There’s a new shop in town! Welcome Blu Dot to the hottest block in town – it’s across from Bar Tartine (dangerous!). San Franciscans are going to find this as their new favorite place to shop for furniture when they are sprucing up their homes. I’ve been a long time fan of with Blu Dot with their sleek designs and glossy finishes – they can be placed in just about any home. Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring the new shop with Vice President Medora Danz. At first glance I couldn’t believe all of the product they had – yes I go onto their site regularly, but seeing it all in person made a huge difference. With a stunning exterior that is bound to have bikers distracted as they drive by, to the beautiful wood that divides up the 5000 square foot space – there are so many elements of the space that I loved.
Blu Dot wanted to keep the space clean and not add a lot of accessories because they want the pieces to be the center of the show. They definitely accomplished that goal. And with a furniture runway down the front window that will change every few months – I guarantee there are one or two or ten pieces you’ll want to add into your home.
Doors open tonight at 5pm for the opening party, which all of you are welcome to attend. But if you can’t make it I would add it to your list of places to visit this weekend. I already have a wishlist going for our new apartment – especially the sleek Strut console.
560 Valencia (between 16th & 17th)
San Francisco, CA
opening party 5pm – 9pm
Photos by Caitlin Flemming
Friends, there is a new shop in town – Hudson Grace. The ever so lovely and welcoming Monelle Totah (former VP of Design and Merchandising at William Sonoma Home) opened Hudson Grace last week – it has been her dream to open her own shop. She along with a dear friend, Gary McNatton (former packaging and fragrance designer for clients including Gap and Banana Republic) decided a year ago to start a new retail concept with a curated assortment of home, tabletop and entertaining accessories. They also worked closely with vendors and artists to develop their own custom lines such as with R. Nichols on a line of dreamy candles and other great items you won’t find anywhere else.
These two southerners have hit the mark with their “We believe that in simplicity there is longevity” mission. The best part is that it’s on Sacramento Street, just a few blocks away from my apartment . . . which I’ve realized is quite dangerous! The moment I stepped foot inside Hudson Grace it felt as though the shop was made for me – gray walls, white cabinets, beautiful found objects and a plethora of books and table linens. I now know where I’ll be going when I need a last minute item for my house or dinner table when I’m entertaining.
If you are in the neighborhood be sure to pop into this new treasure trove!
3350 Sacramento Street
(near Sacramento and Presidio)
Photos by Caitlin Flemming
There’s a new shop in town – Mill Mercantile. The new Noe Valley outpost of beloved men’s store Unionmade has had me anxiously awaiting it’s opening for months and months. My dear friend, Michele Janezic is the new buyer and manager. Friends, if you live in San Francisco or are coming to visit, I highly recommend stopping by the shop. As you walk in you see a beautifully curated store filled with striped shirts by Chance, scarves by Johnstons of Elgin, beauty lines you’ll begin to covet and accessories that will make your heart go pitter-patter.
Go check her out friends! You won’t regret it.
Mill Mercantile, 3751 24th Street, at Church Street (millmercantile.com).
Photos by Caitlin Flemming (on iPhone)