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I'm sure it's because I just got back from sunny Puerto Vallarta, but this weather in San Francisco is seriously bumming me out. But when I saw this new wicker daybed from Skyline called the Iglu Apple, I couldn't help but smile. It's the perfect combination of cute, stylish, and comfortable. Perhaps this is the proverbial apple that keeps the doctor away.

    Exactly the kind of house the Cleavers, the Reeds, and Dr. Marcus Welby could have lived in.

It's not often interior designer Jean Larette gets a 911 call, but the day after the San Francisco Chronicle ran an article about her work that featured several before and after photos, she did. "A gentleman rang me up and asked if I could come over RIGHT AWAY. He wanted me to get started on his project as soon as possible," she says.

Submit now for our Readers' Room Contest: Bathrooms Did you bring new life to your bathroom? Send us your before-and-after pictures by March 21 and our readers will vote on their favorite. The winner will be featured in our next issue of CH+D.

Jim and Theresa Berger have a place in New York City and a sprawling ranch-style house in Denver. When they decided to buy and remodel a home along the Venice canals in Los Angeles, they chose to make it completely different.

  We have just crowned the next winner in our monthly online feature: Design Democracy. Hundreds of votes were cast for the 12 tropical getaways nominated as the best escape for Californians,

My dislike for ironing and my dislike for wrinkly clothes are constantly waging battle. But the iron eventually wins and I'm forced to wield my least favorite household appliance, praying the entire time that I don't burn myself. However, if I owned the Repair-Ware Steam Iron designed by Samuel James Davies, I still wouldn't love ironing, but I might fall in love with the iron itself.

    San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood is known for  both luxurious places to live and great views. Here's a 1920's cooperative apartment with both, on the market for $5.25M. 

As budgets are slashed across the state, the time is ripe for finding alternative ways to revitalize struggling neighborhoods that don’t depend on government dollars. Instead of looking to tax breaks for billion-dollar stadiums and luxury condos, a growing number of people—from nonprofits in  San Francisco to private developers in Los Angeles—believe the true key to remaking neighborhoods lies with the arts.

Design afficionado and collector Benny Aguilar sees a story in every piece of furniture that he brings into his 650-square-foot home. Looking at his midcentury headboard—a masculine, grain-rich piece with cerused wood slats and the original owner’s shoe horn hanging from a hook on one side—Aguilar muses aloud, “I wonder what the workers were talking about when they were building this.” It’s as if, by bringing this item into his home, he has also invited the ghosts of all who have touched it, including the man who sat on the edge of the bed each morning and slid his feet into his stiff leather shoes.

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