The sun may be out now, but storm clouds are looming ahead. I would love to keep dry—and look adorable—next week with some of these designer umbrellas. In fact, I may just have to do a rain dance.   

My husband and I recently moved into a new rental apartment with the requisite cream-colored walls. Because we're too lazy to paint the rooms, just to have to repaint them back to cream when we move out, we tried our best to surround ourselves with colorful, interesting objects. I discovered a great feature on the Lamps Plus website: You can customize your perfect lamp, by picking a base then decorating the shade to add a burst of color and pattern to your room.

Got something to hide? Looking for a little more privacy at the office? Want a desk that can double as a table? Then one of these desks should work for you.

One of our favorite local Los Angeles-based design firms is Curated (which also has an office in New York). The company is responsible for the makeover a few years ago of boutique hotel Farmer's Daughter and a stylish redesign for DoubleTree hotel in Monrovia.

  On Monday, green design site Inhabitat sent valentines to their favorite designers, including local Bay Area luminaries like Yves Behar and Emily Pilloten. Their work is certainly worthy of our love, and I want to make clear that I was gaping at the objects, not the man, when I clicked on the little heart-shaped photo of Mr. Rogan Gregory.

Here's the scoop on Stuff: It's an 8,200-square-foot collective in San Francisco's Mission District with more than 25 dealers peddling very cool items. These are professionals who comb estate sales, flea markets and who-knows-where for real finds. The dealers (the famed Ron Morgan and Christopher Albanese among them) know treasure from trash, and they are selling the good stuff here.

  Russian Hill Summit is one of those perfect little San Francisco neighborhoods, with diverse building types ranging  from 19th Century cottages to recent Modernism, and a number of classic Edwardian apartment houses. 

One of the first articles I ever wrote for CH+D was on designer Tom Dixon's beautiful free-flowing Void lights. Therefore, when I heard he was the designer behind the new Restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, I couldn't wait to see pictures and share them with you.

The latest addition to "Barbie I Can Be" line aims to to get the iconic bombshell into the business of designing her own dream houses. According to Mattel, the Barbie Architect is "ready to tackle the daily responsibilities of a real architect in or out of the office... wearing an architecturally inspired dress showcasing a city skyline, Barbie doll’s outfit is symmetrically stylish with bold colors and clean lines." My favorite details are the hot pink blueprint holder and the black-framed glasses perched above her perky side ponytail. 

Alessi, an emporium of modern tabletop design, is staging a sale in its San Francisco store, the only one on the West Coast. Goods will be discounted as much as 70 percent through February 28.


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