Archive for the ‘Boutique’ Category

because they can
September 21, 2009

Sitting on the mantle in my parents’ house is a wood vase filled with dried purple flowers that I made in the sixth grade. For two months I perfected my technique on the lathe and when completed, I triumphantly presented the fruits of my labor. I am reminded of this proud moment in my history as I browse through the incredible woodwork of Because We Can, an Oakland-based husband-and-wife team specializing in sustainable custom furnishing and interior design. It seems there is no limit to what they can create:

LCD Ecoglam

LCD Ecoglam

I’m not a fan of TV. I do like watching it (Mad Men and Friday Night Lights, especially) but frankly I think they’re ugly and I don’t like when the television becomes the focal point for a room. However, the Ecoglam frame from BWC really solves this dilemma. My computer is currently my entertainment center (thanks, Hulu) but this custom frame may change things.

Smart solution for small spaces

Smart solution for small spaces

Living in a big city often means trying to pack a lot into a relatively small space but these decorative shelves are a great solution. The cutouts are a cool, custom decor and they don’t clutter a shoebox-size apartment.

Three Rings office

Three Rings office

Video game company, Three Rings, asked BWC to oufit their SoMa loft to resemble The Nautilus from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Wildlife and Presidents chair

Wildlife and Presidents chair

I love these chairs, I imagine a mismatched grouping around a long farmhouse table in my rustic-meets-modern home (that I’m slowly building in my head). Until then I’ll just keep at the lathe and admire these pieces from afar. —MR

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hand-blocked happiness
September 8, 2009

I’ve always loved John Robshaw’s linens, but from afar, since their substantial price tags have kept me at bay. Thankfully, I’ve just discovered fashion designer Roberta Freymann’s more affordable (yet still three-digit) quilts, pillows and tunics from her line, Roberta Roller Rabbit. The hand-blocked, Asia- and India-inspired prints come in brilliant shades of indigo, gold, green and fuchsia. I just got the Big Cata yellow quilt, which looks particularly fetching folded at the foot of my bed, and I’m eyeing those Amanda orange throw pillows. —MR

Big Cata

Big Cata

Amanda Pillow

Amanda Pillow

birthday wishes
August 26, 2009

Nice job, Anthropologie, O Purveyor of All Things Gorgeous and Desirable. While my recessionary path has carefully avoided your door, you’ve certainly beguiled me with your delightfully homespun birthday card, good for a 15% discount on your pricey wares. Everything here is working in your favor: the linen envelope, the cute button honor guard, the rainbow of threads, the vintage typewriter font you know I can’t resist. So which covetable trapping will it be? The Poplar Branch dress, a coy little rayon number with mesh cut outs, or the tiered Gamine Chemise nightie, which may be too irresistible to keep indoors? Which would you choose? —LML

all wrapped up
August 24, 2009

When it comes to textiles I’m partial to pattern, specifically vivid colors, block-prints and pinks. So imagine my delight when I happened upon these “Auntie coats” at Gravel + Gold.

Made from hand-printed vintage Bengali fabric, no two coats are alike. They’re reversible (gotta love the versatility of two-for-one) and made from extra-soft cotton, so the jackets are more like a super-chic Slanket, which is always appreciated in this foggy Bay Area climate. —MR

a light in the attic
August 18, 2009

So many hours of my life have been spent rummaging flea markets and boutiques for gems from past and present that it’s only appropriate my First Ever blog post relates to one of my favorite pastimes. Enter: Perish Trust. The NOPA boutique is run by two style-savvy San Franciscans (she’s a photographer and he’s a photostylist) who curate oddities from bygone eras and mix them with chic new accessories. I love the vintage Royal typewriters (fully functional) and the Jessica Niello paintings. And of course, I can’t leave without a substantial sampling of Hooker’s Sweet Treats—the sea salt and caramel chocolate bars are reason enough to make weekly visits. —MR