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Tour a Sophisticated Hillsborough Estate Designed by Heather Hilliard

Tour a Sophisticated Hillsborough Estate Designed by Heather Hilliard

When relocating from New York to California, a couple and their three children were prepared to embrace a new lifestyle. Thanks to San Francisco–based interior designer Heather Hilliard, however, transitioning from a SoHo loft to a Hillsborough estate didn’t mean abandoning their downtown aesthetic.
 Architect Brandon Jørgensen's First Solo Ground-Up Project Establishes Him as a Stellar Young Modernist

Architect Brandon Jørgensen's First Solo Ground-Up Project Establishes Him as a Stellar Young Modernist

When architect Brandon Jørgensen first presented his sketches for a Napa Valley home to his clients, he could sense their lack of enthusiasm. The couple had originally approached him with a request for a traditional Napa Valley farmhouse, Jørgensen decided to go for broke and present them with his kind of architecture: straight-up modern.
Step Inside an Urban-Inspired Tahoe Interior

Step Inside an Urban-Inspired Tahoe Interior

Next generation Tahoe has set up camp and younger, fresher design is following in its wake. This look is what drew a young Bay Area couple with three small children to Martis Camp, a nine-year-old luxury development that has helped define the new Tahoe with its range of architectural styles. The couple hired architect Brendan Riley of Ryan Group Architects to help establish its design guidelines, also calling on Jay Jeffers to craft their urban-inspired interior.
Bernard Trainor Wrests a Big Sur Landscape Back from the Edge

Bernard Trainor Wrests a Big Sur Landscape Back from the Edge

Bernard Trainor’s first impression of the land surrounding a house on a stretch of Big Sur coast was that it felt dispirited and inhospitable: A harsh climate of drenching rains, mists and howling winds had taken its toll and left the property fractured from its stunning Pacific view. Responding to the sound of crashing waves, his intuition told him to simply uncover a sense of place.
Take a Little More Time to Recline with a Chic Chaise

Take a Little More Time to Recline with a Chic Chaise

Summer in the Bay means it's time to recline. Here are six new pieces designed with relaxation in mind.
You’ll Be Made in the Shade with These Five Chic Umbrellas

You’ll Be Made in the Shade with These Five Chic Umbrellas

Redefine the architecture of shade with one of these outdoor umbrellas.
Stunning Sapphire and Diamond Jewels to Outsparkle the Ocean

Stunning Sapphire and Diamond Jewels to Outsparkle the Ocean

Stun everyone with these sapphire and diamond jewels. Add a sparkle to your look with; a bold, graphic sapphire band by Kathleen Dughi, Nam Cho's spiky sapphires drop earrings, Graff's stunning Bombé cocktail ring, Renee Lewis' Shake pendant and an ombré waves bracelet from Tiffany & Co.
Summer's Chicest Textiles Take a Cue from the Deep Blue Sea

Summer's Chicest Textiles Take a Cue from the Deep Blue Sea

Add a pop of indigo to decor with one of these blue-hued summer textiles.
 A Landmark Exhibition of J.M.W. Turner’s Late Work Arrives in San Francisco

A Landmark Exhibition of J.M.W. Turner’s Late Work Arrives in San Francisco

One imagines San Francisco would have appealed to J.M.W. Turner. The 19th-century master’s studies of swirling, atmospheric sea and sky are so much a mirror of our own grey coast. Viewers can experience that aesthetic empathy firsthand when more than 60 of his virtuoso oils and watercolors arrive on our shores this month with “J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free,” a groundbreaking exhibition that illuminates Turner’s late career work, the period of 1835–1851 that saw him at the height of his powers as well as delving further into abstraction.
7 Bay Area Designers Tell Us Their What's on Their Summer Reading List

7 Bay Area Designers Tell Us Their What's on Their Summer Reading List

Bay Area designers including Antonio Martins, Mead Quinn, Candace Barnes, Jenny Boyle, Candace Cavanaugh, Suzanne Tucker and Kathleen Navarra share seven hot new summer reads.
Textile Designer Sandra Jordan's Search for the World's Softest Fiber Leads to Peruvian Alpacas

Textile Designer Sandra Jordan's Search for the World's Softest Fiber Leads to Peruvian Alpacas

Growing up as the daughter of a diplomat in Peru, Sandra Jordan was taught the national legacy of the ancient alpaca. Considered “the gold of the Andes,” alpaca fleece, with its legendary softness, was reserved for the use of Incan royalty. But Jordan’s own impression of the fiber fell short of its lofty history: At the local farmers’ markets she visited with her mother, the fleece she found was scratchy and rough. This textural disconnect between the ideal and the real made an imprint on young Jordan, one that would later inspire her own storied journey.
4 Bay Area Paper Makers Championing the Art of Correspondence

4 Bay Area Paper Makers Championing the Art of Correspondence

A coterie of Bay Area artisans is carrying on the civilized tradition of the fine stationer. Embellishing sumptuous stock with letterpress, engraved imagery and hand gilding, San Francisco papermakers bring together age-old processes with innovative techniques. Here are four Bay Area ateliers championing the art of correspondence.
Bay Area Realtors Weigh In on Owning a Private Spot in Lake Tahoe

Bay Area Realtors Weigh In on Owning a Private Spot in Lake Tahoe

A beloved bay area destination year-round, Lake Tahoe is a superlative outdoor playground. Beyond its legendary ski resorts, its crystal-clear waters make it a beach, boating and hiking paradise in the summer months. But with its wonders come crowds of people, so we asked a group of expert Realtors what they would recommend if they were looking for a private, convenient spot for lake and ski vacations.
Five Eye-Popping Bay Area Properties to Watch

Five Eye-Popping Bay Area Properties to Watch

Here are five notable Bay Area properties including a new neoclassical-style residence listed for $18.35 million, a Menlo Park townhouse listed at $2.1 million, and a Pacific Heights condo.
A VIP Preview for

A VIP Preview for

The VIP preview for “Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft” brought together design cognoscenti from both sides of the Atlantic for a first look at writer and curator Zahid Sardar’s exhibition of innovative work from the Netherlands. Many of the 20 designers featured in the show flew in for the opening, including Marcel Wanders, Tiddo Bakker, Eric Klarenbeek and Borre Akkersdijk. Guests included Yves Behar, Agnes Bourne, Jennifer Morla and Olle Lundberg.
Pedini Launches a New San Francisco Showroom

Pedini Launches a New San Francisco Showroom

On March 26, luxury Italian kitchen design firm Pedini launched its superb new San Francisco showroom. The festive evening showcased Pedini’s modern design sensibility and introduced its gorgeous collections to the design community. Hosted by showroom owner Greg Sharp, the event’s guests included master sommelier Ian Cauble, designer Megan Lopez, Sotheby’s CJ Nakagawa, Pam Katz of Artistic Tile and many other fans of the stylish brand.
SFC&G and Dzine Presented the Collector's Lounge at Art Market

SFC&G and Dzine Presented the Collector's Lounge at Art Market

Art Market, the Bay Area’s leading contemporary and modern art fair, celebrated its fifth edition with a Benefit Preview at Fort Mason on April 29 in support of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The evening drew a festive crowd of patrons, collectors, curators and artists, kicking off a weekend that would draw more than 25,000 visitors. SFC&G and Dzine presented the Collectors Lounge, the weekend’s most stylish gathering spot, designed by Austin and Eve Forbord. VIP guests included Dorothy Saxe, Paul Wattis, Nion McEvoy, Julian Cox, Jack Calhoun, OJ and Gary Shansby and Catharine Clark.
The Fine Arts Museums' 31st Annual Bouquets to Art with SFC&G

The Fine Arts Museums' 31st Annual Bouquets to Art with SFC&G

From April 14 to April 19 the Fine Arts Museums presented its 31st annual Bouquets to Art with SFC&G as a media partner. More than 125 Bay Area floral designers created a spectacular array of arrangements for the event, which celebrated the museums’ permanent collections. The week launched on April 13 with an opening night gala and preview at the de Young hosted by grand patron Dede Wilsey, honorary gala chair Lorna Meyer Calas and exhibit and Flora Fashions partner Lonna Wais.
Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

June's must-haves for the design obsessed shopper.
The Conservatory of Flowers Celebrates

The Conservatory of Flowers Celebrates

On May 7, more than 200 friends and patrons of the Conservatory of Flowers celebrated at the “Gala Under Glass,” a benefit for the organization that also launched its new special exhibit, “Stranded! Tropical Island Survival.” Dede Wilsey served as honorary chair of the event, and Martha Woollomes chaired the gala’s planning committee.
With Origins in the Renaissance, Majolica Pottery Never Loses its Luster

With Origins in the Renaissance, Majolica Pottery Never Loses its Luster

Whether it is superb antique Minton or more humble country-ware, majolica’s vivid hues and whimsical motifs make it a go-to design element for summer. Its rustic elegance lends itself perfectly to the season’s more casual entertaining, while its crisp blue-and-white hues evoke Mediterranean shores.
Tour a Sophisticated Hillsborough Estate Designed by Heather Hilliard

Tour a Sophisticated Hillsborough Estate Designed by Heather Hilliard

When relocating from New York to California, a couple and their three children were prepared to embrace a new lifestyle. Thanks to San Francisco–based interior designer Heather Hilliard, however, transitioning from a SoHo loft to a Hillsborough estate didn’t mean abandoning their downtown aesthetic.
 Architect Brandon Jørgensen's First Solo Ground-Up Project Establishes Him as a Stellar Young Modernist

Architect Brandon Jørgensen's First Solo Ground-Up Project Establishes Him as a Stellar Young Modernist

When architect Brandon Jørgensen first presented his sketches for a Napa Valley home to his clients, he could sense their lack of enthusiasm. The couple had originally approached him with a request for a traditional Napa Valley farmhouse, Jørgensen decided to go for broke and present them with his kind of architecture: straight-up modern.
Step Inside an Urban-Inspired Tahoe Interior

Step Inside an Urban-Inspired Tahoe Interior

Next generation tahoe has set up camp and younger, fresher design is following in its wake. This look is what drew a young Bay Area couple with three small children to Martis Camp, and the couple hired architect Brendan Riley of Ryan Group Architects. Transforming the lake into a destination for contemporary architecture and interior design.
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