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Three Things to Do in Wine Country in February

 Black Moon by Christy Lee Rogers. Photo courtesy Christopher Hill Gallery

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Christopher Hill Gallery grand opening in Healdsburg Plaza

Mingle with 21 local and international artists at the grand opening of Christopher Hill Gallery in Healdsburg at the Plaza.

SF Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area

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If you haven’t had time to make it out to the Crown Point Press at 50 exhibition at the de Young’s Anderson Gallery of Graphic Art, it’s worth a visit before the show’s close on February 17. Celebrating the press house’s 50th anniversary, dozens of prints by 15 internationally famed artists are on view, including Robert Bechtle, Wayne Theibaud, and Kiki Smith.

A Twisted Victorian in San Francisco

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At their first meeting, the owners of this 1,500-square-foot flat in San Francisco made it a point to tell architect Karen Curtiss that what they wanted to do to their home didn't make financial sense. "They knew they could buy a house with the money they planned to spend on the condo," Curtiss says. "However, they didn't want to move. They love their neighbors, the coffee shop on the corner and urban life. They wanted to stay put."

Inside Nespresso Coffee's New Boutique Bar on Grant Avenue

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Coffee culture in San Francisco is known to combine premium coffee with beautiful space (a la Sightglass and Four Barrel). Now, the local coffee grinders have a new kid on the block to contend with as European brand Nespresso ups the ante with its gorgeous Boutique Bar in Union Square.

Photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards Stalks Reality at Oakland Museum of California

Erin, 1997 by Beth Yarnelle Edwards

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There’s something meta about Beth Yarnelle Edwards photographs. In them, she re-creates scenarios from people’s daily suburban lives and the actors she casts play themselves in their own homes. The scenes hinge between authentic and artificial – and all are completely compelling.

Inside Zendesk's Tranquil Mid-Market Office Space

ZenDesk Interior

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In 2011, Zendesk moved into a 42,000+ square foot office on mid-Market and took over multiple floors to support their growing business. The culture is very informal and relaxed, so the space needed to be something that reflects and enables the same. The three co-founders, chief creative director, and O&A designers envisioned a humble, uncomplicated, airy, and charming space where people could breathe, thus the use of white space, high ceilings and calm colors.

Design Events in the Bay Area: Sculptures Made Out of Candy Wrappers, Historic Quilts, and More

Eye Candy by Charlotte Kruk

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You have two more weeks to catch the insatiable Eye Candy designs courtesy of Bay Area artist Charlotte Kruk. Using discarded candy wrappers and cake mix boxes, among other indulgent materials, Kruk created wearable, gluttonous sculptures influenced by a consumer’s inclination to purchase based on flashy packaging, only to discard their initial allure to garbage later.

The Top 20 Winter Escapes on Airbnb

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We’re right there with you—in the mid-winter doldrums and itching for an escape. Visions of beachside bungalows or cozy mountain cabins led us to Airbnb, where we picked 20 amazing places for the perfect California getaway.

I Could Live Here: Kim and Kanye's House

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Ok, no I couldn't. I can't even keep up the ruse for one sentence. But since I'm oddly house-content this week, I figured why not throw myself a curve ball and see what would happen if I were forced to live in a hideous, 14,000-square-foot nouveau-Mediterranean monstrosity in Bel Air. Plus, we all get to look at pictures of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's new house. So it's a win-win.

Twisted Tradition in a SoMA Loft

SoMA Loft

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Architect Cass Calder Smith, of CCS Architecture, is best known for his modernist creations. Interior designer Vaughn Woodson, of Woodson & Woodson Interior Design, is not linked to a particular style, but has work that is more traditional in nature. What happens when the two work on a South of Market condominium in San Francisco? An electric combination of aesthetics.

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