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Mary Jo Bowling

Capturing the Halcyon Days of SF's Design Scene

This article originally appeared in California Home + Design.

From 1946 to 1983, when photographer Fred Lyon was shooting the majority of the West Coast interiors appearing in national magazines, he didn’t realize he was recording history.

Design for the Soul(Cycle)

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Originally published on California Home + Design

This holiday, Northern Californians can tuck into a turkey dinner with the accompanying mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie knowing that tomorrow they can burn it all off in one of the three recently opened SoulCycle studios in Larkspur, San Francisco, or Palo Alto.

Sonoma's Graton Resort & Casino Deals Las Vegas Glam

Sonoma's Graton Resort & Casino

Originally published on California Home + Design

The rolling hills around Sonoma County are known for vineyards and farms, but these days a new casino is dealing out Las Vegas style to the agrarian environs around Rohnert Park, just 50 miles north of San Francisco. 

The Top 10 Lies About the Winchester Mystery House

As Halloween approaches, employees at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose are kicking the scary up a notch—opening Sarah Winchester’s Mystery Maze (a half-acre hay bale maze) and expanding the number of nighttime flashlight tours (all the while implying you might run into ghosts).

The Haunted Life of Mystery Writer Juliet Blackwell

Originally published on California Home + Design

In truth, Oakland author Juliet Blackwell shares a lot of traits with Melanie Turner, the contractor she created who stars in her nationally bestselling Haunted Home Renovation series.

Visit Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" School House

Originally published on California Home + Design

One hundred and forty years after the Potter School was dedicated on October 31, 1873 and 50 years after Alfred Hitchcock immortalized it by shooting scenes from The Birds there, the grand Italianate schoolhouse high atop a hill in the tiny Sonoma County town of Bodega continues to fascinate us.

Where Are the Women In Architecture?

Where Are the Women In Architecture?

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When the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently started a petition asking architecture firms to increase representation and participation of women to 50 percent, the association joined an international chorus of voices asking, “Where are the women?”

Suburban Family Leads a Design Double Life

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Looking at this sleek condominium in San Francisco’s Financial District, you might think it belongs to a single, successful, entrepreneur or perhaps a young professional living her Sex and the City dream—but you would be wrong.

A Lofty Design for a Bachelor Pad

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The design of this loft–like condo began as a small advisory project but quickly grew into a full-scale remodel that included renovating the kitchen and baths, moving walls, lowering ceilings and outfitting the space with all new furnishings.

Poker Champs' Full House Hits the Jackpot

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When World Poker Tour anchor Kimberly Lansing and her poker playing-businessman husband wanted to add glamour to their new, conservatively appointed home in Marin County, they had an ace in the hole: interior designers Jeff and Tray Schlarb of Green Couch.

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