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?

Our weekly round up of what our design friends on the web are reporting on.

Marjorie Skouras kind of took over my Turquoise Rooms post earlier this week with all her vibrant, color-soaked rooms. I loved every inch of them, but I haven't stopped thinking of those chandeliers in particular. Need a refresher? Yowza!

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

My boyfriend is a football-playing, beer-drinking, sports-watching kind of dude. A guy whose interests run towards the more stereotypically masculine end of the spectrum. A man's man, if you will. Yet when it comes to candles, all bets are off.

Your bedroom should be an oasis of respite. That said, it doesn't need to be swathed in beiges and creams just to help you sleep. Take a tip from these bedrooms by San Francisco design firm Massucco Warner Miller, where a few well-placed pops make for a relaxing and stylish place to rest your head.

It's another rainy, gloomy day here in San Francisco, and these gray-blue skies show no sign of abating.


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