A long awaited update!

It has been a while since we have posted on our blog and I believe this is my very first post.

The only recent update that we have made on the house is in our kitchen by replacing cabinet knobs. The replacements were from Lowe's and work quite well considering they were 1 dollar a piece.



A personnal update: a few months ago we lost our lovely kitty Samantha.

After 17 years I must say the she was the happiest at our house and I was happy that we were able to bury her under our plum tree. It was very sad to have her leave us and we missed her presence in the house and after a while broke down and rescued Jupiter a Scottish Deerhound. He is something else and we just love him to bits and pieces. He is also a fan of Mid Century Modern furniture; when we first brought him home the first thing he did was climb into our Selig.

In other news we had a great Chrismas. The house was cozy and warm and the best presents we received were Lowe's and Home Depot gift cards that we are going to put towards restoring our bathroom this summer. I can't wait to learn how to tile!


The Bonus Room

So Amber and I are getting ready to re-do the bonus room or "den". We have had several ideas but we keep coming back to the idea of an Eichler style room, wood paneling and clean hard surface floors. We are looking at VCT tile (armstrong), polished concrete, and a topical sealer which would have the look of marmolium. Lowes can order the wood paneling and at $16 for a 4 x 8 sheet, it is very inexpensive. Anyways, we are still at work on the house and look forward to posting pictures of a finished room.

This is the look that we want.

This is a bit too "Tuscan", but it is concrete.

Also concrete, but I have been told that polished concrete stains.

VCT tiles cost about 70 cents a square foot (versus 5-7 dollars per sq ft. for concrete sealers) and look great.

The room as it looks now, I think it has a lot of potential.


Yes we are still alive.

So it has been a while since we updated our blog, but we have been busy. Most recently, Amber and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary with a trip to Portland to see Chris Isaak. We also brought some great new things back including......a green sink with chrome legs!

Amber also got this totally awesome hair dryer that actually works. And that white thing is a reading light by the way.
What can you get for $125? Well on craigslist I found this Selig Lounge, and it is in mint condition. I do, of course, want a real one, but oddly enough the Selig and Plycraft ones are more comfortable because they recline. We need two though so we dont have to fight over who gets to sit in it.
I realised the other day that we had never posted any photos of the back yard so here is the back of the house. The yard was dead when we moved in but its filling in nicely. We have a lot of plans for landscaping.
That whole corner will be raised and covered in small trees and shrubs. The tiki torches will stay, for a jungle feel. The fence is going to be covered by a row of tall shrubs all the way around fo rmore privacy, although it is already very private.
The patio has seen better days and we havent settled on anything yet but we have been talking about pouring a solid slab here and color it gray.
Our new front porch light courtesy of Hippo Hardware in Portland.
Another Hippo find.
If you have been to Portland and have never been to Hippo Hardware then shame on you. Now I assume that if you are reading our blog then you have some kind of interest in restoration projects, but even if you don't you can have a lot of fun just looking at all of the stuff they have there all while being entertained (or harassed) by the more then friendly staff. I liken it to going to a really cool record store, only with windows, doors, bathtubs, toilets, and lights instead of records. Check it out.

Meet the Petersens

I realized that part of blogging, in some cases, is getting to know someone that you would otherwise have no contact with (kind of creepy), so we decided to post a little about us. Amber will write her's soon.

Loren is a 22 year old small business owner. Born and raised in Oregon, he is a pretty nerdy individual. Despite the picture, Loren does not like to read but does like collecting and studying all things nostalgic.


The Bathroom

So most of the trivial stuff is done with the house. We have put up some light fixtures and painted and fixed holes, but now we are thinking bigger. Our house has a main bathroom and a small 1/2 bathroom. The main, pictured below, has original green bathroom fixtures and now we are ready to start remodeling. First, we need the matching green sink and since the green color was common amongst several manufacturers, we are pretty excited about the Crane Drexel and Diana lines. I have written to a few people on craigslist who have them but they dont seem willing to ship (for good reason). If you have any leads let me know!

The bathroom is going to be tiled and probably in a white/green motif, and then we purchased a few little details to help add to its functionality and coolness like a little built in mirror that flips around to reveal a toothbrush holder and soap dish.

The room is very small, but it will be awesome.

We also are getting a matching toilet seat.

The tub is cool and in perfect condition.

This is a late 40s Crane sink, which is cool, but I kind of want one with chrome legs.

This is what I really want.


We have been working hard!

So Amber and I moved into our home over memorial day weekend and it was great. In one weekend we got everything moved, walls painted, and the front and backyard cleaned up. We have so manny projects planned but we have been cautioned to only take on one at a time so right now I have taken on the front and backyard project of getting the lawn back to life.

While Amber was away on business, I put together our wall unit and it looks great. It was a craigslist find that we have had in storage because it wouldnt fit in our tiny apartment. Anyways, here are some updated photos of some of our progress.

We love the long driveway and the shrubs, although they need to be trimmed.

Our living room. We plan on just using the carpet for a while until we get the underside of the house insulated, but there are gorgeous hardwood floors underneath.

This is our office

Our bar was the first piece of furniture that we brought over, haha.

We replaced the purple wall with off white, and a starburst clock.

We have had these lights in our storage unit for about 2 years and we finally got to use them. Amber got them at Lowes for about $5 a piece since nobody around here seems to be into mid century they couldnt sell them!

I could not have imagined that the wall unit would have fit so well in this room. We bought it from a guy who said it was in his house when he moved in and he didnt want it anymore so for 150 bucks I bought it. It is extremely strong and our records dont seem to be too heavy. Eventually we will put a tv in there, but we have really been enjoying not having tv at all, we get a ton of stuff done.


Our Rambler

As I mentioned before, I have always been into cars as well and while my current whip isnt finished yet, i figured I could at least post some photos. It's a 1975 AMC Matador and I enjoy it, plus it is reliable, low maintainence, and very fast. It has a 304 V8 automatic and I have lowered it 4 inches. This summer it will have full airbag suspension and hopefully some new metal flake on the roof. Enjoy.


Our First Blog

So my wife and I have always been into mid century, atomic, tiki, classic cars, old music, records, advertising, etc. I started with cars and progressed into furniture which we both took up collecting. Once we ran out of room in our tiny apartment, we bought a storage unit for our furniture. Once that filled up, we decided we ought to buy a home. What great timing we had too, the market in our area was the most expensive in all of Oregon when we started looking for a home and as soon as our income made the homes affordable, it bottomed out and we were able to find the perfect home for the perfect price. Enter, our 1952 ranch-bungalow.

We created this site to copy many who have come before us. Our favorites have always been an inspiration and we hope that some of the things we do can inspire someone else but as everyone has different taste, we encourage you to check out the other sites which I will link as soon as I figure out how.

Here are some photos of the home as it looked when we made an offer. As we progress we will update the blog with pictures of our work. Thanks for looking!

I will get a better front shot.

Dig those mosaics (it was one of the first things to go)

You will see, the previous owners loved this color.

Typical tiny bathroom, but it does have a green tub and toilet. Anybody got a lead on a matching sink?

The view from the den to the living area.

View from the dining area to the den.

Our awesome door, we love the diamond. You can also see our coved ceiling, a cool detail.

Archway into the guest bedroom (or guest redroom) with built-ins.