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2017: Year in Review

2017: Year in Review

This past year was about turning the page. If you’ve followed our blog, you’re aware that we recently moved. This was a MAJOR move for us. What some of you may not know is that we had a house in Sacramento and an apartment in San Jose that Mel lived in during the week for work. This move included moving out of both homes, moving out of Midway, selling a house, and buying a house. All of this happened in less than 4 months. For our year in review, we’d like to focus on key events related to our move and cover some of the fun stuff we were able to squeeze in.

Sold 1959 Ranch

People would often say to us that they would hate to be us if we ever moved. Mel and I have been collectors our whole marriage (13 years this coming Feb) and we’ve amassed quite a collection of vintage home decor. To be honest, we probably would have moved sooner if the idea of moving wasn’t so daunting. We began packing in mid-July, and the house hit the market on August 20, 2017. The house went pending a week later on the first day of our open house. We accepted a contingency offer over asking, and the house closed on October 3, 2017.

Here are a few shots before and after we packed the rooms up.

Closed our Showroom 

Once we started packing, the next thing we did was begin liquidating our inventory in our showroom at Midway Antique Mall. We became dealers at Midway in August of 2013. Coincidentally, we closed our showroom almost exactly 4 years later this past August, 2017. Here are some photos of how our showroom evolved over the years.

Moved out of San Jose Pad

In our San Jose pad, we were able to decorate outside our usual atomic fifties style. This was a fun change. Luckily, we were able to keep a lot of this collection. We’re creating a music listening room in one of the bedrooms in our new house, and we’re decorating with a lot of these pieces. Below are some photos of our pad before we moved out.

Photo Shoots

We squeezed in a few photo shoots before we started moving. Our house in Sacramento was decorated in fifties atomic and tiki, while our San Jose apartment was decorated in a more space age, mod style. Below are some photos from shoots that occurred at both locations.

Location: Sacramento Atomic Fifties Ranch

Sadie LaSalle

Publication: Pinup Kulture Magazine, Photographer: Feathered Flash Photography, MUAH: Heather Elizabeth Camacho, Model: Sadie LaSalle

Sadie LaSalle

Publication: Pinup Kulture Magazine, Photographer: Feathered Flash Photography, MUAH: Heather Elizabeth Camacho, Model: Sadie LaSalle

Location: San Jose Mod Pad

Bo Vixxen

Photographer & MUAH: Marilee Caruso, Model: Bo Vixxen

Bo Vixxen

Photographer & MUAH: Marilee Caruso, Model: Bo Vixxen

Kitti Von Paige

Publication: Delicious Dolls Magazine, Photographer: Shogun Photography, MUAH: Brandi Proffitt, Model: Kitti Von Paige

Collection

Even with all the chaos and stress of moving, we had some time to add to our collection and knock out a few restorations.

We added one final piece today to our collection for 2017. Thanks to Christina and Chris Lindquist for thinking of us when they decided to re-home this amazing Frederic Weinberg piece.

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Name Change

When we started our blog about 6 years ago, our focus was on sharing our mid-century home decor collection and restoration techniques. Over the years, we’ve evolved and become more diverse in our collection and we decided to no longer offer restoration services to the public (we’ll still blog about pieces we restore for our collection). Because of this, Hepcat Restorations no longer represented who we were. So, we rebranded ourselves as Hepcats Haven.

Hepcats Haven Designs

I’ve always thought of myself as an artistic person. As a kid, I used to spend endless hours drawing. I decided to embark on a new adventure and try my hand at graphic design. My portfolio isn’t very large yet, but I plan to build this up. You’ll find a variety of designs in my collection including fifties atomic, tiki, seasonal, Panton era, etc..

Currently, I’m using the Redbubble and Spoonflower platforms to showcase my collection. You’ll be able to buy the images I design and have them printed on clothing, books, and home decor such pillows, bedding & clocks. You can purchase my designs on fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap via Spoonflower. Click on the links below to check out my designs.

Hepcats Haven Designs on Redbubble

Hepcats Haven Designs on Spoonflower

Here are some examples:

Our New 1961 Ranch

Special thanks to James Safonov Realty and Brad L’Engle of Guild Mortgage. James actually sold our house in Sacramento and helped us with buying our new home. He drove from Sacramento all the way to the Bay Area every time we had homes we wanted to check out.

We found our new Hepcats Haven in early November. This is what we’re starting with. We’re putting our touches on it, and will show you some after photos once we get our landscaping more dialed in.

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What’s Next?

We’re focusing on getting our new house in order. Getting unpacked and our collection up has actually been more difficult than the move itself. As we get rooms in order, we’ll be sure to share our journey with you. Here’s a sneak peek…

Hepcats Haven

We wish a happy New Year to everyone!

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1920’s Frantz Industries Aero Art Vanity

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Today was another Second Sunday Sacramento Antique Faire. We were up early and started our quest for something unique. As we searched, we came across this adorable art deco vanity in a booth belonging to a gentleman named Hap. This isn’t usually the era that we focus on, but it’s too cool not to blog about.

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Hap informed us that this was his mother Lila’s vanity. She used it in her first beauty salon in Wisconsin named “Lila’s Salon”. The salon was started in the 1920’s and it moved from Wisconsin, then to Oakland, California and finally settled in Willows, California.

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Considering the age of the set, I am surprised that there isn’t  more rust on the chrome. It shows that Lila lovingly took care of this set.

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This vanity set is complete right down to the foot stool.

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The vanity desk has one large drawer and on the right side it has a sterilizer cubby with the sterilizer decal.

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The mirror appears to be original and is heavy. Imagine the countless ladies who looked into this mirror after getting their hair styled. A lot of life happened in front of this mirror.

IMG_8699I plan to clean this set up and put it in our booth at Midway Antique Mall. I hope someone will enjoy it and cares for it as well as Hap’s mother did.

Midway Antique Mall 10th Anniversary Sale!

Come check out the complete facelift to our showroom & all the new merchandise. We’re offering 15% off from now through Jan 31st during Midway Antique Mall’s mall-wide sale (other dealers are offering 10-30% off)*. Free layaway and reasonable delivery available.
*Sale applies to items not marked ‘sale’ or ‘firm’.

See You In September Sale

 

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Midway Antique Mall is having a SALE! Hepcat Restorations is offering 15% off excluding items marked firm. The sale runs all of September.

Amazing Mid Century Couch and Chair Set

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Mel and I were driving home from a visit to our shop inside Midway Antique Mall. On the way home we glanced over on a side street and saw a mid century couch and chair set. We rapidly swung a U turn and drove back to the house that had them out front. We jumped out and could not believe how large the couch was. The colors were still vibrant on all the pieces and the upholstery had the really cool design, as you can see.

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While we were drooling over them the owner came out and said they were his mothers. She was the original owner and they were purchased while her husband was in the Air Force stationed at Travis AFB. When he died she moved into a trailer park and had it with her till her passing. You could see they were triggers for his memories of her and the years they were with her.

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Usually, when we place something in our shop, we like to stage it but the couch is so large we had to just place them in the room.

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Unfortunately, there are only material tags on these pieces. We could not find a designers/makers name.

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If you are in the market for an ultra cool living room set, you can check it this out in our showroom Midway Antique Mall.

Anniversary Sale @ Midway Antique Mall

Midway Antique Mall Sale

Come celebrate the 10 year Anniversary sale at Midway Antique Mall. As part of the sale, Hepcat Restorations is offering 15% off of items in our shop, except for those marked “firm”.  The mall is also doing a food drive for the Sacramento SPCA.  Anybody who brings in at least 10 oz of unopened dog/cat treats or food (no toys) will receive a 10% off coupon for a future Midway Antique Mall purchase, no minimum purchase required.  Free 90 day layaway is also available.

Midway Antique Mall Summer Sale

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Please join us to celebrate the mall wide Summer Sale at Midway Antique Mall. This event runs from June 27th through July 27th. Mel and I will be at the shop this coming Friday and Saturday from 10am-2pm to kick off the event.

Hepcat Restorations will be offering a 15% discount on all items in our store (except items marked firm).

Midway Antique Mall

5130 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841

Phone: (916) 779-6252

Mall is open every day from

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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