November 2014

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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.
Charmed Life: Four Artists Present Works of Flora and Fauna that Evoke the Enchantment of the Season

Charmed Life: Four Artists Present Works of Flora and Fauna that Evoke the Enchantment of the Season

From solstice festivals to Victorian tree trimming, the rituals of winter have a long history of drawing on the natural world. Here, four artists present works of flora and fauna that evoke the enchantment of the season.
Culinary Culture: Six Stylish Bay Area Kitchens Reflect a Range of Sensibilities, from Glamorous to Traditional

Culinary Culture: Six Stylish Bay Area Kitchens Reflect a Range of Sensibilities, from Glamorous to Traditional

From a meticulously customized family kitchen to a luminous, atmospheric space for an art collector, these six kitchens cater to distinctly different lifestyles.
San Francisco Holiday: Gifts for Foodies, Urban Gardeners, Design Addicts and Travelers

San Francisco Holiday: Gifts for Foodies, Urban Gardeners, Design Addicts and Travelers

Celebrate the holiday gift-giving season with one (more more!) of these must-haves. For the foodie, we found everything from a 12-month tea subscription to a special edition slate cheese board. Urban gardeners will delight in a botanical-print set of journals, while the frequent traveler on your list will say "Thanks" for this backpack crafted from vintage chestnut leather.
Present Suppers In Style with Chic Serveware

Present Suppers In Style with Chic Serveware

This month's guide to the best products and pursuits, from Ryota Aoki’s Pots de Lait arabesque milk pitchers to British artist Nic Webb’s handcrafted sycamore-and-lime spoons, from the cultural landscape.
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.
Neiman Marcus Toasts Alexander Vreeland of Diana Vreeland Parfumes Gallery

Neiman Marcus Toasts Alexander Vreeland of Diana Vreeland Parfumes Gallery

On October 14, Neiman Marcus hosted a Champagne reception and luncheon to toast Alexander Vreeland, grandson of legendary editor, Diana Vreeland and creator and president of Diana Vreeland Parfums. Fashion-savvy guests at the sparkling event, hosted by Gail Glasser, included Joel Goodrich, Damion Matthews, Ricky Serbin, O.J. Shansby, Barbara Brookins-Schneider and Bonham’s Chairman Laura King Pfaff.
The Bath + Beyond Presents 100 Fontane: Fantini for Africa

The Bath + Beyond Presents 100 Fontane: Fantini for Africa

Stylish showroom The Bath + Beyond with media sponsor SFC&G presented “100 Fontane: Fantini for Africa” on September 30, an event celebrating the Italian kitchen and bath company’s humanitarian effort to deliver clean and safe water to the communities of Masango, Africa. Hosts Jeff Burton and Joni Burton Brockway, founders of The Bath + Beyond, welcomed guests including Daniela Fantini, president, and Ricardo Conti, vice president, of Fantini, Isidore Ntirampeba, second counselor of the Burundi Embassy, Maria Scarzella Thorpe of Asia Society and interior designer Kathy Best.
The 2014 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Opening Gala

The 2014 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Opening Gala

On October 22 a fabulous gala evening marked the opening of the 2014 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, the oldest and most prestigious continuously operating international art and antiques show on the West Coast. Among the many VIPs in attendance were honorary chair Diane Wilsey, show director Ariane Trimuschat, Fine Arts Museums curator Martin Chapman, Lord David Cholmondeley, Denise Hale and Paul Wiseman, who also celebrated the launch of his new book, Inner Spaces.
CH Carolina Herrera Hosts a Cocktail Reception Benefiting Children of Shelters

CH Carolina Herrera Hosts a Cocktail Reception Benefiting Children of Shelters

CH Carolina Herrera, along with Shonaree Michael, Stephanie Plexico, Jenny Stegall and Andrea Zola, hosted a cocktail reception benefiting Children of Shelters. The organization’s mission is to connect children living in or being supported by family transitional shelters to the enrichment and educational opportunities they need to better their chances at ending a life of poverty. Guests included Suzanne Levit, Lana Adair, Kate Chung, Sonya Molodetskya, Erin Lowenberg and Jean Andrea Rougeot.
Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

November's must-haves for the design obsessed shopper. A wide range of avant-garde, Relaxed glamour, and multifunction products designed from Ethan Allen, Grange NY, Conrad.
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
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