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DIY Interior Design Workshop: Bring a Room, Leave With a Plan

Although there's no denying the huge difference an interior designer can make to the look and feel of your home, if cash is tight, it can feel as practical as hiring a butler or personal umbrella holder – it's just not going to happen. Local designer Danielle Fox understands the desire of folks, especially in this loopy economy, to get their homes in order without breaking the bank. So she's taking her professional knowledge and sharing it with the rest of us, courtesy of an eight week do-it-yourself interior design workshop she's teaching at her studio in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland.

Osborne/Woods Poster Show at Gravel & Gold

For poster-philes, print lovers, and graphic design appreciators in general, Mission's Gravel & Gold shop is the place to head this Friday for a not-to be-missed poster show from Osborn/Woods. The rich history of the art duo stretches back to the early 1950's, when David Osborn and Charles Woods met during their graduate studies at UC Berkeley. They later moved to the small former mining town of Nevada City, and while creating the colorful lithographs and silk screens for which they've become known, also found time to open up a local museum and run the town's community radio station–no slackers, these two.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1600 Beautiful Noe Studio

Oh, where to start. This week's Craigslist deal is a true beauty, from the luxuriously designed kitchen with professional stove, double-drawer dishwasher, and farmhouse-style sink, to the claw-foot tub and penny tile floor of the bathroom. Located at Sanchez and 25th Street, it's just two blocks from Noe's bustling 24th Street, where you'll find plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, a Whole Foods, and, of course, more strollers than you can shake a rattle at.

Colorful Blooms at the Curiosity Shoppe this Weekend

We promise this will be our last Valentine's Day-related post for the year, in case you're  feeling the love. But we have to pass along this tidbit of information for anyone who just realized their significant other actually does want a gift, despite what he or she says. Take them down to the Curiosity Shoppe today or tomorrow and you can pick up a gorgeous bouquet by pro Megan Dempsey from Letter Paper Flower.

More Valentine's Fun: New People Brings the Bizarre

This Valentine's Day, forget the pandora bracelet you've been eyeing and head to New People in Japantown for a gift that your loved one will actually like, guaranteed. How, you ask? Because they'll be standing right next to you, doing the choosing. This Saturday, stroll hand-in-hand over to Post Street for the second Artist's Village at New People. Bazaar Bizarre will be bringing the crafty giftables at an onsite Valentine-themed art fair, and at the gallery upstairs they'll be celebrating the opening of their latest show featuring a panoply of works from nine artists.

Discover the Designer Behind Dansk at DWR

You may never have heard of the name Jens Quistgaard, but if you've coveted a bright enamel pot or bulbous peppermill from Danish design company Dansk, then you have this man to thank. As the chief designer behind the brand for over 30 years, Quistgaard was responsible for the iconic style associated with Dansk, and his creations continue to gain in popularity even after his recent death at the age of 89.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1595 Castro Jr 1 Bdrm

Nothing like a rowdy night in the Castro to remind you how fun the lively neighborhood can be. Yes, there's no denying it's great destination for an evening of debauchery, but with a central location and some of the best weather you'll find in the city, it's also an incredible place to spend your days.

Problem is that the livability of the area is of course no secret, so inexpensive digs are usually hard to find. We've got the answer to that, though:  this week's Craigslist deal, a junior one bedroom for just under $1600. The spot is located at Collingwood and 18th, just a block of Castro's main drag and not much further to the Castro MUNI stop (serving the M, L, and K lines) and F line, as well as countless restaurants, bars, and entertainment.

Think Flora Grubb's Cutting Garden for Valentine's Day

Chocolates last about a day; roses, a week. So what's the best way to commemorate everlasting love? We'll take a nod from our tiny, oft-neglected garden where the only plants to survive–let alone flourish–are our lovely succulents. These things are hearty, and a good way to convey to a loved one that you're in it for the long haul.

Heath Coming to Ferry Building

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes are coming to the Ferry Building this spring. Starting in March or April (we've heard conflicting reports) Heath Ceramics will finally be opening up shop this side of the bridge, taking a spot in the building where the Tsar Nicolai Caviar Café was before. The switch isn't without a bit of drama though, as there are reports Tsar Nicolai and other vendors won't be leaving of their own accord.

It's Hard Out There for a Hipster

There's lots to "ooh" and "ahh" over in design magazines, but when you're not zoning in on potential DiY projects or stellar architectural details, the bigger picture can be a bit perplexing. How come everyone looks as angsty as an old rerun of the O.C.? Is life really so bleak inside those haute modern walls? Take a moment to dwell on the obsurdity of it all with new website Unhappy Hipsters.

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