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An Eichler home tour is an excellent opportunity for both owners and enthusiasts to see examples of different models, and the improvements and renovations made by the owners kind enough to let us view their homes. 

The San Mateo Highland Eichler home tour is coming this May 3rd & 4th from 10AM to 3PM featuring 10 homes, a restored vintage Airstream trailer, a historical documentary of the Highlands neighborhood, the film "People
in Glass Houses" (featuring my neighbors Scott and Mona), vintage cars, limited edition commemorative poster (see below), 9 midcentury modern artists, and much more.

The cost for the tour is $55 for a single day and $100 for the weekend.  Lunch is also available for an additional $12 or you can bring your own.  Reservations and additional information are available via www.eichlerhometour.org, and I’d recommend you make them sooner than later because space is limited. 

Enjoy the tour, and I hope to see you there!

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Mark Your Calendars!  July 27th is the date for the annual Greenridge neighborhood garage sale featuring over 50 homes.  Keep in mind that a lot of people who live on the hill have been her since the 60’s, so you never know what treasures you might find besides the goodies you didn’t even know you needed.  Sale begins at 9:00 and goes until around 4:00

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What a difference a door makes…

I want to start this post by saying that I have a massive respect for the integrity of the Eichler home and love properties in original condition.  However, I am also practical and realize that a home needs to accommodate life in the 21st as well as the fact that things just wear out over time. 

I’ve noticed 2 distinct styles of closet doors in the Greenridge neighborhood that I believe define a natural progression in Eichler evolution.  The homes built first in from 1960 to 1962 tend to have the tri-panel doors with a wicker or straw like material with wood trim.  While the homes built later in 1963 (mostly non-flat roof home) have a single burlap panel with metal trim and rails.

When our home had the floors redone, the previous owners neglected to reattach the guide rails so the doors hung flimsily and awkwardly.  They also were the victims of the owners before them having teenage boys full of angst and unfortunately taking puberty out on the doors.  If you look closely, you will notice what appears to be a punch mark.  The condition of the doors made us decide to put in new doors and we had an idea that we thought would be respectful to the Eichler home.

Being in real estate, I’m fortunate to see a lot of homes and benchmark ideas about remodeling.  Recently, I came across some closet doors from the sliding door company that I thought would be perfect for an Eichler home and anyone considering an upgrade or sensible remodel.  As you can see by the photos, they add a dramatic difference, yet compliment the original design with a clean and precise aesthetic.  Andria and I couldn’t be happier and feel strongly about adding value to our property.  Please visit www.theslidingdoorco.com for more information, ideas, and styles. 

Before & after photos:

















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Ray Eames exhibit in Sacramento

A new year-long exhibit opens tomorrow (February 23) at The California Museum in Sacramento, devoted to Ray Eames, the understated (and often misidentified) wife in the famous duo with husband and partner Charles. Celebrating her centennial, "Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design" will not only chronicle the well-known Eames collaborative body of work, but also showcase new information about her early life as a Sacramento native and her art & work prior to meeting Charles. It should prove to be well worth a day trip up the 80 to learn more about this groundbreaking local woman who exuded such an enormous influence on mid-century modern design and beyond.


The California Museum is located just a block from the State Capitol at Archives Plaza; they are closed Mondays and be sure to check the site for specific hours and Holiday schedules.  Admission is a mere $8.50 for adults with discounts for youth & seniors (and members, or course).  For more information, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/ray-eames-0


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Eames, Eames everywhere


If you missed the debut of American Masters - Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect & The Painter on PBS tonight, you can look for the reruns (through Dec 27) on KQED on this page - or go see it in the cinema at The Balboa in the City this week for a very limited run.

Also, in the event you find yourself down in Southern California over the Holidays or early next year, there are a few Eames exhibits to check out:

* "Eames Designs: The Guest-Host Relationship" at the A&D Architecture and Design Museum through January 16, explores the designers' work, process and philosophy.

* "The Evolution of the Eames House Living Room" will transport their living room to LACMA until mid-April, with staging to demonstrate the evolution of the space.

* The Eames House itself is available for visits, though you must book in advance.  Details & contact info are on the page above about the Living Room exhibit.


Lastly, a short video from rapper Ice Cube (who studied Architectural drafting back in the day) paying tribute to the Eames'.




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San Francisco AIA Home Tour Features Gorgeous Moderns

They may not be Eichlers, but there will be 10 stunning modern homes available to tour September 17 & 18 in the city at this year's American Institute of Architects Home tour.

General admission tickets are $85 (discounts available for AIA members, students, some teachers & bicyclists!) and include a cocktail reception on the 17th.  Tickets & full discount details here:  http://2011aiasfhometours.eventbrite.com/


View the full list of homes and learn more about the program here:  http://www.aiasf.org/Programs/Public_Programs/Home_Tours/Fall_homes.htm


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Congratulations to our Greenridge neighbors Mark Yin & Sharon Young, who are being honored by the Hayward Area Historical Society for the beautiful, period-appropriate renovations they completed on their Eichler!


They'll be feted at Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward on Friday, April 29 at the 12th Annual History Awards Gala, which is open to the public. To buy tickets or request an invitation, contact Development Director Alison Wenz at 510-581-0223 or email her at alison@haywardareahistory.org.


Thanks to both Sylvia Tedesco & Kristi Bascom (our new HOA Zoning Director!) for bringing this story to our attention - click here to read the full piece in the CV Patch.

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Just thought I'd share this great retro-modern style video intro for local SF artist Brian Barneclo's latest and most ambitious work, Systems Mural Project being planned down by the Caltrain station in San Francisco. I've written about his work before, which fits perfectly into the whole MCM/ Eichler aesthetic (he sells prints if you're interested). Enjoy!

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We know everyone loves a peek into some lovely examples of mid-century modern homes. The first-ever Sacramento MCM home tour will take place on Saturday, June 26 and features over 20 beautiful examples of some of the best that our state capital has to offer. I'm hoping some of those fantastic river-side Strengs are part of the mix. Tickets are now on sale for $20 each - more info and some sneak peeks of houses on the tour are here. The event is being organized by our friends over at Eichlerific, who've sent a few folks our way here at GreenridgeCV!

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DWR Warehouse Sale - THIS WEEKEND

I'm not quite sure why I'm on the Design Within Reach email list for events when they neglect to send notification about the one we care about: the famed DWR warehouse sale! Just heard that it's happening this weekend, March 27 & 28, in the Potrero Hill warehouse which is adjacent to their PotHill store on the corner Potrero @ Alameda in the City. Hours are brief: 10a-4p today, and 11a-3p tomorrow.

We went to the last warehouse sale 2 years ago at Fort Mason, and found many incredible deals at 30-70% off on great modern furniture (including a George Nelson bench which was damaged but fixable) - definitely worth a look. Full details are here. Thanks to the San Filippos for the heads-up on this one.

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Classic George Nelson bench... of Legos!

This is pretty incredible. Someone has built the familiar George Nelson bench (retail about $700 depending on what size you get) out of LEGO plastic toy blocks. And it looks great!

Although initially this project was prompted by the cost of the bench, the Legos ended up costing a few hundred dollars, too, and the final product is not sturdy enough to sit on, but is obviously much more of a whimsical conversation piece! Thanks to Craft Magazine for the heads-up - read the whole story here.

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The Wright auction house of Chicago, which specializes in modern design, is holding an Eames Auction April 8, featuring not only many of the classic chairs, room dividers and shelving units, but also more esoteric items including photos, items from their offices, fabric, splints used for manufacturing, speakers and radios! Definitely worth a visit to the site (get out the droolrag!), and if you're so inclined, bids can be made remotely via email and phone as well as in person. Or you can pre-order a catalogue for $30 and keep these lovely pictures at the ready.

Main auction page with links to purchase catalogue, view lots, get details, etc.

Or beeline to view all the items. (Pictured below is a Charles Eames/ Eero Saarinen modular storage bench.)

Thanks to our friend Atomic Indy for the heads-up.

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Authentic Artichoke Lamps at 25% off

Something to check out (or continue to covet as we have for years!): a designer in Utah has a handful of these stunning showpieces, authentic Poul Henningsen-designed artichoke lamps in 2 sizes, brand new and still in their original crates, which they are offering at 25% off retail. Unfortunately that's still about $10k each, but just look at the savings! :) And imagine how it would look in the center of your A-frame as people walk into the atrium...

Details are here.
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Curbly dubs January "Mid-Century Modern Month"

Curbly.com is starting out 2010 right, by dubbing January "Mid-Century Modern Month" and gathering posts on home decor, architecture, crafts and the like under that theme. To be honest, they're also promoting their new book, "Make It! Mid-Century Modern" which is available on the site. More details, links to their articles & to buy the book are all here. Enjoy!
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Excellent summary of MCM furniture stores in the Bay Area

You know, often it takes a fresh pair of eyes (and of course motivation) to show you what's right in your backyard. Our friend Baz over at AtomicIndy (yes, as in Indianapolis) visited the Bay Area over Labor Day weekend, and created a wonderful overview of the best furniture stores for Mid-Century Modern tastes both in SF & here in the East Bay including lots of photos and a good sense of what you can expect to find. A huge range of prices, vintage pieces to brand new Danish modern, plumbing fixtures to fabrics, chairs to consoles, nearly everything you need to furnish your home is represented. Let's go shopping!
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