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Oh, if only Boston wasn’t so far from California! When we heard about Patch NYC‘s new show with artist Elizabeth Grubaugh, we immediately wanted to hop on a plane and check it out. “When Don and I were thinking of an art show to kick off the spring season we knew a lot of color would be ideal after such a long, lingering winter. So we immediately thought of Elizabeth’s work,” says John Ross, the proprietor of the shop (along with Don Carney). “She manages to create palettes that are dense with color but never overwhelming to the eye—and that’s not easy. For this show, we asked Elizabeth to focus on her botanical imagery because we like how she takes plant forms and makes them almost abstract through her line work.”

Don and John even developed a collection of jewelry that’s inspired by Elizabeth’s creations. And thankfully for those of us who live thousands of miles from Patch NYC, they’re offering her beautiful giclee prints, decoupaged glass paperweights, and one-of-a-kind silk-screened pillows on their website. Of course, if you’re in the Boston area, you should definitely stop by to view them in person—along with all of the other great wares that Don and John stock in their South End store.

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{ All images courtesy of Patch NYC }


A couple of weeks ago, we Instagrammed some photos taken during the San Francisco Decorator Showcase press preview. (Are you following us on Instagram?) If you’re local or planning to be in the Bay Area this month, you can now visit the show house yourself; it’s open through Memorial Day. The images here represent just a handful of our favorite rooms in the 1907 Presidio Heights mansion, which was revamped by more than two dozen artists and designers. The kids’ quarter shown above is the work of Regan Baker; while the wallpaper is stunning, there are so many other special details, too.

The Showcase residence totals nearly 9,000 square feet and is situated on a lot that’s about one-third of an acre—meaning there’s plenty of décor inspiration to be culled from its indoor and outdoor spaces. (Bonus: The annual event is a fundraiser for University High School’s financial aid program.)

The family room (and adjacent kitchen) was designed by Steven Miller. All of the furniture came from his gallery and shop, THE NWBLK. And be forewarned: After browsing the goods available through THE NWBLK, you may want to buy pretty much everything. (And can we take a moment to consider that view? That’s what an $18 million-view looks like!)

Working with the existing floors and built-in ceiling, Geoffrey De Sousa managed to infuse his impeccable sense of style into the home’s library. All of those old books were painting the same creamy white hue to create a harmonious backdrop to the beautiful furnishings and objects that the designer chose.

We never wanted a potting shed until we came across the one devised by Randy McDannell. The “shed” is actually a two-room space with direct access to the garden; the other room includes work surfaces, and is where the tools and potting accoutrements are kept.

SagreraBrazil was charged with making over the dining room, which is lined in a gorgeous hand-painted Chinoiserie wallcovering that was installed several decades ago. The design duo managed to complement existing elements in the space, yet still infuse a fresh and modern sensibility.

And we just thought this fancy cat photograph by Todd Hido was too fun not to post. It was part of Jaimie Belew‘s master bathroom scheme.


Ferme A Papier Open House

by Anh-Minh on February 20, 2014

Mark your calendars, Bay Area friends! Next Thursday, February 27, Cat Seto is hosting an Open House to celebrate her newly redesigned San Francisco space. Stop by 2406 Polk Street from 2 to 5 p.m. to check out the shop/studio in person, as well as enjoy sweets, tea, and 20% off products in Cat’s stationery line, Ferme à Papier. (The shop also stocks a lovely selection of apparel, accessories, and small housewares.)

Psst … Here’s a bit of Anthology trivia for you: In our 14 issues, we’ve only had one cover girl—Cat! She was featured on the cover of Issue No. 4, waaay back in the summer of 2011.

{ Photos courtesy of Ferme à Papier }

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California Printed

by Anh-Minh on January 9, 2014

“Small Forest of a Handful of California’s Indigenous Trees” by Jennifer Maravillas

One of my favorite San Francisco shops, Rare Device, is kicking off the new year with a group show with a theme that I absolutely love: California Printed features the artistic interpretations of the Golden State in printed form. The list of artists and designers who are contributing exclusive works includes Emily Proud, Julia Lucey, Erica Sirotich, Jennifer Maravillas, Hero Design, Archie’s Press, Forest and Waves, 3 Fish Studios, Christina Song, Katrina Zapaala, Derek Macario, and Kehau Lyons.

“I wanted to have a group show that showcased a theme that people in the neighborhood/San Francisco can relate to,” explains Rare Device proprietor Giselle Gyalzen. “One of my former employees, Kevin Wilson, came up with the theme of California and suggested that we showcase different printing techniques. Thus, California Printed was conceived.”

The show launches tomorrow, January 10, with an opening reception from 6-8pm, and runs through February 26. If you’re not in the Bay Area, you can still pick up a piece from California Printed—they’ll be available on the Rare Device website next week.

“Surfing Spots of California” by Edward Juan of Forest & Waves

“Oakland” by Christina Song

{ All images courtesy of Rare Device }

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by Alexis on October 21, 2013

A trip to California’s Wine Country is always full of culinary-centered indulgences. From a decadent dinner at the French Laundry to a cozy picnic behind Oakville Grocery—as well as the long list of wineries, restaurants to suit any palate, and farm stands along the roads—there never seems to be enough hours in the day to celebrate the wealth of options during any given trip. And I’ve just discovered a new player in the game: Healdsburg’s SHED.

SHED, which opened last April, is a mecca for fans of the local food movement. At over 10,000 square feet, saying the space is grand would be an understatement. Located in downtown Healdsburg, SHED houses a dizzying array of functions: grocery store, classroom, community space, cafe, coffee bar, fermentation bar, and farm store. So when you stop in for your morning coffee—developed just for SHED by Flying Goat Coffee—you can also pick up everything you might need to plant a lush garden (they host regular seed exchanges) or kickstart a new hobby, like cheesemaking. And everything inside the understated, modern glass barn is carefully sourced for quality and curated for beauty and function.

It looks like the offerings at SHED warrants a trip of its own.

{ Images from SHED }