What events not to miss this weekend, from sales to exhibitions to open houses.

Nothing looks quite as good as high-style design that was snagged for a low price.

An overhaul by Safdie Rabines Architects takes a narrow beachfront lot and turns it into a livable work of art.

While I’m of the old school belief that nothing can truly compare to picking up the latest copy of your favorite glossy, leafing through crisp pages, and dog-earing it to death, I still love me some online magazines.

I was flipping through our website's inspiration rooms (if you haven't yet, give it a go–lots of good stuff in there) and–how fitting–came upon a most inspiring space. San Francisco architecture firm Butler Armsden transformed this Edwardian home in the city's Richmond District to encompass the homeowners' Scandinavian predilections by opening it up, building an addition, and giving the entire place a modern spin.

We spend our time obsessing over home design, trying to think about the big picture of a room or overall style of a home. But sometimes the devil’s in the details.

If I had to pick one thing in my apartment that could really use some pampering, well, I’d choose me. But if I had a second choice it would be one of my houseplants. Minus the succulents, which are as strong and hearty as little lumberjacks, the rest have gone to pot–literally.

It's really, finally, truly here! SoCal folks might be over the warm weather by this point in summer, but those of us in the city of San Francisco are all severely depleted in Vitamin D thanks to a thick layer of fog that hasn't moved from overhead since somewhere around the Fourth of July.

The coastline, as realtors like to point out, isn’t getting any bigger. That’s why building a house near the ocean often means making the most of a narrow lot.

A grown-up surf shack in Encinitas is the perfect undercover escape for this beach-bum-at-heart.


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