Tuesday, January 26, 2010

eichlers in the midst

The winter issue of Atomic Ranch arrived just in time for our holiday flight down to LA. Much to our surprise there was a feature about an Eichler house in Thousand Oaks- my hometown. I knew LA had pockets of these “California Modern” mid-centuries, but little did I know they were right in my backyard this whole time.

Joseph Eichler (1900–1974) was one of the only post-war developers to build modern homes aimed at the masses. Between 1949 and 1974, he partnered with some of the most progressive architects (including Anshen + Allen, A. Quincy Jones, Claude Oakland and Raphael Soriano) to build more than 11,000 modernist homes. Key Eichler characteristics include open floor plans and floor-to-ceiling glass which help blur the line between indoor and outdoor living. The resurgence of mid-century architecture and the Eichler cult following has pushed average prices into the 800s. They frequently appear in advertising and film.

We quickly pieced together the location and headed down for our architecture fieldtrip. Most of the homes are in great shape. You can certainly tell which owners know they have an Eichler on their hands. Here are some of our favorites and the full gallery. Supposedly there are about 100 of these homes in the Thousand Oaks area. I hope to find the rest on our next visit.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

real simple weddings feature

A year and change later we are still basking in the awesomeness of our wedding day. Hot off press- Real Simple Weddings 2010. We are honored to have been selected for the annual wedding publication and even more amazed that Real Simple is on the masthead. A million thank you's to Belathée for their beautiful work and the once in a lifetime opportunity.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

reusable bulleits

We love Bulleit Bourbon. It's not only a tasty whiskey, but the bottle + label meet our lofty design standards. Rather than recycle each bottle once the tasty contents have been vanquished, we try to find other household uses for the glass. So far we're using them as water carafes and mouthwash bottles (it is alcohol after all).

*Cork included.