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San Francisco always amazes me. Yes, we all know its hills, cable cars and impressive views but it also hides many of its jewels in out-of-the-way, but at the same time, staring you in the face, places. Robin introduced us to one of these hidden treasures located on the roof of the building where she now works in the SOMA area of the city.

This store is on a roof top. It is housed in several movable pods that are stratigically placed together, surrounded by a weathered wood deck and a beautiful container garden of grasses and succulents.

Bulthaup exterior

Bulthaup, a German company, has been producing custom made kitchens and bathrooms since 1949. Their mission statement says, “We design living spaces that are planned holistically, based on the architecture of the room and the individual needs of the customer”. That says it…everything is planned down to the tiniest detail. Their jaw dropping contemporary designs are streamlined, innovative and downright exciting (if you like contemporary design, which I do)!


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As  you can see this place is amazing.  I hope you get to visit it soon!


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Our Favorite PlacesOur FurnitureOur Home AccessoriesLatest TrendsOur Stories posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

With full stomachs after enjoying breakfast at The Butler and the Chef we continued on our journey of scouting out the great stores of San Francisco. With notes on stores written years ago, some given to us by friends, other stores seen only in print and online, we google-mapped each location and started our journey. 

A few highlights...

Robin's new place of business... HD Buttercup in SOMA.  

Robin had the day off to tour with us but we were happily greeted by our old friend and past Nantucketeer, Neisa.

HD Buttercup's flagship store is in L.A. and they just opened their San Francisco location with Robin helping lead the team.  (As you can see, no heater here either).

Zonal on Hayes offers a lot to take in.  Local art, found objects and reclaimed pieces make this store intriguing and elaborate.  

We love how they group their antique collections together.

Our list then lead us to Cisco Home and Marc Jacobs... who could resist this window filled with colorful rainboots?

We then headed down a little alleyway to see if Nan's memory served her correctly in finding one of our old vendors.  She found it and then slipped through the secret door.  

We also found one of the locations of the famous Blue Bottle Coffee Company.

I wanted to try a cup for myself but didn't want to wait in line... it was just way too cold outside.

We did take the time to admire the neighborhood's sidewalk planters

and the dogs waiting for their owners to get their coffee.

On the way to the next stop we took in a few neighborhoods... never getting out of the car though.  Again, it was too cold!

And we just couldn't take a trip to the city without visiting Sue Fisher King.  We were there just in time for their January Sale and found some great deals!

There you have it.  The Research and Development part of our day was completed.  We then headed to Union Square to take in some sale shopping (boots, really).  



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San Francisco Market

08 Jan 2011
Our FurnitureOur Home AccessoriesOur Stories posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

Nan and I came down to the city today to go to the pre-show of the SF International Gift Fair.  We left Chico when it was still foggy and enjoyed the mysterious views of the county roads before the intrigue faded away.

We missed our I-505 turn-off but still made it to Berkeley on time to pick up Robin, who was joining us for the weekend to offer her advice in finding the best pieces for our showroom.

Crossing the bridge... to market....
and to our delight, running in to fellow Chicoan and past Nantucketonian, Joni German. Joni was at the show promoting her company, Old River Road, which is always a hit with big names such as Williams Sonoma. We sell her wonderful French inspired blackboards at NH.  After chatting at bit about her new product (which will be out soon), we headed off to find Scott. 

Scott ,who is our Chinese antique connection, goes to China at least once a month in the search of unique pieces to bring home to us.  All of his pieces are immersed in tradition and history... and Scott knows the details of every last found object.  We're excited to show you images of all of the cool pieces we're getting in but it'll have to wait for another post.  We're beat and have a long day ahead of us tomorrow. 

- Sara

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