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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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What You Should Consider When Renting a Self Storage Unit

Storage units are convenient for temporary storage of items. If you find yourself with too many belongings and not adequate storage space, or you just need to move some items out of your house for a short time, you can use a self-storage unit. Storage units are convenient for temporary storage of items. There are some considerations to make in advance before renting a self storage unit. There is a variety of different flexistore spaces available and their requirement specifications vary as well. Many units are designed to be climate controlled to protect items that can be damaged over time, such as valuable books or fur coats.

Self Storage Unit

Before you rent a storage space, you should find out about the storage standards for the unit in which you are interested. Full Post…

NeuYear Calendar 2013

 

We posted this last year, but that won’t stop us from reminding you again about this “no gap” calendar. The NeuYear Calendar shows the year with seamless transitions from one month to the next, which appears to be quite efficient for looking at the whole year all at once- no flipping back and forth like you would with a regular calendar. A horizontal format is on one side, a vertical format on the other. Also, NeuYear is offering 30% off, expiring 1/31/13. Use ‘BLTD’ as a discount code. 27″ x 39″ Available in a DryErase surface or uncoated.

 

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