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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rep SF: Destination Fragrances' Scents of San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM

DESTINATION FRAGRANCES
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There are parts of San Francisco that smell bad, I get that. Civic Center, parts of Downtown and the TL can be an olfactory nightmare. However, we are also home to the most glorious scents: fragrant trees, just-baked sourdough bread, Haight Street shops overflowing with wafting incense. Local brand Destination Fragrances decided to pay homage to the wonderful essences of the City by the Bay with its Scents of San Francisco candle collection. 

“Destination Fragrances was founded in 2013 when I started working with essential oils,” explains founder Catherine LaSasso. "I immediately fell in love with their natural properties and captivating aromas. I began developing fragrance blends that my husband Greg and I believed matched up with the mood of destinations we’ve enjoyed in and around San Francisco.”

This led to hand-poured, soy wax candles made in the Bay Area, blended with up to six essential oils, in an array of locally inspired aromas.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Mother Knows Best: Q&A with "Parenthood" Star Monica Potter

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 8:14 AM

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  • Monica Potter headshot

It's a bit of a mystery how NBC's Parenthood managed to, relatively,  stay under the radar for its entire six-season run despite great acclaim and ardent fans. The Berkeley-set series is weeks away from its finale and star Monica Potter is just as torn about it as everyone else.

However, she's got other fish to fry – literally. A quick scroll through her Monica Potter Home website reveals a nifty recipe for Hawaiian Ginger Mahi Mahi among other bits of home improvement that would make her television alter ego Kristina Braverman perk up with glee. 

Monica Potter Home is a labor of love for the Cleveland-born actress who grew up with an inventor for a father. Her online collection is a one-stop haven for all things home living and do-it-yourself novelty items.   

SF Weekly caught up with Monica Potter to discuss her family's past, her company's future and the end of Parenthood

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Tourism for Locals: Hallidie Building First in Nation to Employ Glass Curtain Style

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 7:40 AM

A glass marvel and architectural accomplishment. - JUAN DE ANDA/SF WEEKLY
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  • A glass marvel and architectural accomplishment.

San Francisco is, and has been, home to inquisitive authors, brilliant inventors, and — as we'll explore this week — architectural mavericks. 

While we know that San Francisco is home to famous buildings and homes, we have one edifice that employed a revolutionary technique that was not only a first in the United States but also set the standard for several modern buildings we see around the world today.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

MakeShift: This National Coming Out Day, Organize Your Closet

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Eminem's closet is also his home office. - LAST.FM
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  • Eminem's closet is also his home office.

MakeShift is a design series for city dwellers with roommates, space constrictions, and other such awkwardness. It's a conversation for people who are being artful with their space and kicking ass while doing it.

Want to be in the next MakeShift? Submit to: makeshiftsubmission@gmail.com

For National Coming Out Day on October 11, we're cleaning out our closets Eminem-style, but with more references to drag queens.

I've never been good at organization, and I pretty much use the closet to hide things so that my house looks cleaner. One thing my mom taught me is that organization is expensive. The more stuff you have, the more places you'll need to put the stuff, and a single wall shelf costs $10. When you need seven wall shelves, that's $70 to hold your display items. Your hand-whittled nativity scene or whatever it is you like to display.

See also:

MakeShift: Your Succulents Could Kill You

MakeShift: Color Me Bad-Ass Room Decor

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Monday, October 1, 2012

MakeShift: Your Succulents Could Kill You

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Suddenly Seymore ... was dead.
  • Suddenly Seymore ... was dead.

MakeShift is a design series for city dwellers with roommates, space constrictions, and other such awkwardness. It's a conversation for people who are being artful with their space and kicking ass while doing it.

Want to be in the next MakeShift? Submit to: makeshiftsubmission@gmail.com

Farm-to-table is an obnoxious yet oh so necessary phrase, aka "local," otherwise known as: real food. Another step beyond the farmers market, farm-to-table is growing your own, doing your own, weed, basil, and what-have-you. It's a system that can be applied to not just food, but plants in general. Succulents are the new French Bulldog. And like all home projects, whether it's in your closet or outside, there's a lot more to consider besides posting pictures of your balcony chicken farm on Facebook.

See also:

Do it youshelves

Seven survival tips for living in a small space

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Monday, September 24, 2012

MakeShift: Do It Yourshelves

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM

MakeShift is a new design series for city dwellers with roommates, space constrictions, and other such awkwardness. It's a conversation for people who are being artful with their space and kicking ass while doing it. 

Want to be in the next MakeShift? Submit to: makeshiftsubmission@gmail.com 

All surface and no depth, the standard 12" - 15" depth of a bookshelf is as frivolous as Frivolous Unicorn. Who's Frivolous Unicorn? An unnecessary character who lives in my head. Don't be jealous.

Whenever Frivolous Unicorn wants to be stupid or frivolous, it's like, "Frivolous Unicorn says, 'Nooo!'" to anything that makes sense. 

Example:

Me: Can we have space-saving bookshelves available on the market, only slightly deeper than the approximate size of a standard trade paperback, say, 7"?

Frivolous Unicorn: Frivolous Unicorn says, 'Noooooo!' [fades out into a black hole of frivolity].

See also:

*Making the most of small studio spaces 

*Design tips to thwart drunken urinators

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Architecture and the City Festival: 10 Picks for Experts and Dilletantes

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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The month-long Architecture and the City Festival is underway in the Bay Area, and everyone's invited. This year's theme, Design: It's About Time, asks attendees to reconcile the permanence of the city's built environment with the rapidity of urban change. Now in it's ninth year, the nation's largest architecture festival is offering a dizzying array of walking and home tours, films, exhibitions, lectures, and other special events. We've parsed through the packed calendar and chosen 10 events which promise to delight dilettantes and experts alike.

The Tenderloin contains a strange dichotomy: This dense neighborhood offers high-end hotels catering to rich visitors who desire proximity to the theaters on one street, and Single Room Occupancy hotels serving as halfway houses on another. In 2009, it was placed on the National Register of Historic places, but it still has one of the highest rates of poverty and crime in the city. Traverse these diverse offerings firsthand during the walking tour, Rethinking the Tenderloin, at 3 p.m. on September 11.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

MakeShift: Space-Saving Sleeping Arrangements -- There Must Be a Bedder Way

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Castro Convertibles, letting their freak flag fly with daring taupe-on-taupe. - CASTRO CONVERTIBLES
  • Castro Convertibles
  • Castro Convertibles, letting their freak flag fly with daring taupe-on-taupe.

If you're old, or at least blessed with caring for an older person, you are probably familiar with Castro Convertibles. You remember the commercials of little Bernadette Castro folding out the Castro Convertible Sofa Bed to show that even a kid could do it. You remember Castro Convertibles mentioned in a number of movies, including Girl, InterruptedBut even if you don't recall, Castro Convertibles is still around. It's doing this new thing with $700 ottomans that turn into single-sized beds. They come in safe beiges and muted mini zig-zag prints with a leopard print thrown in there somewhere. $700 is not in the price range for apartment dwellers who don't even want a single bed to begin with, but it does flirt with the imagination:

Why in hell are space-saving beds crazy expensive? 

They're not supposed to be for people who can afford tons of space. I've seen far too many reviews on space-saving pieces of furniture that are like, "We have this Murphy bed as a guest bed in the playroom when our relatives come over once a year." What person with a playroom needs a Murphy bed?

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Friday, August 24, 2012

MakeShift: Seven Survival Tips for Living in Small Spaces

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

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MakeShift is a design series for city dwellers with roommates, space constrictions, and other such awkwardness. It's a conversation for people who are being artful with their space and kicking ass while doing it. 

Want to be in the next MakeShift? Submit to: makeshiftsubmission@gmail.com 

1. Wash Your Dishes as You Go

Having spent my first 25 years in a lot of 50-unit apartment complexes in Chicago, I have lived with a few thousand cockroaches. Even though cockroaches don't exist in my day-to-day life at the moment in San Francisco, my undiagnosed OCD over memories of roaches partying in my sink full of perpetually dirty dishes is my impetus for keeping a clean sink. I learned the idea of, "Wash your dishes as you go" from an old co-worker, who said, "Easier to clean since the food hasn't dried on them yet, saves water and time scrubbing the hell out of them. Fewer dishes break when they're not piled in the sink. And you have room in the sink, so they're easier to wash." Easier washing-as-you-go than not: While your food is cooking, wash the dishes you used to prep the food. Your roommate doesn't have to go out for their seventh burrito that week just because you decided to take over the kitchen with your used up dishes. After you're done eating, put away your leftovers and wash whatever dishes you cooked your food in. Your kitchen will feel bigger when it's clean. Your whole apartment will feel better when it's clean.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

MakeShift: Making the Most of Small Studio Spaces

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

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MakeShift is a new design series for city dwellers with roommates, space constrictions, and other such awkwardness. It's a conversation for people who are being artful with their space and kicking ass while doing it.

Want to be in the next MakeShift? Submit to: makeshiftsubmission@gmail.com

We spent our morning with super cute couple Jenny Dronsky, a comedian, and April, a graphic narrative artist surrounded by elegant humor in their small and sweet Tenderloin apartment.

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