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SF Spotlight: Park Tavern

The North Beach neighborhood is full of old San Franciscan charm, and home to an infinite number of cafes, shops, and galleries.  Across from Washington Square sits the rustic yet very sophisticated Park Tavern, where great design and food meet. Photo from Park Tavern Upon entering the restaurant, you’re greeted by their logo tile mosaic […]

DIFFA’s Forge & Gather Pendants

At DIFFA‘s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) cocktail reception last Thursday evening, I came across these stunning blown glass pendants up for auction.  They were a collaborative effort of ASD/Public Glass/Hathaway Dinwiddie/16500/Forge & Gather.  The organic shapes of the blown glass harnessed within an industrial metal frame were certainly eye catching and my favorite auction […]

SF Decorator Showcase House

Last Friday we visited the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase House for a (second) peek at how local designers transformed and reimagined different spaces within the 9,000 square-foot Presidio Heights mansion built in 1907. There were a couple spaces that really stood out, beginning with first impressions – The Entry.  The space, designed by Jonathan […]

Lighting 101

Living in California, we have an abundance of fresh, local food and great wine, so lingering around the dining table is a frequent occurrence in many households.  Last week we looked at some  fabulous dining tables and this week our eye is moving up a bit to eye-catching chandeliers. Looking for inspiration, the above art […]

Rejuvenation!

I have long been a fan of Rejuvenation, an authentic period hardware and lighting company, but up until this year, I was resigned to browsing their printed catalog.  Well, as luck would have it, Rejuvenation opened a brick and mortar on Fourth Street in Berkeley this summer and I finally had an opportunity to visit […]

Chandeliers

A great chandelier is the equivalent of jewelry for your home.  It can take a ceiling from drab to fab and put just the right finishing touch in a room.  There are a lot of options out there, so I’ll just highlight a few chandeliers that I’m loving right now. Alison Berger is one of […]