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Houses say a lot about their owners. Some are warm and cozy, others build to intimidate (Versailles, anyone?) A  house ready to do just that is for sale in Los Angeles.

In these modern times, we've all come to expect the world at the click of a button.

If the kitchen is the new living room, shouldn't it have a sofa? The owners of this Peninsula home, Steve and Sharon, posed that challenge to architect Andrew Mann, and the result is a built-in window seat on steroids that works like a sofa, provides extra storage and looks fabulous.

Last year Heath Ceramics sold gorgeous limited edition ceramic canisters with black American walnut wood lids.  They were a collaboration between renowned potter Alma Allen, Heath Ceramics Director Adam Silverman, design firm Commune, and Heath Ceramics.  This past weekend in Los Angeles, Heath unveiled a new collection of one-of-a-kind pieces from the same talented group.

  Artists get to build unconventional houses. Here's one for sale in Tujunga made of industrial steel components and wrapped around a swimming pool.

I'm not a coffee drinker. When it comes to caffeine I have the tolerance of a two-year old, so anything more than a sip of the dark stuff and I'm up into the wee hours rearranging furniture (aka the design addict's answer to counting sheep). That said, I'm still excited to visit the newly opened MA•Velous in San Francisco. It's not the beans that are drawing me to this coffee shop and café, though with six different ways to brew each artisanally-grown cup, I'm tempted. Instead, I'm anxious to check out the eco-friendly interiors by Adeeni Design Group.

Contemporary Baroque? Country French-Hollywood Regency? Surreal modern historical? Whatever you choose to call it, by adding a plexiglas seat and back, San Francisco designer Maloos Anvarian has taken an antique chair and brought it into the 20th century. The result is unexpected, quirky, but elegant.  

  In La Jolla, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright built a group of houses on a ridge. One of them is for sale.

About a year ago our sister magazine, 7x7, was heralding the news that everyone's favorite big-box retailer was on it's way to the Metreon in downtown San Francisco.

Leigh Beisch's Untitled7 is instantly recognizable as the California coast. Or is it? The blurry large format photograph is one in a series of moody and evocative abstract landscapes called Bodies of Land, which capture light in such a way that they could depict any landscape, anywhere.

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