Where have I been? The blog took a hiatus in December, so now it’s time to start tracking the projects again – we’re off to a running start in 2011. This 1959 building left alone for a few decades is now waking up. [nice blaring parking sign, and unpainted vents etc] Here’s a quick recap of the facade up to now: I was inspired by a photo to try a green & brown earthy color scheme at the front, but we never loved the brown. The Eichler color chart is mostly earthtones – though this is clearly far from an Eichler, not even a Likeler! The tiled area to the lower right was intended to be a material ‘accent’, and after many suggestions were scratched from my list we settled on the 8×16 ceramic tile in ‘lavagna mood’, a purple-grey from Ceramic Tile Design. Once the tile went in it was apparent that the brown had to go, so we matched the garage area in paint, just going up yesterday. I drew this simple steel planter to fill in some of the corners a the facade, and eliminated the red brick planter. The steps to the front door will be tiled soon. The interior is almost finished – Lots of shapes in the light fixtures – the George Nelson Cigar bubble lamp, a flying saucer-shaped pendant from PLC, and cylinder pendants at the kitchen. Details left to do, including a dark outlet plate @ the peninsula! [alas, we had to go with a track for the kitchen pendants due the steel beam in the ceiling…]Walnut kitchen from City Cabinetmakers, 2×12 tile from Heath Ceramics…triangle tiles from Heath Ceramics behind the double-wide sink… & the drought-resistant garden seen from the new first floor bedroom. More to come!