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Five years ago, design consultant Frances Weiss and her then-fiancé shared an apartment in Bernal Heights with some pretty rotten mojo. "Someone overdosed and died there shortly before we moved in," says Weiss, 35. The couple’s relationship irrevocably soured soon after they took up residence. The newly single Weiss sought safe harbor in a light-filled, 400-square-foot studio in Lower Pacific Heights. "It felt warm and safe from the moment I stepped foot in it," she says. "It was such a welcome relief coming from a bad relationship and a haunted apartment."
"We like to describe the decor as ‘faded Cuban glamour,’" says stylist and designer Monique Ramos of the Mission apartment she shares with her boyfriend, artist Richard Colman. The intriguing tableau, a sunny 850-square-foot space, arises from the most unexpected medley of nostalgic travel mementos (jars of sand from all over the world), moody works of art (seascapes and taxidermy installations), and enchanting timeworn furnishings (chandeliers and vintage leather seating).
The offerings at an incredible estate sale in Sonoma County this weekend bring to mind George Lucas' iconic film American Graffiti. But make no mistake, these 60s-era finds aren't stage props, they are the real deal from a family that ran a beloved diner-style restaurant for decades in Petaluma.The restaurant was Beasleys, and for 21 years the owners served three squares a day at their historic Wickersham Building establishment in the town where American Graffiti was filmed.
Halloween has come and gone, but if you're still looking for a good scare the city's spookiest spots remain to creep you out for the rest of the year. Case in point: this week's Craigslist Deal, located in the new Presidio Landmark. It may look as lovely as can be now (hardwood floors! washer and dryer in unit! a hot tub out back!), but drive by before the renovation and the former Public Health Service Hospital could make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Halloween hasn't even happened yet, Thanksgiving is still a month away, and the holidays are but a faint glint on the horizon. But stores are already gearing up for the shopping season with gift-friendly products, and well, there's just too much good stuff not to share. DWR in particular is bringing it with the newest products in Tools for Living. The home accessories section has a little something for big spenders and Secret Santas alike, with little stylish options that'll fit snuggly in lucky recipients' stockings.
San Francisco's Branch is finding a new place to perch. The sustainable design-focused online retailer is packing up its South Van Ness warehouse and easing into a shiny new space South of Market. While details on the new headquarters are limited so far, talk of a showroom and event space planned inside have got our interest piqued.
There are only so many places to live on San Francisco's Russian Hill. Its buildings are a chronicle of the city's culture and history, undamaged by the 1906 fire, later threatened with destruction by hi-rise buildings in the 1960's and now preserved. The Hermitage was the last project built on the historic hill, in 1986, and there's a penthouse on the market. Read more. . . .
Each year I make the same promise to myself to sit down and make my own set of holiday cards that are at once beautiful, ever so slightly witty, and 100 percent personalized. Every year, without fail, I break that promise. Sigh! It takes a lot of time and work to be that perfect. This year I'm getting an early start, and I've decided to be honest with myself about my capabilities, or lack thereof. Rather than spending far too long designing the perfect card in my head, then quickly scrapping the idea after realizing (again) that my creative skill does not equal the creativity of my ideas, I've decided to outsource things. Enter Minted, a crowdsourcing stationery site based in San Francisco.
Most studio kitchens are meager, to say the least; a small chunk of the wall with a few plates-worth of cabinets, a sink, a wisp of a stove, and virtually no counter space to devote to actually preparing a meal. On the other hand, find a studio that's big enough to actually cook in, and who wants to? When that quick sole meunière is bound to spend at least a week hanging out in your nearby sheets and pillows, it's just not worth the effort.
Oakland textile designer Maja Brugo was influenced by Scandinavian design, California, graphic design, art, and music. Oh, and Japanese design and mid-century modern design. Whew. Tikoli's cotton tea towels are colorful, modern, and made to mix and match—perfect for those of us who have trouble making a commitment to a color or pattern, even in the kitchen. Read more. . .