California Home & Design
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. . .
The best estate sales are full of mystery and melancholy, not to mention great finds and bargains. No one understands this like Old Hat, a company that stages some of the best ones. This week, they have a goody on Russian Hill (1080 Francisco St., Apt. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., today through Sunday).
The folks who run Old Hat get that the past and present mix and mingle as bargain hunters and antique lovers dig through the sum contents of someone's life. When closets are thrown open, boxes emptied and basements cleared, the personal items that are revealed tell a story as clearly as if the departed ones were speaking aloud. Read more. . .
It's a rare crystal-clear day here in the city by the bay, and readers, it is a true delight. Even up in Twin Peaks, a notoriously fog-filled neighborhood, I could make out the Golden Gate Bridge peeking out from over the distant hills. The beach and slate blue water lifted their omnipresent veil and called to me. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that this beautiful clarity lasts through the weekend.
San Francisco is not a city short on antiques fairs. For starters, there's old faithful in Alameda and the new upstart at Candlestick Park, both of which occur monthly. And if you attend just those two with any regularity, you know how quickly you can become addicted to going. So what's an antique addict to do on the off-weeks between events? This weekend offers just the ticket, with the annual 20th Century Modernism Show & Sale pulling into Herbst Pavillion in Fort Mason.
We here at 7x7 and California Home + Design can get pretty excited about a good home raffle, so when I first saw a commercial for this year's Dream House contest from Community Action Marin, I took to the website immediately. What would this year's dwelling look like? Is it worth my hard-earned cash for a ticket (or three)? Here's what I found...
If there's one thing to love about fall, it's the chance to break out all those cozy sweaters that have been sitting patiently in the back of the closet. While I love (love) warm weather, there's just nothing like fall fashion's warm knits to get me excited about the change of seasons. But while outfitting myself is fun, it's dressing my home that's my passion. So what's the interior design equivalent of pulling on a new sweater? Read more. . .
Terrariums have blown up into a major trend in home gardening over the past few years, with everyone from the New York Times to Martha Stewart (erm, not to mention Jeffery Tambor) taking a crack at them. It's no wonder they're so well loved; terrariums are a cinch to put together, need little maintenance, and can be made in just about any vessel you like. These days they come in all shapes and sizes, from elegant apothecary jars to recycled spaghetti sauce containers. But my new favorite is the Wardian case. Read more. . . .
Tyler Florence serves up some sinfully delicious classics at his new SF restaurant, Wayfare (buttermilk-brined fried chicken anyone?). He shared his recipe for deviled eggs with California Home+Design this month. Check it out here and get ready to seriously impress friends at your next brunch party.