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Sally Kuchar

Get your Kitsch at Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters has always been a great place to score funky and cool home accessories on the cheap.  They recently added a bunch of fun new items to their website, and most of them are quite kitschy, which (with limited applications...) can help give an otherwise drab interior a little spunk and cleverness.  Check out the top 5 Kitschy items at Urban Outfitters:

1)  Hot Lips Phone, $20

Irana Douer at Rare Device

Headed to the Mission for cocktails on Saturday night?  Then you better make a pit stop at Rare Device, which will be hosting Argentinian illustrator and painter Irana Douer's first-ever U.S. solo show, Hidden Treasures.  Douer creates very vibrant and colorful portraits of women that look angelic at first, but after a closer look the ladies seem to be hiding something.  The artist "is interested in how relationships, particular situations, or even ordinary things can affect a woman's life.  Hidden Treasures... explore(s) what's hidden, different and mysterious."  Saturday from 7 to 9p.m.

High Style Livin'

Luxury living in San Francisco is a difficult life to achieve.  Sure, we've got the shops and the restaurants, but the real estate market offers slim pickings.  But wait!  Now is your chance to score (or at least get inspired by) a rare piece of prime real estate.  Le Grand Dame is her name, and she's a 1895 restored Queen Anne Victorian.   And She's just steps from historic Alamo Square Park!  And since it was all done up pretty by a local designer, you can move in without having to undergo a financially exhausting remodel (yuck).  The skinny:  In addition to the 2 fireplaces and amazingly beautiful hardwood flooring, the house also has  6 (count that:  6!) bedrooms, 3 full & 2 half baths, a living room and a parlor, gourmet kitchen and a south-facing garden on an oversized lot.  <

Over Marimekko? Some Pillow Alternatives

Want to add a little classical pop to your otherwise neutral interior?  Are you as over Marimekko as I am?  Then black & white pillows might be the way to go.  Check out my top 5, after the jump!

1.  Blah Blah Cushion, $125
From designer Donna Wilson. 100% lambswool. Feather and down insert. 
17" x 17"

2.  Salvor: Mini Owl Pillow, $55
Handprinted water-base ink on 100% cotton broadcloth pillow. H 14"

3.  Ant Pillow, $170-$180
From designer Bev Hisey.  100% wool.  16"x16", 11"x18", or 14" round

You Can Never Have Too Many Pillows

Rose and Radish in Hayes Valley is the go to shop for picking up beautiful hand-printed linen pillows by Lisbet Friis.  The shop only carried a few of the patterns last year, but they were so popular that Rose and Radish now has added many more styles to their collection.  The pillows are inspired by ribbons that hang from medals and awards, and they're an excellent way to add bright and gorgeous color to your home.  $188 each at Rose and Radish.

Tom Ford for Gucci at Amarcord Fine Decorative Arts

It may not be chic or classy (or legal) to smoke in your home anymore, but the decorative cigarette box is still promptly displayed on cocktail tables across our finer neighborhoods. And remember that Louis Vuitton vintage trunk you coveted for 10 years? The one you want to use as a coffee table (good luck with that)? How fantastic would these home accessories by Tom Ford for Gucci look on it? Or perhaps on top of your Danish Modern bedroom dresser? $500 each at Amarcord Fine Decorative Arts (by appointment only).

Yes We Can! (Decorate for Under $200)

I have a black apartment.  Meaning, I have an apartment that mostly has black walls.  It's daring, yes, but I think it works really well in my light-filled Victorian home.  It's also really fun to buy furniture and home accessories.  I have to be extra careful because, you know, my apartment is black.  One of my favorite rooms in my apartment is my home office.  It's got a lot of pop, and I spend most of my days there.  People always ask me where I bought the furniture and home accessories, so I thought I'd share some of my local finds with you.  The white wall stuff is the Algue by Vitra, and it's available at Zinc Details.  The

Sale at Wynne Alex

Like sass and class? What about Hollywood Regency, but with a dab of San Francisco's laid back sophistication? Then you, my lovelies, need to head over to Pacific Heights to indulge in the sale that's currently going on at Wynne Alex. Everything in the store is 25% to 50% off. And all of the Oly Studio and Barclay Butera Home is 25%. No, I did not stutter. That's 25% off Oly Studio and Barclay Butera Home. Wow indeed! The sale goes until January 31st. Wynne Alex: 3085 Sacrament Street.

Vintage Curtis Jere at Monument

From Gossip Girl to Mad Men, Curtis Jere's iconic metal wall art is always prominently placed in the best interiors.  And now you'll witness the value of the original vintage pieces shooting straight up since Jonathan Adler recently started selling the licensed reproductions.  With that said, Monument has always been the one-stop-shop for all things (original) Curtis Jere.  Like the enameled wall sculpture of owls that are pictured.  Talk about a rarity.  They were designed in 1966 and the company was done with enamel within a few years (therefore increasing their value).  Currently available at Monument with an asking price of $1,400.

Historic Firehouse 44 is on the Market

In the city, we're big fans of historic real estate.  So, imagine my delight when historic Firehouse 44 hit the market.  The firehouse was built in 1910 and has an impressive history.  It was built to house a team of horses and 12 firemen who fought fires on Castro Hill.  In 1959, artists Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen purchased the firehouse at a public auction for $7,500.  The couple had a knack for throwing fabulous parties, and their beautiful and bohemian conversion of the space was photographed and published in design magazines, mostly because living and working in unusual spaces was not common at the time.  Shoot forward to present day and Teutonic Construction and interior designer Josephine Fisher have done a heavy renovation of the firehou

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