27 Jul Bay Area interior designers’ favorite places to shop
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If you’re looking to add some beachy boho and California cool to your home, we’ve got the inside dope from five Bay Area designers on where they shop for furniture and accessories that capture that sense of NorCal style. Some prefer small, eclectic boutiques, some opt for trade-only marts and one takes a down-to-earth, budget-conscious approach. Here are their recommendations.
This Oakland boutique opened by fashion expert Sherri McMullen — her resume includes styling Michelle Obama — features an assortment of ceramics, baskets, home decor items and things that smell wonderful. After you decorate your home, you can style yourself with the line of clothing and accessories the store carries. This shop, besides being one of the hottest properties in Oakland, is a favorite of Angela Tafoya, editorial director at the millennial-centric Lonny.com.
Details: Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at 2257 Broadway in Oakland; https://shopmcmullen.com.
This shop, another favorite of Lonny Magazine, carries a wide assortment of unique, free-form and stylish ceramic pieces, kitchen linens, wall hangings and books. You’ll also find clothing, jewelry and apothecary items.
Details: Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Sunday, two locations, 3928 Irving St. and 4035 Judah St., both in San Francisco; shop-generalstore.com.
This shop, a favorite of San Francisco designer Kristen Pena, has everything from Ria Leigh Silk Black terracotta pouring vessels to Ann Ladson forged bronze marrow spoons, wood and steel work tables and cast aluminum garden pots.
Details: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 3075 Sacramento St., San Francisco; marchsf.com.
Wood and stone are the centerpieces for this shop, which carries an assortment of Bay Area style furniture, decor pieces and lamps that are essential Bay Area style items. Their mantra: form always follows function.
Details: Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, every day; 855 Valencia St., San Francisco; www.shopsupersimple.com.
This shop carries wall art, stoneware vases and jars, colorful textiles, prints and even a few geological oddities including the fossilized teeth of megalodon sharks.
Details: Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 482 A 49th St., Oakland; shopesqueleto.com
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind or specially designed pieces, you may need to work with an interior designer, who can access trade-only stores. San Jose designer Janet Marena takes her clients to Design Mart Silicon Valley, San Francisco Design Center, and Terra Amico.
For those on a budget, San Jose designer Katelyn Gilmour can always find affordable yet unique items at TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, World Market, Marshall’s and Target.