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Flora Grubb Shares Her Summer Must-Haves

Flora Grubb

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Our obsession with SF's famed Flora Grubb and her eponymously named Flora Grubb Gardens is well documented. So when we recently got the chance to sit down with Flora for our June 2012 issue, we jumped at the chance. Now, she shares her ideas for letting your green flag fly.

The San Francisco Design Center Spring 2012 Sample Sale

SFDC Spring 2012 Sample Sale

This June 9th and 10th, visit the Galleria and Showplace buildings at the San Francisco Design Center to shop the Bay Area’s most extensive and luxurious collection of one-of-a kind home furnishings at remarkable discounts.  The sample sale is the ideal opportunity to see the latest trends and products in home furnishings.

Shop hundreds of high-end items at up to 70% off. Perry’s at the Design Center and Caffe Pazzo at the Showplace will be open for grab-and-go breakfasts, delicious lunches, beverages and light bites.  

From Venice Beach to Valencia Street: The Detox Market

From Venice Beach to Valencia Street: The Detox Market (DRAFT)

The Detox Market began with Valerie Grandury, a breast cancer survivor looking to wipe her health slate clean with a vegan diet and non-toxic skincare. She found a partner in fellow toxin-free advocate, Romain Gaillard, who helped Valerie source additional natural products for her clientele. A pop-up shop of detox-inspired products on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach was born, a Beverly Hills outpost followed, and now San Franciscans in search of a “dream team of organic and natural products” can be found on Valencia Street.

Woodworking Magic: A Look Inside the Studio of Anzfer Farms

Joe Ferriso and Jon Anzalone had similar career paths: Both studied painting and took woodworking jobs to make money. Before making woodworking their vocation, Anzalone apprenticed with woodworker Peter Murkett and Ferriso worked in a frame shop (where he built boxes to display Martin Scorsese’s awards). After moving to San Francisco, they made it their day job and opened their studio. 

Hand-Blown Terrariums at Heath Ceramics Showroom

Whether for indoor or outdoor use, terrariums are a great way to create your own little biosphere. Even if you were not born with a green thumb, terrariums provide an excellent environment for plants to thrive. So if you want to create your own floral diorama check out these beautiful hand-blown terrariums now available at the Heath Ceramics showroom in Sausalito.

Oakland Designer Turns Used Bicycle Parts Into Mod Wall Clocks

Whether you’re a pedal-pushing road warrior or a casual joyrider, you have to admit–bikes are pretty darn cool to look at. Well, thanks to Oakland-based craftster, Liz Dickey, we can now admire the two-wheel cruisers all the time. The Portland transplant turns recycled bicycle parts into mod designer wall clocks.

Dickey spiffs up greasy old bike chain rings and then uses discarded fabric scraps for the clocks’ background. From French wool plaid to faux leather, tweed to bamboo-like wallpaper, the industrial metal paired with different colors and textures of reclaimed textiles is a brilliant, gear-shifting design idea.

Fire Escape Farms Pop-Up Shop: Green Thumbs for Small Spaces

Naya Peterson was perplexed that the Mission, "one of the sunniest and most food-centric neighborhoods in the city," didn't have a gardening store. So she opened Fire Escape Farms, a pop-up mecca for urbanites looking  to grow gardens in their small apartments. Fire Escape Farms focuses on edible gardening in small spaces and offers seeds specifically meant for San Francisco growing. And for bike and foot-bound urbanites, Fire Escape even offers delivery via bio-disel wagon. 

Estate Sale: An Elegant Existence in West Clay Park

There's a certain kind of estate sale that gets to me: The ones where you feel as if you are walking through rooms the dearly departed have only recently vacated. You can get a sense of how the owners lived, what they loved and the type of people they were by looking at their possessions. This week's sale at 140 24th Ave. is such an event and it's filled with interesting finds. It opens this morning at 10 a.m., and it's a can't-miss for treasure hunters.

Sink Into HD Buttercup's Half Yearly Sale

Confession: I'd never been to HD Buttercup. Though I enjoy interiors, my place is packed solid, so I don't furniture window shop much, however I do want a new bed...When I caught wind of the SOMA furniture store's half-yearly sale I rode over and disappeared from reality for about a half-hour.

Churchill: Design Details on The Castro's Newest Watering Hole

One glance at the intersection of Church & Market Streets and it's clear something's different. Gone is the strobe-lit hole that was Bar On Church and in its place stands Churchill, a new earth-toned bar that feels like a cushy military barracks.

We caught up with local designer extraordinaire Lauren Geremia — who also styled Double Dutch and Bloodhound — to see how she brought this new spot (that's already packed nightly) to life.

Tell us about the local designers or artists that you used to bring Churchill together.

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