Emily Pilloton, founder of Project H and author of the book Design Revolution, is not short on bright ideas.

While putting a light in a cage might in theory sound like something you'd see in a high-security prison, it can actually come out looking quite the opposite of institutional; with the right look, it's a charming touch. And it's a trend that's all over the place lately.

Interior designer Jeff Andrews and his celebrity client stage a glam remodel.

Offered at $1.575, the historic Nightingale House is a maze of strangely make-shift rooms, but with a little love and lot of white paint, I could easily live there. 

Over the next year, anyone exploring San Francisco’s Presidio may encounter some unconventional sights, from blue-and-white porcelain vessels perched in cypress trees to a mini modernist cabin with a triangular form.

Designers are highlighting both the delicate texture and the brute strength of good old-fashioned rope.

It sounds like a fantasy: Interior designers such as Ann Getty, Kendall Wilkinson and Ken Fulk invite you to a tag sale, featuring huge markdowns on items from their stashes of one-of-a-kind samples and fantastic accessories purchased for the celebrity client who just can’t commit.

As an editor, I’m lucky enough to get to spend considerable time browsing the gorgeous items in the San Francisco Design Center.

I may be alone on this, but I love me some Gwyneth P. True, she can be as haughty as all get out, and her weekly "lifestyle" newsletter GOOP (with its frequent detox cleanses and relationship advice) can cause a severe case of the eye rolls. But I still love it. Why?

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