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INSIDE: ■ Classified Marketplace, page 59 ■ Garage Sales, page 59 ■ Puzzles, page 60 Al so on lin E M 54 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY e at w w w .P al oA lto On lin e. co m M A R C H 19, 2 010 Home Front CELEBRATING 50 YEARS ... More than 100 bonsai trees will be on display Saturday, March 20, from noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Kusamura Bonsai Club’s 50th anniversary show at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The free show will include a demonstration on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. by Tim Kong as well as a club-style competition on Sunday. The show’s theme, which commemorates Legacy Trees of the club and its founders, is “Our Oldest Trees.” Bonsai material will be for sale. Information: Contact Jerry Carpenter at 408-5570166 or 408-823-9525 (cell) or Veronica Weber BAY-FRIENDLY BASICS ... Brian Debasitis will teach a “Bay-Friendly Basics” workshop on Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The workshop focuses on design, maintenance and helpful hints at the nursery. The $20 fee includes a BayFriendly Gardening book. Information: Santa Clara County Home Composting Program at or 408-918-4640. by Carol Blitzer C arrie and Tony Jeffries not only added “charm” to their 1949 Barrett and Hilp tract house in the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, they doubled their living space. Visitors can assess that charm for themselves on the annual “Charming Cottages of Palo Alto” 2010 house tour March 26 and 27. The tour — a treasure trove of remodeling ideas — is a fundraiser for Mills College and includes four Palo Alto houses plus one just over the creek in Menlo Park. When they bought the house in 1999, “as is” included a Wedgwood stove, metal cabinets, water heater and washing machine in the kitchen — but the dryer in the garage. “We thought this would be our starter home,” Carrie Jeffries said, but they fell in love with the neighborhood. Today a dozen kids live on (continued on page 48) Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or e-mail Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. Veronica Weber BOTANICAL CHINA PATTERNS ... Judie Siddall, a longtime collector of blue-and-white transferware pottery and owner of Merlin Antiques, will teach a class called “Botanical Patterns on English Transferware” on Sunday, March 21, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Siddall’s talk will be illustrated with photos and source prints, as well as some pottery samples. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www. The master bedroom upstairs incorporates the simple lines and indoor/outdoor quality of this California Craftsman. Taste, tradition and trendiness ‘Charming Cottages’ home tour showcases homes with style the street, and the family enjoys the big summer block parties. “It’s where we can always borrow an egg,” she said. So, working with architect Larry Kahle, of Metropolis Architecture in Palo Alto, they worked on expanding their home, while guarding the rooms they’d already fixed up — the kitchen and a bathroom. “We had to find a builder who could tear down (most of the house) but shrink wrap the kitchen,” she said. During the nine months of construction, the family was able to rent a home just down the street. Before they started, Jeffries created a mas- Focal point of the family room is a fireplace surrounded by Midwestern Matawe tile. The electronics for the wall-mounted large-screen TV are hidden behind wooden cabinets. sive loose-leaf notebook, gathering ideas from magazines with photos of what she liked. Soon she had detail shots of columns, stair railing, moldings, floors and other woodwork that appealed. Today the home extends over 3,100 square feet (more than double the original 1,450 square feet) on an 8,000-square-foot lot. The formerly remodeled kitchen leads into a dining room, separated by a cabinet and two columns from what the family calls a “thinking room” — a place to sit and listen to music in front of the fireplace. “I had eight years of living in a tiny house with two babies,” she said, but when they started looking for another house, they just couldn’t find what they wanted. Instead they “built a house around where we live. We’re not formal people,” she said. Much of their living is outdoors, where there are raised vegetable beds, espaliered fruit trees, a play structure and a fenced-off area for their bunny. A large mature orange tree is original to the house. Indoors, the family spends time in the new, spacious family room. A large-screen TV sits discreetly on a side wall, with all the electronics behind cabinet doors. The room’s focal point is a fireplace with handcrafted Matawe tile from the Midwest, in classic Arts and (continued on page 47) Palo Alto Weekly • March 19, 2010 • Page 45

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