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Mary Jo Bowling

Tile Deals and Steals at the South Bay's Fireclay Tile

Nothing looks quite as good as high-style design that was snagged for a low price.Bargain lovers in need of tile should head to San Jose starting Monday for great deals on Fireclay Tile. The South Bay company is hosting their annual Boneyard Blowout from August 23 to September 4. The event, beloved by design fans and deal seekers alike, features tiles (all manufactured with recycled materials and sustainable practices) at 50 percent off retail price. Read more...

Arty Design Events: Bouquets to Art at the de Young and The Spring Art Tour

A couple of my favorite design-based happenings hit town this week. Both feature art and involve two things I'm crazy about: flowers and fine homes.

Design Dilemma: The Case of the Too Large TV

After an exhaustive search, my best friend met the man of her dreams. Their compatibility, officially measured by eHarmony, is undeniable. Julie and Eric share a love of life’s fine things: cooking, photography, architecture and interior design. In short order, she moved into his stylish SoMA loft. There was just one, not-so-small problem: this fantastic fella had a television as big as his heart. Read more...

Design & Wine Pairings in Sonoma

There’s no need to choose between looking at good design or enjoying fine wine when headed to Sonoma County this spring. The tiny town of Healdsburg offers both around the picturesque central plaza—and if you haven’t been to the hamlet since last fall, you’ll find exciting shopping and sipping opportunities in old and new venues. A lot has been written about food and wine pairings, but here I match some of my beloved home store haunts with some favorite wine tasting venues. Read more...

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