Campbell Home Tour, Downstairs

With the Campbell condo in contract now, it seems as good a time as ever to finally share a home tour of it. We've always been very private about sharing pictures of our home online in the past, but considering that the MLS listing had a bunch of more photos, sharing a few of our own favorite personal photos seems harmless now. Plus, it'll be good for me to have a retrievable record of the furniture arrangement and other design details, should I ever want to refer to them!

The Campbell condo was pretty large for an average condo, and always felt a lot more like a house than a condo… possibly because the architect was the careful about placing windows on all four sides of the condo, allowing light to always stream into the home as well as to give different vantage points. The space inside allowed us to play with a multitude of room layouts as well as functions. Some rooms instantly worked out function-wise, and some rooms I always felt didn't reach their full potential… but all in all the amount of space we had here was a blessing, and we will really miss this place as well as the city of Campbell.

Speaking of which, for those of you that aren't familiar with Campbell, it is a wonderful small city in the Santa Clara County of California. We lived in the historic downtown, pretty much right next to the historic Campbell water tower. The downtown itself is smallish but very vibrant, with lots of activities like the year-round Farmer's Market every Sunday, monthly art festivals, and multiple family events throughout the year. The main street is also home to many great restaurants (we're going to miss La Pizzeria more than they'll ever know!) and small retail shops. 

So lets get on with the home tour now, starting with the main level of the condo…

Above is the landing area that greeted your upon entering. Standing at the front doorway, to the left would have been the landing space as well as the stairway to the top floor of the condo, and towards the right would be the kitchen. Beyond the kitchen was the dining room, seen below…

Closeup of ceramics and pottery display behind the dining table

Closeup of ceramics and pottery display behind the dining table

Past the dining room was the living room, seen below, and it was easily my favorite space in the entire condo (that is probably why I have so many photos of it – even though we very rarely actually spent time in the living room, it was pretty to look at daily). The amount of light that flooded this area was magnificent, and the high ceiling here made the space instantly welcoming. The one regret I have is that I never found the right piece of art to display on the long gray wall behind the television. Once I painted the wall gray I instantly wanted to paint a very wide abstract painting to place there, but I never got around to it; the wall stayed bare the entire nearly 6 years we lived there.

Large 6x6 foot print of Misfit McQueen

Large 6x6 foot print of Misfit McQueen

Aside from the rooms picture above, the main level of the condo also had a guest room and a bathroom… neither of which ever photographed spectacularly well, so I'l skip them. The main level of the Campbell condo was a great space for entertaining, and although we didn't use it as often as we would have liked, we certainly will miss it.

Bye bye condo, you were a great place

Bye bye condo, you were a great place

Vintage Shop Score!

We have been trying as best as possible to get out whenever we have a chance and explore different areas around our temporary apartment as well as near the Fairmount house. Today we decided to branch out a bit more and check out some of the offerings around Beaverton, which is about 25 minutes away from the house by car. Specifically we wanted to check out a vintage video game store, Retro Game Trader, but it turns out there are a couple of general vintage store nearby there that we could check out along the way.

While in one of the other vintage stores this large white globe caught my attention from the corner of my eye. I walked over to what looked like a Kartell FL/Y pendant light, and then did a quick double take when I saw the price tag – $45! I had recently been doing some online window-shopping for pendant and chandelier options to hang in the Fairmount house, and the FL/Y was one of the options the we liked, so the price was sort of still fresh on my mind: about $350 for the medium size.

I quickly inquired to take a closer look and verify whether it was actually the real thing or if it was a similarly styled light. Turns out it was a genuine FL/Y light! The store also had an attractive translucent orange/amber colored model, but alas that one was covered in some deep and noticeable scratches upon close inspection. Such a shame too, the color was gorgeous and the way the transparency played with the light was amazing. I still probably would have preferred the opaque white version nonetheless, though, since it would match the house better.

FLY Pendant 1.jpg

Now to find a spot for it somewhere in the Fairmount house… It would look great in the dining room. We're planning to switch to a round shaped table with a black finish, so the light would look beautiful floating above it – plus the living room will be getting a Moooi Random Light, so the shape of the FL/Y light can play off of that light since the two will be near each other. Alternatively it could maybe go in the family room, perhaps floating low over our round coffee table.

The color and shape of the dome remind me a lot of the 2002 Apple iMac G4, the version with the adjustable display that resembled the Luxo lamp. 

That was one of my favorite iMac designs (C'mon! The CD drive stuck out like a tongue! What's not to love?!), and in a similar vintage shopping story, I have a working unit that I found a couple years ago at a salvage shop for just $30. Whatever room the FL/Y light ends up I will need to be sure to place my old iMac in the same room so that they can keep each other company. Fingers crossed that the FL/Y light actually still functions, though! 

The tile decision!

It took a while (the original post was back in February!), but we did end up making a decision on what tile to use for the guest bathroom as well as what layout to go with. Quick recap, we wanted to give a good nod to Beetlejuice in this room, but didn't want it to feel overly themed. So in the end we opted to reference the iconic black and white scheme that comes to mind with the movie, while referencing a more mature mid-century modern aesthetic for the patterning of the tile layout. 

Clé Tile — Slant 8x8 tile

Clé Tile — Slant 8x8 tile

Clé Tile — Solid 8x8 tile

Clé Tile — Solid 8x8 tile

Above are the two tile styles that we are going to be using. The first is a split black and white, and the second will be used in full black as well as full white. As noted in the original post, these are concrete tiles made by Clé Tile

Alexander Girard Checker Split

Alexander Girard Checker Split

For the layout we looked to the amazing collection of patterns created by Alexander Girard, in particular the Check Split pattern above. It is wild enough to make an impact, while at the same time also giving us that Beetlejuice reference we love so much. Below are some mockups of the tile layout, with and without bathroom elements. We're super excited to see this completed and up on the wall hopefully real soon!

Tile C Situ 1
Alexander Girard Checker Split.jpg
Oh. Hello there, again.

*Mic tap.* Well, its been a while since that last post hasn't it? Life got a bit busy as multiple events all spun up simultaneously. We had a lot of planning to get through for the Fairmount home renovation (we're super excited to be working with Hammer & Hand and Thesis Studio!), preparing our Campbell home to go onto the market, tying up details with our jobs as we transitioned to remote workers, and securing a temporary apartment in Portland to live in while the renovation progresses and completes by end of year in the Fairmount house. Whew, its enough to make anyone's head spin! To top it off, the Campbell home went on the market just a few days ago, and we're hoping to make a sale soon. *Fingers & legs crossed.*

We managed our way through all of that, however, and got ourselves up to Portland a couple weeks ago. We had gone back and forth on how to get up here, weighing our options between flying and driving. Each had plenty of cons... flying meant a lot of prep work to get things ready for the movers and also dealing with the cats flying for the first time (our eldest cat, Bigfoot, has given us some health scare in recent years so we considered flying with plenty of caution), and driving of course meant a very long drive with two emotional cats. In the end we chose to drive. It was a lovely drive with plenty of beautiful scenery along the way, but I wholeheartedly recommend not ever attempting it with two cats on board!

We've taken some time and have finally sort of settled into our temporary home for the next few months, and I am trying very hard to not think about how we will have to be packing and moving all over again in about 5 months time. In the meantime, we're enjoying the surrounding area near the temporary apartment and trying to get to know more of the hidden gems throughout the city. 

Thanks for wise advice, Panda Express fortune cookie!

Thanks for wise advice, Panda Express fortune cookie!

Tiles, Tiles, Tiles

We've got tiles on the mind at the moment, as we've been thinking a lot about the Fairmount bathroom renovations. In specific, the guest bathroom. We're trying to inject bits of Beetlejuice inspirations throughout the redesign, in some cases we're trying to be subtle and in other cases we're opting to go bold. In the case of the guest bathroom, we're thinking of going very bold, and in true Beetlejuice fashion we're opting for intense black and white lines!

(A) Clé Tile — Zenith 8x8 tile

(A) Clé Tile — Zenith 8x8 tile

(B) Clé Tile — Industrial Milan 8x8 tile

(B) Clé Tile — Industrial Milan 8x8 tile

Above are the two tiles that we're liking a lot at the moment. They're both concrete tiles made by Clé Tile. We are thinking of applying one of these tiles on one side of the bathroom as an accent wall, and covering the rest of the space with black hexagon or round penny tiles. So considering that the majority of the room will be rather monochromatic, we feel okay with the intensity of the accent wall tiles. And being that these are concrete tiles. they will patina over time, as well as each tile having slight variations that should add to the interest across the entire wall.

Tile A in situ, 1

Tile A in situ, 1

Tile A in situ, 2

Tile A in situ, 2

The first tile is interesting because it allows for many fun maze-like constructions depending on how you rotate the tiles. You very well could make a more typical pattern by consistently rotating the tiles in sets, as shown in the first image above, but I think it is much more fun to rotate them more randomly which will result in a more realistic maze pattern as seen in the second image. 

Come on, admit it… you were thinking about solving the maze too!

Come on, admit it… you were thinking about solving the maze too!

And I just had to take a stab at solving the maze… I mean, come on, of course I had to! Part of me thinks it would be fun to leave markers in the bathroom and allow guests to try and solve the maze, but then I look at the price of the tiles and immediately return to my senses!

Tile A in situ, 1

Tile A in situ, 1

Tile B in situ, 2

Tile B in situ, 2

Tile B in situ, 3

Tile B in situ, 3

The second tile is a much simpler and more traditional striped pattern, but it still offers a lot of interesting possibilities for pattern making. With the Beetlejuice theme in mind, of course we would have to consider a simple diagonal stripe pattern by offsetting the tiles vertically as seen in the first image above. The second image is a little more herringbone-like while still retaining a little bit of that Beetlejuiciness. The third, however, is probably the most bold of all the patterns we tried… but it is so attractive! Perhaps it is a little better in smaller doses, though, like a backsplash? Decisions, decisions…