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Mary Jo Bowling

Twisted Tradition in a SoMA Loft

SoMA Loft

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Architect Cass Calder Smith, of CCS Architecture, is best known for his modernist creations. Interior designer Vaughn Woodson, of Woodson & Woodson Interior Design, is not linked to a particular style, but has work that is more traditional in nature. What happens when the two work on a South of Market condominium in San Francisco? An electric combination of aesthetics.


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A San Francisco Home That's Urban and Unusual

CHD House Tour

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Sam and April Lawrence knew they wanted a San Francisco home that was unconventional. “We didn’t want a house at all,” says Sam. “We were looking for a warehouse. We really wanted to get out of the typical Victorian or modern loft space.” But the warehouses they found were on the fringes of town, and they wanted to be in the heart of it all.

Inside San Francisco's


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When it comes to creating the stage sets for San Francisco’s legendary productions, Christopher Gaw and his team have a guiding principle: CYFOI. In other words, “can you f@$% on it?” Gaw leads us on a tour of some of Kink’s stage sets to illustrate the artistry behind the erotic.

Can San Francisco Apartments Get Even Smaller?

Small Apartments

Developer Patrick Kennedy is about to complete SmartSpace 2.0, a building comprised of 300-square-foot studio apartments built with prefab technology developed by his Berkeley-based company, Panoramic Interests. And, if the Board of Supervisors passes legislation allowing it, he's set to build SmartSpace 3.0, a micro apartment development that would have 287-square-foot units, the smallest ever in San Francisco and among the smallest in America. Can this be a good idea?

Five Things to Love about SF's New Cavalier

 Five Things to Love about SF's New Cavalier

It would be easy to be disappointed in Cavalier, the new store from interior design star Jay Jeffers and retail guru Michael Purdy. If it were any less spectacular than Jeffers' interiors (many have been featured in the pages of California Home+Design) or not as innovative as Alabaster, the late, great Hayes Valley store that Purdy managed, then their fans would be let down. But if you make your way to this about-to-ignite design hotspot at 1035 Post St. when it opens Tuesday, you will leave inspired. The store is fresh, surprising and insanely creative.

A Wedding Under the Redwoods

A Wedding Under the Redwoods

When Ivan met Irene on and took her out for coffee and dinner, he didn’t immediately know it would be forever, but he was hopeful. “I’d had a lackluster dating life fraught with disaster,” says the doctor. “But this turned out to be the best date I’d had in a long, long time.”

Private Collections Takes Design Lovers Behind Closed Doors

Private Collections Takes Design Lovers Behind Closed Doors

Walking the streets of San Francisco after work, I sometimes get glimpses of the city's great private art collections—a corner of a painting, the top of a sculpture or a bit of a photograph—visible through distant lit windows. But, once a year, I get to walk into some of these amazing homes instead of walking by them, thanks to one of SF's best fundraising events: Private Collections.

The Insider's Guide to the Top Flea Markets in NorCal

 The Insider's Guide to the Top Flea Markets in NorCal

If your heart beats faster at the sight of a hand-lettered banner reading "flea market today" and aisles of booths get your pulse pounding, you have probably been to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, Northern California's not-to-be-missed monthly treasure hunt (the next one happens on April 1, but you knew that).

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