we are listening to Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - and besides making us hungry for asparagus and wild mushroom bread pudding, (see for recipe) it is making us anxious for the summer months of fresh, local produce and getting back to our own garden.
This Colorlab is dedicated to getting outside and the bounty of summer color!!

In Color,

Your Friends at YOLO Colorhouse
YOLO Colorhouse
The Color of Hope Palette
36 new colors coming soon!Janie drawdown

This summer, we're excited to release our newest collection of hues, The Color of Hope palette. This collection of 36 clean, fresh and bold colors are designed to energize the human spirit. The palette is a response to the times we are living in, with acknowledgment to the inspiration our new administration has given us.  Each hue within the palette represents a message of hope. The concept behind Color of Hope is the creation of positive and comfortable spaces. Your space is your safe-haven, where you nest, play and work.  It is a place where you and your family go to escape and seek comfort.  A space to IMAGINE, ASPIRE, DREAM, THRIVE, CREATE and NOURISH!  Follow the week-by-week release of the Color of Hope palette on facebook and register here to receive a free Color of Hope color palette card - a freebie to the first 100 YOLO Colorhouse fans who sign-up.  (Photo: Janie Lowe creating the new palette).

Check out the Color of Hope teaser video below and be sure to check our facebook page each week for more Color of Hope roll out fun!

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"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." - MLK Jr.
REX houseGet Outside!
Outside Sale now thru June 30th

YOLO Colorhouse Outside primer is on sale now thru June 30 at participating dealers.  Buy 5 gallons of Outside paint and get 1 gallon YOLO Colorhouse Outside primer free -- OR -- Buy 15 gallons of Outside paint and get a 5 gallon bucket of Outside primer free!

The YOLO Colorhouse Outside palette is a collection of colors designed specifically for exteriors.  As color grows and is viewed in full sunlight it can change and become much brighter.  The Outside collection is designed for the scale and full sunlight.  It is a premium 100% Acrylic, Green Seal certified, zero VOC paint.

Photo:  Exterior painted in YOLO Colorhouse Outside DESERT.06, CLOUD.01, CANYON.03 and FOREST.01.

Thanks to Color Collaborators for their Input on New Palette
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Fifty color collaborators joined us in March at our Portland headquarters to give feedback on our new palette, The Color of Hope.  Playing "pin the color on the palette," creating spin art with a few of the new colors, designers and architects helped us with direction for the Color of Hope.  A big THANK YOU! to all those who participated. 

Color Collaborators are a group of designers and architects interested in supporting the YOLO products and collaborating on color palettes. 

Want to be a part of this group?  Email to join.

 CoH collab