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San Francisco Sights

San Francisco Sights

San Francisco’s steep hills, scenic vistas and historic housing stock make it one of my favorite cities to take a stroll, which is it and of itself one of my all-time favorite pastimes, especially when I have a camera on my person. As an aside, the iPhone’s camera isn’t so bad. It’ll be interesting to […]

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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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Photo Essay: Point Reyes lighthouse

Photo Essay: Point Reyes lighthouse

Touring the lighthouse at Point Reyes National Seashore was one of the highlights of my recent trip to northern California. Make it a point to visit the next time you’re in the area, but wear your walking shoes. The lighthouse is located at the bottom of hundreds of steps (apparently the equivalent of a 30 […]

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If I Lived Here: The view’s great but nobody stays very long

If I Lived Here: The view’s great but nobody stays very long

Last month while visiting California, I had the opportunity to see the now retired lighthouse at Port Reyes National Seashore. While the lighthouse isn’t the subject of today’s post, please take a moment to visit the Port Reyes National Seashore website and learn more about its fascinating history. I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s […]

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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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Exterior Design at Land’s End? (Special B.C. Post!)

Exterior Design at Land’s End? (Special B.C. Post!)

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy says Land’s End is “San Francisco’s wildest and rockiest coast, a place strewn with shipwrecks and rife with landslides.” Not to mention decorations. During my recent Land’s End hike, I spotted a labyrinth temporarily carved into the rocky coastal area and a beautiful assemblage of stones, nuts and feathers that […]

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If I Lived Here: Lombard Street (the crookedest street in SF)

If I Lived Here: Lombard Street (the crookedest street in SF)

Google the word ‘crookedest’, and you’ll see that the top few auto-suggestions relate to Lombard Street in San Francisco. Fans of Real World 3: San Francisco (the last semi-decent season) may recall Lombard Street as the location of the cast home, although I can’t envision a scenario in which the affluent neighbors baked cookies for Puck […]

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