Features

Seamless Flow To and Fro
Reaching into the past to capture a mindset inherent in postwar modern gardens
On the Threshold of Discovery
When the aluminum sliding glass door made its groundbreaking debut—then ushered in the classic look of mid-century modern
What's Become of the Holy Grail?
The first architect-designed Eichlers, Sunnyvale Manor Addition languishes today with no historic plaque or neighborhood connection
Clean As Can Be
12 helpful hints to turn your home's spring-cleaning into a thorough, easy project
Eye for the Fantastic
San Francisco artist Michael Murphy celebrates the remarkable and 'forgotten' through his unique, brightly colored abstractions of modern architecture
Those Dirty, Rotten Beams
It's time to clean up their act—and bring back the natural beauty for good
Fielder's Choice
When San Francisco Giants great Willie Mays ran into the 'color barrier'—then turned to Eichler for a stylish new home
Taking the Plunge
Original art makes the house look great—but it’s oh so easy to get hooked along the way
Power Up
As your home's electrical demands climb, its aging original system edges deeper into the danger zone
Jewelry of Our Times
San Francisco artist Margaret De Patta turned ornament into wearable modern sculpture
Menlomorphosis
In the midst of teardowns and imposing, new homes, Menlo Park’s Eichler owners still manage to cherish living modern
Beefing Up Home Security
With residential break-ins on the rise, here are today’s most effective ways to keep burglars away from your door
Return of the Butterflies
After years of hibernation following their mid-century boom, butterfly roofs are spreading their wings once again
Catnip for Connoisseurs
Living a dream incognito, hard-working El Gato Gomez churns out art for those who like things sleek and stylish
Plastic Fantastic Living
Disneyland's spectacular 'Monsanto House of the Future' combined science, showmanship and dreams
Paths to Pleasure
In bike-friendly, eco-conscious North Davis, a neighborhood of 200 Streng homes finds common ground on the greenbelt
Home of the Friendly Bargain
After decades of obscurity, the spirited Eichlers of Concord are looking up—in the face of Mount Diablo's looming peaks
Mogie Modern
Exploring the hidden San Mateo cul-de-sac where creative but unheralded architect Mogens Mogensen left a lasting mark
Bible of the West
How Sunset magazine won over everyday Californians with images of mid-century modern and guidance that lifted their lives
Breaking New Ground
With smart planning, attention to detail, and patience, Eichlers show they can be rebuilt with their original flair