SFLuxe: Ship Ahoi at the 2012 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

 “All Night Long He Sailed Upon It” by Ron Pippin at Obsolete

The pride of bringing the America’s Cup to San Francisco inspired this year’s theme for the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show at Fort Mason.

Andrew Skurman’s giant waves, in the style of early 19th century Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai, framed the entry pavilion, which showcased the special exhibit “Sea Worthy: The Best of Nautical Art and Antiques,” curated by Holland Lynch of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  Models dressed in blue and white gowns designed by Karen Caldwell showed off stunning diamond jewelry by Graff.  And the giant gleaming 33-pound sterling America’s Cup trophy expressed the city’s honor of hosting the prestigious race.

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Holiday Gifts for the Lord of the Manor

Horse-drawn carriage with gifts (Photo: courtesy of Hermès)

Where has the time gone?  Only three weeks to go until Christmas, and like many I am bust with writing holiday cards, shopping and wrapping presents.  Although it always feels like there isn’t enough time to do it all, I love picking the perfect gift for everyone.  Being a designer I like giving gifts for the home, especially vintage and one-of-a-kind items.  When it comes to presents for couples something they can both use or display in their home always seems the perfect solution.  However, some times I wonder if the wife is more pleased than the husband who may not care about some decorative objects as much.  So I thought about what the lord of the manor would get excited about. Continue reading