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Inspiration: Ranch Houses: Living the California Dream by David Weingarten and Lucia Howard

November 17, 2009

Here’s a great Eichler designed by Anshen & Allen from the book Ranch Houses: Living the California Dream by architects David Weingarten and Lucia Howard, photographed by Joe Fletcher. (Please forgive the messy patch in my scan of the two-page spread above. I don’t have Photoshop.)

I love the pops of white against the mahogany paneling. Houses like this make me seriously consider putting terrazzo floors in our house, despite my association of terrazzo with elementary school buildings.

The white terrazzo floors, white painted wood beam ceilings, and dark mahogany paneled walls create the perfect contrast of materials and colors. The photo on the right shows the view down a hallway to a typical Eichler atrium. We have a similar (though narrower) vista from our living room to the master bedroom, also interrupted by a sculptural chair. (Our chair, however, is IKEA Vibbyn, no longer available.) The location of the chair has always disturbed the sight lines in our house for me; maybe if the chair were of a smaller scale and more interesting provenance I could actually get behind it.

More information
Ranch Houses: Living the California Dream by David Weingarten and Lucia Howard
Photographs by Joe Fletcher
Published by Rizzoli 2009.

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