Tag Archives: Bay Area

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015

Empty spray paint cans become an art piece in the dining room by Cecilie Starin Interior Design

If this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase is any indicator, color is making a comeback.  The hushed neutrals of the past have been replaced by sumptuous hues and bold graphics that feel fresh and invigorating.  For example, in Cecilie Starin’s black and white dining room the abstract murals by San Francisco street muralist Ian Ross [...]

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Field Trip: The Marin County Civic Center

The Japanese inspired spire

Is there a landmark building near you that you’ve never explored.  The Marin County Civic Center was that for me.  Though I’ve driven by it many times over the years, I’d never taken the time to go inside.  A recent story assignment propelled me to take a tour and I thought I’d show you a [...]

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Earthquake

Crack from a previous quake?

Yesterday I woke up in the early a.m. dark because my bed was shaking.  Actually, not just my bed, I realized, but the whole room.  Eyes wide open now, I recognized that it wasn’t just my room but my entire house that was shuddering in the night. “Earthquake!” I elbowed M.J. awake. “Earthquake!” He stumbled [...]

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Moving On: Walls & Cabinets

Week 3 and there’s clear progress in the house. Most of the rooms are painted, the kitchen cabinets and front door are refinished, and the kitchen and powder room renovation projects are coming into focus.That said, there were enough hiccups this week that I ended up one evening pretty much in a fetal position. No [...]

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Ten Top Designers’ Favorite White Paint Colors

Neutral Table - Inspiration Photo from Benjamin Moore

In my quest to find the best white to paint the interiors of our new house, I asked ten designers participating in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase to tell me about their favorite white paint colors.  Here’s what they had to say: “Any color from Benjamin Moore’s* Color Story Collection is good—they have so [...]

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San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014

White-on-white library - Geoffrey De Sousa

All that’s gold glitters and shimmers (matte is in!) at this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase.  Held in a grand 1907 brick mansion in Presidio Heights, this showcase house offers the chance to see some of the best Bay Area designers showcasing their best work. The show runs through May 26–go to www.decoratorshowcase.org for tickets.  [...]

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Pillow Talk with Brian Dittmar

Pillow Talk by Brian Dittmar for McRosky Mattress Company

San Francisco’s McRosky Mattress Company has been promising a good night’s sleep to their customers for 115 years.  Recently, they asked designer Brian Dittmar to create an eye-opening bedscape for their Market Street store window. “With Twitter and other tech innovators nearby, they wanted something that would attract the younger crowd that’s rejuvenating this area [...]

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Field Trip: The FloraCultural Society

Campbell created this flower "quiver" to free up hands when shopping

On this rainy Tuesday, I’m loving these cheery photos of The FloraCultural Society that Liessa Johannsen shot for my Gardenista post about this lovely new flower shop in Old Oakland. Florist Anna Campbell opened the shop as part of PopUpHood, a group that seeks to revitalize urban areas by taking vacant spaces and linking small business [...]

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Home Front Quilts

Susan Zimmerman "Remembering Richmond Rosies"

Quilts are more than bedcoverings, they’re also works of art. Marie Strait, President of the Board of Directors for the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles recently told me that “quiltmaking has always been a way for women to practice art while doing something practical.” Strait, an avid quilter and quilting teacher, was one [...]

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Friday Things Considered: Forceful or Foolish?

Heading out on the hike

Reading this essay about a woman asking for a better table when given a crummy one made me think about a recent failed attempt at being more forceful. Claire was in town from the frigid East and wanted to spend every minute of the weekend out in the sun.  So we drove over to Point [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

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