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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.
In the world of the wanderlust-y, there are Francophiles and Anglophiles, and die-hard Eat, Pray, Love fans that believe Italy and India are the meccas of spiritual reinvention. Me, I’m more of a Nederphile.
Wait, wait! Stick with me for a second. If the title of this week's Craigslist Deal hadn't declared "Not Tenderloin!" in large print, I might have skipped it too. But this true Lower Nob Hill unit is just a few blocks shy of 'Loin potential, and in this city, you know even a block or two can be a world of difference (and a completely different neighborhood).
A few weeks ago, we asked you to nominate your favorite local charities. Check out the seven you chose as your favorite in the city here, who will each be receiving a $700 gift from us. We've also been profiling each of these on our website. Don't forget to vote for your favorite to be featured as a "Charity You Love" in our February issue!
Is collecting an inherited trait? Judging from the astounding depth and breadth of the goods offered at an estate sale this weekend in Los Gatos, the answer is "yes." In this family, grandmother was a collector and her daughter and son-in-law continued the tradition. The beneficiary is you, when you venture into this house that's better stocked than some antiques and vintage stores.The sale is staged by Martin Codina's Fine Estate Liquidation company. Codina has been running estate sales for 15 years, and what he doesn't know about antiques, art and collectibles may not be worth learning (check out his blog, and you'll find out a lot about, well, a lot).
Where to begin? This family, a pair of academics, loved to buy items ranging from the fine to the esoteric.