the intrecciato leather top night table by bottega veneta with matte gunmetal trim. not exactly an easily accessible option at $9600, but oh so lovely, especially in the pergamena leather.
the steamer trunk end table from sundance catalog is another nice choice with riveted oak banding and canvas-lined drawers. and a comparable steal at only $1295.
but i think i might just go with a simple cedar cube from the trunk outlet which has the leather handle, clean lines and sturdy wood construction. i figure the assembly of the cube looks simple enough, so if i want to dis-assemble and re-cover it in heavy canvas or leather, it doesn't look too difficult. no drawers on this but at only $120, i think i can live with that.
initially spotted a larger version of the trunk in rebecca thuss' portfolio but couldn't make out the words, but finally tracked it down after many searchword iterations on decor8
first spotted the half-timbering, steep roof and brick chimney of this home on the corner of willborough pl and neuchatel ave ...
then, ran a quick loop around the tiny block which holds only twelve of these little tudor cottages. plus another five or so on willborough rd to round out the circle.
check out google maps' street view ... it's too adorable to be missed. too bad the LOUD caltrain tracks are just a block away and that each little cottage is in the $1m range. yea, too bad. otherwise, i'd be ready to move in and hide a garden gnome or two in my front lawn. and park a little smart car out front.
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A: eden & eden (560 jackson st) - very cute and uniquely curated collection of housewares, jewelry, clothing and gift items (much of which is imported from the UK) ... my latest fun find there are fine cashmere/silk sweaters by antoni & alison, in lovely pastel tones but unfortunately didn't quite fit right
B: glamour closet (114 columbus ave) - browse through wedding gowns, overstock and sample items direct from designers, retail stores and boutiques, at 25% to 75% off retail ... it was cute, the last time i passed by, there was a bride-to-be standing outside with a few magazine tearouts, going over her gameplan with her friends
C: urban burp (170 columbus ave, ste 110) - "rare vintage fabrics, home decor & upholstery"
D: vitra (557 pacific ave) - a narrow hall of a showroom, but they have a cute collection of vitra miniatures to view along the wall on the left in quiet (since this is not really a retail shop, don't worry about getting approached by pushy salespeople)
E: thos e cara (517 pacific ave) - a shop specializing in pretty espresso machines ... i've never actually walked in since i'm not a coffee-drinker, but i still peek in from time to time since it looks like a little espresso museum
F: kartell (501 pacific ave) - another not-really-retail showroom, meaning they typically cater to large call-in orders and act more as a showroom. but they definitely have items in stock and you can walk out with single pieces if you're in a rush ... i actually got a mademoiselle armchair recently at a great price since it was a discontinued floor sample
G: artemide (855 montgomery st) - showroom of modern lighting, a bit cramped though since it's a small space with tons of lighting packed in
H: carrots (843 montgomery st) - a spacious store carrying contemporary designer ready-to-wear lines for women and men, as well as some jewelry and home items ... the clothing isn't a huge departure from the contemporary dept at neiman or barneys (but definitely more convenient if you need a party dress in a pinch after leaving from your office in the transamerica building late), but it's worth a walk-through to check out the well-designed interior
I: william stout architectural books (804 montgomery st) - "over 20,000 titles on two floors in the fields of architecture, art, urban planning, graphic and industrial design, furniture and interior design, and landscape architecture" ... and they're not kidding about that, definitely a great source for design-y books and don't be shy about spending all day among the stacks
J: design within reach (455 jackson st) - like any other dwr location, i suppose, but the folks there are super-friendly
photos by mark seliger (check out his portfolio)
i wonder if there's an equivalent photographer in the non-editorial world.
8:50:: running late by 5 minutes now, hate this. and now i'm stuck at the end of a long security line 8:55:: through security. and checked in. 8:57:: finally(!) found a comfy seat between two professional clean-looking people 8:58:: time for my yogurt and granola bar breakfast 9:06:: just started "watching" a jury service info video. more like listening. there's a big head in my way. 9:17:: "each person's opinion can be voiced" ... i would pity anyone stuck on a jury with [certain girl i know] 9:20:: 15-minute video just finished ... more orientation! 9:22:: ugh! there's wireless here. i so should have brought my laptop. 9:35:: they just started calling names for the first juror group ... yes! not called. the whole row in front of me cleared though. 9:44:: ummm ... why are we all taking an oath? 9:46:: crap ... we've all just been selected to be selected for a 5-week trial 9:58:: i don't meet any of the hardships ... time to fill out the questionnaire 10:20:: done and i'm out of here ... more tomorrow ... whee!
"greetings from san francisco" postcard by hearts & anchors (and her blog) seahorse love card by hello! lucky which we bought for an upcoming seaside wedding (they also have a blog) "waterlilies limited edition print" by satsuma press (etsy shop and blog) "love" cd sleeves by lizard press which i might go back and get once i figure out a use for them (and their blog) walnut earrings by orange slice which i'll probably use as something other than earrings (etsy shop) blue bubbles handkerchief by miss natalie (and her blog)
side note: i noticed both hearts & anchors and lizard press use the same font in their logo, or at least very similar. i like it and i'm going to hunt it down.