OUR RENOVATION

turning the corner

With no rain respite, we’re focusing on flooring. Having finished our all-purpose room and living room, we continued around the corner …

living room

Point a camera in the right direction (as we try to) and our Eichler could almost pass for finished. In truth, we have a long way to go. But we are calling our living room ‘done’ …

looking back: 2015

We didn’t plan on posting again before 2016 but couldn’t help ourselves –looking back, we realized what a busy year it’s been, and thought you might enjoy a recap …

kitchen refresh

Last summer, we completed ‘phase one’ of our kitchen makeover. It was a BIG improvement (unless you love tiled countertops) but we were never 100% happy …

acrylic backsplash

After a false-start with flimsy Formica, we needed a more robust solution for our kitchen backsplash. We considered stacked white tile, but weren’t convinced …

table turning

We’re usually pretty good at finding design solutions, but we’ve struggled to solve our living/dining room. At around 24 x 13 feet, it’s plenty big …

white room

We’ve always wanted VCT throughout, but kept flip-flopping on color. We finally picked Armstrong’s Polar White –a pure white, with flecks of charcoal gray. We …

eichlerversary two

Two years ago, we awoke in our Eichler for the first time. As I explained this time last year, we hadn’t been inside (or even …

open house (part two)

Right, where was I? Last time, we painted the ceiling, beams, trim, and cinder-block, and refinished this paneling wall. I forgot to mention this made-to-measure …

FURNITURE + DECOR

eichler christmas 3

Yep, our third Eichler Christmas. This year, we added to our roofline string, with more lights, atop our cinder-block wall. Still couldn’t get the darn things straight …

making plans

We’re obsessed with Eichlers. You probably noticed. As you may also know, Karen’s a graphic designer. These two facts have repeatedly collided since we bought our home …

art work

Karen and I agree on most things, but artwork isn’t one of them. Our taste has plenty of crossover, but we differ on volume –she’d be happy with blank white walls …

lounge chair swap

I recently shared this lounge chair on Instagram –a local Craigslist find, which has clearly seen better days. But for $30 (yeah, you heard right) …

duck hunting

I’ve wanted these flying ducks for ages (pictured below in Mad Men). Kitsch, but iconic mid-century –made by Masketeers, from the 1960s onwards …

eichler christmas 2

Today is Boxing Day, a holiday in England, so we’re taking it easy. Perfect opportunity to post this (imaginatively titled) sequel –you may remember last year’s post …

surf and sand

Time to share the coffee table project I’ve been hinting at. This early sixties Lane surfboard table was embarrassingly cheap, thanks to our wonderful neighbors, …

pre-sale steals

Our neighbors, Kelly & G, kindly gave us a garage sale preview recently, and we picked up some bargains. We love this unusually shaped vase. …

birthday boy

It was my birthday last Saturday. In celebration, I reset our broken (yet much-loved) flip clock, which can’t advance the date unaided. I might just …

EXTERIOR + LANDSCAPING

side-yard snowball

You’re familiar with the snowball effect, right? Well, a giant one just rolled over our side-yard. We’d already removed much of the lawn (where you now see rock) …

back side

Last summer, we painted most of our exterior, leaving just the back, and a small adjoining side section. And that’s how it stayed, until this summer …

chop chop

The tree that keeps on giving. At least, it was. We removed it several weeks back, and our two-year shower of leaves, twigs and tobacco is finally over …

paint it gray

Long before buying our Eichler, we knew its eventual color scheme –mid-gray siding, contrasting beams, lime green door. During our twisty search, we imagined this …

on the side

Since last posting about our side patio, we’ve completed no major projects here, but have made some ‘tweaks’ that collectively make a difference. First-up, we …

front facing

Let’s face it (luckily, we don’t have to), our front lawn is in rough shape. 97% weeds, 3% grass, 100% bad. We have no intention …

rock revival

Our outdoor living space is ‘in transition’…to put it politely. But we recently completed what we’d like to call ‘phase one’ of our landscaping –far …

side steps

Having painted the patio and front, we moved around the side. This path leads around that corner to our front door. And also back out …

up front

This blog is hopelessly out of sync. Maybe we should stop doing, so I can start posting. Either way, I need to catch you up, …