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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

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Photographer & MUAH: Marilee Caruso, Model: Bo Vixxen

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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…

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We wish a happy New Year to everyone!

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Hepcats Evolution

When we started our blog about 6 years ago, our focus was on sharing our mid century decor collection and restoration techniques. Over the years, we’ve evolved and became more diverse in our collection and what we are involved with. Because of this, Hepcat Restorations no longer represents who we are. We are now rebranding ourselves as Hepcats Haven. Hepcats Haven will showcase a broader time period of collecting and restoration of items from the 1940’s-1980’s.  We’ve expanded to photoshoot location booking and prop rentals.  However, we are no longer offering restoration services.

Thanks to all of you who have followed us through our many adventures and shared your thoughts. We hope you continue to join us in this new journey.

Hepcat Restorations Hosts a Mad Men Star Photo Shoot!!!

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Today was a good day! Here is a shot we took right before Kevin took off.  Thats me on the left, Kevin, my mother Shirl and Step-Father Dave.

So today started out just like any another day when around 1pm I received a text from our friend Tracy, owner of m.a.r.k. vintage. The text was so beyond what I could believe that I had to read it twice. Tracy said a photographer named Tyler Mussetter with Sacramento Magazine wanted to use our home to shoot some photos with one of the actors from the tv show Mad Men!!!!! She said the actor’s name was Kevin Rahm who played Ted Chaough on the recently ended series.

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We were so excited to have any association with anyone from that show. This series did such a fantastic job of capturing the attitudes, decor and style of the period. I have always admired the sets they created, and the authenticity they managed to capture.

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Tyler arrived early to scope out the areas he wanted to use for the shoot. He chose the lanai (tiki room) and the living room.

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Kevin arived around 3:30pm and was such a friendly guy. He was so down to earth, and he was such a pleasure to speak with.

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Tyler does such a great job keeping his shoots fun and light. It really helps the subject relax.

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I even got to hold the reflector to help with uplighting.

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Here is Tyler and Kevin shooting in our lanai.

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This was a fun experience. It was also my mothers birthday, so this helped make it memorable.

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Here, my Step-Father is making light of his almost non-existent hair.

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Keep an eye out for the article in Sacramento Magazine. It should be published in the June or July issue.  We’ll keep you posted.

I really don’t know what could top this. It was such a surreal experience. I wish Mel could have been here, but she was at work. Kevin said it was such a fantastic experience being a part of a show like Mad Men. He said the sets were unbelievable and he also said our home was amazing. This means a lot considering what he has seen. This will live in our memories for many years to come.

Special thanks to Tracy Avenell for letting Sacramento Magazine know about us.  If you haven’t already, check out m.a.r.k vintage in Sacramento.  They are definitely a destination for all lovers of mid century, atomic, retro and kitschy home furnishings.

Source:

http://www.amc.com/shows/mad-men/talk/2014/05/qa-kevin-rahm-ted-chaough-2

1970 Ford F-100 Sport Custom Long bed Truck

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Well it’s been about seven months and Mel and I are getting comfortable in our new place. Anyways, I wanted to share with all of you a new member of our family. We recently picked up a really clean 1970 F-100 Truck. We needed something that could haul a lot and had an open bed.

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Here he is….I decided to name him Hoss!

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Dan Blocker as ‘Hoss’ Cartwright on Bonanza! He is the trucks name sake.

I was cruising Craigslist as usual and came across this really clean truck. This truck was blue originally but one of the previous owners had it painted in this color scheme, I dig it. It doesn’t have original wheels on it, these are vintage Bronco rims.

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I don’t care for the aftermarket side mirror. I already ordered ones correct for this year truck.

 This is not a show truck but it is in really great condition. This truck has a V8 with a 360ci engine and is 2WD and an automatic. This truck runs really well considering its age. I need to recover the bench seat (already ordered new covers) but the rest of the interior is in really great shape. One of the best things about this truck is that it is pre-smog! This truck works like a truck and rides like a car. It rides smoother then my 2011 Ford F-150. This is all because of the twin I beam suspension.

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The paint was faded when I got it so I spent a few days rubbing it out and was able to bring back the shine.

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These trucks are starting to get a cult following. I have owned this truck for a few weeks and whenever I drive it I get approached by guys asking me about it and re-living the nostalgia of when they owned one. As you all may already know, Mel and I own a 1955 Ford Fairlane and a 1962 Ford Econoline van. I don’t get half as much interest in those as I get in this truck, it’s a trip!

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1955 Ford Fairlane Sedan

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1962 Ford Econoline Panel Van

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Here is Hoss at the archery range where I practice.

IMG_6334Because I want this to be an original, non-custom truck I just knew I had to make side boards for it. My step-father Dave is a furniture maker so he was able to help me with this.

This truck will serve us for many years I hope. I am out of space so this will be the last vehicle adoption for awhile.

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Merry Christmas!

 

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Christmas 2014

We just wanted to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thank you for all your support this past year, it’s been great.

Stellar Vintage Electronics

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These models features an opaque white plastic mask around the picture concealing a neon lamp. The gimmick was that you had a TV lamp built right into the screen!

These models feature an opaque white plastic mask around the picture concealing a neon lamp.  The gimmick was that you had a TV lamp built right into the screen!  This is super rare and on display at Midway Antique Mall.

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Mel and I have had the good fortune to meet a guy by the name of Justin with Stellar Vintage Electronics.  Justin is skilled in vintage electronics repair.  He has a shop inside Midway Antique Mall and is used by many dealers and customers at the mall.  Recently, Mel and I became aware of a 1956 Sylvania Halolight television that Justin modified.  Justin specializes in modern color TV conversions into vintage TV cabinets and this is a great example.

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This television turned out fantastic.  When we first saw this we were soo blown away by the picture and the fact that it works with a modern remote.  Justin also makes sure that it has all the modern connectivity that current televisions have on the back.

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This is Justin’s next project.  This is a 1958 Olympic Hi-Fi Combo.  Justin is going to have this unit completely functional including the record player and radio.  A neat thing Justin is doing with this television conversion is he plans to make the vintage controls work with the modern television conversion. Justin’s conversions are seamless and we think his abilities will be valued in the antique world.  I have had many vintage televisions and had many of them repaired.  The bad thing is vintage televisions are prone to breaking down.  With what Justin does, it allows all of us mid century decor lovers to incorporate modern technology disguised in a vintage television cabinet.  Justin just started a blog where he will showcase what he does so please support his efforts because he is not just a repair guy but in my opinion an artist keeping these pieces alive and in living rooms for years to come!

 

Retro Pink Kitchen To Die For!!

This kitchen is on Craigslist right now in LA! They are selling the whole set up!!!! I wish we had our house already.

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