Archive | May, 2011

SF and the Bay Urrrea!

29 May

Two Heywood Wakefield end tables for $80 each in a place called Kentfield!

$225.00 for a headboard and dresser set of Broyhill goodies in the East Bay.

$100.00 Lane Cedar chest in Los Altos.

Kent-Coffey nine drawer dresser for $110.00 in Concord.

Big ol’ BEAN for you! Oakland, $175.00.

$150.00 for this super greeny good-times sofa. $150.00 in SF.


$90.00 lamp in Willllllow Glenny-Glen Glen.

ANOTHER MR. BLUUUUE! But this time he’s $100.00 Willow Glen.

$60.00 also in Willow Glen.

$50.00 coffee table in San Rafael. With that much wanted “‘under’ storage”

$95.00 record cabinet! Shazaaaam.

$50.00 hutch in San Mateo.

$195.00 Selig table in San Rafael.

$5.00 old bathroom cabinet. Radical.

$30.00 hanging light in SF.

$35.00 in the Mission District of SF.

And last but definitely not least.. Brass arc lamp for $160.00 in “Northern California.” Wherever that may be, is wherever your arc lamp lovin’ heart may take yee.

Gettin’ it.

28 May

Teaky end table for $80.00 here in Sacramento.

Delightful swag for $175.00.

Pair of vintage end tables $100.00.

$150.00 for a blonde table set.

$150.00 for the two tables. Rad! Heywoody Wakefield!

Wood and lucite lamps for $200.00.

$50.00. It opens up in the middle and looks like a hippo.

YIKES. TWO BLACKA HAND CHAIRS! $100.00 for ’em in Carson City.

$50.00 retro tv trays! In Tracy.

Hello weekend!

27 May

81.00 for this ashtray turned planter in the mission district.


150.00 Yellow Mellow in San Francisco.
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Ceramica Botanica

26 May


I came across Ceramica Botanica whilst doing my many research crusades. I oh so very much dig the playful rain drop shapes, creative patterns, and soft colors! My bet is that Ceramica Botanica’s creations would look very good with slices of fruit (and cheese) sitting on top of their bootiful tops.


These guys would prolly look great hanging on the walls too. Ya know to add some color to your den.

$27.00 Two’s a company three’s a party raindrops. Meh? I am not really sure what that shape is but it looks cute and thass good enough for me.

Ceramica Botanica also creates vases in the same style. A lot of the designs on these plates and vases are not very far from the mid mod style we all love. Poke around that Etsy store ya’ll and see if there isnt anything that makes you turn your head real fast.

Homes, Sweet Homes: Ellen McCormick and Family

25 May

Who was nice enough to show us around: Ellen McCormick.

Lucky me, she responded to my plea for homes to feature on our blog. I’m very thankful she did, too. It was wonderful to hear about a home from an architect’s perspective.

 What they told us about their home: A gorgeous mid-century modern home built by Erling Olauson for he and his family. Erling had done mostly commercial work (i.e Sutter Memorial Hospital) and that shines through in some of the choices of materials he used on his personal home. The home is 1700 sq ft and at least 50% windows. It truly is a beauty.

Since Ellen and her family have purchased the home, they’ve replaced the flooring, electrical, done some re-landscaping and a kitchen remodel. We’re looking forward to re-featuring this home eventually to see what other wonderful things they do to bring their home back to its original beauty.

 Where is the home located: Meister Terrace, East Sacramento, California

When was the home built and when they moved in: The home was built in 1951 and they purchased the home in October 2010. They didn’t move into the home until December 2010 though, after some renovations were made.

Why they chose this home: They were looking to be in a neighborhood with good schools for their two-year old daughter. Ellen also loved the “architectural integrity” and it helped that the price was right.

Photos by Serene.

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What attracted you to MCM design?  I love the simple lines and clean, pure form design.  Also, MCM homes at their best embody passive architectural principles like usage of daylight and natural ventilation and they often blur the lines between inside and outside space – all of these are so important to me.

Favorite designers and biggest influences for your style?  The architect I admire most is Tadao Ando; the time I’ve spent in his buildings, specifically analyzing his use of light and darkness influences nearly all of my design choices.  I am also greatly influenced by the work Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Christopher Alexander and my teachers, Professors G.Z. Brown and Ron Lovinger

How do you feel about reproductions?  If the reproduction is of a lasting quality, then I am very supportive.  I think the Ikea Poang chair is a great example of taking a timeless design (Aalto’s cantilevered armchair) and making it available to a broader audience – everyone deserves good design.

Furniture wise, what do you think is something you should invest in?  I invest in furniture that is lasting, beautiful, timeless (in my opinion) and affordable for my budget.  However, I will occasionally buy something slightly out of budget because I know I won’t see the item again.

Where are your favorite places to shop for home décor?  Thrift stores, antique shops, flea markets, garage sales, salvage yards, craigslist and of course Ikea (for new stuff).  I also have an unhealthy addiction to design magazines.

What are some of your best finds? From where?  Last Friday I bought a 1950 light green steel lounge chair from Ruland’s (16th Street) for $30 – it is marked “State of California EDUCATION”, it is also numbered.  Also, a pair of hand-hammered and punched “starlight” atomic sconces from Midway Antiques for $250.

Greatest achievement in your home? Clearing out some terrible early 90’s remodel offenses.  Biggest challenge: finding a stopping point.

Future goals/projects?  A modest bed/bath addition that captures the architectural spirit of the house – it should look like it was always there and build on the passive heating and cooling aspects of the house.  More developed gardens.

Do you have any home inspiration recommendations for our readers?  Look at lots and lots magazines and books, save pictures of inspiring spaces; spend time analyzing: what is it about this image that moves me?  Lighting?  Intimacy of the space?  Vastness/openness?  Color?  Answers to these questions assist in finding design solutions for any space – regardless of budget.

Advice and last words?  Unfinished spaces hold so much beauty for me.  I enjoy spending time with unfinished projects imagining what they can be.  I like to go slow; when a project is finished I have to live with it.  Also, I like to ask everybody, regardless of background, for design advice.  I think my best design moves are informed by a wide range of input.

Thanks so much to  Ellen and her family for sharing their amazing home with us. It was such a delight to speak with someone as enthusiastic  and creatively motivated as Ellen. Thank you again! :)

If you’re interested in having your home featured on the blog, shoot me an e-mail at:

Wake up wake up.

23 May

30.00 each.


60.00 for the pair.


50.00 I’d buy that thing!!



200.00 That color!


I am not awake and I need coffee

20 May

265.00 for this intense highboy lookin’ thing in East Sacramento.

35.00 for this true blue chair in Sacramento.

50.00 in San Jose.

Scout Living Grand Opening

18 May

Remember Erin and Stefan (of Scout Living) from their wonderful home that we featured back in December? Well, they are finally opening that awesome store they talked about! We’re teaming up with them for their Grand Opening and would love for you to join us!

The details can be found at the Facebook Event Page, but if you’re at work and it is blocked, I got you covered ;):

Saturday, June 11 · 5:00pm – 9:00pm

1215 18th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


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If you haven’t heard the wonderful news, Sacramento is getting its very own Modern Design and Antiques Collective (I hear there will be tons of MCM). Yay!We are very excited to be able to help out with the grand opening party and would like to invite you to join us. It is on the Art Second Saturday of June, so mark your calendar!If you have any questions, email me at and I’ll make sure I ask the right people to get your question answered.

Hope to see you there!

San Francisco and Beyond!

13 May

$100.00 tea cart in Pally Alto.

$150.00 for this rad super lamp in the Oakland Hills.


$180.00 for this delightful end table in SF.

$200.00 in Santa Rosa.

$200.00 as well! Matchy matchy!

$125.00 tripley coney coney goodness in Oaktown.

$65.00 in Santa Rosa!

$125.00 CRAZY BAR! Check out the pictures of the inside!!

$200.00 in San Jose. Man, I really want this thing.

$30.00 folding chair! Cutesy. Redwood City.

$60.00 hanging lamp. I WANT IT! WANT.. IT.

$125.00 exam type o’ chair. SF.

$400.00 for two Case brand side chairs.

$65.00 lamp with original shade. Hooey.

$75.00 hutch here in Sacramentoads. It’s got cute little legs.

$1900.00…? Really? Suhhh… seriously?

$145.00 rattan table set. It’s got an extension leaf, yo. Here in Sac.

$35.00 end table. Is it weird, ugly, or awesome? Don’t know. I just don’t know anymore.

$80.00 for three chairs and a table. Heyo that’s a deal. Tahoe Pork.

Part one: Office Stuff

12 May

I have been offered by my boss to redecorate my shabby office. I get to paint it and everything! Naturally I am very excited to have complete creative control of such a thing (my first office WOOT WOOT). Here’s some stuff floating around Etsy that you may enjoy.

11.00 Paperwork shmaper work. No big deal till this precious lil’ clip get’s in the mix.
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