sneak peek: autumn in Northern California

Filoli SW Terrace

Filoli SW Terrace to poolFiloli hydrangeasFiloli autumnal colorFiloli Garden HouseFiloli Molineux RoseFiloli pool + clock towerA mid-week visit to the nearby gardens of Filoli provided a much needed break from the stress of house-hunting and just the dose of autumn I’ve been craving. With slightly cooler temperatures, occasional mists and dark moody sky, it finally felt less like summer and more like autumn (though truth be told, I really wanted to jump into that pool). Check back later for more images from my visit!



shooting for the moon

We’ve been house-hunting for something closer to our families, but we’re quickly learning that the task won’t be easy.

Courtyard Agapanthus late afternoon 5

Once you’ve lived in something like this …

Eichler Courtyard from LR farewell

it’s difficult, if not impossible, to imagine living in anything else.

This clip from Coast Modern, an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome, sums up our feelings perfectly. One of my favorite quotes in the film is from Professor James Steele of the USC School of Architecture.

“A good piece of architecture is a habitable work of art. The best of them create this sensation where you feel like, my God, this is amazing! I want to live here. I want to stay here. I don’t want to leave.”

That’s exactly how we felt the first time we stepped inside our 1964 Eichler. We instantly fell in love with how the architecture connected us to the California foothills and how we experienced light and space. That house changed us. To paraphrase Dion Neutra, we came to embrace the comfort of being inside while enjoying the feeling of being outside. We want need to recapture that feeling in the Midwest.

Did I mention that we prefer radiant heat to forced air, that we’d like to keep the size under 2000 square feet and we hate lawns?

Hang on kids, this is going to be one hell of a bumpy ride.