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Three Hidden Haunts in Calistoga

Three Hidden Haunts in Calistoga

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Calistoga, oft seen as the stepsister to Napa, stretches beyond its cowboy and mud bath mecca roots, so wake up California, this town is no longer just for cowpokes. Check out some of our favorite hidden haunts.

The Top 5 Things to Do in Wine Country This Month

 The Top 5 Things to Do in Wine Country This Month

Spring ushers in fair weather for outdoor culinary adventures and flea market crawls, and awakens the senses with eye-popping color from farmers markets to art exhibits. Here are our picks for the best things to do in Wine Country this month.

Don't Miss the Provocative Post:Ballet at the SF International Arts Festival

Dont Miss the Provocative Post:Ballet at the SF International Arts Festival

Since being named “Best New Dance” in 2010 by 7x7, San Francisco's Post:Ballet has been on a tear. Now, they're bringing their unique style of dance to the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

High Design Reigns at St. Helena’s Raymond Vineyards

 High Design Reigns at St. Helena’s Raymond Vineyards

Wine Country is home to a plethora of jaw-droppingly gorgeous spaces, but one that caught our eye in recent months is St. Helena’s Raymond Vineyards.

Five Things to Love about SF's New Cavalier

 Five Things to Love about SF's New Cavalier

It would be easy to be disappointed in Cavalier, the new store from interior design star Jay Jeffers and retail guru Michael Purdy. If it were any less spectacular than Jeffers' interiors (many have been featured in the pages of California Home+Design) or not as innovative as Alabaster, the late, great Hayes Valley store that Purdy managed, then their fans would be let down. But if you make your way to this about-to-ignite design hotspot at 1035 Post St. when it opens Tuesday, you will leave inspired. The store is fresh, surprising and insanely creative.

The Whimsical World of SF Paper Sculptor Chloe Fleury

The Whimsical World of SF Paper Sculptor Chloe Fluery

When French paper artist Chloe Fleury moved to San Francisco a few years ago she was so inspired by the city's colorful architecture, she decided to, well, build her own.

Private Collections Takes Design Lovers Behind Closed Doors

Private Collections Takes Design Lovers Behind Closed Doors

Walking the streets of San Francisco after work, I sometimes get glimpses of the city's great private art collections—a corner of a painting, the top of a sculpture or a bit of a photograph—visible through distant lit windows. But, once a year, I get to walk into some of these amazing homes instead of walking by them, thanks to one of SF's best fundraising events: Private Collections.

Legendary SF Artist Rex Ray's Latest Obsessions

Legendary SF Artist Rex Ray's Latest Obsessions

From out on the streets to inside his studio, legendary San Francisco artist Rex Ray shares his inspirations from across the state.

Travel Back to 1968 at the Oakland Museum of California

Travel Back to 1968 at the Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California’s new must-see exhibition transports people back to one of the most turbulent years in U.S. history: 1968.

Using multimedia, art, audio stories, short films, games and hang-out lounges, this participatory exhibit touches on all major changes and events in the country that year—from the height of the Vietnam War to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the rise of plastics and Janis Joplin.

“Why 1968?” Oakland Museum’s executive director Lori Fogarty asked during a preview of the exhibit. “It has particular relevance to this museum. We opened in 1969 as the Black Panthers were being tried across the street and the Bay Area was in tumult.”

Inside Oakland’s New Balinese-Inspired Art Space

 Inside Oakland’s New Balinese-Inspired Art Space, Monkey Forest Road

East meets West in a new Oakland architectural space called Monkey Forest Road. This unique locale is part Balinese art gallery, part community coffee shop and part furniture boutique.

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