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The Weekend Guide: January 4, 2013 — National, Local & Online Sales and Events Calendar

• Cuddledown Winter White Sale Kick off your New Year with savings from Cuddledown! Find fine bedding, apparel, sleepwear and more.OnlineThrough 1/9

• Jayson Home Floor Model & More Sale Up to 70% off all floor models and brand new back stock furniture (as available), plus up to 70% off select holiday items, accessories, lighting, rugs, and vintage and antique furniture and accessories.OnlineThrough 1/21

• West Elm Bedding + Bath Sale 20% off select bedding and bath supplies.Online & in storesThrough 1/28

• Nantucket Home Green Tag Sale Save up to 60% off select clearance items. Plus, a

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How Floating Infrastructure Is Changing City Design & Planning

In a novel way to expand a city’s existing physical footprint developers are experimenting with floating solutions that enable them to execute various forms of urban infrastructure from public parks to markets just offshore. Many cities have grown around river crossings and the ports so there is plenty of locations to employ this technology. Beyond increasing the capacity of development along a waterfront these designs also have the ability to travel serving communities across a city with a host of necessary services and bringing residents together around shared experiences. New examples of Floating Infrastructure are surfacing regularly. The consulting team at PSFK Labs has seen floating cinemas and even concepts for floating airports.Here are two of the best examples of Floating Infrastructure:

Floating Neighborhood Provides Viable Alternative To Sustainable Living

The city of Hamburg Germany held a competition called Houseboats on the Eilbek Canal in which prospective houseboat owners were invited to submit their creative ideas for vacant mooring sites. A

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Style Counsel: The Bicycle Commute

The Dutch have the urban cycling life down: no sartorial compromises necessary. Women peddle to work in heels, clogs, skirts, and dresses, and men are perfectly happy to sail along the street in dapper suits.

I know this because my brother lives in Amsterdam, and whenever I visit the city, getting around by bike is a highlight. My two children (10 and 14) pile on the back of their cousins bikes, and the rest of us grab a spare (theres always a few around); no gear, no helmets, just a basket or two for our bags. So when I started commuting into San Francisco not long ago, I opted to ride the ferry over from the East Bay and then hop on my bike at the other end. Not only is the bike commute easy and efficient, the morning ride along the water has become the favorite way to start my day (rainy days not included).

Exiting the ferry on my Tokyo Citizen Bike; the 16-inch, six-speed folding bike with ultra-light frame is $169 from Citizen.

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Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays! Our thanks goes out to you, dear reader, for visiting us often, and to each of our sponsors that have helped us keep the site up and running. We’re signing off until the New Year, so here’s hoping you have a very happy holiday season. Stay safe and warm, and do try and enjoy yourself.

Shown above: 18″ Unlit Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, $10.48


Elle Decor Upcycles Their Old Magazines Into Furniture [Pics]

The new  Shredded collection which made its debut at Design Miami is a continuation of Praets Shredded series. The furniture series was originally introduced in 2010 after the studio was horrified by the huge amounts of wastepaper produced in offices. Praet speaks to the series purpose:

Paper waste returns to our living or working area as usable furniture bringing to mind just what little thought we give to general us of paper.

Now we want to see the series come full circle with a picture of a current gracing the top of the coffee table. Click through the gallery below to see more images of the collection:

Current Obsessions: The Holiday Countdown

Well be at the new Heath Ceramics in SF today, celebrating our third annual Remodelista Holiday Market; drop by if youre in town (2900 18th Street) to meet our fantastic vendors.

Heres a roundup of what else is piquing our interest this week:

The setting for this years Holiday Market at the Heath Ceramics building in San Francisco.

• Sarah is desperate to check out Cortez next time shes in LA while Julie is looking into chef Laurin Hackneys regular parlour dinners.

Christine repins from artist Aysen Orhons Pinterest boards more times than she likes to admit and is currently coveting this painting of hers.

• Thrilled to see some of our favorite visionaries listed in Elle Decors recent 10 Game Changers to Meet.

Christine has just discovered that you can rent out one of architect Peter Zumthors winter cottages in the Swiss valley of Leis; dont miss your chance of a possible celebrity architect sighting.

• We never would have thought Swarovski crystals could look like this: installation by Asif Khan at Art Basel.

• Sarah is listening to this by Seigen Ono.

Janets been coveting this gilded forest wreath on Etsy while Izabella has been admiring the wreaths by Le Dans La.

• Stacey is admiring Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired for the holidays.

Thinking of adding this to our Gift Guide for the Mans Man from earlier this week.

• Now this is storage at its best.

• Loving this recipe for Hanukkah sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts).

Meanwhile on Gardenista:

Michelle continues to compile dried flower decor inspiration; this one from San Franciscos Suppenkuche, photographed by Heidi Swanson.

• If youre like us, you have a few gardeners on your holiday shopping list. Not to fear: we

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