Oh, the Tendernob: A Designer Takes Us to Her Favorite Spots in SF
In case you missed it, we’ve got a brand new online class on our roster as of today. Introducing Coding 101: Intro to HTML + CSS. Taught by expert designer, visual artist and educator Allison House, this class will teach you the basics of coding in under an hour… and for under $20!
Well, not only is Allison a great teacher, but she’s a former San Francisco dweller. I met up with this jet-setting genius just hours before she hopped on a plane to return to Austin, Texas, the newest place she calls home. She moved there from the Bay six months ago, and jumped at the chance to share her favorite spots in her old SF neighborhood with me as part of her trip.
Read on for why she’ll always come back to these spots, in her own words. And yes, a dance break was most definitely involved ;)
I used to live in Lower Nob Hill, and the views in the LNH/Tendernob area have seeped into my work again and again. My apartment was on top of a hill (right near Grace Cathedral) and I could always see blue and purple mountains in the distance beyond the city.
Lower Nob Hill is full of these Victorian-style buildings with fire escapes out front. When it’s sunny, the fire escapes cast long, lined shadows that spill over the facades. I think it’s such a beautiful effect. Now, on to the five spots I’ve lined up for our walk!
1. Grace Cathedral: Grace Cathedral is at the top of Nob Hill, which means you can look down any street around here and see water or mountains in the distance. The views are so refreshing — and the French Gothic architecture ain’t half bad either! My old apartment was only a block away, so I’d roam around here when I needed a little extra juice.
2. Hotel Huntington: This sign is my favorite landmark in San Francisco!
I’ve photographed it, painted it, and admired it from every angle. There’s something really atmospheric about it, especially when the fog is rolling in at night.
3. Another Cafe: This place opens early, so I used to go here for coffee and a bagel every morning. The interior is covered in murals — even the bathroom! If I can, I snag a spot upstairs next to the open window. It’s a great place to sketch, think and be surrounded by art in the quiet hours of the morning.
4. farm:table: I’m kind of a breakfast fanatic, and man, farm:table does a great breakfast. It’s a small place with cozy communal seating, great coffee and a real neighborhood feel. If I walk out with a slice of banana bread, I know it’s going to be a good day.
5. Owl Tree: I think Owl Tree is my I’m-transitioning-into-my-late-20s bar. I always end up here for very reasonable drinks at a very reasonable hour ;)
The original owner was obsessed with owls and filled the place wall-to-wall with his extensive collection of owl paraphernalia. These days, it’s a classy corner bar, but the origin story really gives it a little something extra.
Oh wait, what about that dance break? Comin’ up in 3, 2, 1…
Don’t forget to register for Allison’s Coding 101 class — you’ll be moonlighting as an engineer in no time.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)