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Your Guide to Decoding SF's Secret Victorian Symbols

Early San Francisco residents didn’t have Instagram and Facebook, but it turns out that presenting ourselves to the world as we wish to be (known today as "insta-shaming") is an age-old practice. But in the Victorian era, people posted in a more personal and enduring way: They updated their status by building it onto their homes. The motifs that they included on their houses spoke of their social standing, their net worth, and even their superstitions.

Ken Fulk Channels 1970s Icons in Beverly Hills

Local design luminary Ken Fulk channeled Halston and Andy Warhol when decorating a room in the L'Ermitage Beverly Hills. When asked to design the space for Suite 100, a promotion celebrating the city's centennial, Fulk responded in a decidedly groovy way.

Behold a Four-Day Design Miracle in Noe Valley

When interior designer Ian Stallings set out to furnish this Noe Valley house, he was facing the challenge of his career. His young clients had recently purchased the home and moved in with just a chair, a dining table, and a bed between them. After living in the empty rooms for a time, and undergoing a few false starts, they decided they wanted to get it done—fast.

Two Design PR Mavens Join Forces In a Stylish New Office That Feels Like Home

For many years, Krista Coupar (Coupar Consulting) and Lisa Davis (Lisa Davis PR) have been advising top interior designers on public relations, branding, and marketing matters. But last year, after deciding to join forces and share office space in the San Francisco Design Center's Galleria, the pair decided it was time to do more than just talk about the subject. To create their stylish new office, they channeled their inner designers for something that's equal parts work space and gathering spot.

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