“I wanted it to feel as if you could sit down and drive off,” says Brandon Morrison about his auto-inspired Kalifornia Rocker.

Designer Stephanie Batties, a partner at Redwood City’s Emerson Street, wanted to create a piece that would be a graceful departure from the angular, architectural designs that the furniture company has been making since 1996.

San Francisco interior designer Vera Za’arour appreciated the clean, modern look of a white rug but understood her clients’ anxiety over muddy sneakers and spilled red wine.

While working as an actor, Brandon Morrison decided he would rather be a woodworker. In a similar change of heart, while working on a design for a side table, Morrison, founder of the seven-year-old furniture company WhyrHymer, ended up designing the Glass Series No. 4 lamp.

San Francisco designer Nicole Sillapere designed Berkeley’s Gather restaurant to reflect the eco-friendly eatery’s number one priority: sustainability.

Is collecting an inherited trait? Judging from the astounding depth and breadth of the goods offered at an estate sale this weekend in Los Gatos, the answer is "yes." In this family, grandmother was a collector and her daughter and son-in-law continued the tradition. The beneficiary is you, when you venture into this house that's better stocked than some antiques and vintage stores.

Does designer Erin Martin ever sleep? We've featured her amazing interiors and remarkably well-curated showroom in St. Helena, and she also designs funky, dramatic furniture, chandeliers and mirrors. She's got one of the coolest rooms in the new Elle Décor Showhouse, and one of her designs for the similiar Met Home Showhouse last year is now for sale. With a steel body and a leather or fur cushion, the Hanging Swing Chair aux Deux would be a showstopper in any home—and incredibly fun. 

  Realtors believe in staging. It gets rid of the distracting detritus of someone's life and puts a house in a fresh, open light. Sometimes it goes wrong, as in this Mid-Century classic for sale in Pasadena.

Designer Jeanine Hays’ Dreamland pillows were inspired by her various interests, from African-American culture to feminist theory. Hays and her husband, Bryan Mason, digitally manipulate photos to create customized graphics.

It should be quite obvious at this point that I have a thing for Jonathan Adler. Really, how can you deny the appeal of a designer who aims for 95 percent chic and 5 percent happy in every room he decorates?


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