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Fab Finds @ Russian Hill Estate Sale This Weekend

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. . .

Spooky Centerpieces from Paxton Gate

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?

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1895 Alamo Square 1 Bdrm

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.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1525 Pac Heights Studio

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?

Optimism, Not Fear, The Theme at William McDonough's Fort Mason West Coast Green Lecture

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.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1750 Mission Carriage House

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.

A Gorgeous View For A Gorgeous Day at 2701 Broadway

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.

IKEA Hacks from SF's Fixed Design

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.

A "Backyard Office" from Oakland's Sustainsia, Inc.

Working from home has its perks (namely, wearing your pajamas all day long), but sometimes a little separation between home life (namely, the fridge) and the daily grind is a good thing–which is why these cocoons from Sustainsia, Inc. are so genius.

The New York School of Flower Design Opens a San Francisco Branch

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:

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