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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.
I've always been fond of the city's outer neighborhoods (Sunset, holler!), but one bout of rain is all it takes to have me singing the praises of more centralized living. When the weather isn't cooperating, it helps to have your favorite night spots close at hand in order to shake that cabin fever that inevitably sets in after a day or so of rain.
So if you've got similar concerns, or simply appreciate a home close to the city's hub, this week's Craigslist Deal is for you. It's right on Haight about a half a block from Divis – steps to The Page, near NOPA, Bar Crudo, Ragazza, and other favorite dining spots, and around the corner from Faletti's if you've got to make a quick dash to the store.
This Saturday and Sunday Hudson's Gallery offers the goods from nine estates under one roof at their warehouse in Oakland. The amount of inventory for sale is staggering, numbering into the thousands of items. It's kind of like the design center of used furniture and accessories. These warehouse sales happen every three or four months at Hudson's. What makes this one notable, among many things, is the large collection of antique radios.
Did you hear? Target is invading the San Francisco bubble with a store taking over the second floor of the Metreon in early 2012, coupled with a dramatic makeover to the 4th & Mission complex from basically a cavernous movie theater and a few arcade games into a downtown shopping destination. We tried to uncover the progress of Target's move to the space awhile ago, but the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency kept their mouths shut, until the Chronicle reported the latest this morning.
Now that it's turning pitch black at around 4pm every day (thanks loads, Daylight Savings!) there's no time like the present to invest in some more lights. Anthem, in San Francisco's Laurel Heights, is taking 20 to 30 percent of all lighting in the store (that's chandeliers, lamps, sconces – the whole shebang) from now through December 1st.
When it comes to interiors and architecture, San Francisco loves a good show. Off the top of my head I can think of three major annual home tours or showcase houses, and that's not counting the myriad of smaller ones that pop up each spring and fall. But take it from a women who goes to (nearly) all of them, the Elle Decor Showhouse is not-to-be-missed (purchase tickets here for its last showing this weekend). There are at least eight reasons why.
No. 1: This is going to sound ridiculous to say about a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home, but it's accessible. Most showcase-style homes seem to be things that you'd have to invent the next iPad to afford. Now don't get me wrong, this is a very high-end home. However, the spaces are approachable. Maybe you'd just have to work at Facebook, Google, Apple or a shelter magazine (dreams, people!) to swing this 1911 Saint Francis Wood manse.
With the major feast just a week away, we're hoping you've got your recipes planned–or at least have an invite to someone's house who does. Because at this point in the game, it's time to put down the menu and start thinking about the little details that'll make your Thanksgiving table extra special.
Need a little decorating nudge? Your timing couldn't be better: Today marks the return of the San Francisco's annual Dining by Design event.