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Fall 2011 Pickle Palette        
 Fall Pickle Palette

Our Pickle Palette pays homage to the canning craze of the locavore movement that is gaining ground in our neighborhoods.  


CLAY .02 is the burnt orange that is illuminated through the glass jars of pickled carrots, LEAF .04 reflects the perfect "pickle green", WATER .02 reminds us of the water that quenched these veggies throughout the summer, and AIR .02 grounds the palette, reminiscent of the garlic cloves that are the foundation for flavor in our jars.    

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We are excited about our recent inclusion in the Pharos Project! At its core, the Pharos Project is a campaign for transparency in the building materials market. It is a tool for users to locate the best materials to meet their current needs and enduring values; a tool to help cut through the prolific greenwashing; a space where users can discuss what makes a product truly green; and, most importantly, a platform from which to show manufacturers what constitutes a market in support of the best environmental, health and social equity practices.


DIY just got greener

Upcoming Events


YOLO SpinArt  

August 7 - Long Beach, CA
Murals Under the Stars 


August 9 - Seattle, WA
Green Drinks


August 11 - Portland, OR


Sept 25 - Portland, OR
Green Sprouts Organic Baby Festival 


Sept 29-Oct 2 - Portland, OR
Portland Home and Garden Show  


Oct 7-10 - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Show  


Oct 29- 30 - Los Angeles, CA
Green Festivals  


YOLO SpinArt Sun, sun, sun!!! We are loving that summer is finally here, after a long (and rainy) spring here in Portland, Oregon!   So, Happy Summer to you, wherever you are!


In this issue of Colorlab, we highlight a colorful, inspiring company, Cardborigami.  Cardborigami is a non-profit started by an architect from Santa Monica, CA who we met at Dwell on Design in June. Read more about Cardborigami below.


As much as we are not yet ready for fall, we are excited about our fall trend color palette -- The Pickle Palette --  inspired by the muted hues of preserved veggies in mason jars.  We are waiting patiently for the cukes to ripen, so that we can have our annual pickling party in September.  


Color and food are inseparable for us. We had a great time partnering with Annie's Homegrown in early July, focusing on food and color on Facebook. Thanks to all who participated and helped us raise money for   


We have also recently joined the Pharos Project, a network of building professionals and manufacturers committed to transparency as a core value to sustainability. Read more about the Pharos Project below.


We have had a busy summer so far and have enjoyed being out in the community doing Spin Art at a number of outdoor festivals! We head into the fall with more events - it is always great to talk with people in the communities where we sell our products.   So come out and do some Spin Art with us! See below for list of events.



In Color (and sun!),



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a celebration of healthy food + healthy hues 

NCS ice cream  

We recently partnered with Annie's Homegrown (the mac and cheese guys) on a Facebook promotion called NOURISH. CREATE. SHARE.   


Combining delicious Annie's products and beautiful YOLO Colorhouse hues, we created Recipe Color Cards for Fancy French Mac and Cheese, Asian Kale Salad, and Strawberry-Lemonade Ice Cream Cupcakes.  By commenting, our Facebook community helped raise $300 for, a non-profit organization that enables gardeners to donate their excess harvest to those in need.  Thank you!   


Become a YOLO Colorhouse Facebook fan for your chance to win YOLO Colorhouse paint in future contests, get expert color advice, and be Inspired!       


Colorful Company:  Cardborigami


At Dwell on Design last month in L.A., we discovered Tina Hovsepian's innovative new project, Cardborigami.  An architect from Santa Monica, Tina created Cardborigami as a non-profit, with a focus on building temporary shelters for homeless people and for disaster relief.  The structure in her booth was a prototype, as she is in the process of raising money to get the project underway - initially to serve the homeless population.

Cardboard is the perfect lightweight material for temporary housing, as it has insulating qualities and can be waterproofed and fireproofed.  Inspired by the ancient art of origami, Cardborigami shelters can be folded up and carried easily on a person's back.  We were so moved by Tina's creativity and her drive to get this out into the community.  We love it when design is used in such an important way -- for basic human needs -- and at a very affordable price of $4.00/square foot.

For more design inspiration from Dwell on Design, visit our blog.