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Lily Gahagan

The Bloomingdale's Catalog Gets the Golden Gate Park Treatment

Stow Lake is, hands down, one of my favorite sections of Golden Gate Park. Ever been? It's tucked a little off the main road and far enough into the park to not get a slew of visitors, and it's gorgeous–truly a little oasis of calm in the city. It's a great for a casual walk on a nice day, which is just what I was in the middle of doing a few months back when I stumbled upon a photo shoot. Normally I pass those by–there are a surprising number going on throughout the park on weekdays–but this one featured home decor, so naturally I had to investigate.

State Cutting Boards: A New Kind of California Love

California's silhouette is arguably the most recognizable of all the states, what with its long and slender, almost boomerang-like shape. So, unlike any of those square-ish states that are impossible to tell apart when taken outside of map context (I'm looking at you, Wyoming and Colorado), CA's outline is ripe with design possibilities.

Cool Apartment Art That Won't Cost You An Arm & A Leg

Chancing upon art that you like is hard enough, but finding something you'd be happy to hang on your wall that's also affordable? Virtually unheard of. Good, inexpensive art can be incredibly hard to come by–that is, if you don't know where to look. Read more. . .

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1750 Noe Valley Flat

It's hard to deny the appeal of charming, tree-lined Dolores, or of the ample array of activities that surround it. This week's Craigslist Deal is located close to the tail end of the street in Noe, and while the vibe here may be more subdued than around 16th, you're still in a prime spot–Dolores at Duncan, if you're wondering–for navigating your way around the area's plethora of diversions.

Get the Look: Bird Wallpaper a la SoMa's Bloodhound Bar

With a name like Bloodhound, one might think this San Francisco bar would be all old English pomp and pub-dom with hunted deer heads decorating every nook and cranny. But while the distressed wood walls, padded stools, and yes, an antler chandelier or two, might call to mind the trappings of an ancient hunting lodge, a few modern accents keep the place feeling like a chic den rather than a time warp. Read more. . .

Painting Stripes on Your Walls That Are Perfectly Imperfect

Having painted every room in pretty much every apartment I've lived in, I fancy myself quite handy with a paintbrush. Yet ask me to paint stripes on a wall and watch all the blood drain out of my face. All of that measuring, taping, prepping, painting, drying, and painting again is enough to make this girl throw in the roller. It's like taking all of the mundane aspects of the job and multiplying them by two (or more, depending on the number of colors in your stripes). Read more. . .

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1550 Castro 1 Bdrm

There are a number of perks to living in the Castro. You get good weather, a central location with easy MUNI access, great food in the area, and a big park perfect for sunbathing nearby. But let's be real; you want to move there for the nightlife. There's always something going on in this bustling, fun neighborhood, and with this week's Craigslist Deal right smack in the middle of it, you'll be sure not to miss any of the action.

Modern Cameos and Silhouettes Worthy of Your Apartment Walls

This trend has been hanging around for the past few months, but, perhaps because it is such a classic style, it doesn't feel remotely outdated yet. After all, the art of creating a silhouette is as old as time, capturing a person's likeness long before cameras came around.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1595 Cole Valley 1 Bdrm

Is this wretched July over yet? Thankfully there's only a week left, but still, August can't come fast enough. Let's hold out hope that with the new month comes better weather, and summer can really get started around here. With that in mind, this week's Craigslist Deal has the outdoor space you'll need in order to truly take advantage of the long-overdue change in seasons.

Located at Carl and Shrader, this one bedroom is just a block from Cole Valley's main drag. That means you'll be surrounded by great place to eat (Zazie, Eos) and shop (Say Cheese, Cole Hardware), and will be just steps away from the N Judah. The apartment was completely renovated in 2009, meaning the hardwood floors sparkle, the tiles and grout work are clean, and the kitchen is looking good.

Rustic-Chic Wood Decor from the Richmond's Anzfer Farms

Isn't it funny when you're looking for something and it turns out to be right under your nose? Big thanks to Joy from Oh Joy! for posting about Anzfer Farms, a workshop located not two neighborhoods over from mine, which had so far managed to fly under my radar. Their beautiful home furniture and accessories are all made from reclaimed wood, and are exactly the rustically charming style I've been coveting of late.

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