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Viewing distinctively designed homes in print or online is great, but even for this magazine and design blog junkie, nothing beats seeing those same homes in person. If you're in San Francisco this weekend, you've got the rare opportunity to step foot inside some of the latest much-lauded residences around the city, thanks to the American Institute of Architects.

What events not to miss this weekend, from sales to exhibitions to open houses. Shop: SALE Past Perfect Lighting Sale San Francisco’s favorite vintage furnishings store, Past Perfect, is offering 20 percent off all electrical lighting through the entire month of September.

Labor Day weekend is no time to be sitting around in the house. It's time to get outside and suck up every last drop of vitamin D before fall weather comes calling. Of course if you've got the right space, spending time indoors and enjoying the outdoors needn't be mutually exclusive.

We try to steer clear of political issues on here, but recent events have come to light and I feel we can no longer hold our collective tongues. It's the president's new office makeover!

Every home deserves a little dash of playfulness in its design, whether it be as straightforward as, say, a giant giraffe or as subtle as an added furry throw pillow. File this unexpected find in the former category. Is it a swing? A necklace? Good god of fun, it's both.

It’s officially September, which means I can officially start getting pumped for a new season of TV. Oh, it’s not usually something I get worked up over; other than "30 Rock" and "Mad Men" (okay fine, and maybe a little "Jersey Shore") there’s not much on these days that really does it for me.

Lately a few of us at CH&D have been hearing the word "steampunk" thrown around.

"A calendar in the middle of the year? Stop the insanity!" I hear you say. I know we've just entered September, but hear me out: These prints from Los Angeles artist Claire Nereim are built for this year, the next, and so on ad infinitum. It's the last calendar you'll ever need!

When it comes to good design, the chair is an object on which we can all offer up our two cents. It's easy to know when a seat works well because it feels comfortable, it's ergonomic, and of course, it looks good while doing so. If it's made from environmentally friendly resources, well hey, that's icing on the cake.

We've got no shortage of adorable boutiques here in San Francisco, but that doesn't mean I get any less excited when a new one opens.

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