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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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Design San Francisco 2014 – Suzanne Tucker and Singing the Blues

On a not-so-blue-skies day last week I popped into Design San Francisco to catch Suzanne Tucker’s gracious presentation about her design practice illustrated with projects from her new book “The Romance of Design”. (Read more of what Tucker had to say in my BANG profile this weekend.) After she’d  finished, I took a closer look at the [...]

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Design Book Review: Remodelista

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All right.  Time to stop getting distracted by stocking stuffers and get down to serious gift-buying.  If you’re giving to someone who leans towards contemporary design on a less than stratospheric budget, consider the collection of well-edited designs presented in Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home (Artisan). The book culls ideas from the popular [...]

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween Pumpkin

If you’re still looking for some last minute Halloween decor ideas–simpler than this front yard fright fest I spotted in Virginia last week–consider combining seasonal votives and an exceptionally gnarled pumpkin with a black tablecloth. Or add a string of spooky black cat lights to an all black tablescape like the one Design Within Reach put [...]

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Furniture Designer Ted Boerner

Ted Boerner Gardener Chair

San Francisco furniture designer Ted Boerner makes beautiful furniture that wows in both contemporary and classic interiors.  Check out my BANG profile of Boerner from this past weekend to learn more about his background and design process and to see some of his terrific designs. One of my favorite Ted Boerner pieces is the Gardener [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Father’s Day Edition

S. Lynn Loosli fence building with granddaughter Abbie Loosli

For Father’s Day I wrote a story about “man caves” for the Bay Area News Group. Did your father have a man cave?  Does the man in your house? My dad had a small home office carved out of the back porch that was lined with book shelves filled with scriptures, Reader’s Digest Book-of-the-Month picks, [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Gatsby Edition

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The summer movie season began officially for me last weekend when we took in The Great Gatsby at The Grand Lake Theater in Oakland.  Built in 1926, just a year after Gatsby was first published, the Grand Lake boasts marvelous Art Deco interiors and some awfully sweet concessionaires.  The story fell flat for me but the [...]

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Field Trip: Heath Ceramics

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Heath Ceramics has made iconic tableware and tile since 1948 and its popularity has seen a real resurgence of late.  When my daughter registered for Heath tableware prior to her wedding this past December, a good friend let me know that she had also registered for Heath nearly fifty years ago when she got married. Today [...]

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San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013

SFDS Living Room - Catherine Kwong

Look for an extensive overview of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in the Bay Area News Group papers this Saturday, but in the meantime here’s a peak at design elements that felt fresh and noteworthy this year. Contemporary Art as Inspiration Check out the Cy Twombly inspired floors in Catherine Kwong’s living room, above.  See those [...]

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Teaser: San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013

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Like the pairing of a clever black cocktail dress with a custom strand of pearls, the 36th annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase is both sophisticated and provocative.  This showcase speaks to those of us who crave less clutter and more meaningful design.  After touring the disciplined and compelling rooms this morning, I’m excited to share [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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