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In this day of 60-second You Tube Videos, 100-word blog posts (no such luck with this one, sorry) and two-minute meals, I’ve come to appreciate things that take an inordinately long time: Marathons, Passover Seder, Ken Burns’ documentaries—all those hours spent thinking about one thing can lead to an experience akin to, well, having an experience, if you know what I mean.
Individual character. It may be an easy trait to come by in San Francisco residents, but finding an apartment with it is one tall order. Despite the many architecturally attractive exteriors around town, so often the interiors of those unique old buildings are poorly updated, zapping their individuality with bad carpet and poor overhead lighting, and turning them into another one of those blah spaces you were hoping to avoid.
It's a rare crystal-clear day here in the city by the bay, and readers, it is a true delight. Even up in Twin Peaks, a notoriously fog-filled neighborhood, I could make out the Golden Gate Bridge peeking out from over the distant hills. The beach and slate blue water lifted their omnipresent veil and called to me. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that this beautiful clarity lasts through the weekend.
I've professed my love for certain things IKEA before, but there's also plenty that leaves me cold. For instance, I could do without that sinking certainty after a purchase that–regardless of what you're coming home with–there are hundreds, nay, thousands of homes with exactly the same thing, instantly recognizable in style to all who see it.
While I'm a firm believer that September is way too soon for stores to put up Thanksgiving decorations (I'm looking at you, Pottery Barn), it's never too early to start honing your skills in the art of entertaining–whether it be in anticipation of the holidays or just a dinner party next week. And mastering a few welcoming wreathes or bouquets for around the home is a good place to start. Even if you're not throwing the bash, what better gift to give a host than a thoughtfully handmade flower arrangement? Here are a few ways to up your floral design prowess around the state:
Who doesn't want a deal? Even better—heads up on a deal that hasn't gone live yet. Last Tuesday Gilt City San Francisco joined the ranks of Groupon, Living Social, Fresh Guide, Bergine, and more, giving members unique access to deals at top Bay Area destinations including restaurants, spas, entertainment venues, museums, and shops. Weekly Gilt City San Francisco sales go online every Tuesday at 12 p.m. PST, but we got the skinny on what to expect today. Here's your sneak peek of what's to come.
We like to keep our apartment finds as low as possible, but sometimes looks–not to mention neighborhoods–conspire against us. Such was the case on both fronts with this weeks Craigslist Deal. It's a little bit pricier than the usual, but given the location and sharp interior (that comes fully furnished, in addition) we'd still say it's a steal.
Part of Market Street will be shut down this Sunday, and it's because they're lifting a car by crane into the Autodesk Design Gallery at One Market.
But not just any car: It's one of the new Tesla Model S Sedans, and it's being lifted two stories and through the arched windows of the building to its display perch at the Autodesk Design Gallery for the next few months. The car's just a design model, however, the real deal won't be available for purchase until 2012.
You've probably noticed that we post sister pub California Home+Design's musing on the San Francisco design scene from time to time here.
But we're expanding it beyond the hyperlocal for a second to call attention to their annual Hit List voting. It's a (quite impressive) roundup of what their readers nominated as the most innovative design products to come out of the state of California in the past year.