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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
Despite the hipsters, drug addicts, and occasional puke-spattered sidewalk, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the city that doesn't have a little place in their heart for the Mish. Why? The food, unique shops, and independent spirit keep everyone coming back. Show your love this Saturday by popping into some of your favorite neighborhood haunts in support of We Heart the Mission, a "midwinter stroll" featuring sales, parties, and all sorts of incentives for keeping it local. For instance, you'll find 10% off everything at BellJar or 20% off in-store purchases at Rare Device...
Shopping for that special gift for your special someone on that special day can be so... exhausting. Flowers and chocolates will do, but they're usually lacking in the creative department. Thankfully, Design Public did the work for you by going through its products and selected the best gifts for Valentine's Day. From Alexander Girard's iconic Love Heart print (see photo to the left), to a fashion-forward modern beanbag, you're bound to find something for your special someone.
The fallback gift for Valentine's Day is usually to say it with flowers, but this year why not say it with a potted planted? It's the gift that keeps giving, seeing as it won't be tossed out in a week, and with the big sale going on over at Flora Grubb this month, it's a cost-effective choice too. Get 25% off on all garden plants that are 2 gallons or larger, and 25% off most garden furniture and accessories. We're particularly fond of their stock tanks (shown here) which would work perfectly as a little garden container for the urban green thumb you adore.