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Over Marimekko? Some Pillow Alternatives

Want to add a little classical pop to your otherwise neutral interior?  Are you as over Marimekko as I am?  Then black & white pillows might be the way to go.  Check out my top 5, after the jump!

1.  Blah Blah Cushion, $125
From designer Donna Wilson. 100% lambswool. Feather and down insert. 
17" x 17"

2.  Salvor: Mini Owl Pillow, $55
Handprinted water-base ink on 100% cotton broadcloth pillow. H 14"

3.  Ant Pillow, $170-$180
From designer Bev Hisey.  100% wool.  16"x16", 11"x18", or 14" round

30% Off at Rose and Radish

A thank you is always appreciated, but when it's attached to a sale, well, that's just icing on the cake. In appreciation of those who chose to forgo the large chain stores and keep it local this holiday season, Rose and Radish is offering 30% off on any in-store or online purchase from now until the end of the month. 30%... that means around 90 bucks off these vibrant Thomas Eyck pillows in shades of yellow, pink and purple. Now that's quite a thank you, indeed.

Zem Joaquin's 6 Simple Tips for Greening Your Kitchen

When I embarked upon a green remodel of my home in 2006, the kitchen took center stage. I employed such energy-saving technologies as LED lighting, Energy Star appliances and a simple fan to replace the defunct AC. To save water, I installed a high-efficiency dishwasher, a foot pedal for the faucet and an on-demand water heater. I especially love our whole-house water filter, which has helped the entire family eliminate plastic bottles. Don’t get me wrong—you certainly don’t have to engage in a major overhaul to turn your kitchen into a healthier hearth, and what’s the harm in taking a few steps in the right direction—especially if wine and chocolate are involved?

New Bedding at Frette: Made for Sleeping In

Rainy San Francisco days seem like they're made expressly for staying curled up in bed... yet sadly most HR departments don't recognize this as an acceptable excuse to sleep in. If you felt rudely awakened by the call of duty (otherwise known as your alarm clock) this morning, than do yourself a favor and don't look at Frette's new line of styles for '09. Seeing the almost obscenely good-looking and ultra comfortable bedding would just be cruel.

High Marks for Pat Kuleto's Zinfandel

Everyone knows that Pat Kuleto has great style. A quick whirl through the revolving door at Boulevard, a paddle through Waterbar or a glass of white under the sea fantasia that is Farallon are all convincing of that. However, he's also been producing some pretty stellar wines from his Napa Valley ranch for the last few years.

You Can Never Have Too Many Pillows

Rose and Radish in Hayes Valley is the go to shop for picking up beautiful hand-printed linen pillows by Lisbet Friis.  The shop only carried a few of the patterns last year, but they were so popular that Rose and Radish now has added many more styles to their collection.  The pillows are inspired by ribbons that hang from medals and awards, and they're an excellent way to add bright and gorgeous color to your home.  $188 each at Rose and Radish.

Tom Ford for Gucci at Amarcord Fine Decorative Arts

It may not be chic or classy (or legal) to smoke in your home anymore, but the decorative cigarette box is still promptly displayed on cocktail tables across our finer neighborhoods. And remember that Louis Vuitton vintage trunk you coveted for 10 years? The one you want to use as a coffee table (good luck with that)? How fantastic would these home accessories by Tom Ford for Gucci look on it? Or perhaps on top of your Danish Modern bedroom dresser? $500 each at Amarcord Fine Decorative Arts (by appointment only).

Anything You Fancy at Eden & Eden

Usually sale items are relegated to some bins in the corner, filled with stuff that's more pitiable than pleasing. "A shirt with three buttons missing? Well, I guess it needs a home..." But not at Eden & Eden, where you can now find their entire selection of to-die-for home accessories (not to mention jewelry and clothes, but that's another blog) on sale for 25% off. It's called the "Anything You Fancy" Sale, and it's going on now through Saturday the 24th.

Up to 80% off at Design Public

One of the major downers to moving is getting rid of all the cool stuff you no longer have room for (ah, life-size David Lee Roth poster, I hardly knew ye). But when it's the offices of Design Public doing the moving, we all end up winners. The online store needs to clear some inventory before they ship out, which means sales at up to 80% for you. No Van Halen posters to be had, but there's plenty of good interior decor available, nonetheless. You can view all sale items in their Outlet section, and make sure to check back often as they'll be rotating stock every other day. Sale ends January 24th.

Don't Start a Fire Today! Don't Do It!

I know you’re tempted – I mean, it’s soooo cold outside, right? – but resist the urge to start a fire today.  Because it’s illegal.   Spare the Air Day is in effect until noon today – which means Bay Area residents are forbidden to burn wood or fire logs in fireplaces, wood stoves and outdoor stoves.  It’s a shame, because we’re kindof obsessed with all of these outdoor fireplaces featured in our sister magazine, California Home & Design.   But fires can wait – until tomorrow.

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