Area homeowners win annual Painted Ladies contest

 
Posted10/30/2016 6:00 AM
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  • Grand Prize winner: Scott & Dawn Totorella, 169 Herrick Road, Riverside. Painted by Ronbo's Fine Paint.

    Grand Prize winner: Scott & Dawn Totorella, 169 Herrick Road, Riverside. Painted by Ronbo's Fine Paint. Photos Courtesy of Hal Baim

  • Best Use of Paint Detail: Paul Linse and Melissa Sutthiwan, 287 Commonwealth Ave., Elgin. Painted by Josh's Painting.

    Best Use of Paint Detail: Paul Linse and Melissa Sutthiwan, 287 Commonwealth Ave., Elgin. Painted by Josh's Painting.

  • Best Use of Color for the Style of the Home: Bill and Peggy Becker, 9324 S. Damen Ave., Chicago. Painted by Kelso Painting & Decorating.

    Best Use of Color for the Style of the Home: Bill and Peggy Becker, 9324 S. Damen Ave., Chicago. Painted by Kelso Painting & Decorating.

  • Best Use of Expressive Colors (not professionally painted): Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, 489 St. Charles St., Elgin.

    Best Use of Expressive Colors (not professionally painted): Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, 489 St. Charles St., Elgin.

  • Best Use of a Bold Color Combination: John and Dawn Laskey, 711 Douglas Ave., Elgin. Painted by Quality Painting & Carpentry.

    Best Use of a Bold Color Combination: John and Dawn Laskey, 711 Douglas Ave., Elgin. Painted by Quality Painting & Carpentry.

Some of the most beautiful homes are found in Chicago and its suburbs. For 30 years, a suburban trade group for the paint industry has identified some of the more exceptional examples for its annual Painted Ladies competition.

This year, three Elgin homes, including one painted by Habitat for Humanity volunteers, have won this prestigious designation.

The Chicago's Finest Painted Ladies & Her Court competition is sponsored by the Schaumburg-based Chicago Paint & Coatings Association. Now in its 30th year, this unusual beautification project for homes has received national attention. Several past winners were featured in the book "Painted Ladies, U.S.A." by Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada.

This year's grand prize winner is located in Riverside. It was selected for Best Use of Colors for a Victorian Home in the professionally painted category.

"Based on the wide range of beautiful entries, it underscores the fact that paint and coatings are the most affordable ways to improve and accent a home or business appearance," said the association's spokesman, Bill Heiden, who works with a team of judges to select the winners.

"The National Association of Real Estate Appraisers estimates that a good first appearance of a home can add as much as 5 percent to 10 percent to the value of the home," he said.

The winners were honored at an awards dinner on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Maggiano's in Schaumburg.

The Painted Ladies contest is open to homes and businesses throughout the Chicago area. The style, size or age of the property is not a factor in selecting winners. However, beauty and craftsmanship of the paint application, and how well it complements the structure of the building, is essential to judges, Heiden said.

Information on next year's competition can be found on the association's website, www.chicagopaint.org.

2016 WINNERS

CHICAGO'S FINEST PAINTED LADIES

1) Grand Prize

Best Use of Colors for a Victorian Home

Professionally painted

Scott and Dawn Totorella

169 Herrick Road, Riverside

Painted by Ronbo's Fine Paint

2) Best Use of Expressive Colors

Not professionally painted

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley

489 St. Charles St., Elgin

3) Best Use of Color for the Style of the Home

Professionally painted

Bill and Peggy Becker

9324 S. Damen Ave., Chicago

Painted by Kelso Painting & Decorating

4) Best Use of a Bold Color Combination

Professionally painted

John and Dawn Laskey

711 Douglas Ave, Elgin

Painted by Quality Painting & Carpentry

5) Best Use of Paint Detail

Professionally painted

Paul Linse and Melissa Sutthiwan

287 Commonwealth Ave., Elgin

Painted by Josh's Painting

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