Posts by Mary Jo Bowling

From Chilewich roller shades to SFO flights, there's a host of sales going on now.

In the world of designers Garry Graham and Tony Vermillion color is king; vintage fashions from the 70s are alive and well; and art from the 80s is something to be celebrated, not scorned. This week the New York transplants bring their style to an unexpected corner of the Mission in  their new store Vermillion Graham.

Design is a very contextual thing. What looks like a million bucks in one situation could look like a big mistake in another. Although not a lover of window decals, I can see their problem-solving capabilities—especially in an urban area where your "view" might be a light well or the peeling paint on the north side of the neighbor's house.

Color Pops, the new line of outdoor fabrics from Perennials Fabrics refuses to take itself seriously and brings a punch of fun to the patio.

The end of the rainy weather has us looking for spring flowers well before the beginning of May. We found them in New Ravenna's Jacqueline line, a collection of handcrafted mosaic tiles that are just plain pretty.

In my marriage there's a lot of home-decorating push and pull that keeps things interesting. I love to remodel homes, he hates the process. I care about the way things look, he ignores appearances. I don't mind spending money on good design, he doesn't see the point. We are in the thick of renovating a Sonoma County home, and I'm down to brass tacks on the budget—so things are REALLY interesting right now. I was thrilled to discover a design solution in an unlikely spot: the pages of a CB2 catalogue.

Liberty of London has been making textiles in England since 1843. But when I look at the relentlessly cheery prints on their new napkins, I can't help but feel there's something all-American about them. The latest styles are at Sue Fisher King in San Francisco.

I know I'm not the only one who loves the Tastemaker Tag Sales staged by One Kings Lane on Saturdays. The weekly online sale features the wares of some of the best interior designers working today. So when I saw that San Francisco interior designer Jay Jeffers (whose project is featured on our cover this month) will be part of the event this week, I made a point to set the iPhone alarm (8 a.m. PST).

Q: Just how big is the estate sale at 264 Monte Vista Avenue in Oakland this weekend? A: It's so large that organizers have spent 12 days sorting and pricing and they are still finding new things.A: There are so many pieces, they estimate the for-sale items number into the hundreds of thousands.A: It's a sale whose variety and breadth will have attendees talking for years.

Heddie Chu's shopping knows no geographical bounds. Her work at NC2, an architecture and interior design firm, takes her around the world, and she uses the opportunity to scour markets (both flea and otherwise). The San Franciscan sells her new and one-of-a-kind finds on Emerald Fish, her online emporium. This week she launched a virtual market inspired by Les Puces, her favorite French flea market.