It has become quite fashionable for people to create outdoor living rooms. Water-proof fabrics on couches and pillows, weather-resistant tables and rugs, basically all the comforts from inside a home can now be brought out. Lamps, however, still tend to be left indoors (the cord tends to get in the way of the lawnmower.) But now that lighting designer, Linda Allen, has created a the portable, cordless, and rechargeable Live Anywhere Lamp, we might start seeing lamps in unusual places.

  In San Francisco's Bernal Heights, a vintage cottage gets reinvented with salvaged bits and clever details, including roll-up doors.

BRC Design, a South Carolina-based design firm, will be featuring their collection of vintage-circuitry furniture at the upcoming ICFF Fair in New York. The furniture is constructed from obsolete computer hardware salvaged from scrap yards and junk heaps. Sit down, relax, and plug in.

New Zealander David Trubridge is known for his commitment to sustainable design. As a trained naval architect and self-taught woodworker, Trubridge spent the early 1980s sailing the Caribbean with his family on a 45-foot cutter yacht. The four years he spent exploring the islands also gave him the opportunity to design and build furniture based on the limited local supply of materials.

    In Venice, a house divided between two pavilion-like structures, connected with a bridge.

One of California's design stars—Los Angeles-based Mary McDonald—will debut her new lighting collection tonight at Gump's in San Francisco. She will also be signing her book, Mary McDonald Interiors, The Allure of Style at the event.

The 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase proves that you can squeeze a lot of style into a 6,244-square-foot mansion. There are 31 designers who worked on the house at 2950 Vallejo St., and the ideas and products they display provide many compelling reasons to visit the mansion. Here are just seven:

One of Los Angeles' most walkable neighborhoods will be even more accessible this weekend for the annual Venice Garden and Home Tour this Saturday, May 7th. About 30 garden and homes in the Walk Streets neighborhood will open to the public for the tour, which benefits the Neighborhood Youth Association’s (NYA) Las Doradas Children’s Center.

That little strip of white paper in a fortune cookie—the fortune—never foretells a thing. It usually offers some trite advice that you should probably already know. While, designer Diana Eng's Fortune Cookie Coin Purse may not provide any insight into your future, it does allow you to make change.

It's hard to find faux fireplace logs that are anything but tacky, and that's the last thing you want your fireplace (generally the focal point of a room) to be. A California company, Blazing Glass, has the solution to your fake wood problem.


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