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Weekend Inspiration: Try Something New

We are always looking for something new to do on the weekend.  Here are a few things that we would like to try.  What are your plans?
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Taste A New Wine
The SF Vintner’s Market is happening at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this weekend.  It is being billed by 7×7 Magazine as “the ultimate opportunity to discover new wines from top local wineries and boutique producers from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, Medocino, San Luis Opisbo, Russian River Valley, and more.”   Since we love tasting (and buying) wine, this one sounds like it is right up our alley. $80-$150. Saturday/Sunday April 11-12: 12-4pm. Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.  To buy tickets, click here.
Eat Someplace New
We have heard great things about the food and cocktails, especially the cocktails, at BDK. It is in the old Grand Cafe space at the Hotel Monaco in Union Square. It is an American Tavern with “enhanced comfort food,” according to the website.  Some of the fare includes:  Thai coconut red curry popcorn, pickle-brined fried chicken thighs with coleslaw and mini buttermilk biscuits, and dark chocolate fudge cake with salted pretzel crumble.  Based on that snapshot, something tells me that it doesn’t suck.  Book now on the Website or Opentable.
Presidio 10
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Do Something Good
After all the eating and drinking above, a little exercise couldn’t hurt. The Presidio 10 is a 10 Mile/10K/5K race in the Presidio. The 10 mile and 10 kilometer courses go over and back on the Golden Gate Bridge. The 5 Kilometer fun run goes to Fort Point and back. The finish line expo include awards for age divisions, hot breakfast, party tents from multiple sponsors, and live music.  The Presidio 10 is one of San Francisco’s longest standing running races and celebrates its 31st year on Sunday April 12th 2015. All net proceeds benefit The Guardsmen, a 501 (c)(3) charity which supports At-Risk Bay Area Youth.  Sign up here.


  • We were pleasantly surprised to find some of our favorite shops in Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village.  Take a trip down, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Planning a renovation?  We’re sharing phase one of our most recent project.  Take a peak if you are curious and stay tuned for updates.
  • Trying to enjoy the great outdoors in a small space?  One of our bistro sets might be just the thing to help you do that.
  • Need to light up your life?  Peruse our top ten chandeliers; they are certain to make a dim space dazzling.


In The Works: A Kitchen Facelift "Before"

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Sometimes you don’t need to go through a total “gut” renovation to get the look you want.  That was the case for this San Francisco condo; the bones were good, the layout was fine, and the appliances were nice.  Rather than fix things that were not broken, the family simply wanted more storage, more of a connection to the family room (on the other side of the table shown below), and a lighter and brighter space.  There were a couple of constraints: the timeframe was tight and the family planned to live in the house during the renovation.  So, how did the homeowners accomplish their goals?  A six-week kitchen facelift.  They lightened things up, created an “open” concept, and added a pantry in an area that was not fully utilized.  Stay tuned for the “after” photos tomorrow.
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Soak It All In

In my opinion, the “perfect” bathroom always includes a large soaker tub.  I’m not sure how often I would really get to enjoy it, but I love the idea.  If you are lucky enough to be thinking about a bathroom renovation, this article in The Wall Street Journal includes a round up of the latest and greatest options.  I don’t know about you, but I am ready to take the plunge.

soaker tub
Image courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

soaker vessel bathtub
Image courtesy of The Wall Street Journal