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Lily Gahagan

How to Holiday Decorate Like the Pros @ Anthropologie

There are plenty of stores known for their extravagant holiday window displays, but given the choice, I prefer to ogle the ones at Anthropologie. As you'd only expect from the store, they're always as pretty, fresh, and unique as all get-out. But aside from all the beauty, I'm mainly checking them out to cop ideas for my own holiday decorations.

Get a Jumpstart on Personalized Holiday Cards with SF's Minted.com

Each year I make the same promise to myself to sit down and make my own set of holiday cards that are at once beautiful, ever so slightly witty, and 100 percent personalized. Every year, without fail, I break that promise. Sigh! It takes a lot of time and work to be that perfect. This year I'm getting an early start, and I've decided to be honest with myself about my capabilities, or lack thereof. Rather than spending far too long designing the perfect card in my head, then quickly scrapping the idea after realizing (again) that my creative skill does not equal the creativity of my ideas, I've decided to outsource things. Enter Minted, a crowdsourcing stationery site based in San Francisco.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1475 NoPa Studio

Most studio kitchens are meager, to say the least; a small chunk of the wall with a few plates-worth of cabinets, a sink, a wisp of a stove, and virtually no counter space to devote to actually preparing a meal. On the other hand, find a studio that's big enough to actually cook in, and who wants to? When that quick sole meunière is bound to spend at least a week hanging out in your nearby sheets and pillows, it's just not worth the effort.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1550 Inner Sunset 1 Bdrm

It's thanks to HGTV that I'm aware of the country's fascination–nay, obsession–with granite countertops. Every show features someone or another insisting upon nothing else gracing their kitchen. And once a property is found with gleaming swathes of the stuff, you can practically hear the potential owners purring with content.

So it's for all of you out there with similar proclivities that I offer this week's Craigslist Deal. See that counter? It's granite, people! And brand new. You could hack at that thing with a cleaver for hours and it'll still look all shiny and, um, granite-like.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1895 Alamo Square 1 Bdrm

Everyone has their personal Holy Grail of apartment amenities–you know, that perfect combination of home features that always seems to elude you in your hunt. For me, it's a place with hardwood floors that allows doggies. For under $2000, it's surprisingly hard to find. But today it caught my eye like a needle glimmering in a stack of hay; yes, this week's Craigslist Deal has got all my requirements, and then some.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1525 Pac Heights Studio

While the idea of setting off sans roommate and renting a studio of your own can at times sound sweet (usually when you'd prefer to watch "Jersey Shore" sans judgement), the dilemma remains: Do you really want to sleep in the middle of your living room?

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1750 Mission Carriage House

Individual character. It may be an easy trait to come by in San Francisco residents, but finding an apartment with it is one tall order. Despite the many architecturally attractive exteriors around town, so often the interiors of those unique old buildings are poorly updated, zapping their individuality with bad carpet and poor overhead lighting, and turning them into another one of those blah spaces you were hoping to avoid.

A Gorgeous View For A Gorgeous Day at 2701 Broadway

It's a rare crystal-clear day here in the city by the bay, and readers, it is a true delight. Even up in Twin Peaks, a notoriously fog-filled neighborhood, I could make out the Golden Gate Bridge peeking out from over the distant hills. The beach and slate blue water lifted their omnipresent veil and called to me. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that this beautiful clarity lasts through the weekend.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1950 SoMa 1 Bdrm

We like to keep our apartment finds as low as possible, but sometimes looks–not to mention neighborhoods–conspire against us. Such was the case on both fronts with this weeks Craigslist Deal. It's a little bit pricier than the usual, but given the location and sharp interior (that comes fully furnished, in addition) we'd still say it's a steal.

Antiques Addicts, Get Your Fix at @ This Weekend's 20th Century Modernism Show & Sale

San Francisco is not a city short on antiques fairs. For starters, there's old faithful in Alameda and the new upstart at Candlestick Park, both of which occur monthly. And if you attend just those two with any regularity, you know how quickly you can become addicted to going. So what's an antique addict to do on the off-weeks between events? This weekend offers just the ticket, with the annual 20th Century Modernism Show & Sale pulling into Herbst Pavillion in Fort Mason.

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