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Say Hello to The Millworks Shop-in-Shop at HD Buttercup

Millworks Shop-in-Shop at HD Buttercup

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.

Countdown to Handmade Nation: Sharon Spain Textiles

More locally designed treats from artists participating at Handmade Nation! Today we're looking at Sharon Spain, who creates delicate, nature-inspired screen-prints on items from pillows to purses and cards. We're most taken with the pillows, which are available in hemp linen and silk dupioni and come in a variety of sizes. The neutral color of the fabric is the perfect background for Spain's colorful, intricate prints, each pulled by hand for a completely one-of-a-kind result.

Over Marimekko? Some Pillow Alternatives

Want to add a little classical pop to your otherwise neutral interior?  Are you as over Marimekko as I am?  Then black & white pillows might be the way to go.  Check out my top 5, after the jump!

1.  Blah Blah Cushion, $125
From designer Donna Wilson. 100% lambswool. Feather and down insert. 
17" x 17"

2.  Salvor: Mini Owl Pillow, $55
Handprinted water-base ink on 100% cotton broadcloth pillow. H 14"

3.  Ant Pillow, $170-$180
From designer Bev Hisey.  100% wool.  16"x16", 11"x18", or 14" round

Upper Playground Housewares at Design Public

Looking for a great way to spruce up your home without breaking the bank?  How about adding a little bit of urban appeal from Upper Playground?  San Francisco-based Design Public, an online furniture and home decor retailer, has just started carrying Upper Playground's housewares.  The collection connects the public to culture and counter-culture in the form of hip, funky, and cool pillows, shower curtains, glass tumblers, bags and wall art by world-famous artists and designers as well as emerging talents.  In the mood to support the locals?  Then the Jumping Tiger Pillow (shown left) by local art celebrity Sam Flores is the way to go.

Eco-Friendly Pillows

I spoke with Jamie Kidson, one of the owners of Atomic Garden, a new Oakland boutique that stocks super-chic items that are eco-friendly. It’s a true lifestyle boutique, with everything from organic separates from Stewart + Brown and denim from Del Forte to recycled restaurant service wear and clean-burning beeswax candles.

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