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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

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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Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

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Photo Credit: Justin Wood of SacMod. Shots from some of the homes that will be featured on the tour.

Details for the 2016 Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour are now available. We’re excited that our 1959 ranch style home will be a part of this year’s tour.

SacMod’s highly praised and most requested event is back! Join SacMod (Sacramento Modern) on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour from 9AM to 3PM. Details below!

The 2016 tour will feature a wide variety of mid-20th century living highlighting the time periods distinctive architecture, design, and lifestyle. Spend a fun day touring some of Sacramento’s best mid-century homes, gardens, and vehicles in Sacramentos beautiful South Land Park, Land Park, and Hollywood Park neighborhoods. From minimalist to kitsch, moderns to ranch homes, and everything in between. The collectible guidebook features in-depth historic information, related points of interest, and local vintage resources.

Space is limited — buy your tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out!

TICKETS:
– Advance ticket sales for members begins April 1, 2016 at 9AM.
– General sales begin April 15, 2016 at 9AM.
ADVANCE TICKET PRICES:
– $20 SacMod members
– $35 Non-members.
TO GET MEMBER PRICING: You can become a member any time and receive special rates at this and other SacMod events. It’s easy!
– Please visit their website — SacMod.org — and click the link “Get Involved/Join” to purchase a 2016 SacMod Annual Associate Membership via PayPal – $25 for a year of membership.
– Within 12 hours you will receive the password for member ticket pricing to use here on Brown Paper Tickets.
DAY OF TICKET PRICES (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY):
Please note that sales on the day of the event are not guaranteed. The tour may sell out before the day of the event.
TOUR DETAILS:
Event day registration and check in will begin at 8:30AM, location to be announced. Attendees will receive a wristband and guidebook at check-in. All tickets are will-call – all you need is your name to check in.
– Homes will be open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Brought to you by your friends at SacMod, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting modern art, architecture and design in the Sacramento region. Follow them at Facebook.com/SacMod to stay tuned regarding the most recent tour developments.

Update: Glamourpuss Pin-up Studio Photo Shoot

This is just a quick update to the Glamourpuss Pin-up Studio photo shoot that recently took place in our home.  We were able get permission to post a couple of our favorite shots from the photo shoot.

The below photo of Sarah was taken in our living room.

Sarah Glamourpuss Photoshoot
Leticia Glamoupuss PhotoshootThe above photo is a great shot of Leticia who is also a WordPress blogger. She writes about retro pop culture and the current trends inspired by the past. You can check out her blog at lettyrydell.wordpress.com.

Sarah & Letty, you look beautiful! Thanks again to Glamourpuss Pin-up Studio for coming out for the shoot.  It was really great to be a part of your goal to increase women’s self-esteem, body confidence, & self-acceptance one pin-up shoot at a time.

Kevin Rahm Interview Published in Sacramento Magazine

July 2015 Sac Mag

This is just a quick update to the photoshoot of Kevin Rahm fresh off his role from Mad Men, that took place in our home this past May. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the July issue of Sacramento Magazine to find out what photo Tyler Musseter (photographer) decided to use for the article.

The shot that was selected was taken in our living room. We hope you like it!
July Sac MagSource: Sacramento Magazine, July Issue       Photography: Tyler & Christina Mussetter

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

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