About Lianne

A rare photo of me taken by my daughter in Fall, 2009. I am usually the one behind the camera

I’m just a modern girl who gets a kick out of living an old fashion lifestyle.  I am a native Southern Californian, and a graduate of CSULB.  Always creative with a passion for gardening, my husband and I started out 1987 with an unimproved World War II era house on a postage stamp sized lot, and slowly transformed the yard into a small scale victory garden and simple vintage home. Along the way, I have been picking up a lot of hobbies that have assisted in the transformation including raising chickens, canning, soap making, home improvement skills, and plant propagation, just to name a few.

After college, I somehow managed to get planted in a big city with the man I love, and now because there are so many good people in our lives here and tons of urban conveniences, we are staying put for awhile longer.  I keep busy volunteering with SoCal Harvest, Scouts, at our church, and the kids schools.    I dream of one day owning a hobby farm, but right now, our little piece of land is the best place to raise our two kids with many friendly neighbors and (at last count) 26 children on our block.

I have been passionate about organic gardening and permaculture since before buying our current home.  I love science, science fiction, retro home improvement, the middle ages and renaissance, vintage styles from the 1940’s and 1950’s, camping, arts and crafts, and pretty much anything to do with the outdoors or history.  Here at my Hanbury House blog, you will probably read about it all.

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About Lianne — 14 Comments

  1. Hi Lianne,

    Me and my wife moved in a house where we plan to stay put for some long time and wanted to plant some raspberries in our backyard. I came to you blog noticing that you sell baba berry raspberries plants which I came to believe are probably the best for our LA location. I would like to buy some plants locally from someone who knows local specifics well and can give us some advice.

    So, the questsion is if you have any plants for sale (or maybe will have later on – I assume best planting time is fall, but forgive me if I am wrong)?

    Alex Tarra

  2. Hi Lianne,

    It is a pleasure to look at your website. I actually am living in my childhood home and we have the black and mint tile bathroom. I am going to use your idea and I picked out a Benjamin Moore Gray that I hope works Gray Cloud 2126-60. I would love to stencil, but I am having trouble finding the stencil pattern you used. I love that one.

    Do you have a name of a vendor where you purchased the stencil?

  3. Hi Lianne,
    You have a very informative and enjoyable blog! Loved seeing the pictures and reading about your fruit trees and chickens!

    I live in NorCal and have a backyard I’m working on to transform into a ornamental + edible landscape and totally subscribe to your idea of a simpler life, even in a big city and a small lot.

    Keep it up!

    • GoodLotter,

      You also have a lovely blog at A Good Lot. I wish I had chronicled the progress of changing my yard from a backyard of weeds and grass and junipers like you are doing. Back in the late 90’s, I never thought to photograph everything or write it all down.

  4. Lovely blog! I ‘discovered’ you when searching for information about crowing bantam hens! We are going to follow your suggestion for boxing her at night. All the best

  5. Hi Lianne- Very nice work! You and I are birds of a feather having the same interests. Thank you very much for taking the time to make your blog. I lived in Los Angeles for 12 yrs and am currently in Iowa for family but will be headed back to socal at some point.

    Recently, we purchased a mid century ranch. I love it-solid as a rock- and love the original tiled bathrooms. One light-yellow/black the other black/white. I am curious to know if you know of a way to revive the worn/scratched/dull tile? I will regrout to clean it up, however the tile on the floor is somewhat worn. maybe a clear glaze or something?

    Thank you, again-


    • Hi Brenda, thanks! And I am glad you found my blog.

      In the past, I have been able to touch up small chips with nail polish the same shade, but I have not completely re glazed any tile. Usually floor tile back in the 1940’s and 1950’s was a matte finish to prevent slips and falls, kind of dull or worn in comparison to the wall tiles. The old original jadite green tile I uncovered under my bathroom floor was matte, as well as that is what the local tile store B & W, still makes specifically for floors in the retro mid century colors. If it is just the floor, I would leave it as is. If it is the ceramic counter or wall tile, I am not sure what will bring back the glow and hold up to daily wear. Best wishes preserving your MCM ranch.

  6. Lianne,

    I found your site looking for old tile. Where did you find the blue tile you used in your bathroom? Thank you and good luck with the chickens!

    Geoff Nelson

    • My blue tile came from a local Southern California tile manufacturer. It is called B & W Tile. They are in Gardena. They even custom make pieces.

  7. Hi Lianne,
    I have been living in my 1951 Cape house for over 30 yrs and have always hated the black trim with blue tile . After looking at your photos, I think I have changed my mind. Looking forward to painting the walls . I have had wall paper on for some time. Not sure if I want white paint, also love a light lime green. Will have to see how that pans out. Love the way you decorated it.
    My neighbor has the shrimp pink tile with black trim and added a black tile floor and black wallpaper. Looks lovely.
    Thanks for posting and good ideas.

  8. I was wondering you have a problem with bad smell from your greywater surge tank? I was told that just a bit of water discharged from washing machine would stink badly within a day. Thanks!

    • Hi, I don’t notice the grey water smelling bad, it goes into the tank only to prevent a clog in the washer machine pump. Grey water should not be stored. I don’t use the surge tank/trash can as a storage tank, instead it goes straight out the bottom open hose bib to a hose attached at the bottom where it goes to my fruit trees. The only time I ever close the valve and use it to hold water is when the water needs to cool off if I did a load in hot. When I don’t want water flowing out of the tank, I switch the diverter inside the house to empty to the sewer instead of the tank.

      I do tip the tank occassionally to make sure no sediment collects in it. I wash it out every six months or so.

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