San Mateo Highlands Eichler Tour 2014 - Iconic design

We're so painfully behind on posts due to the kitchen/house renovation [consuming our lives]. Getting caught up on some of our favorite photos from the San Mateo Eichler Tour. This house was a favorite, with many iconic original furniture pieces and decor, and a welcoming modern outdoor space, seen from the back window wall of the house.

San Mateo Eichler

Eames Fiberglass Chairs

Modern concrete bench with Heath Ceramic Tile

Mini Outdoor Studio

EIchler Modern Landscaping

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)



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





Williamsburg Flea

2013-06-16 15.24.09 We took a break from carpet pulling, cork installation and painting to take a family trip to New York City and attend a beautiful wedding. We spent one afternoon at the Williamsburg Flea Market and it did not disappoint. Great vendors with a ton of vintage and midcentury pieces, along with fantastic artists and collectors. If only I could have fit some furniture into my carry-on...

Finds from the Brooklyn Flea

Vintage Bleacher Table

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