Fireclay Tile

Fireclay Tile San Francisco Showroom
Fireclay Tile San Francisco Showroom

We have been looking forward to our end of the summer (and nearly end of the renovation) Staycation, planned around a visit from John's sister and nephew. Right before we went to the Airport to fetch them, we decided to stop by the Fireclay Tile Showroom on Brannan Street in San Francisco to get our backsplash order done. They have a gorgeous showroom, with beautiful sample installations everywhere you look.

Fireclay Tile San Francisco
Fireclay Tile San Francisco

Since we have had their samples on our counter for a few weeks now, we pretty much knew what color and pattern we were going to choose. Turns out the larger wave pattern we thought we wanted did not come in the color we choose, so we made a last minute swap on the pattern. Fifteen minutes later (we had to get to the airport!), our sales person Emily had our order in the system, paid for and due to ship to us in a few weeks (free shipping)!

Fireclay Tile San Francisco Showroom
Fireclay Tile San Francisco Showroom
Fireclay Tile
Fireclay Tile

Sebastian was getting into it too:

Fireclay Tile Samples
Fireclay Tile Samples
Fireclay Tile San Francisco
Fireclay Tile San Francisco
Fireclay Tile
Fireclay Tile

I could think of all sorts of places to put in more Fireclay Tile, but let's get the kitchen done first.Can anyone say Bathroom Remodel?

Concord Eichlers Pop-Up Shop

Thanks to our RSM neighbor/friend Dan, we got the tip on a local Midcentury Modern pop-up fair, hosted by some fabulous Eichler homeowners/vintage wares collectors, Camila, Blaine and Casie.

Camila, owner of ModPop graciously opened their fabulous home for touring, great mid-mod pieces, and yummy treats (which kept the boys happy).

Here are some of new atomic-inspired finds, perfect additions to our barware collection.



And we scored a wonderful new piece of art, which goes so well with one of my "vintage" Nepacena handbag designs - the Lola Bowling Bag.



Here are their Etsy Shops:

ModPop Modmens ModApple

Afterwards, we toured the rest of the Concord Eichers, with our neighbor Christy (also new to the Eichler community), for some rainy day inspiration.

These are a few of my favorite (vintage) things...

So one of our favorite hobbies is going treasure hunting, also known as vintage sale/estate sale/yard sale scouring. I love the history that comes with vintage items and most often, the craftsmanship of these pieces is hard to find and/or replicate in modern times. Our first large purchase was this locker set, purchased at the Alameda Antiques Fair. It was painted the standard school beige, but then a few doors were sloppily post-painted turquoise blue. We stripped the entire paint layers down by sanding and grinding. I can still hear the dreaded dentist-like sounds of that project, but I love the finished product. It's great for storage and the kids each have their own cubbies for craft supplies, etc.


The white fiberglass reproduction chair was a steal for $10 at a local garage sale: 20130805-IMG_5849

I heart my Bertoia side chairs and a 50s wire patio side table, discovered at the awesome Sacramento Antiques Mall: 20130805-IMG_5839 20130805-IMG_5832

I finally found a matching chair and now have a complete set of antique school chairs. Both were in really rough shape, but nothing some paint and spray paint (for metal parts) can't cure. The table is yet another project that my Dad helped bring to life. Hairpin table legs from -- you guessed it, Table top from Macbeath. Sizing of table with chairs... a little off, but at least the kids have their own table to eat and play. 20130805-IMG_5825

This mini-display cabinet was a total score, thanks to our dear friend Katie. You know you are 1) obsessed with garage sales and 2) have awesome friends, when you receive by-the-minute texts from friends when they discover vintage items they know you will love. (And buy them for you, so you can pick up later that day). Thanks Katie!! We love it. (and you). The fabric canvas was Ikea fabric found at a neighbor's garage sale, stapled onto an old canvas frame. 20130805-IMG_5808

That's my very first Minolta camera (from my Dad to me) on the left and a Brownie I got for John up in Placerville, another antiques haven. 20130805-IMG_5815

Vintage ice bucket, another garage sale find, thanks to Katie.  20130805-IMG_5819

The famous Pachinko Machine, which after losing out to a cute family at another garage sale, John was determined to have our own and found on Craigstlist. I'll let him post about the history and virtues of the Pachinko Machine, especially a working one. 20130805-IMG_5820 Resources:

Alameda Point Antiques Fair 57th Street Sacramento Antiques Mall Placerville Downtown Local garage sales (drive-by signs, Craigslist) Estate Sales (drive-bys and pre-sale notification lists)



Acapulco Outdoor Chair

I've been scouring eBay and Craigslist for vintage outdoor furniture for the atrium. I hit a jackpot yesterday, after stumbling upon an early Craigslist Garage Sale posting for this coming weekend. The poster uploaded a few photos of the wares he plans to sell this weekend and in one of the photos was an amazing Acapulco woven outdoor chair, which we also sell at my day job. I contacted the poster, (who mentioned he lives in our Eichler neighborhood) to see if he wouldn't mind if I came by pre-sale to take a look at the chair. Fast forward a few hours; I stop by his (packed with awesome MCM finds) garage and eagerly purchase this chair, along with some modern geometric fabric (project TBD). He kindly took me on a quick tour of his Eichler, which was straight out of a magazine. Vintage midcentury pieces (from Eames to Knoll), cool artwork (such as an antique billboard poster covering an entire wall) and a Palm Springs-like landscape design in the backyard. Now I've made a new neighbor-friend and met fellow design-enthusiast!

Acapulco Chair

Acapulco Chair

Vintage Apartment

There is no shortage of great online shops specializing in midcentury modern furniture and accessories. Even the flash sale sites now feature daily deals on MCM finds, from Dot&Bo to My online go-tos for vintage midcentury furniture include Craigslist, Etsy, and Ebay (usually in that order). Today my designer-savvy sis introduced me to Vintage Apartment: a great site for authentic vintage furniture and accessories, at really great price points. They're located in Los Angeles area, but offer shipping. Who wants to road trip to LA for some shopping??

Here is some eye candy for the day and consider this my wish list!

Midcentury Credenza

Vintage Bar Cart

Midcentury Hutch

photos: Vintage Apartment

Upcycle shopping in Berkeley, CA

My crew (aka parents) and I left John to finish the cork floor installation, in search for some recycled/vintage items for various DIY projects I have been imagining in my head. We met my sis at the Ashby BART and were on our way for some upcycle/recycled shopping in Berkeley. First stop, Antiques & Modern on Adeline. If you're in search for true vintage midcentury modern furniture, this place is heaven on earth. Teak dining tables, chairs, casegoods, upholstered furniture; you name it, they have it. I scored a beautiful set of vintage brass sconces, just like one of the reproductions I have been eyeing from online searches. More to come on the sconces.

Next stop, our family's favorite candy shop: Urban Ore a gigantic (but very organized) recycling center. Everything from toilets to wood and vinyl windows and doors.

Urban Ore Recycling Center



While fun to look around, we struck out on any goods at Urban Ore.

We walked across the street to MacBeath, purveyor of exotic and domestic hardwoods. This is definitely not your typical Home Depot Lumber. I found great wood for a kids play table and reclaimed barn wood for an outdoor dining table.

Lastly, we ended our excursion with another Berkeley upcycle/recycled market: Ohmega Salvage. So many interesting vintage items, from enormous wood carving doors to historic/period lighting pieces. I bought another kids school chair to match one that I refurbished last year.


Ohmega Salvage, Berkeley


Thanks to Mom, Dad and sis for coming along for the adventure! More to come on the DIY projects...

Berkeley Salvage and Upcycle Shopping:

1. Ohmega Salvage 2407 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA 94702

2. Antiques & Modern 3017 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA 94704

3. Urban Ore Ecopark 900 Murray Street Berkeley, CA 94710

4. MacBeath (multiple locations) 930 Ashby Ave. Berkeley, CA 94710