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Take a walk around downtown and, along with many bustling holiday shoppers and decorated stores, you'll still find plenty of empty windows. Despite a slow increase in consumer spending this season over last year, the recession continues to take down many a business, leaving empty storefronts and lease signs in its wake.
Celebrating 150 years in San Francisco next year, Gump's is an institution. Today the Union Square shop offers exclusive collectibles, artwork, antiques, jewelry and a range of tableware, books and furnishings.
It's our honor to offer a selection of holiday gifts from Gump's, hand-selected by our editors, for CH+D and 7x7 readers. We will feature one Gump's gift per day through 12/10.
These one-of-a-kind Serena & Lily Senagalese storage baskets are handcrafted by artisans in Africa and add an earthy yet simple touch. Perfect for holding anything from toys and craft supplies to linens and laundry, they’re great for new parents, hobbyists or your design-savvy mom.
$68–$290 at serenaandlily.com
It's our honor to offer a selection of holiday gifts from Gump's, hand-selected by our editors, for California Home+Design and 7x7 readers. We will feature one Gump's gift per day through 12/10.
There's a nip in the air now that can only mean one thing: Winter's right around the corner. Being as this is San Francisco, however, that nip could easily change into a warm streak or, just as likely, a rainy spell. Be prepared for the city's schizophrenic weather with a well-equipped apartment, like this week's Craigslist Deal.
A flash of sun peeking through the clouds? Head outside to your own private patio to bask in the end-of-season rays. If it's wool coat weather, gather 'round the fireplace indoors instead–true it's only decorative, but it's not like this is Minnesota. Slap a few candles or a space heater in there and it's kind of the same idea, right?
As a design writer at CH+D I’ve helped pull together plenty of picture-perfect holiday-party stories, from outdoor harvest celebrations on rambling vineyards to glittering cocktail parties in luxurious lofts for our end-of-year issues. Thanks to the jaw-dropping locations and incredible talent of professional designers, the final product always turns out looking fabulous, effortless and like a whole lot of fun.
When the planned development of a large housing and retail project in the heart of San Francisco ground to a halt along with the economy, it seemed that the neighborhood would be forever stuck with the fenced-in, gravel-covered lots lining the newly refurbished Octavia Boulevard. But architect Douglas Burnham and his staff at Envelope A+D—the designers of one of the structures that had been put on hold—decided that if they couldn’t reshape the economy, maybe they could reshape the building process. For the in-limbo lots, Envelope A+D designed Proxy, a temporary structure of reskinned shipping containers—their solid metal walls replaced with expansive sheets of glass—that could go up (and be taken down) quickly and inexpensively. Proxy features a rotating roster of vendors, from coffee bars to retail stores to an open-air movie theater.
There's nothing better than the joy of feasting with family and friends. Rather than worrying about if everyone likes their gifts, this week's stress-free holiday is all about sitting back, relaxing, and tucking in to a boatload of food in the company of loved ones. So why would anyone would want to ruin the post-Thanksgiving buzz with a 3am wake-up call, crushing crowds, and flying elbows on Black Friday?
Here's the perfect antidote: a pop-up shop at 3 Fish Studios.