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Aristocratic Entertaining: The Legion of Honor Opens its Doors to Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House

Aristocratic Entertaining: The Legion of Honor Opens its Doors to Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House

As the golden age of aristocratic life in England, the 18th century saw bucolic retreats conceived as extravagant stages for lavish parties and all manner of formal entertaining. Houghton Hall—a superb work of Anglo-Palladian architecture—set the stylistic standard for all country estates that would follow.

Chef Jennifer Puccio of Marlowe on the Delights of Casual Gatherings

Chef Jennifer Puccio of Marlowe on the Delights of Casual Gatherings

Favorite San Francisco bistro Marlowe reopened its doors this past month in a stylish new Ken Fulk—designed space at 500 Brannan. Jennifer Puccio—executive chef and partner at Marlowe, Park Tavern and The Cavalier—has earned acclaim for her creative, unpretentious farm-to-table cooking. Here, she shares her expert recommendations (and menu) for deliciously relaxed holiday entertaining.

Deeds & Don'ts: Artful Living

Deeds & Don'ts: Artful Living

With the opening of the new Anderson collection at Stanford in September, and the highly anticipated new SFMOMA and Berkeley Art Museum buildings set to open in 2016, arts development in the Bay Area is booming. Feeling the zeitgeist, arts districts are coalescing as well, making several Bay Area neighborhoods particularly worthy of the gaze.

An Exclusive First Look Into the Studio of Creative Visionary Stanlee Gatti

An Exclusive First Look Into the Studio of Creative Visionary Stanlee Gatti

Like Vishnu’s dream, there is a realm of San Francisco that emerged from the mind of Stanlee Gatti. In that dimension a hundred thousand peonies grow; light radiates from countless candles; and of course, there is a cosmic DJ. As San Francisco’s leading event guru, Gatti merges art, architecture, interiors, floral design and graphics into stellar happenings. Over the past three decades, he has produced events ranging from Oscar parties and opera galas to VIP weddings and chic soirées for the likes of the Gettys, Trainas, and, recently, someone named Kanye.

Purity of Design Provides a Poetic Setting for Modern and Contemporary Works in a Historic Berkeley Home

Purity of Design Provides a Poetic Setting for Modern and Contemporary Works in a Historic Berkeley Home

When Bruce Gilbert first came across an Ernest Coxhead-designed Mediterranean in Berkeley—the last house designed by the famed architect—his wife, Susan Becher, was traveling. A public-relations maven with notable clients in the design and architecture fields, Becher was en route to Milan. But once Gilbert emailed her photographs of the 1930 residence, she encouraged him to submit an offer though she had never set foot inside. The couple (who have two sons—David, a Los Angeles–based artist, and Marc, an editorial producer for CNBC in New York) moved in on Memorial Day, 2012.

A Travel- and Fashion-Inspired Interior Unfolds in Style Guru Stephen Brady's Mission Bay Residence

A Travel- and Fashion-Inspired Interior Unfolds in Style Guru Stephen Brady's Mission Bay Residence

For Stephen Brady, executive vice president of Creative Services for Gap Inc., home truly is a style statement. With a celebrated career in fashion and décor—including leading roles at Ralph Lauren Home and Williams-Sonoma—Brady is known for crafting iconic retail spaces and destination restaurants (including San Francisco’s debonair Spruce). And while his two-bedroom, park-view Mission Bay condominium certainly has more than a dash of haberdashery—a dressing area in chocolate brown and furniture clad in menswear fabrics—Brady’s artful appointments also tell the story of a global traveler.

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