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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.

Frederick Weinberg

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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Hepcats Haven Fish Design New To Redbubble & Spoonflower!!!

I am in full swing designing as many cool graphics as I can come up with. The one design I wanted to pay tribute to was our original 1950’s atomic fish wallpaper we had in our pink bathroom of our old house. After days and days of trying to recreate it, I have finally finished.

Though it is not an exact copy, I think it captures the spirit of the original.

If you dig this and are interested in seeing the products this design can be printed on, head over to Redbubble.

You can also purchase fabric, wall paper, or gift wrap of this design on Spoonflower.

Hepcats Haven Designs

I’ve always thought of myself as an artistic person. As a kid, I used to spend endless hours drawing. I have 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. Redbubble gives independent artists a meaningful new way to sell their creations. This means 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.

We added a new tab to our homepage called “Hepcats Haven Designs”. Make sure to check back often. I’ll be updating my shop with new images regularly. If you’re curious, check out the links below. Thanks for your support!

~ Hepcat

Click on links below

Hepcats Haven Designs on Redbubble

Hepcats Haven Designs on Spoonflower

Hepcats Haven Digital Design Shop

Batik Tiki Art…Vintage?

Batik Tiki Art…Vintage?

Mel and I came across this framed piece today at a local antique store.

I had been eyeballing it for some time.

I am not sure of its age but it almost has a whimsical Disney feel to it.

Each face is so annimated and colorful!


Unfortunately, I can not decifer the artists name!

Anybody familiar with this artist?


I think this will be a cool addition to our tiki room!

Paul T. Frankl set designed for Kane Kraft

Paul T. Frankl set designed for Kane Kraft

Mel and I picked this set up recently. Paul T. Frankl designed this set for Kane Kraft sometime in the late 40’s or early 50’s. I have always wanted a vintage bamboo dining set and this was the exact style I had in mind.

As you can see, the set was a little grubby from years of use. Most of the filth came off with cleaner, but the backs of the chairs had years of oil and grease built up on the surfaces. I cleaned them and resprayed them with polyurethane.

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I have yet to clean this piece but that is all it should need.

We purchased this with plans to pick it up the following week. When we returned the store owner brought to our attention that there was a matching sideboard if we were interested! Yes please!

The top of this piece is fantastic!

So much storage, and we love those knobs.

The wood used appears to be solid Koa or Narra. The sideboard is solid and heavy. The grain of the wood glows like beams of sunlight in the sun.

I am currently on the hunt for appropriate fabric to recover the seats in.

Sellers Remorse

Sellers Remorse

Mel and I have been vintage home decor dealers for many years. There are times when we look back and say “why did we sell that”?!?! Now that we are looking at moving into a new house (once we find it), we need to find more items to fill it. We thought we would include some photos of the items we regret selling and would entertain an opportunity at getting them back!

This fantastic yellow chair was so comfortable! It went really well with our other space age items in our collection.

These were an Alameda Antique Fair find and we jumped at the opportunity to own them. These could have been great end tables lighted from the inside.

We used this in Mel’s apartment before we furnished it. It was our temporary couch and was surprisingly comfortable. Another selling mistake. It was made by Chromcraft.

This is our largest regret! This 5 Piece Milo Baughman Thayer Coggin Lighted Hanging Bar was to die for! We wouldn’t be upset if the new owners wanted to sell it back to us.

This bar!!!

It even had drawers for storage.

Space Age Table Set/Chess Table

Have you ever seen an ultra cool coffee table/chest like this!?!?

We miss this Modeline mod circle floor lamp with shelf too!

This little Philco gem was such a cool little set.

This was the largest Letterman ribbon print we had ever seen.

WHY?!?! We sold this Vladimir Kagan Sectional too! What is wrong with us!?!?

Because we don’t have enough of these. This Carlo of Hollywood Buddha piece was large and interesting and still had vibrant colors.

This was our first classic car. It is a 1955 Ford Fairlane sedan. I know it has four doors, but it was clean and it was fun to cruise around in.

And lastly, our 1962 Ford Econoline. This thing was my dream car. I have always been a van man. She went to a good home, but I miss her.

 

 

It’s Official

It’s Official

After lots of time and effort we finally have our house packed up. Today is officially its first day on the market. You have all been with us on this journey of decorating and restoring this home. It’s a bitter-sweet day. If you know anybody looking for a dynamite atomic ranch in the Sacramento area, pass this along. Thanks everybody!

Here’s are links to see more details & photos.

MetroList

Zillow

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