April 2014

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David Oldroyd's Design of a Minimalist Russian Hill Aerie

David Oldroyd's Design of a Minimalist Russian Hill Aerie

When you can see four bridges,10 church spires, mountains, ocean and most of San Francisco’s architectural landmarks from your 17th-floor apartment in Russian Hill, the sky’s not the limit—it’s the starting point.
The Bay Area’s Dynamic Yoga Tradition Takes Shape in a Retreat by Aidlin Darling Design

The Bay Area’s Dynamic Yoga Tradition Takes Shape in a Retreat by Aidlin Darling Design

Listen closely at break of day, and you might just hear a collective “Om” as thousands of yogis greet the sun. The Bay Area’s tradition of finding balance in Eastern practices is a vital one, and, rising like a materialized mantra over the Sonoma hills, a recent Aidlin Darling Design project—a private retreat featuring a yoga pavilion—is its latest manifestation.
Interior Designer Elizabeth Martin Designs a Family-Friendly Residence in Silicon Valley

Interior Designer Elizabeth Martin Designs a Family-Friendly Residence in Silicon Valley

While some designers would consider appointing a home from scratch as the ideal situation, Martin believes that incorporating the homeowners’ existing pieces goes a long way. “You can have the most beautiful new furniture, but without personal effects, something’s missing."
Bernard Trainor Artfully Transforms a Rugged Carmel Property into a Picturesque Landscape

Bernard Trainor Artfully Transforms a Rugged Carmel Property into a Picturesque Landscape

“It is such a crazy, difficult site to grow plants on,” notes Trainor of the inhospitable home site in Carmel. “We had to make things grow in rocky crevices. But, in a very rugged environment, you still have to give the client super-livable, comfortable spaces.”
Interior Designer Angela Free Transforms a 1920s Marina Home

Interior Designer Angela Free Transforms a 1920s Marina Home

To achieve an interior that was classic and tailored yet modern (a Free signature), the designer relied heavily on subtle colors and textures. Throughout the home, walls and ceilings were treated to soothing, contemporary paint colors; the blue-gray palette evokes the foggy neighborhood. “There’s a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors,” notes Free.
Introducing SFC&G's Editor in Chief, Alisa Carroll

Introducing SFC&G's Editor in Chief, Alisa Carroll

Editor in Chief, Alisa Carroll. Alisa has lived in San Francisco for a decade and is deeply engaged with the design community. She has written for many publications, and this month, Rizzoli publishes her first book, Jay Jeffers: Collected Cool, a monograph co-written with the celebrated Bay Area interior designer.
Crimson Horticultural Rarities Expands in Temescal Alley

Crimson Horticultural Rarities Expands in Temescal Alley

“We wanted to keep the shop as cozy as possible, to keep the same warm and inviting feel,” says Futeral. “In our old space, you could barely shop, but everyone would say, ‘How amazing! It smells so good!’ We still wanted it to feel like you were engulfed in this little world.”
Randy Tuell and Victoria Reynolds Create Works Rooted in Nature

Randy Tuell and Victoria Reynolds Create Works Rooted in Nature

The artists give us insight into their creative process, which, while rooted in nature, always yields something luxurious.
Local Mission Market Combines a Handcrafted Aesthetic with Tech-Savvy Touches

Local Mission Market Combines a Handcrafted Aesthetic with Tech-Savvy Touches

“There’s a real sense of community here,” says a patron who stops in several times a week. “We know the cheesemonger’s name, and he knows our daughter’s favorite cheese.” That’s just the kind of place Milgrom was striving for, one that values transparency, connection and intimacy.
Scribe Winery Marks its Seventh Year with Three New Vintages

Scribe Winery Marks its Seventh Year with Three New Vintages

After just seven years, owner-vintners Andrew and Adam Mariani have transformed it into an ecologically minded label with a serious following. This year, the brothers continue to craft their story with three carefully cultivated new vintages.
Earthy Hues of Black, Brown and Gray set the Current Palette for Diamonds

Earthy Hues of Black, Brown and Gray set the Current Palette for Diamonds

Moodier hues give jewelry an edge
9 Top Designers Share Their Share Their Saturday Design Circuits

9 Top Designers Share Their Share Their Saturday Design Circuits

We asked a smart set of the city’s top designers, and our editor in chief, where they head for design inspiration on lazy Saturday afternoons (and learned design scouting is fueled more often by cocktails than caffeine).
Behind the Scenes with Design Icon Suzanne Tucker

Behind the Scenes with Design Icon Suzanne Tucker

Suzanne Tucker began her career with legendary California designer Michael Taylor before founding her own firm, Tucker & Marks. In addition to her perennial presence on the AD 100 list, her accomplishments include her sumptuous Suzanne Tucker Home textile line, a collection of china for Royal Limoges and, most recently, her second book, Interiors: The Romance of Design
A Sneak Peek of SFC&G Hosted by Interior Designer Laurie Ghielmetti

A Sneak Peek of SFC&G Hosted by Interior Designer Laurie Ghielmetti

On February 6, SFC&G hosted an evening of cocktails and conversation at the stunning home of interior designer Laurie Ghielmetti in Pacific Heights to share an exclusive look at the debut issue. Cottages & Gardens Editorial Director D.J. Carey previewed pages from the issue with designers and friends, including Andrea Feltis, Doug Kinzley and Billy Bragg of Kneedler | Fauchère, Ted Boerner, and Jason Jackson of Coup d'Etat.
Tribal & Textile Arts Show Opening Preview Gala

Tribal & Textile Arts Show Opening Preview Gala

The annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show brings together collectors, designers, and art aficionados to view the finest examples of craftsmanship from tribal societies worldwide. The 2014 opening preview gala, hosted by honorary chairs Gary and OJ Shansby at Fort Mason on February 6, benefited the Textiles Arts and the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the de Young Museum.
The Fog Design + Art Fair

The Fog Design + Art Fair

The inaugural Fog Design + Art Fair, an exhibition and sale celebrating modernist works of the last century, debuted in urbane style at Fort Mason, January 17–19. Presented by host committee Douglas Durkin, Katie Paige, Stanlee Gatti and Allison Speer, Fog featured prominent twentieth-century and contemporary design dealers from the Bay and beyond, as well as 21POP, a special installation by Gatti exploring design and culinary art.
Gray and Gold

Gray and Gold

Two quintessential San Francisco hues segue from the hills to home
Deeds & Don’ts: Walkable San Francisco Neighborhoods

Deeds & Don’ts: Walkable San Francisco Neighborhoods

What is the biggest luxury these days? We’re hearing over and over again from top Realtors in the area that it’s all about walkability.
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