Summer 2014

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San Francisco Architecture Firm Sagan Piechota Designs a Monterey Beach Home Angled to the Sea

San Francisco Architecture Firm Sagan Piechota Designs a Monterey Beach Home Angled to the Sea

Architect Daniel Piechota of San Francisco–based Sagan Piechota Architecture faced exactly that challenge when commissioned to design a Monterey Bay house for a couple who met 29 years ago and knew, from their very first conversation, that one day they would have a house on the beach. “We’d been looking for a property for forever, truly forever, and for some reason nothing ever clicked,” one of the clients says. “And then this little cul-de-sac popped up.”
An Award-Winning Landscape in Portola Valley by Stefan Thuilot Unfolds in Sculptural Forms

An Award-Winning Landscape in Portola Valley by Stefan Thuilot Unfolds in Sculptural Forms

Principal of Thuilot Associates, an award-winning landscape architecture firm based in Berkeley, Thuilot designed the hard-and-soft-scapes surrounding the new ground-up residence by architect Tom Carrubba of Square Three Design. The site features several distinct areas, including a terrace with custom fire pit, outdoor kitchen and infinity pool, a sunken amphitheater, treehouse (designed by Carrubba) and a meadow overlook that symbolically releases the property back into nature.
Interior Designer Kendall Wilkinson Redesigns a Victorian Grande Dame to Suit a Family's Relaxed Lifestyle

Interior Designer Kendall Wilkinson Redesigns a Victorian Grande Dame to Suit a Family's Relaxed Lifestyle

Doffing his hat to Victorian formality and his client’s lavish entertaining, architect William H. Hamilton incorporated generous hallways and grand rooms into the Pacific Heights mansion he designed in 1894. To impress guests, he coffered ceilings, crafted wainscoting, and built a central staircase with liberal amounts of oak, mahogany and walnut. More than a century later, the current owners, a stylish young couple with two children, asked San Francisco interior designer Kendall Wilkinson to re-envision the grande dame as a space that would accommodate their relaxed lifestyle while preserving its elegant legacy.
Sublime Showing: The Refined Design of the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Sublime Showing: The Refined Design of the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Browse stunning selections from the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, from Jonathan Rachman’s fashion-inspired foyer to Antonio Martins’s masterful homage to his heritage. See how MacCaul Turner's artist’s studio captured the spirit of regional landscape painting and how designer Melanie Coddington created a serene, luminous bedroom by conjuring the atmosphere of the Bay.
Summer Design Finds with Ease and Elegance

Summer Design Finds with Ease and Elegance

Summer design finds with ease and elegance. ​
Galanter & Jones Heat Up the Bay Area's Outdoor Spaces

Galanter & Jones Heat Up the Bay Area's Outdoor Spaces

When industrial designer Aaron Jones moved to San Francisco four years ago to be closer to his sister Miranda, a casual experiment designing a heated bench for a client’s backyard kicked off a new family enterprise. He and Miranda teamed up to launch Galanter & Jones in 2013, crafting thoroughly modern cast-concrete seating with embedded radiant heating that can ward off a chill on the foggiest of Bay Area evenings.
Serena & Lily’s New Pacific Heights Shop is for the Designer in All of Us

Serena & Lily’s New Pacific Heights Shop is for the Designer in All of Us

Just in time for the arrival of the first houseguests of the season, Sausalito-based lifestyle outfitter Serena & Lily has launched its new destination Design Shop. Located on white-hot Sacramento Street, the boutique showcases the brand’s easy elegance—think classic Hamptons by way of the Bay. Its shelves are laden with crisp linens, signature bedding and plump pillows, all perfect for summer entertaining. And from its breezy playlist to a well-stocked mini-bar, Serena & Lily invites lounging amidst its cozy and comfortable vignettes.
Oakland’s Book/Shop Champions the Literary Life

Oakland’s Book/Shop Champions the Literary Life

Certainly, Book/Shop, in Oakland’s Temescal Alley, stocks books, but its literary connoisseurship extends beyond reading material. Launched by proprietor Erik Heywood in 2013, Book/Shop showcases a highly curated selection of reading-related goods designed to quicken the heartbeat of all who love the printed page. Among its wares are home goods like tabletop bookshelves and bookends and personal accessories including a Shakespearean iPhone cover and a signature canvas and leather Ballast Bookbag designed specifically for toting tomes. There’s even a library-scented perfume that is a blend of an old novel, leather bindings and worn cloth (along with a hint of wood polish).
Chef Matt McNamara of Sons & Daughters and the Square Packs the Perfect Summer Picnic

Chef Matt McNamara of Sons & Daughters and the Square Packs the Perfect Summer Picnic

Matt McNamara—chef and co-proprietor (along with Teague Moriarty) of San Francisco favorite Sons & Daughters and newly launched The Square—shares his go-tos for packing a scrumptious summer basket.
Six Superb Bay Area Sauvignon Blancs Tailored to Al Fresco Tables

Six Superb Bay Area Sauvignon Blancs Tailored to Al Fresco Tables

Sauvignon Blanc—fresh, crisp and aromatic—is a classic summer wine. Its fragrant aromas make it perfect for sipping on its own or for pairing with light warm-weather fare: vegetable dishes, salads, soft cheeses (especially goat), grilled seafood and most shellfish, indeed any fish that would benefit from a squeeze of lemon.
A Design Insiders' Guide to the Best Bay Area Weekend Retreats

A Design Insiders' Guide to the Best Bay Area Weekend Retreats

With world-class settings like Big Sur to Sonoma at our doorstep in the Bay Area, one can take to the road in any direction and arrive at a sublime destination. Here, seven savvy San Francisco interior designers reveal their favorite local getaways.
Deeds & Donts: From the Bay Area to the Big Island

Deeds & Donts: From the Bay Area to the Big Island

This month, “Deeds & Don’ts” ventures a bit farther afield to a favorite retreat for Californians: Hawaii. For many, the combination of sublime weather, low-key beaches and restorative energy makes for the perfect getaway. Every island has its own particular character, and everyone seems to have a favorite.
Gary Hutton, an Interior Innovator Who Continues to Push the Design Envelope

Gary Hutton, an Interior Innovator Who Continues to Push the Design Envelope

Interior designer and Northern California native Gary Hutton has been at the creative cutting edge for more than three decades. By bringing conceptual thinking and material innovation to his projects, the San Francisco designer creates singular, dynamic spaces for residential and commercial use. Most recently, Hutton designed the interiors for the new San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design and a leading art collector’s Los Angeles residence, and is currently at work on a 9,000-square-foot LEED platinum home.
SFC&G and Arkitektura Create the Collector’s Lounge at Art Market San Francisco

SFC&G and Arkitektura Create the Collector’s Lounge at Art Market San Francisco

SFC&G was proud to partner with Art Market San Francisco, the city’s leading modern and contemporary art fair held May 15–18 at Fort Mason. SFC&G presented the fabulous Collector’s Lounge, designed and furnished by Arkitektura and curator Philip Wood, as well as the panel Sheltering Art II: Designing Interiors for Private Collections, moderated by Editor in Chief Alisa Carroll.
Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

Summer's must-haves for the design obsessed shopper
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