Introducing Willow Glen Way

Introducing Willow Glen Way

Yes, I know. We said we were taking a break.

But we couldn't resist this little gem.

Lance and I have walked by this house for years. Once in awhile we'd see an older man come in and out in his 70's Cadillac. We would always talk about what elements were salvagable and what we'd do if it were ours. 

Our Mid-Century Modern Flip

Our Mid-Century Modern Flip

There's no doubt that the best part of house flipping are the BEFORE & AFTERS. 

There is something so satisfying about seeing the BEFORE & AFTER comparisons, especially if it's been shot from the same angle. After doing a few homes and making the mistake of not shooting the correct angles, I've learned my lesson. This time, we did a better job of anticipating the most profound design changes. The only ones which aren't represented are the areas that were completed gutted and reconfigured.

Please join us to see what we did to bring this amazing house to life.

Dark Walls. Dark Rooms.

Dark Walls. Dark Rooms.

I find myself drooling over these magnificent, dark rooms in magazines and on Pinterest. But I am sort of intimidated to do it. My own house is all bright white (White Dove to be specific). So, with the exception of my Teal Pool Bathroom, there's nowhere to do it. 

And, since we've been flipping homes, I've tried to stay on the safe side, design-wise, wanting to make choices that are interesting, but appeal to a larger audience. 

But things are changing!

Weaver Bathroom Plans

Weaver Bathroom Plans

It's been a busy time at Weaver. In the last 2 weeks, drywall went up, windows were installed, exterior siding finished. Which means what? 

We're ready for tile!

This is the largest house we've done. And with the addition of the new full bath in the checkerboard bathroom, we're up to 3 bathrooms to do! That's a lot of design decisions. And heaps and heaps of tile. 

Reclaimed wood is re-cool

Reclaimed wood is re-cool

I THOUGHT THE WHOLE RECLAIMED WOOD THING WAS A TREND. COMING TO AN END. 

However, a small, creative shop in Willow Glen, Studio Terra Amico, is making me and others question that fact. I mean, really. Not only do they have a rad store front (featured below) but they have also done design for some of the most notable restaurants in the area, Orchard City Kitchen and The Table, to name a few. And now we can add Google to their roster. They are designing items and spaces for them up and down the peninsula!

Mid-Century Modern 101

Mid-Century Modern 101

Well, it looks like the Mid-Century Modern craze is here to stay. 

Mid-Century Modern. That term is slung around a lot and I'm realizing that most people aren't exactly clear what it means. I can't say I'm an expert but we are about to embark on a big Mid Century project. So, I thought it was an appropriate time to share what I know and educate ourselves at the same time.

What is Mid Century Modern?

"Midcentury modern" itself is a difficult term to define. It broadly describes architecture,...

Our New Mid-Century Modern Project

Our New Mid-Century Modern Project

I'd like to introduce to you...Weaver Drive, Our latest project

As I said on the website (if anyone saw it), this wasn't in the plans. Our latest project, Lincoln Avenue, exhausted both of us on many levels. So we had made a commitment to each other that we wouldn't take on a project that couldn't be completed in 4-5 months. 

Apparently, this gem had fallen out of contract with a developer and hadn't gone back on yet. Our agent and good friend, Darcey Arena, asked Lance to go see it. Shortly after, Lance says to me, "I need to talk to you about something and I'm a little nervous". He's never nervous so I got nervous. He said, "I found a house but it doesn't fit into the plan. But before you freak out, let me just say this: It has three things you love:...

New Trend: Organic Sinks

New Trend: Organic Sinks

We had the privilege and honor of living in the town of San Miguel de Allende and experiencing it's magic. This was 10 years ago. And I can only count backwards that fast because my baby, who was born there, is now 9. 

This was 2007, before the massive market decline in 2008, and everyone was riding high. Real estate was on fire down here as people were trying to capitalize on all the ex-pats and wealthy, artistic types looking for a vacation home in Mexico. An opportunity presented itself to buy a piece of land and build a home from the ground up. So I jumped at it. Here's the project.

But I digress. This post is about organic sinks. So I wanted to start by...

Ode to Gray

Ode to Gray

Gray and I have spent a great deal of time together lately.

We recently completed a project where we used a lot of gray. Like, almost the whole house. We've had so many questions about the colors we used so I thought it was high time to share some of our experience with our new friend, Gray.