On May 4, San Francisco met celebrity interior designer Mary McDonald (Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators) at Gump's on Maiden Lane as she presented her new lighting collection and signed copies of her new book Mary McDonald: Interiors, The Allure of Style. McDonald's style combines old-fashioned elegance with a modern sensibility that results in a fearless, joyful exuberance. Her ability to combine bold patterns, Chinoiserie, and Indian influences with contemporary lines and an impeccable sense of color has established her style as one of a kind.
SF-based designer Jessi Rymill and writer William Bostwick, authors of the Beer Craft (out today!) have brewed over 150 batches of beer in the last two years. Their method is a little different from what you might learn from the Grizz at SF Brewcraft’s introductory classes. Instead of focusing on large batches (that weigh a ton and take up half your closet space), they've zeroed in on the perfect batch size for small-spaced, urban living: one gallon.
When San Francisco etiquette coach Lisa Grotts travels, she abides by the John Steinbeck quote "A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it." While on a radio media tour a few years back, Grotts spent so much time in major airports, she began to notice a plethora of travel faux pas, "luggage carts crashing into the shins of others; angry, unhappy passengers; passengers in coach placing their luggage in first, etc. I wrote my first chapter [of the guide] that week!" she says. In November, her compilation of all her travel knowledge, "A Traveler's Passport to Etiquette" hit the shelves.
New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer kept a close watch on the Bush Administration, specifically in regard to policies around terrorism and torture. Her most recent book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, explores the dissonance (to put it nicely) between the Constitution and the methods employed by Bush & Company in their war on terrorism. Mayer will talk about the practices and consequences of the Bush Administration this evening at the Commonwealth Club (6pm).