Posts by Mary Jo Bowling

Walking the streets of San Francisco after work, I sometimes get glimpses of the city's great private art collections—a corner of a painting, the top of a sculpture or a bit of a photograph—visible through distant lit windows. But, once a year, I get to walk into some of these amazing homes instead of walking by them, thanks to one of SF's best fundraising events: Private Collections.

If you dream of hanging an Andy Warhol, Chuck Close or Gilbert & George on your wall, but your budget isn't cooperating (and mass-market posters from big box stores make you cringe, try going big.

If your heart beats faster at the sight of a hand-lettered banner reading "flea market today" and aisles of booths get your pulse pounding, you have probably been to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, Northern California's not-to-be-missed monthly treasure hunt (the next one happens on April 1, but you knew that). To get your flea market fix during the rest of the month, you probably swing by the not as large Alemany Flea Market which happens every Sunday at the foot of Bernal Hill. But if you are looking for something a little off the beaten vintage goods path, try these.

Jason and Laura Oronzi were just two weeks from having their first child, and they were more than ready. The doctor had told them months before that they were having a little girl and they had created a lovely pink nursery—complete with a custom sign emblazoned “Chloe” (a name they’d agonized over) and a legion of pastel stuffed animals. Then they got the shock of a lifetime, one that sent them back to square one.

When Lucky Strike opens in SoMa this weekend, it may be the first time the words “stylish” and “bowling alley” are used in the same sentence. But this chic entertainment spot at 200 King St. is not your typical 10-pin, sweaty-shoe rental, 1950s artifact.

When I think of peacock chairs, I picture an exotic, 1970s-era, Foxy Brown–type character sitting in one,” says Peter Loughrey, president of Los Angeles Modern Auctions. He’s not alone.

Rare Device moves to the up-and-coming Divisadero Corridor; a famed vintage store throws a glam party to celebrate an expansion; and a San Francisco furniture powerhouse puts its outdoor goods on sale just in time for summer—get ready for the top design events in the City by the Bay this month.

For the uninitiated, stumbling upon the Westlake neighborhood—nestled between highways 35 and 280, just south of San Francisco—is like discovering the land that George Jetson forgot.

This month, we announced the winners of our highly prized CH+D Awards. Now, get the inside scoop from all the winners!For interior designer Jay Jeffers, winning the CH+D award for Residential Interior Design (less than 3,000 SQ. FT.) was a personal affair since he submitted his own home. We asked Jeffers to tell us a bit more about his favorites—favorite stores, architects and design trends.

This month, we announced the winners of our highly prized CH+D Awards. Now, get the inside scoop from all the winners!Culver City-based architect Zoltan E. Pali won a big award for a big project—CH+D Award for Residential Architecture for Residential Architecture (More Than 3,000 Sq. Ft.). We contacted the Pali to find out his SoCal loves and hates.