Home + Design
This week I'm feeling my inner homebody looming large. More than ever, there seems to be a resurgence of spending more time nesting, and entertaining at home. The economy's got everyone a bit down, I know, but there's also an upside to slowing down a little, spending more time with family and friends within the confines of your own comfy dwelling. You can take pride in the smallest tasks, like canning & preserving, or painting a room a sunny bright color, or washing your linens by hand in some lavender scented water. It feels good to get back to the basics and appreciate the simpler things in life. So this week in Sfgirlbybay's Seven for 7x7, we're taking some time out for a few moments of zen.
Warehouse sales make us smile with our heart. Really, what's better than the ultimate find on something you know usually sells for two or three times the amount you paid? If you're of the same mind, then you'll love this: Restoration Hardware is having a big warehouse sale this Friday and Saturday from 9AM to 7PM. The bad news is it's in Tracy (eep!) and our guess is if you want the good stuff you've got to get there early. However, if you're of the true bargain-hunter spirit we're sure you've got it in you to make the trek. Address is 1830 N. MacArthur Drive (zip is 95376), off of the 205. For more information call (209) 830.0015.
In continuing our look at Handmade Nation participants, today we'll check out The Curiosity Shoppe, whose co-owner Derek Fagestrom will also be a panelist for the event. If you've had a chance to stop by the shoppe located in the Mission, you know what a joy it is - featured artists adorn the walls, craft supplies abound, and "curiosities" of the perfect-gifting kind are everywhere. We're looking forward to seeing the selection they'll have at Handmade Nation, as well as hearing Derek's insight into the handmade crafting movement.
More locally designed treats from artists participating at Handmade Nation! Today we're looking at Sharon Spain, who creates delicate, nature-inspired screen-prints on items from pillows to purses and cards. We're most taken with the pillows, which are available in hemp linen and silk dupioni and come in a variety of sizes. The neutral color of the fabric is the perfect background for Spain's colorful, intricate prints, each pulled by hand for a completely one-of-a-kind result.
First in our look at vendors participating in the upcoming Handmade Nation event is Bay Area native Diana Fayt. Each piece of Fayt's handmade ceramic art requires 13 steps to complete, and takes as much as seven hours from start to finish (and that's not including kiln time). You can see the attention to detail in every aspect of her work, from the freehand illustrations that adorn many of the pieces, to the lead-free glazes in rich, deep hues. If you're not able to make it to the Handmade Nation screening and sale at Mezzanine next week, not to worry.
Local design blogger Victoria Smith (you may know her best by her SFGirlByBay handle) begins her once-weekly exclusives, aptly titled, the Seven for 7x7, today. Correct us if we're wrong, but we suspect that her first post was inspired in part by the recent influx of rain-heavy clouds over our fair city. If being rained-in means getting to wrap up in her recommended vintage wool cape, then may the deluge continue.
For the past few years, we've noticed that felt is making a major comeback in the home. What's not to love? it is versatile, durable, and oh so soft. This week Rare Device will be hosting an art opening for their new exhibit by Arounna Khounnoraj and a trunk show from Papaver Vert. Both use felt in their works, from pieces dispersed in Khounnoraj's mixed media art to Papaver Vert's bright and bold home accessories created entirely of the material. The event will be going down this Friday (March 6th) from 7 to 9PM at Rare Device, 1845 Market St.
It's easy to get swallowed up into the fantastic source that is Etsy; with so many shops and new items posted all the time, you can end up spending hours searching through pages upon pages of owl-themed tea towels (or what have you) until you find the gem you were looking for. To make the process a little easier, here are a few local sellers whose work we love, so next time you can go right to the good stuff...
One of San Francisco's most well-known and best loved furniture emporiums is having a big birthday - but you're the one getting the gift. Design Within Reach is celebrating its 10 years (can you believe it?) in the business, and to up the ante they'll be celebrating with not 10% off (as in past years), but 15% off everything, and free shipping to boot. Of course you can always just stop by one of the three stores in the city for some instant gratification, and knock out that shipping full-stop.
Gabriella Sarlo, the New York born, SF-raised owner of Potrero Hill's newest design showroom, SARLO, shares with us seven items she just can't live without. The Cow Hollow resident recently launched the new SARLO website, which design enthusiasts peruse at their own risk, as the potential to buy something amazing—from mercury glass hurricanes to an elephant head coffee table—is just too great.