On the border of Alamo Square Park (overlooking the Full House family's famous picnic spot!) lives Janette Yost Crawford, head of expansion for Homepolish and mother to 3-year-old Viv. With a deep love for comfortable, practical, and beautiful design, one of Janette's solutions for both a toddler-and visitor-friendly home (translation: enough space for play dates and a neighborly cocktail hour—not necessarily mutually exclusive events) was to keep half of the living room furniture free.
There are many quick mood fixers in San Francisco: Biking, Golden Gate sunsets, a day at the de Young, a sweet treat from Tartine Bakery, the Polish martini at Blondie's. Likewise, a trip to SOMA's HD Buttercup always revives the spirit. If you need a lift, peruse HD Buttercup's new addition: the Millworks shop-in-shop, inspired by happy-go-lucky LA-based textile designer Andrea Bernstein.
There's lots to "ooh" and "ahh" over in design magazines, but when you're not zoning in on potential DiY projects or stellar architectural details, the bigger picture can be a bit perplexing. How come everyone looks as angsty as an old rerun of the O.C.? Is life really so bleak inside those haute modern walls? Take a moment to dwell on the obsurdity of it all with new website Unhappy Hipsters.
A blank check for a budget and complete creative license: sounds like a decorating dream, no? Yet for many dot com millionaires throughout the city the prospect of decorating a home is as unappealing as... well, probably as the idea of hours of writing code is to the rest of us. The 'task' then naturally gets outsourced to someone else; in this case, it's interior designer to the (pixelated) stars, Ken Fulk.
Here's a dilemma we'd be happy to have: how to decorate around sweeping, floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the city? That was the issue posed to four lucky designers participating in Design Above All, a decorator's showcase going on now at One Rincon Hill. In collaboration with the San Francisco Design Center, area firms Carver+Schicketanz, Eugene Anthony and Associates, Labexperiment, and Donald Joseph Inc. were each responsible for decking out one of four luxury residences located on the 53rd floor of the building.
We prefer design that's both innovative and accessible, but we've seen plenty of pieces that are borderline intimidating, either in price or sheer perplexity (should I sit on this or put it up on the wall?). But terrifying, that's new to us. Fast Company put together a list of the 12 creepiest furniture designs recently released by several up-and-coming designers. If you want to freak out your kids or disgust your guests, one of these pieces just might be what you're looking for. Check out the entire list here.
If you've been reading your Bigelow Report, you know that last week's fete for newly opened home design store Obsolete was quite the scene. It's with good reason - the SF outpost of the Venice, CA shop is chock full of completely unique, completely beautiful finds. We were swooning at the goods featured on their website, but dang!
We don't want to bring up the dreaded E(conomy)-word, but with the high cost of decorating a home, many interior designers have been feeling the pinch lately. In order to bridge the gap between DIYing (Decorating It Yourself) and having it professionally done for a hefty sum, a few enterprising souls are forging ahead by creating new online decorative services. Local web start-up Sproost takes you through a series of quizzes to determine your style type, then lets you browse through furniture and design elements that match your preferences. We had some problems getting the site to load at first, but overall found it to be a fun and free tool in helping decide if you lean more toward Hollywood Couture or Arts and Crafts interiors.
The New York Times recently featured the San Francisco home of interior designer Claire Bigbie and skateboarder/musician Jay Shapiro... and it's one hot piece of work. We actually recall passing by it before and appreciating the deep dark blue exterior paint and the bright teal door - little did we know what beauty lay behind it.