In The Kitchen

Here is a view of Mt. San Bernardino, framed by a triangle of window in the kitchen. It was just after Christmas when the snow level was unusually
low–an inspiring view to wake up to.


This is a view over the vintage, Colonial-style maple table I grew up with. The copper, farm-style fixture is also the original. I had it reworked by Hye Lighting, a great lighting and lighting repair store in Tarzana.


This is a print I really like, though it was packed away in the guest house throughout my childhood. I never remember seeing it until I cleaned out the house and guest house.


My theory–or maybe it’s more a fantasy–is that it belonged to my father’s side of the family, the Owens, and was perhaps one of the few things they kept when they sold Shady Lane Ranch in Holt County, Nebraska and moved their belongings to Loma Linda, California by truck and trailer in the early 50s.

I’m not even sure if it’s a print or a watercolor! If anyone can tell from this photo, let me know!



Two ‘Mod’ Coffee Cups

One of the nice sets of original dishes I still have is called Fairwood Flare (made in the late 50s and early 60s by Schönwald, a German company). We hardly ever used the plates, because my mom was saving them for company or for “someday.” The set is still in great shape.

I love the mod orange and yellow design now and find it very fresh. I have probably 6 of the dinner plates–I forgot to count–and the bread and butter plates.

Here’s a link to a vintage Fairwood Flare ad on ebay. I learned from the ad that they were marketing Fairwood Flare as a mix-and-match set, and now I realize that I also have the tall, slim pitcher you see in the ad–though ours is yellow! So yellow must have been another of the colors they made. Perhaps they introduced it after 1959, the year this ad was run.

With the set, I found just a single coffee cup and saucer. This was odd since my parents, being Seventh-day Adventists, didn’t even drink coffee. I’m guessing my mom bought one “just for looks.” When I found the cup, I was enchanted, because it’s the perfect size for what I call the “short, but meaningful” French-press coffee that I (long an ex-Adventist) make.

Maybe my mom had visions of drinking Postum, which we considered ‘vegetarian’ coffee, since it was “a cereal beverage.” Or maybe she imagined drinking decaf Sanka (considered a little edgy for Adventists to drink, back in the ’60s) as she sat in the living room with its white Italian silk drapes and reproduction Louis XV furniture.

Here is the cup we had

Flare cup

Flare cup

I decided it would be great to have another one for my husband, so I got on the internet and found an Etsy shop called Molly’s Ridge, and the owner Carolyn Michael had some of the cups. I bought one and received it right away (from Quebec!) in perfect condition. Here is the shop and a listing for a few more of the cups:

Now I have two perfect coffee cups to match my mod Flare plates and will enjoy having my short latte out of one when we’re in Redlands!

Two cups--Flare by Fairwood

Two cups–Flare by Fairwood


Here are two elaborate dovecotes I saw on a couple of other storybook ranch homes in Encino.



Look how tall the dovecotes rise above the roof, especially in the top photo. Quite the decorative touch for a modest and attractive house!

Look also at the rafter tails extending past the eaves on the top house. Such a lovely touch and very typical of the storybook ranch design.

The sweet feature in the second house is the bank of diamond-pane windows. They are so inset and the panes so small that, if I’m not mistaken, the style leans toward Tudor. (Think Stratford-upon-Avon!)

Storybook Book Ranches In The Valley


I apologize that the photos to accompany the text did not upload as planned. I only just realized it!–to see the text, but with the house photos I refer to, please go to my blog “Tarzana Is My Heroine,” where the full post can be found:

Thanks and sorry for the confusion! — Coco


Here are a selection of storybook ranch homes I’ve seen out in Encino, where we live the rest of the time when we’re not in Redlands. These homes epitomize what my favorite retro home blog, Retro Renovation (, would call “mid-century modest” homes.

Fortunately not too many of these homes have been torn down to build Spanish-style McMansions–as happened to one very lovely barn-red storybook ranch home on the corner of Hayvenhurst and Adlon a few years ago. If any of you are familiar with Encino, you may remember the house I’m talking about.

I love the pale yellow exterior of this first house below, and of course the diamond-pane windows on the garage too!

Look at the mix of horizontal and vertical batten boards here (behind the white picket fence!)

I love storybook ranches in barn or carriage red with white trim

Look at the little dovecote tucked just under the eaves

This house below is so attractive with its row of diamond-paned windows, pale green exterior, and the peeling bark of the gum or melaleuca tree in front.

I have in mind starting a project of photographing of every storybook ranch in Redlands–and of course I have a special interest in the ones around Caballero Lane and Crescent Ave., since these were the houses my dad helped Ed Caballero build!

Maybe you can help?

New Years + Fleur de Lis

Happy New Year from Tiger Tail Terrace!

I’ve had a cold, so my first short outing since 2012 was to have coffee with Patti, a family friend since childhood. She and her family live in the house my dad and Grandpa Plinke built for my grandparents a mile away from where dad later built our house.

Tiger Tail Terrace was built from the same blueprints Ed Caballero drew up, except that he made our kitchen somewhat bigger.

Patti and I had coffee at what used to be Cafe Royale and is now called Cafe Linne, in the Fox Theatre building.

Here are a couple of views of the building from across the street



After coffee, I peeked into Fleur de Lis Gift and Home, a charming, cozy shop just a few doors down from the cafe. The boutique is owned by Monika, who is also an interior designer. The store carries fun accessories like costume jewelry and handbags, as well as stylish items for the home (many with a Parisian or country French theme).


Here are some things Monika features




I’m not a big shopper, but I get a kick out of the hand-written sign that’s always posted on the sidewalk out front. It reads, “Your husband called and said ‘Buy anything you want’.” I like that she notes, “Shop Local” and “Shop Small” too!


It got too dark to take any more photos, so I came back again today and this time am having a tasty basil, pesto, and mozzarella sandwich at Cafe Linne.

Then I got this pic of the Fleur de Lis entrance in the noontime light


You can visit Fleur de Lis at 115 Cajon St. in Redlands.

(Store: 909 798-5363)