Posts by Mary Jo Bowling

Inspirations for Lori Weitzner's new TOUCH wallpaper collection include well-worn jeans and soft wool flannel suits. The caressability of the line will have you running your fingers along the wall, and the clever features will allow you to use them in surprising ways.

It's not often interior designer Jean Larette gets a 911 call, but the day after the San Francisco Chronicle ran an article about her work that featured several before and after photos, she did. "A gentleman rang me up and asked if I could come over RIGHT AWAY. He wanted me to get started on his project as soon as possible," she says.

Jim and Theresa Berger have a place in New York City and a sprawling ranch-style house in Denver. When they decided to buy and remodel a home along the Venice canals in Los Angeles, they chose to make it completely different.

  At this moment the best floral designers in the Bay Area are assembling dazzling arrangements behind closed doors at the de Young Museum, readying for the opening of a Spanish-themed Bouquets to Art 2011. To call the creations "bouquets" is a misnomer; many of them are themselves sculptural artwork.  

To some of you El Cerrito might seem like a long haul. Get over it, because El Cer is only 30 minutes from SF and it's the scene of a good estate sale this weekend. Nice tansus for $300, need I say more?

Some people are addicted to online gambling. Others have a problem with Internet porn. Until recently, my little vice has been shopping on 1stdibs.com. Then an antiques dealer got me hooked on Bond & Bowery. I love this site so much I don't care if I ever get the monkey off my back.

The new collection from Decorative Carpets, Moroccan Journeys, is exotic and exciting. Although they are carpets, it's pretty clear the pieces are inspired by that North African country's tile work. Each one is a riot of color, pattern and design joy.

What do design writers talk about at a cocktail party? Multimillion-dollar projects we've published? Glitzy showrooms? Flashy products? Not so much. Last week CasaSugar editor Julia Walsh told me about a paint that promises to rehab the ugliest of cabinets quickly and (as importantly) easily. With drink in hand, I was hanging on her every word.

Sara Mossman has a simple message for parents worried about their kids' health: Grow your own food. According to Mossman, a designer of edible gardens and home-greening consultant, youngsters who eat the food they grow don't need to worry about obesity (hard to gain weight on a high-veg diet) and are rarely finicky eaters (she claims the problem is getting the food to the kitchen before it goes into small mouths). And if you are worried about aesthetics, her gardens are proof that functional can be pretty.

When John Favors was a little boy in San Francisco, he started messing around with his grandmother's decorative items and playing in her jewelry box. Later, as a self-described hippie, he became fascinated with everything from rusty cans to antiques while under the influence of mind-altering drugs. I don't know what kind of substance gave him his aesthetic eye, but if it could help me put together a collection like his, I'll have what he's having. He's staging a warehouse sale in Oakland this weekend, and it's the kind of thing scavenging dreams are made of.

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