fairglen eichler block party

My love for this neighbourhood is huge.  And now that we've been here for nearly four years, the block party has become a real pleasure.  I remember going to the first and not knowing anyone.  Fast forward to this past weekend:  we've made lots of friends and even took on introducing new neighbours to others (hi Ben and Rebekah, Sudarshan and Aditi!)

Over the years attending the block party, I've found Eichler people are actually remarkably easy to talk to.  All you need to ask is how long they've been in their house and what exactly are they fixing right now.  Because there is always, always something.  Hacks for preserving original kitchens, candid exchanges about contractors, and discussions about paint choices are shared along with food and drink here.

We have a great mix of neighbours too:  lots of newcomers and plenty of original owners.  Original owners that remember the orchards of San Jose which used to surround the tract as it was just being built in the late 1950s to early 1960s.  It's great to have that connection with the history of this place.

The party itself is now in its 14th year, and is completely organized by some very energetic and dedicated volunteers.  Similar to previous years, there were food trucks, a DJ, and tables of our local makers showing off and selling their wares.  The blocked off street is our venue, with kids running wild everywhere.  The atmosphere is wonderful.

I thought I'd share a bit of our fun with you, thanks to my talented neighbours who snapped some lovely images during the event.  (That's me and my husband, David, chatting with Tom about retrofitting kitchen sliders with china cabinet hardware.)

It's a pretty great way to close out the summer.  And a great place to get ideas for next year's projects, of course.

You can find the hand-painted Eichler signs on Etsy.  And there's more about the party on the Eichler Network's CA Modern.

Photographs by Brian Strong, Steve Allen, and me

new house colours

Those who have been following here a while may recall my earlier post about The Great Home Improvement Snowball Effect.  And my ongoing experiments with colour.  We have arrived at the culmination of the two.

I give you: our new exterior.

eichler exterior via dearhouseiloveyou.com

eichler exterior via dearhouseiloveyou.com

eichler exterior via dearhouseiloveyou.com

eichler exterior via dearhouseiloveyou.com

This started off very innocently when we looked at our siding in the front and noted that it was getting pretty soft.  We opted to replace it, and while we were at it, switch things up to satisfy my desire for a brighter look.  Which meant repainting the entire house.

We had professional painters do the work, so it happened all at once without a lot of time to change my mind a hundred times before settling.  Our guy, Mike Moody, has been super about helping pick colours and finishes, and his team is really respectful of the house as they work.  They replaced our siding, sanded everything down to bare wood, and primed like crazy.  I can't recommend him highly enough.

The feel of the house is so different with the white beams.  Super bright and airy.  We kept the trim and posts darker to keep some emphasis on the post and beam construction.  I am still scheming to restore all of our tongue-and-groove ceilings to the original bare redwood someday.  If I ever manage that, we'll have the white beams pop against the redwood.  I can dream.

The door is now a very bold yellow.

eichler atrium via dearhouseiloveyou.com

eichler atrium via dearhouseiloveyou.com

The bench in the atrium got a mini-makeover too.  Winston approves.

cinderblock bench via dearhouseiloveyou.com

I might be toning that blue and yellow combination down now that I've lived with it for a few days.  The gray and white, however, we are loving.  The house looks so crisp and new.

Here's what we used:
  • Door:  Valspar 'Gold Zinger' VR012A
  • Siding:  Benjamin Moore 'Kendall Charcoal' HC-166
  • Accent:  Benjamin Moore 'Secret' AF-710
  • White:  Benjamin Moore 'Snowfall White' OC-118

Did I mention it's bright? Yup.

eichler atrium via dearhouseiloveyou.com

We're getting the interior done this week.  Just ceilings and trim, so I can give myself ALL the time I need to select wall colours.

In the meantime, please help yourself to my album of bonus pictures on Flickr (including siding replacement process shots, details of Mike's work, and importantly, more cute pics of my dog.)

What do you think?  I'd love to hear.

All photos by Karolina Buchner

our eichler by night

Big things are happening over here.  Last week, I grabbed my camera one evening to take some pictures of our place after dark.   To capture the calm before the storm, if you will.


eichler living room at night



We're in the process of having our house repainted and I am suuuuuper excited.  One huge change is that the beams are going to be white (eek!)  I think I'll miss them, and am telling myself I can always paint them back in case of crushing regret.  And there's no time like the present to try new things.

So, I'm considering this post as a send-off to our current colours.  They've been very cozy and warm, and now it's time to brighten things up.

I realize I've been a bad blogger lately, but yes, yes, I promise I'll be back with more once the work is done.  You'll be pleased to know that our house is currently sporting an African mud cloth pattern, with random white stripes of primer over the old dark brown.  Everywhere.  Maybe I'll save a process shot or two.

All photos by Karolina Buchner

living wall update

living wall

Hi friends, just a quickie here.  I recently hosted a night of crafting for a couple of close friends, during which this picture was oh so surreptitiously snapped.

That's our living wall, which we love very much.  Looking at this picture, I realized just how much it has filled in and spread out in the last year.

Here's the wall when we first installed it last August:

living wall

Nuts, right?  Those plants were teeny tiny!  I love the crazy, drape-y growth we have going now.

So yes, it's still attached to our house, it's still alive, and we're all still very happy together.  If you're interested in details of our installation, check out my post all about it.

That's all for now.  I'm having a busy summer, in all kinds of good ways.  You?

Top photo courtesy of Miss Jennie Oh

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