Posts by Mary Jo Bowling

I am really into industrial design right now, especially vintage pieces. The problem is that the old stuff often comes with a hefty price tag—and it's hard to find the right size and number of items (it seems like there are always five perfect chairs when I need eight, for example). But I've found a source for industrial design that could help me fill in the blanks.

Bryan Nash Gill, an artist with California roots, uses a time-intesive rubbing technique to make relief prints from the cross-section of trees. The result is art that is nature-based and totally now.

If you have ever peered under the hood over your cooktop, you've likely noticed there's not much under the big (and getting bigger) canopy. Two Bay Area powerhouses have joined forces to make the range hood work harder.

What does it take to get me to Moraga? A pair of alabaster lamps are tempting me across the bridge this weekend.

This summer, high style on the patio, deck or terrace is guaranteed with the newest in outdoor furnishings. Earthy agate overtakes the seashell as this season's must-have accessory. And Californians reach across the ocean to help victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami. 1.

The dilemma: You want to add some green in a place where there's no sunlight, no water or no space. To compound the problem, you could kill a fern in the Seattle, Washington climate. Moss Tile could be your answer.

When Susan Gardner called me about this estate sale she couldn't stop gushing about it. It has all the things you like to see in estate sale clients: the couple liked to entertain, they enjoyed traveling and one of them worked as an interior designer. For people who go to these events, that's another way of saying "good stuff found here."

I'm a modernist, but as Memorial Day draws closer I get sentimental about old-fashioned summers and start dreaming of sipping cold lemonade, hot days and hanging out on the front porch. The new outdoor furniture line from Los Angeles interior designer Kristen Panitch is fueling these fantasies.

I recently wrote an article for the magazine that used the term "adding architecture." My editor circled it and scribbled in red pen: "What does this mean?" I bet every licensed architect hates the term, because what it means is adding form and structure to an existing (ususally bland) space with a dramatic decorating element.

Are you a steampunk, an industrial design lover, the ulimate maker or just an old fashioned junker? There's a sale for you in Healdsburg this weekend.