Home + Design
One of the beauties of San Francisco is that you can dig up quality accoutrements in some pretty unexpected places--like a tiny garage in the Castro. We've recently become hip to Mid Century Mobler, a passionately-curated collection of gorgeous furniture hand picked by Julian and Gabe, two design-obsessed friends who work out of said Castro garage.
Adding some personality around your home needn't be a laborious undertaking; if you've ever switched out your home's knobs and pulls then you know what a huge upgrade fresh hardware can make. And the best part is, it's pretty much the easiest DIY you could do.
You know you've really arrived when you can say you have a laundry room in your actual apartment. And since you've finally graduated from weekend runs to the laundromat, it's time to take the plunge into smart living. This weekend, The Ki hits Treasure Island with a three-day showcase of smart living brands, sustainable designs, and innovative technologies. And guess what's there? Whirlpool’s new Vantage washer and dryer, which combines technology, high style, and efficiency into a high-performance clothes-cleaning duo.
Apple devotees are probably all over this news already, but for the rest of you, the turtlenecked one unveiled a new MacBook Air today. It weighs a whopping 2 pounds, sports a super-sensitive glass trackpad and offers 11- and 13-inch screens with insane amounts of battery life (try around 7 hours).
Instead of CD or DVD drives, the Air comes with a USB drive containing the Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system. So what will it be on your Christmas list? The new Macbook Air or the iPad?
What’s new on the local design front, from stores to collections to zines.
1. Restoration Hardware’s Gallery Store
The mainstream design store that was right up there with Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn just got a major makeover. Expect rustic, antique-inspired wares—brickmaker’s tables, industrial tool chests, and domed burlap-backed chairs as living room decor—in a muted palette of brown, ivory, and beige that’s anything but boring.
It's thanks to HGTV that I'm aware of the country's fascination–nay, obsession–with granite countertops. Every show features someone or another insisting upon nothing else gracing their kitchen. And once a property is found with gleaming swathes of the stuff, you can practically hear the potential owners purring with content.
So it's for all of you out there with similar proclivities that I offer this week's Craigslist Deal. See that counter? It's granite, people! And brand new. You could hack at that thing with a cleaver for hours and it'll still look all shiny and, um, granite-like.
The best estate sales are full of mystery and melancholy, not to mention great finds and bargains. No one understands this like Old Hat, a company that stages some of the best ones. This week, they have a goody on Russian Hill (1080 Francisco St., Apt. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., today through Sunday).
The folks who run Old Hat get that the past and present mix and mingle as bargain hunters and antique lovers dig through the sum contents of someone's life. When closets are thrown open, boxes emptied and basements cleared, the personal items that are revealed tell a story as clearly as if the departed ones were speaking aloud. Read more. . .
We're just weeks away from Halloween, and even if you won't be dressing up for the holiday, trimming your home with spooky decorations is, while not mandatory, the sign that you're still at least somewhat getting into the spirit. But aside from the token jack-o'-lantern, what to do to get your house ready for All Hallows' Eve?
Everyone has their personal Holy Grail of apartment amenities–you know, that perfect combination of home features that always seems to elude you in your hunt. For me, it's a place with hardwood floors that allows doggies. For under $2000, it's surprisingly hard to find. But today it caught my eye like a needle glimmering in a stack of hay; yes, this week's Craigslist Deal has got all my requirements, and then some.
While the idea of setting off sans roommate and renting a studio of your own can at times sound sweet (usually when you'd prefer to watch "Jersey Shore" sans judgement), the dilemma remains: Do you really want to sleep in the middle of your living room?