Who among us doesn't harbor a fantasy of ditching the job commitments, the stresses of city life and the hell of traffic and moving to a tiny Northern California hamlet? Maybe you can't realize that daydream, but you can buy a piece of it starting tomorrow at a special estate sale in the tiny town of Graton, California (pop. 1,815).

It seems like just a few years ago shipping containers were all the rage as a building material (one of our friends used to joke "why live WITH the trade deficit when you can live IN the trade deficit?"). It seemed like a brilliant idea — they were abundant, inexpensive, and modular.

The new Stack collection of wood burning stoves designed by Adriano Design are literally one of the hottest items in the design world. Just recently launched, the Stack has already won the Design Plus 2011 award at the international furniture fair ISH in Germany.

In honor of Obscura Day last Saturday, the international "day of expeditions, back-room tours and hidden treasures in your own hometown," we were treated to a tour of George Ehling's master work: his home in the Hollywood Hills. (Full disclosure: I was one of the organizers from de LaB). Sponsored by furniture showroom Ford&Ching (principal Willard Ford not only provided the passenger van, he also piloted it) we were treated to a tour of the home George Ehling bought in 1967 (it was built in 1927, the same year he was born).

In San Francisco, sometimes those pretty Victorians hide a minimalist heart.  

Exposed beams and pipes are pretty standard for industrial interiors, but rarely are they required to perform more mundane tasks like serving as a coat rack. This hot or not, might literally be steaming!

You have tons of brilliant ideas—they would make you rich if only there was  a place to jot them down when inspiration strikes. IdeaPaint could save the day.

One of the best things about summer in L.A. is the opportunity to ogle the city's best movie palaces at the L.A. Conservancy's annual "Last Remaining Seats." The 25-year old program (practically ancient by L.A. standards) celebrates classic film and the grand old movie theaters on Broadway downtown. Don't expect stadium seating, air conditioning or surround sound. But if you're willing to give up some mod cons, the theaters are pretty extraordinary. 

Do you love clawfoot tubs but just don't have the space for one? Or perhaps adore the look but really prefer the convenience of a standup shower? If so, the Spittal period shower enclosure by Drummond might provide the perfect alternative.

I love the use of lockers in interior design, but their appeal is often limited to industrial lofts and eclectic settings. This new cabinet by Studio Job, however, is a refined locker that can provide a youthful touch to more traditional settings.


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