Even with real estate prices bottoming out, many of us still consider buying a piece of California property a pipe dream. But thanks to the Skirball's latest exhibit, "Home Sweet Home", anyone can purchase a piece of the American Dream.

Living near arguably the tech capital of the world, it's easy to be in a state of constant marvel at how far we've come in this digital age.

These days everyone's sizing down and greening up, but back in the early 2000s there was one company in home design that really caught people's attention for doing so far before the trend took shape.

No man is an island–no kitchen, either, from what I've seen. And yet it appears the latest trend in cookware are colors that set the room awash in a sea of blue. A few weeks ago I was all a-twitter about Anthropologie's selection of turquoise Staub pots.

What events not to miss this weekend, from sales to exhibitions to open houses.

It's a rare crystal-clear day here in the city by the bay, and readers, it is a true delight. Even up in Twin Peaks, a notoriously fog-filled neighborhood, I could make out the Golden Gate Bridge peeking out from over the distant hills. The beach and slate blue water lifted their omnipresent veil and called to me. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that this beautiful clarity lasts through the weekend.

I've professed my love for certain things IKEA before, but there's also plenty that leaves me cold.

The winners will be featured in the February 2011 issue and announced at our annual CH+D Achievement Awards Gala.

We all know the saying about people in glass houses, but really, who'd want to throw a retaliatory stone at this beauty?

Beyond their pretty tasting rooms, these wineries get down and dirty with biodynamic farming, biodiesel trucks and structures that soak up the sun to power the presses.


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