This open-plan, four-bedroom house in Palo Alto, California, was built in 1954 by influential developer Joseph Eichler. The
kid friendly patio is used for entertaining and meals. A bedroom just off the kitchen was converted into a dining room where
colorful abstract painting are displayed.
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Resources: Vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura patio chairs painted by homeowners. Sina dining chairs ($1,216-$1,778) and Athos Extensible dining table (from $3,600) from Limn (www.limn.com or 415/543-5466).
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