Skip to Navigation Skip to Content

Mary Jo Bowling

When Creatives Wed: How a Groom from Twitter & a Bride from Alite Designs Tied the Knot

Jeannie Choe met Bryan Haggerty in 2006. She was supposed to be interviewing him for a design article she was writing, but they ended up chatting about everything else. “Needless to say, we didn’t talk much business that day,” she remembers. “And the rest is history!”

You may have read about their engagement on other blogs, but if not, check out the story here. The short version: Bryan designed a custom iPhone app that sent Jeannie around the city on a scavenger hunt ending in the big question.

Moss Tile: A No-Work Garden

 

The dilemma: You want to add some green in a place where there's no sunlight, no water or no space. To compound the problem, you could kill a fern in the Seattle, Washington climate. Moss Tile could be your answer.

When the Pros Dream Up Their Perfect Wedding

When 11 exciting young Wine Country wedding pros get together and unleash their creativity, only good things can happen. Photographer Jen Kloss had the brainstorm earlier this year: “We all knew each other from working on weddings,” she said. “I wanted to see what would happen if we got together and designed an event without client constraints.” The result is a beautiful wedding that isn’t real, but I wish it were.


The theme, Prohibition and 1920s glamour, announces itself in the vintage-style invitations by Smashing Cards. “We wanted to play on contrasts,” says Kloss. “We have elements that are both rustic and glamorous, masculine and feminine.”

Sonoma Estate Sale Has Something for Everyone This Weekend

When Susan Gardner called me about this estate sale she couldn't stop gushing about it. It has all the things you like to see in estate sale clients: the couple liked to entertain, they enjoyed traveling and one of them worked as an interior designer. For people who go to these events, that's another way of saying "good stuff found here."

Bridal Detox for the Rest of Us

To be honest, detox and cleanse plans are a bit scary to me. Some of them (think lemon juice and cayenne pepper in water) sound more like a recipe for diarrhea or starvation than good health. But when news of the Cook! Wedding Detox crossed my desk, I took notice because it’s more suited to real life (and real health?) than other things I’ve seen.

The Secret to a Happy Life Together Might Just Be an Unlucky Wedding

There’s a big difference between looking at wedding pictures and attending a wedding. The photos tell a perfect love story; you see the vows, the cake, and the wedding party in a small, very pretty moment. What the photos don’t show is Uncle Ray falling over and splitting his pants while kneeling in the aisle during the vows to take his own pictures (this happened at a wedding I attended). But that small mishap doesn’t come close to the series of wedding day disasters that befell Kathy Moore and Bryan Solari during their Sonoma County beach wedding. If rain on a wedding day is really a sign of a good marriage, then this pair has a great life ahead.

This You Tube video tells the story:

7 Reasons to Visit the SF Decorator Showcase

The 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase proves that you can squeeze a lot of style into a 6,244-square-foot mansion. There are 31 designers who worked on the house at 2950 Vallejo St., and the ideas and products they display provide many compelling reasons to visit the mansion. Here are just seven...

Hundreds of Pieces on Sale Tomorrow in Artist Beth Weintraub's Mission Studio

 

San Francisco-based artist Beth Weintraub is relocating to New York. It's a loss for the Bay Area cultural scene but a boon for art lovers, because to save on moving costs she's selling a lot of her work at deeply discounted prices (up to 75 percent off).

The Marimekko Shop to Open in SF

Marimekko, the most joy-inducing textile on the planet, is setting up shop in two Crate & Barrel stores in California next month. And, if you can't wait to get your design jollies on, an online shop opened just hours ago. Marimekko and Crate & Barrel are not exactly strangers, as the contemporary retailer has been selling the Finnish design house's ubiquitious poppy print for years.

Handful of Salt Online Mag Launches

This week the blog Handful of Salt morphed into an online magazine. The SF-based venture will still cover the intersection of contemporary craft, design and art (editor Regina Connell calls it  DesignCraft), but there are some big (and slick) changes in store.

Daily Newsletters

Essential SF knowledge in your inbox

Sign up for our email newsletters to keep up on events, restaurants and SF haps.

Subscribe to 7x7
Renew
Give a Gift
FAQ's

Guides

The Big To-Do: 100 Things to Do In SF Before You Die

The Big Eat 2011: 100 Things to Try Before You Die

Pole Position: Our Subjective Guide to SF's Strip Clubs

Four Awesome Northern California Hot Springs

Refreshingly Unhip: SF's Old-School Pastrami Sandwiches

The 7 Best Carne Asada Burritos in San Francisco

The 10 Best Dishes Under $10 in Bernal Heights

The 10 Best Dishes Under $10 in the Lower Haight

The 10 Best Lunches in Union Square Under $10

The Path To Ramen Enlightenment

Secret Recipes: How to Make Some of the City's Best Dishes

Drink Up: SF's "Cocktail Movement" Bars

8 Solid First Date Ideas

Where to Learn An Instrument in SF

7 Local Musicians to Watch in 2011

The Best Wine Shops, Neighborhood by Neighborhood

The 7 Best San Francisco Albums of 2010

Refreshingly Unhip: The Best Glazed Dougnuts in SF

Tea: Our 7 Favorite Spots to Drink & Buy

Fireside Buzz: 7 Bars That'll Warm You Up

Beer Tasting Road Trip Itinerary of Sonoma & Mendocino Counties

Six Great Boots for Fall in San Francisco

Get A Room: Bars That Rent Private Spaces

The Best Phone Apps for the Food-Obsessed

9 Great San Francisco Football Bars

The Best Bowls of Soup (That Aren't Pho or Ramen) In SF

The 10 Best Burgers in San Francisco

Expert Advice on Parking in The City

Sonoma v. Napa: Which Does it Better?

Biking for Beginners: Routes to Take and Avoid

5 Ways to Get the Wine You Want in Restaurants

San Francisco's Best Dance Classes: 9 Places to Bust A Move

The Big Eat 2010: 100 Things to Try Before You Die

The Big Sweet 2010: 50 Treats to Try Before You Die