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This Week: Guest Columnist Marla Marcianelli on Paxton Gate

This Week: Guest Columnist Marla Marcianelli on Paxton Gate

Thanks to my friend Marla for contributing this post about Paxton Gate, one of the most interesting home and garden shops in San Francisco’s Mission District. Take it away Marla! ↔ When I first visited Paxton Gate back in the late 90’s, it was a quirky shop mostly filled with plants and gardening supplies, but […]

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This Week: Flora Grubb and my garden

This Week: Flora Grubb and my garden

We’re actually having a spring this year in Chicago. Not too cold, not too hot, the pleasant, often sunny days have made it possible to enjoy two of my favorite things: sleeping with the windows open and dining alfresco on my rear deck. Unfortunately, there’s not much to look at in my tiny back yard, […]

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This Week: Room 4 (San Francisco)

This Week: Room 4 (San Francisco)

Reconnaissance Report VX138201-xx1 ↔ Accompanying Music: Strange Times by The Black Keys ↔ ↔ Subject: Room 4 ↔ Category: Vintage, Retail, “California Cool” ↔ Contact: 904 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA. 415.647.2764 ↔ Score: Seventies-era camel leather camera bag. ↔ Why: Brass snaps are cooler than velcro, and it makes me feel like Steve McQueen. […]

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This Week: Garage Store (San Francisco)

This Week: Garage Store (San Francisco)

You know how it is: sometimes putting things off means they never get done. And while I can’t speak for you, I’m never better for it. Get ready for a tale of heartbreak and redemption. It’s a tale of lazy days, chilly nights and good friends who save the day in a little burg I […]

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This Week: Industrialists (San Francisco)

This Week: Industrialists (San Francisco)

Hacking Ikea furniture was all the rage a couple years ago, but I’ll wager even the best results won’t stand the test of time; even the finest lipstick applied by the best makeup artist can’t make pigs look like anything other than appetizing bacon (extra crispy por favor). But as a visit to Industrialists proves, hacking […]

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This Week: Art Deco Collection (San Francisco)

This Week: Art Deco Collection (San Francisco)

There’s a cluster of antique stores on Market Street in San Francisco that’s worth checking out, my favorite being Art Deco Collection, a gorgeous showroom where every vignette is more breathtaking than the last. ↔ Strange Closets Dictionary Art Deco Luxury (ADL): Living in a well-appointed mid-rise apartment with at least three of the following: Art […]

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The Women’s Building (Mission District, San Francisco)

The Women’s Building (Mission District, San Francisco)

Stunning, isn’t it? The Women’s Building is a woman owned and operated community center offering services and programs for, you guessed it, women and girls. Which is very cool. Click here to donate. Now back to design business. I’d love to live across the street from such a spectacular mural, but it’s pretty bold, and […]

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