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Mary Jo Bowling

8 Reasons to See the Elle Decor Showhouse in Saint Francis Wood

When it comes to interiors and architecture, San Francisco loves a good show. Off the top of my head I can think of three major annual home tours or showcase houses, and that's not counting the myriad of smaller ones that pop up each spring and fall. But take it from a women who goes to (nearly) all of them, the Elle Decor Showhouse is not-to-be-missed (purchase tickets here for its last showing this weekend). There are at least eight reasons why.

No. 1: This is going to sound ridiculous to say about a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home, but it's accessible. Most showcase-style homes seem to be things that you'd have to invent the next iPad to afford. Now don't get me wrong, this is a very high-end home. However, the spaces are approachable. Maybe you'd just have to work at Facebook, Google, Apple or a shelter magazine (dreams, people!) to swing this 1911 Saint Francis Wood manse.

Weekend Estate Sale: An Academic's Treasure Trove in Los Gatos

Is collecting an inherited trait? Judging from the astounding depth and breadth of the goods offered at an estate sale this weekend in Los Gatos, the answer is "yes." In this family, grandmother was a collector and her daughter and son-in-law continued the tradition. The beneficiary is you, when you venture into this house that's better stocked than some antiques and vintage stores.The sale is staged by Martin Codina's Fine Estate Liquidation company. Codina has been running estate sales for 15 years, and what he doesn't know about antiques, art and collectibles may not be worth learning (check out his blog, and you'll find out a lot about, well, a lot).

Where to begin? This family, a pair of academics, loved to buy items ranging from the fine to the esoteric.

American-Graffiti Style Estate Sale in Sonoma

The offerings at an incredible estate sale in Sonoma County this weekend bring to mind George Lucas' iconic film American Graffiti. But make no mistake, these 60s-era finds aren't stage props, they are the real deal from a family that ran a beloved diner-style restaurant for decades in Petaluma.The restaurant was Beasleys, and for 21 years the owners served three squares a day at their historic Wickersham Building establishment in the town where American Graffiti was filmed.

Fab Finds @ Russian Hill Estate Sale This Weekend

The best estate sales are full of mystery and melancholy, not to mention great finds and bargains. No one understands this like Old Hat, a company that stages some of the best ones. This week, they have a goody on Russian Hill (1080 Francisco St., Apt. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., today through Sunday).

The folks who run Old Hat get that the past and present mix and mingle as bargain hunters and antique lovers dig through the sum contents of someone's life. When closets are thrown open, boxes emptied and basements cleared, the personal items that are revealed tell a story as clearly as if the departed ones were speaking aloud. Read more. . .

7x7 Wedding Sourcebook: Lifting (and Discarding) the Veil

We here at 7x7 are very excited to get the ball rolling on our newest product, a Wedding Sourcebook for the Bay Area. We'll be publishing it this January (after all you crazy kids get engaged over the holidays), and are still looking for fabulous Bay Area weddings to feature in the guide.

As we lead up to the publication of our guide, we've decided to publish weekly blog posts on all things Bay Area weddings. We'll be writing on the elegant to rustic, modern to traditional: Wedding tips and resources that reflect the style of the Bay Area.

Last week we looked at a great wedding held at Golden Gate Fields and Hotel Vitale, and this week, we talk wedding hats.

Design Dilemma: Chargers for Your iDevices

As electronics evolve so does design. The iPads, iPhones, iPods, Droids and the like that are taking over our lives are also taking over the desktop with a mass of noodle-like charging wires.

Tile Deals and Steals at the South Bay's Fireclay Tile

Nothing looks quite as good as high-style design that was snagged for a low price.Bargain lovers in need of tile should head to San Jose starting Monday for great deals on Fireclay Tile. The South Bay company is hosting their annual Boneyard Blowout from August 23 to September 4. The event, beloved by design fans and deal seekers alike, features tiles (all manufactured with recycled materials and sustainable practices) at 50 percent off retail price. Read more...

Headboards that Won't Break the Bank

Girly, modern headboards are all the rage right now, and the good news is that you don't have to compromise style for budget. There are plenty of options out there that won't break the bank. Case in point: Brocade Home's new lace pattern wall art ($399, brocadehome.com). The pretty, silver statement piece can be hung on a wall (vertically or horizontally, depending on the size of your bed) to act as a headboard. Read more...

Hot 20 2011: Lauren Geremia, Geremia Design principal

The Space Invader
Lauren Geremia, 29
Geremia Design principal
Photographed by Alex Farnum at Citizen’s Band

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