Halloween hasn't even happened yet, Thanksgiving is still a month away, and the holidays are but a faint glint on the horizon. But stores are already gearing up for the shopping season with gift-friendly products, and well, there's just too much good stuff not to share.

California, especially Southern California, is all about the weather. About how we can literally open our front doors or—in the case of artist Lynn Hanson—open her studio doors, to the outdoors. As the days grow cooler, it's important to remember how lucky we have in the grand scheme of climates. 

I recently discovered The Working Proof, which sells limited edition, affordable artwork, pairing each print with a charity of the artist's choice. I've been a fan of Lisa Solomon for a long time, so I was happy to find her lovely wall decals for sale on the site.  They're made of vinyl, come in sets of three (two sky blue, one lime green), and can be placed on walls, windows, doors, floors.  Here's the coolest thing, though: They look hand-drawn.

There are only so many places to live on San Francisco's Russian Hill. Its buildings are a chronicle of the city's culture and history, undamaged by the 1906 fire, later threatened with destruction by hi-rise buildings in the 1960's and now preserved. The Hermitage was the last project built on the historic hill, in 1986, and there's a penthouse on the market.

San Francisco's Branch is finding a new place to perch. The sustainable design-focused online retailer is packing up its South Van Ness warehouse and easing into a shiny new space South of Market. While details on the new headquarters are limited so far, talk of a showroom and event space planned inside have got our interest piqued. But seeing as this is an online store we're talking about, why should a change of location really matter that much?

Concreteworks didn’t use any steel to frame the booths—just a single ribbon of concrete that, if laid out straight, would be 117 linear feet (the exact length of the restaurant) All Photography by Cody Pickens Chefs get all the glory these days, but anyone in the business can assure you that opening a restaurant is anything but a single-handed endeavor. Nowhere is that more true than at Bar Agricole, SoMa’s new LEED gold-certified, eco-perfect tavern. Headed by Thaddeus Vogler, a preeminent and devoted spirits master (or bartender—call him what you will), the modern but casual bar and restaurant opened in late summer after three years of planning. It’s hardly all about Vogler though. He willingly shares the spotlight with a cadre of other talented participants, including visionary architects, urban farmers, woodworkers, textile designers, and glassblowers—even a concrete craftsman. “I knew I wanted the food, beverage and design to be as amazing as possible, to sort of battle each other for center stage,” says Vogler.

Inspired by Alexander Calder and her artist parents, Julie Frith started making mobiles as a child.  Flash forward 40 years—now they hang in homes, babies' nurseries, museums, galleries, and businesses, and have been shown in movies and magazines.  

Richard Neutra was one of the defining architects of the last century, especially in Los Angeles, and one of his iconic houses came on the market last week in Pacific Palisades.

Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler's over-the-top interiors have left many a critic either in awe (so vibrant and unique!) or in the throws of a seizure (beware the contrasting patterns), so the look of her new-to-the-market Beverly Hills home is likely to pull both a long list of admirers and at

Hand-cast from antique half-pint glass milk bottles, Alyssa Ettinger's porcelain vases are perfect for a bloom or two.  Or they could be used for forcing bulbs.  They come in three sizes, and are from various dairies around the country.  This particular one is from California Milk Company in San Francisco, and is about 6" tall.  I'm thinking it'd make a great gift on oh-so-many occasions, especially for a new California resident, or for someone (gasp) who's moving elsewhere.  


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