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When I headed to LA to check out the design scene and visit a few favorite haunts, my inevitable first stop is Joan's on Third, which you might describe as LA's answer to Dean & Deluca.

I tend to shy away from Napa in favor of more relaxed, off the beaten path Wine Country destinations. However, the revamped day spa at The Carneros Inn made me reconsider.

With moveable louvers that permit the facade to shift and change to suit the needs (or whims) of its occupants, 8 Octavia Boulevard is the first of four radically new buildings on the east side of this reclaimed corridor.

Remodelista just announced the winners of their second annual Considered Design Awards, celebrating the vision and domestic spaces of creative-minded Remodelista and Gardenista readers. Everyone from design professionals to novices entered the contest, and four California-based entrants took home awards for their respective spaces.

Collaborating with an impressive list of international designers, San Francisco-based Ligne Roset offers an exclusive line of furniture, lighting and decor with boldly modern style.

What design and art events are upcoming in the Golden State?

This late-'40s, 5-bed, 5.5-bath house designed by architect Gerard Colcord was recently restored by Tom Boland, an LA designer who specializes in bringing classic homes back to life.

With a heritage of laissez-faire living, woodsy housing and hot tubs, Mill Valley has long been a haven for creative people. This striking house by Thompson Studio Architecture brings crisp design to that heritage, and it’s open on Sunday, August 17 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

For a total escape, Calistoga has it all.

You know that house with the beautiful garden you always walk past and admire (or, in my case, covet)? In Mill Valley, it belongs to architect Barbara Chambers.

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