Posts by Mary Jo Bowling

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.

For years we've written about how the kitchen has become the contemporary family room. But what happens when you are a modern family living in an older house where the kitchen's main role is utility? There are two choices: either (as the song says) love the one you are with or (the more exciting option) make it an everyday space that you can love.

This week Anthropologie, the boho-chic powerhouse, debuts a home store-within-a-store called Decorator Concept. Its mission: make good design possible for anyone. On March 24 the veil will be lifted on 12 Decorator Concept's in the United States, and the Corte Madera store will have the sole Bay Area outlet.

This sale in the Castro district is described as a moving sale. I don't know where the residents are going, but it must be to a furnished home, because it appears they are selling all of their worldly goods.

Julie Massucco Kleiner, co-founder and principal designer at Massucco Warner Miller, says a pair of pillows in a little girl's room launched their new collection of ready-made cushions. "Melissa Warner [also a principal and co-founder] created two pillows with a pink silhouette for the daughter of a client," she says. "When it was published in a magazine, we received over 100 calls asking where to buy it. We thought there was enough of a market to launch this collection."

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