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The Bloomingdale's Catalog Gets the Golden Gate Park Treatment

Stow Lake is, hands down, one of my favorite sections of Golden Gate Park. Ever been? It's tucked a little off the main road and far enough into the park to not get a slew of visitors, and it's gorgeous–truly a little oasis of calm in the city. It's a great for a casual walk on a nice day, which is just what I was in the middle of doing a few months back when I stumbled upon a photo shoot. Normally I pass those by–there are a surprising number going on throughout the park on weekdays–but this one featured home decor, so naturally I had to investigate.

State Cutting Boards: A New Kind of California Love

California's silhouette is arguably the most recognizable of all the states, what with its long and slender, almost boomerang-like shape. So, unlike any of those square-ish states that are impossible to tell apart when taken outside of map context (I'm looking at you, Wyoming and Colorado), CA's outline is ripe with design possibilities.

Cool Apartment Art That Won't Cost You An Arm & A Leg

Chancing upon art that you like is hard enough, but finding something you'd be happy to hang on your wall that's also affordable? Virtually unheard of. Good, inexpensive art can be incredibly hard to come by–that is, if you don't know where to look. Read more. . .

Get the Look: Bird Wallpaper a la SoMa's Bloodhound Bar

With a name like Bloodhound, one might think this San Francisco bar would be all old English pomp and pub-dom with hunted deer heads decorating every nook and cranny. But while the distressed wood walls, padded stools, and yes, an antler chandelier or two, might call to mind the trappings of an ancient hunting lodge, a few modern accents keep the place feeling like a chic den rather than a time warp. Read more. . .

Painting Stripes on Your Walls That Are Perfectly Imperfect

Having painted every room in pretty much every apartment I've lived in, I fancy myself quite handy with a paintbrush. Yet ask me to paint stripes on a wall and watch all the blood drain out of my face. All of that measuring, taping, prepping, painting, drying, and painting again is enough to make this girl throw in the roller. It's like taking all of the mundane aspects of the job and multiplying them by two (or more, depending on the number of colors in your stripes). Read more. . .

California Home+Design Wants to See Your Before-and-After Masterpieces

Foggy weather given you cabin fever? Inspired you to get crafty? Perhaps you've repainted a dresser, repaired an old piece of furniture or re-done a sofa? If so, California Home+Design wants to see it. They're running a contest where the winning "before-and-after" project will be featured in their October issue, which will give you all sorts of DIY cred. Show off your skills here.


Modern Cameos and Silhouettes Worthy of Your Apartment Walls

This trend has been hanging around for the past few months, but, perhaps because it is such a classic style, it doesn't feel remotely outdated yet. After all, the art of creating a silhouette is as old as time, capturing a person's likeness long before cameras came around.

Rustic-Chic Wood Decor from the Richmond's Anzfer Farms

Isn't it funny when you're looking for something and it turns out to be right under your nose? Big thanks to Joy from Oh Joy! for posting about Anzfer Farms, a workshop located not two neighborhoods over from mine, which had so far managed to fly under my radar. Their beautiful home furniture and accessories are all made from reclaimed wood, and are exactly the rustically charming style I've been coveting of late.

Design Events to Check Out This Weekend



Art on the Move 
More than a dozen galleries along San Francisco’s Post and Sutter streets will participate in this Saturday’s Summer Art Walk. The free, self-guided event will feature artist talks, performances, live music, film screenings, and of course, refreshments.

The Latest from the West Coast Design Green Scene

Check out California Home+Design's monthly roundup of what's new on the West Coast green scene.

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