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Have you ever seen the rugs at Peace Industry? They're true works of art, and the process owners Melina and Dodd Raissnia go through in order to create them is just as inspiring. Each felt rug is handmade in small batches at their workshop in Iran, using traditional Iranian methods and only 100% lamb's wool and natural dyes to ensure that each piece is unique and of exceptional quality. And boy, are they - you just may want to curl up one right there in the showroom. Fall in love with one this President's Day weekend, and you're in luck; every rug in stock will be at least 20% off.
Opening tonight at BellJar: Lisa Congdon's Love Me Not, a modern upgrade of Valentine's notes from the Victorian era. The show will include paintings, illustration, collage and shadowbox. Here's what Congdon said about her show: "Valentine's Day reached its height of celebration in the Victorian Era. Valentines cards were produced in tens of thousands, from whimsical to slightly vulgar. Their designs included lace paper, embossed envelopes, glass or metal mirrors, ribbons, real feathers, and flowers or dried ferns. Chubby, adult-looking children called cherubs adorned them.
If Valentine's is one of your less-than-favorite days, allow Electric Works and the artwork of Paul Madonna to sweeten it up for you. This Saturday, be one of the first ten people to make a purchase at the Electric Works store on 8th Street and you'll be gifted a limited edition, signed and numbered print by local artist Paul Madonna.
The penthouse at the St Regis at 188 Minna became national news when the press got a hold of the Sotheby's listing. Why? Because it was for a cool $70,000,000. Victor MacFarlane bought it for $30,000,000 as a raw shell in 2005, and it appeared on Sotheby's website with the $70,000,000 asking price and beautiful renderings of the soon-to-be interiors back in August of 2008. The penthouse isn't ready yet, but when it is it'll be 20,000+ square feet (including 2,900 square feet of terraces); six bedrooms and seven full baths (in addition to the four half baths); a home cinema; 22 foot floor-to-ceiling glass walls; and six car parking.
One of the best features about Etsy, the popular website that lets you buy and sell all things handmade, is the different ways to explore the site. You can shop by color, by editors' picks, or by my personal favorite, locally. Through Etsy, I discovered Kate Durkin. A San Francisco artist who creates playful home items such as original works of art, pillows and tote bags, all under $65. Kate works with a palette of subtle muted colors to create wonderfully original pieces that would be an excellent addition to any home. To see more of her work, visit
Starting this April you'll be able to see San Francisco-based designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy's rich yet simple interiors without leaving your own home. Is your apartment getting a complete Diaz-Azcuy-approved makeover, you ask? Sorry, but no. Did you think this was Oprah? But you can purchase best-selling author Diane Dorrans Saeks' book entitled Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, which features page upon page of the designer's interiors, as well as insight into his design methodologies and style. Then you can try and recreate the look in your own place (designer not included).
There's already a lot to love at Design Within Reach, but this Saturday the Potrero Hill branch is upping the ante with its Valentine's Day: A Fair event. From 10a.m. to 2p.m you can sip mimosas and nibble on breakfast noshes all while taking in new and discounted wares from Bay Area designers. Surprise a forgetful friend with these placemats from Josh Jakus - the napkin rings are built right in, so they'll never be misplaced again. What's not to love?
Heath Ceramics just put out a beautifully designed place setting called the Olima Basic Set. To celebrate the launch, Heath is offering up to 15% off the regular price for the next week. To take advantage of the discount, simply type in SETS at checkout. All sets include a Redwood Dinner Plate 10.75", a Sage Salad Plate 8.25" and a Birch/Matte Brown Cereal Bowl 6.5". All dishes are oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. And as with all Heath Ceramics products, they're made right in Sausalito.
On Saturday the Embarcadero-side Infinity Tower II will be open for all potential buyers to see, with a move-ins scheduled for Spring. The second tower has similar floorplans to the first, but the developers say the second tower has nicer interior finishes. Finishes like quartzite countertops, brushed stainless steel plumbing fixtures, limestone flooring (in the bathroom), Kohler bathroom fixtures, Studio Becker cabinets and Bosch appliances. Each unit has jaw-dropping and completely unobstructed views of the bay, which is one of the many reasons San Francisco is buzzing about the latest tower. The floorplans are unique in that 4 out of 6 of them have the curved walls of the building, a factor that has many buyers flocking to the towers sales office to put down a down payment. Anot