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Designer Melanie Coddington Gives a Castro Victorian a Fresh New Face

Designer Melanie Coddington Gives a Castro Victorian a Fresh New Face

Interior designer Melanie Coddington gives a circa-1900 Victorian quiet glamour with a blush palette, chic prints and feminine-but-modern furnishings.

Sip Like a Savant with the Help of Master Sommelier Ian Cauble's New Website

Sip Like a Savant with the Help of Master Sommelier Ian Cauble's New Website

If you’ve ever wished you possessed the erudition of the sommelier who so superbly guided pairings at your last dinner outing, a new online service offers the next best thing. Master Sommelier Ian Cauble and business partner Brandon Carneiro have launched SommSelect, a website for enthusiasts that provides access to their trove of knowledge and a carefully curated selection of wines.

Frances Homan Jue Explores the Wonders of England’s National Trust Gardens

Frances Homan Jue Explores the Wonders of England’s National Trust Gardens

An Elizabethan gatehouse overlooking a garden filled with white roses and ancient yew hedges. The warm, gray-and-ochre stone of castle towers reflected in the water of a moat beneath. These were just a few of the things woven into the fabric of my daily life growing up in Southeast England as we explored nearby historic castles and gardens cared for by the National Trust, a nonprofit organization that conserves more than 350 natural and manmade sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A Native Plant Species Inspires a Home by Schwartz and Architecture

A Native Plant Species Inspires a Home by Schwartz and Architecture

When architect Neal Schwartz and his team first visited their client’s site in the foothills of Sonoma Valley, they entered an otherworldly realm. Far from wanting to disrupt this natural element, he took it as inspiration for the design of a 3,500-square-foot family retreat, which will begin construction this summer.

Art and Function Intertwine in Silvia Song’s Sculptural Wood Tableware

Art and Function Intertwine in Silvia Song’s Sculptural Wood Tableware

At first glance, one might see Silvia Song as a woodworker or a woodturner. But neither moniker, says the artist, is quite accurate. Instead, Song often describes herself as a “wood potter.” At her studio in the East Bay, she hand-lathes maple, cypress, redwood, white oak and walnut into exquisite bowls, serving boards and butcher blocks that showcase materiality and purity of form.

Understated Beauty Defines Architect Barbara Chambers’ Mill Valley Home

Understated Beauty Defines Architect Barbara Chambers’ Mill Valley Home

Ivory shades like White Dove and chalky Clunch predominate in architect Barbara Chambers’ project binders. This rigrously achromatic aesthetic extends from the residences she designs to her own understated wardrobe and even her elegant presence, which whispers rather than shouts.

C&G Shop the Look: An Airy Master Bedroom in a Neutral Color Palette

C&G Shop the Look: An Airy Master Bedroom in a Neutral Color Palette

“Neutrality allows me to infuse my interiors with serenity and a sense of calm,” explains architect Barbara Chambers, whose Larkspur home is a study in understated beauty. “I prefer to let artwork, accessories and, most importantly, people, provide a space with its color.” Here, a collection of striking pieces in a soothing color palette inspired by Chambers' own master bedroom.

A Spare, Industrially Inspired Home by Aidlin Darling Design Melds Seamlessly into the Mill Valley Landscape

A Spare, Industrially Inspired Home by Aidlin Darling Design Melds Seamlessly into the Mill Valley Landscape

Achieving a meaningful connection with the site of a future home is more than lip service for San Francisco architecture firm Aidlin Darling Design. A recent project saw co-founder Joshua Aidlin and associate principal Kent Chiang camping out on the property in order to truly understand it.

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