Mugged

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Oh no, it’s not what you think.  This has nothing to do with me and everything to do with that much chatted about lass of yesteryear, Miss Lindsay Lohan.  I could use a chuckle and this hysterical embroidered art featuring her former Disney highness had me in stitches (no pun intended).  Artist Maria Piñeres makes old-fashioned embroidery downright cool.  Now, that’s what pop art is all about!

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Baa!

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It’s the Year of the Sheep and that inspired us to think about all that’s wooly and wonderful in the world of interiors. Sheep are valued for their gentle and calm demeanor. This translates to the home as well. A touch of the wooly adds instant comfort and that aaah factor.

Here’s a look at what we’re coveting:

MARTHA

Icelandic Sheepskin Bench

KATIE

Flokati Rugs

JANE

Fuzzy Director Style Chairs

ERICKA

French armchairs

COURTNEY

Lambswool Knit Stools

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Crisp It

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Lately, I have had little time for cooking. I really don’t want to eat out all the time nor do the typical takeout options inspire me. Crisp Kitchen + Juice to the rescue. The fabulous creation of Annette Shafer, Crisp dials up all that is delicious and nutritious with locally-sourced ingredients that define conscious cuisine. It’s based in St. Helena and delivers, with its adorable little Fiat 500L, throughout the Napa Valley, and, when business warrants, as far afield as Marin. It’s a wholesome dose of yumminess and p.s. the packaging and presentation isn’t too shabby either!

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Getting Groovy In the Desert

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I hinted at a little surprise in my last post. I’m ready for my great reveal. Are you? A little over a year ago I purchased a lot in Palm Springs with my eyes on building a modernist treasure. I quickly fell for Blue Sky Building Systems and Jim Jennings’ other-worldly homes. I kept the interior super simple and super white and my team and I had a ridiculously fun time adding cheeky elements to give it a thoroughly groovy vibe. The casita has outrageous pink and yellow art because it’s Palm Springs and you can.

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Tune in next week for more tales from Modernism Week. Until then.

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Palm Springs Here I Come

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I am counting the days until Modernism Week in Palm Springs. It is all going down in the desert from February 12-22 and it’s kitschy cool at its finest. Nourish your voyeuristic side and tour the Annenberg Estate or the Rat Pack’s playground. It’s encouraged. Save some energy for the poolside people watching. It’s other worldly. Don’t forget sunglasses and colors that pack a punch.

Check back this week for a fun little surprise from yours truly. Intrigued? You should be.

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The Designer as Artist

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Usually, I find myself at galleries looking at the art of others. This Thursday night, the roles will be reversed when my own aquatints don the walls of the Oliver Hawke Gallery. The occasion marks the opening of SF art curator Philip Bewley’s show, “The Designer as Artist.”

I tried not to get too giddy when Philip asked me to join the party. Art is serious business, right! Well, giddy I am. It’s an honor to be in the fine company of interior designer/artists Stuart Gilchrist, Gioi Tran and Matthew MacCaul Turner.

THE FACTS

The When: Thursday, January 29th from 6-10 p.m.

The Where: Oliver Hawke Gallery (affiliated with the Artillery SF)

1545 Mission Street

The What: Photographs, Paintings, Illustrations, Aquatints and Sculpture (plus wine)

If you miss us on Thursday, the show runs until February 15th.

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Feeling Rad

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Skateboarding already comes with a certain cool factor. Now Supreme has upped the ante with its collection of limited edition skateboards designed by contemporary artists from around the globe. We recently placed a Damien Hirst board in one lucky client’s home and I’ll admit that it was tough to part ways with it. It made for one happy teen boy.

To see the full collection, visit the MSP Modern Gallery website. As for me, I’m headed over to the skatepark to work on my Tic-Tacs.

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Bring on the Fog

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Who said that fog only has a place in the summer San Francisco sky? The best kind of fog is about to roll into town. FOG Design + Art is anything but boring. Check all pretension at the door and get ready to party. FOG features 40 contemporary design and art dealers and the artists and craftsmen they represent. What fun!

The Hard Facts:

FOG Design + Art

Preview: January 14

Show: January 15-18

Fort Mason

All proceeds to benefit SF MOMA

 

*Photo Credits: Drew Altizer, Jan Lundberg, Joseph Driste

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Resolved

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With the advent of a new year comes the requisite resolutions. This year we took a moment to reflect upon what design resolution each one of us aspires to achieve.

Yes we CAN!

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Mine was easy. Just say no to Marsala.

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I hope to incorporate more truly unique custom pieces into my clients’ homes.

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Please may I source more vintage items locally.

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I am booking a visit to Les Puces in Paris to score some amazing finds.

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Mine is to simplify. It’s time to keep only what is needed and most loved and sell the rest.

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I want to buy fewer things but of higher quality and craftsmanship.

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Perfect Presents

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Let’s be candid. There is a direct correlation between the gifts you like to give and those you hope to receive. We went around the office and spouted a few of our favorites and maybe if we’re good Santa might just oblige.

MARTHA / Yoko Ono Beach Towel

ECHE / Maison Martin Margiela Mirrored Stainless Steel Champagne Bucket

KATIE / Astier de Villatte John Derian Architectural Mug

ERICKA / Jonathan Adler’s Brass Undulating Candle Holder

JANE / Alexandra Von Furstenberg Soulmate Fearless Tray

SARAH / Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca Throw

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