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Design Shopping in Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley may be the premiere design and furnirture shopping destination in the city.  Check out this video tour from California Home + Design, which takes us inside the local art collections of Zonal, The Framing Store, The Painters Place, and the modern design store, Propeller.

 

Eco-Friendly Wooden Postcards from Night Owl Paper Goods

Sending a good old-fashioned note in the mail is so unusual in this time of e-mailing, instant messaging, texting and online social networking. But I still like to send notes and am particularly fond of the postcard (bonus: no wasteful envelope).

I discovered products from Night Owl Paper Goods at an event with eco-friendly merchants and fell instantly for the postcards made of sustainably harvested yellow birch with sweet and simple designs of birds, flowers and butterflies (pictured). I bought a couple but they sat on my desk, where I admired the designs for a while—then I finally went ahead and framed them. Now I plan to go with my original intention of sending them by buying a few more.

Happy Paint Comes from California

By now you have probably figured out that it is far easier to do the right thing from the beginning than it is to undo the wrong thing.

 

Take paint for example: Did you know the EPA estimates that 64 million gallons of paint are diverted away from landfills and incinerators thanks to responsible disposal and recycling? The only problem is that the EPA also estimates it could cost close to $500 million to keep a handle on all that incoming paint.

 

Yikes!

 

Rest Easy

We’ve long been fans of cushions by LoooLo Textiles, which marry artful design with biodegradable yarn. Still, we can’t help but sing their praises once more with their introduction of a new line of cradle-to-cradle home accessories, which return to the earth within one year of repose.

Art for Little Whiskers

Think of it as fine art china for your cat. The Whisker-Wide Bowl for cats is handcrafted in the USA, using 100 percent recycled glass. The bowls are shallow and wide, so they won’t disrupt your kitty’s whiskers while she is eating, and they are attractive enough that they won’t disturb your décor when she isn’t (if that is your look).

SF Style Events


Courtesy of Bettina

What
: Bettina semi-annual clearance sale 

Where: Bettina, 3615 Sacramento St.

When: Aug. 15-19 

Why: Score 50-85% off labels such as: Ziroco, development, Nicholas K, Irene Van Ryb and Union.

Top 7 A+E Picks

The Crucible
courtesy of the Crucible

Here’s 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1. Handsome Furs at Bottom of the Hill on Tuesday, April 15
Catch Montreal duo Handsome Furs (featuring Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry) when they bring their ecstatically mopey indie rock to town.

Organic Toasts

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and the most tried-and-true plans include dinner with a good bottle of wine. Who can resist a toast to love? Even before this latest wave of awareness for the virtues of eating and drinking organic food and beverages, European wine makers were producing wine made with organic grapes and didn’t even consider adding toxins.


courtesy of Swirl

Rockin’ Green Days

I’ve read a lot about artists going green, with tour buses run on biodiesel fuel and other steps taken to reduce their carbon imprint. Heck, Sheryl Crow even toured with Laurie David (“Stop Global Warming Now”). It’s always great to hear about the newly enlightened and good to know that they can lead by example.


photo courtesy of Radiohead
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