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Presidio French Normandy Number=Decorator Showcase Home

Decorator Showcase time again already? Well, not quite. The home, a French Normandy number located in the Presidio (of course) at 3450 Washington Street, won't be ready until May, but we're already hearing who has been chosen to adorn the the place.

While we bide our time until the home's debut, ogle the beautiful work of the participating designers through their websites (we're currently loving the Charles De Lisle Workshop portfolio) and ponder what in God's name a "quiet room" could be. Sounds like a place you get sent to when you've been bad.


Okay Guys, Who’s Ready to Man Up?

There’s no question that connoisseurship is alive and well in the City by the Bay. But this weekend, the ethos usually reserved for locavore food fans, handcrafted cocktailians and urban cyclists extends its reach into the menswear realm for what is, arguably, the first San Francisco event devoted to dapper style.

Dubbed Man Up, the three-day pop-up menswear shop organized by the Durable Goods Concern brings gear for guys sourced from an independent, mostly local cadre of retailers and designers to a temporary central Market Street home.

It’s So On: Fashion Feud Final Challenge

Five months in the making, the final Fashion Feud competition taking place tomorrow night at Mighty brings together three local designers for an on-stage style showdown – all of which unfolds before onlookers’ eyes in just an hour’s time.

Launched in September by fashion and art event producer Owen Geronimo, who’s also leading the charge to revive San Francisco Fashion Week, the Project Runway-inspired competition features the winners of the three previous rounds: Julia Meeks, Gail B. Shrive and Alexandria Von Bromssen.

Local Etsy Love: Fabric from Swanky Swell

The decorating style over the past few recession-racked years have been all about slapping on a coat of paint, wallpapering, reupholstering – basically any way of prettying up the less-than-perfect without breaking the bank. Here's hoping the new year brings more prosperity than the past one, but let's also hope that the upcycling, DIY mentality that's been prevalent stays put.

What’s the Deal: Tan Bella, Filippa K, SenSpa and more...

Deal or no deal...

Filippa K: A sale currently underway at this FiDi store offers 30 percent off items from the fall and winter collection.

Tan Bella: First-time customers receive a free tanning service of their choice when they book a cut or color at Vim and Vigor. Be sure to mention this offer when you book. The free tan can be redeemed anytime.

Non-Mall Holiday Shopping Events

Don’t let the drama of the holidays get to you just yet. Sure, trying to come up with the perfect gift can be a daunting task, but there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. From arts and crafts to fashion and books, we’ve compiled a list of fun shopping events to help you check everyone off your list, stress excluded. For even more non-mall holiday shopping, check out our post on holiday Pop-Up Shops.

What's the Deal: Huge Sale Benefitting A Miner Miracle, 1-Day Sale and more...

This weekend, you might say it's dealer's choice....

The Great Heist Strikes Shotwell

After a burglary forced Shotwell to close up shop for repairs at the end of July, they're officially back with a vengeance today from 6-9 p.m. Peruse through their oh-so-hip merchandise from the likes of Elizabeth and James, Surface to Air, B. Son and Alex and Chloe while sipping cheap but potent cocktails, all set to the soundtrack of DJ Superdunny of Official Tourist. Be sure to assemble your most Facebook-worthy ensemble, as the lovely Parker Day will be snapping photos of the scene, and what a scene it's sure to be. Oh, and did we mention that everyone who walks through the door will receive a $10 store credit?

We'll see you there.

320 Grant Ave., 415-399-9898,

Met Home's Modern by Design Show House Opens

Last night was the opening gala for Metropolitan Home's Modern by Design show house in Pacific Heights. The place was packed, as in, long line at the door, no room to move inside, pracarious canapè and drink trays slowly crawling through the crowd, ready to tumble at any moment. That said though, it was a blast. We stopped by the house a few days ago as finishing touches were still going into place, so it was nice to see everything completed and looking fabulous.

Inner Richmond: Covet Boutique Opens

You may have spotted the handmade adornments from San Francisco designer Adrienne Wiley’s vintage-inspired Frolick line and local designer Liza Anongchanya’s clean, classic Ofina Jewelry at Bay Area shopping events or on celebrities such as Mariah Carey (Frolick) and Mischa Barton (Ofina). Now you can peruse complete collections from both under one roof at their new Inner Richmond boutique Covet, whose lofted second level does double duty as a workspace for the designers and friends.

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