Progress in the Master Bedroom

Before & in progress Master Bedroom

My mother-in-law flew out painted all of our bedrooms before we moved in. 3 rooms in 3 days. I don't know how her arms didn't fall off, but all three bedrooms look amazing. We're so grateful for her help. This room is Magnetic Gray, Baer Ultra N500-5.

We bought our first real set of bedroom furniture from West Elm. Our closet is 1/4 the size of our last house, so I wanted a bed with additonal storage. The Nash collection in teak has four large drawers that open under the night stands.

We just ordered a custom rug from Flor Store so I'll post pictures when that arrives.
We have a Living Spaces near us that I love shopping at. We picked out this fabric for the Gretchen Accent Chair. Now my throw pillows have somewhere off the floor to live when we're sleeping.

We still need to find a new fan/light fixture to replace the Tommy Bahama looking one we removed.

Interior: Realtors Tour

Welcome to my house. Before we moved in, I created these floor plans with Autodesk's Homestyler to get ideas of how we'd like to decorate and renovate our house. The software has a cool 3D tour feature where you can see your designs come to life. You can see mine here.

The galley kitchen has great appliances, huge skylight, blue granite countertops and an interesting floor which seems to be a mosiac of granite offcuts.

The clubhouse has an incredible vaulted ceiling with 2 skylights and a bar that is almost as big as the kitchen.

The dining room and living room combo have another great skylight, original refinished hardwood floors, slate tile wall and a blue granite mantel. The face of the fireplace has a green stone I'm not familiar with.
The master bedroom has a cozy attached bathroom.
Bedroom 1 is on the left, bedroom 2 on the right.

The bathroom features more blue granite and very 50's tile, tub and surround.

The first thing we did was paint. I'll post those pictures soon.

Help! What to paint the kitchen?

With all of the work we have to do on the house and it's going to be a few years before we can remodel the kitchen. My mom volunteered to paint the cabinets for us, but I'm struggling with what color. Do we go bright and bold or boring and grey? The counters are a bizarre navy blue and muddy white granite mix. We need to decide by Saturday. What would you do if you were stuck with this kitchen for 3-5 years?

Joseph Eichler

Developer Joseph Eichler and his Eichler Homes, Inc. built nearly 11,000 single-family homes in California, beginning in the late 1940s. In Northern California, they can be found in areas in and around Marin county, the East Bay, San Mateo county, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Three small communities of Eichlers in Southern California stand in Orange, Thousand Oaks, and Granada Hills. In addition, there are three Eichler-built residences in New York state. Together these thousands of "Eichlers" reflect the beauty and uniqueness of the Eichler design and the integrity and daring of the builder behind it. Fifty years later, the house that Joe built endures as a marvelous legacy.

By the mid-1940s, Joseph Eichler had become intrigued by modernist design and in particular one of the creations of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who had designed the Bazett house (Hillsborough, California), a rented home for Eichler during World War II. Triggered by Wright's inspiration, Eichler began to fashion a vision short on home-building acumen, yet long on modernist aesthetics and his own iron will. Beginning in 1949, when it was still uncommon to find merchant builders engaged with architects, Eichler became engrossed with building communities of homes characterized by both flair and affordability.

Aligning himself with a stable of progressive, empathic architects—first the San Francisco firm of Anshen & Allen, then Jones & Emmons, later Claude Oakland—Eichler realized his dream, styled with imagination. As regional architecture designed for the Bay Area's benign climate, their house designs befuddled the traditional masses—emphasizing boldness, change, and optimism through indoor-outdoor living, walls of glass, atriums, and radiant-heat floors.

Joseph Eichler passed away in 1974 at age 73. Now, 35 years later, when it comes to painting a picture of Joe Eichler, his family and peers remain clear about what he stood for and what made him tick.

One side of Eichler was a relentless go-getter who knew what he wanted, how to get to it, and how to get around the roadblocks and even his own shortcomings. "Before and even after 1947," recalled Joe's son, Ned Eichler, "my father never held a hammer, a saw, or a wrench in his hand. Still, he became a master builder."

Another side of Eichler's character was his enormous charm, wonderful humor, and absolute honesty. He refused to be swayed by associates who saw greater profits in design shortcuts and inferior materials. "By making construction easier and less costly," added Ned, "the architectural principles my father had come to hold dear would have been violated."

A strong proponent of fair housing and deeply opposed to racial discrimination, the liberal Eichler was the first large, tract builder to sell to minorities, and even built a home on his own lot for an NAACP leader. Joe resigned from the National Association of Home Builders in 1958 in protest of racial discrimination policies and, according to reports from long-time Eichler owners, offered to buy back homes from those who had trouble accepting their neighbors.

"If, as you claim, this will destroy property values," Joe once told some disgruntled Eichler owners, "I could lose millions...You should be ashamed of yourselves for wasting your time and mine with such pettiness."

Okay, it's not a real Eichler

It may not be a real Eichler, but it's ours and we love it. The house was built in 1954 and has a couple of additions that make it 1,613 sq ft, 3 bedroom and 2 baths. The house was extremely well maintained by the previous owners. They created gorgeous gardens that mirror Eichler's values of bringing the beauty of nature inside. Follow along as we remodel this mid century modern house and turn it into the modern home of our dreams.