359 Mayellen Avenue
1906 Arts and Craft Bungalow

When Robert and Linda Solis purchased the house in 1992 everything in the living and dining room was the same color of eggshell. The floor was covered with a dark orange carpet and the orignal Arts & Crafts window had been replaced with a more modern one. But the Solises fell in love with the cove ceilings, plate rail and paneling in the dining room.

Twelve years later almost everything has been stripped, repainted, or covered with wallpaper. The old carpet is gone and the original Douglas fur floors (covered in 1972) have been refinished. Robert designed a new Arts & Crafts window for the living room and hired glazers to build and install it. Some of the original door frames in the dining room have been refinished, but the process of stripping down the more than ten layers of paint has been slow.

Originally the door frames had an offset peg detail that was removed some layers of paints ago. You can see indentations in the frames where the peg detail used to be. In the dining room, please take note of the cast concrete fireplace. One of the sore points of the house is the built-in hutch that was at one time removed and apparently rebuild with a selection of odds and ends. Most of the cabinets in the kitchen and breakfast nook (now the office and music room) are original to the house. An interesting detail on the wall is where tile forms were pressed into the plaster.