Home In Sunny San Diego

Nearly two weeks ago, on a Wednesday morning after a few months to prep emotionally and pare my life down to what would fit in my Jeep and a sizable U-Haul, I left my beautiful home in the Bay with Max so we could both begin anew here in my hometown of San Diego. It was a bittersweet ending and I find myself still terribly homesick for San Francisco, and my friends and the wonderful people who came into my life there. It was a journey I’ll never forget, and something tells me Max and I may one day call the Bay home again.

So needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind coming here and getting adjusted, as I’ve frequently recounted to everyone who’s asked. On one hand I’m glad to be home…I’m close to family, in the sunshine again, finally moving in with Max, and with my friends here…but there is so much about my life in the Bay that I feel I’m missing, and that “reverse culture shock” I’m feeling still sits pretty heavily in my chest, and in lumps in my throat when I find myself alone, which is frequently at night while Max is off tying up loose ends back in the Bay Area. But I’ll continue to adjust and will hopefully find a balance once again between my work life, family life, relationship life, and writing. I love this blog, but it’s a lot to keep up. I will try my best to get a few new stories up that I have in mind. I’ll also be exploring the amazing world of vintage, thrifting, and antiquing that Southern California has to offer. It’s a new adventure for sure!

Renegade Craft Fair SF: Vendors I’m Still Shopping From

This is just a spur of the moment post, but I wanted to share a few of the vendors at Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco that I just loved, and whose shops I’m still browsing!

Norwegian Wood:

A chic shop selling everything from furniture to hanging planters!


This Berkeley artist is all about macrame, and these knotted nests are what got me!

Local and Lejos:

A shop I’ve adored before, Local & Lejos features work from artisans around the world. Really diggin’ that serape!

Sarah Duyer:

Sarah Duyer creates playful and geometric ceramic pieces including planters and bowls, and a few very chic dip glazed pieces.


The hand embroidered flats (and many many other pieces created by talented Palestinian women artists) from Darzah caught my eye as I wandered through the aisles of Renegade.

Res Ipsa:

Arguably my favorite vendor, Res Ipsa turns Turkish kilims into flats, loafers, and the most gorgeous bags and backpacks!


I fall hard for woven anything–which is why I stopped to ogle Moccian’s woven bags, totes, and clutches.

Lazy Lotus:

I’ve burned these candles every night since Renegade. They are the most affordable, fragrant candles I’ve had and I will soon stock up on more jars!

Have you attended any of the Renegade craft fairs? What artisan or crafter do you recommend?

Piccino Coffee Bar

"Piccino Coffee Bar" on The TuftedI bought my morning chai at Piccino nearly every morning the year I worked in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. I’ve read you need a favorite coffee place (that is NOT Starbucks) in this city, so I guess Piccino is mine and I’m officially a real San Franciscan (yay!).

Maybe it was the little things like the vibrant, ever changing bouquets around the store and its bright yellow building, or the esoteric Dogpatch neighborhood that gave it it’s charm. Perhaps I really just love obscure neighborhood cafes.

I’m not a coffee drinker, so I can’t tell you how the coffee tastes here, but I can tell you that over time I experienced a phenomenon where I began to crave their chai more than its sugary counterpart at Starbucks. Plus, I loved their mini brioche sandwiches and ginger scones. Their pastries were perfect for sneaking out of work and walking to buy a quick breakfast.


"Piccino Coffee Bar" on The Tufted

"Piccino Coffee Bar" on The Tufted

"Piccino Coffee Bar" on The Tufted

"Piccino Coffee Bar" on The Tufted

"Piccino Coffee Bar" on The Tufted

"Piccino Coffee Bar" on The TuftedNow that I’ve moved on from the Dogpatch, Piccino is no longer a tree-lined walk down the street away from work, so I’ll pop in from time to time when I meet Max for lunch and order my old chai. It may not be a Philz, and it’s a little ritzier than Dogpatch Cafe, but Piccino is still just a sweet neighborhood coffee bar in a food desert. Definitely a hipster vibe going here.

The cafe is actually part of Piccino the restaurant, which I have yet to experience. But when I live in the Dogpatch (which seems to be mine and Max’s tentative plan for part of life anyway) or fulfill my odd dream of a night out there after I’ve found my dream job,  this will still be one of my favorites.

San Francisco Airbnb: 9 Apartments I’d Love to Vacation In

After my mom asked me to find a place for her to stay in the city while she visits, I suggested Airbnb and got a little curious. I never realized what a treasure trove of design inspiration the website was, or how many adorable San Francisco apartments and studios I would be able to explore!

I searched through about 56 pages of beautiful homes, studios, in-law apartments, and garden bungalows and picked my favorites. If I were still from out of town looking to stay in the city on the cheap and in a more private setting, these are the eclectic, modern, and design-centric Airbnbs I would rent:

A “Modern Victorian” in NOPA


via Airbnb

An airy apartment with white walls, modern furniture (i.e. a beautiful Noguchi table and Eames molded plastic chair), and flora all around, this glowing home would be the perfect San Francisco Victorian experience.

I love the collection of plants along the fireplace mantel and the mint accent wall behind the tv. You also get a feel for the apartment’s Victorian heritage through the bay windows in the living room and columns on the fireplace.

A “Private Guest Studio” in The Outer Sunset


via Airbnb

Essentially my dream studio, this space is filled with bits of Southwestern chic, i.e. the rug, wooden armchair, and horseshoe and God’s Eye hanging on the walls.

A “Bright Apartment” in Potrero Hill


via Airbnb

I’m not sure whether it was the cactus in the corner of the living room or the teal molded plastic bar stools that drew me into this space…actually it was probably the multi-colored chevron rug and blankets on the sofa. I am a textile nerd after all.

Anyway, I love the bright accents in this pristine apartment. Also, Potrero Hill has some of the most beautiful views of San Francisco, and everything in this space is positioned perfectly for a weekend of relaxing and taking in the city.

A “Sunny Studio” in Downtown San Francisco


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I call the style of this studio “Southwestern Psychedelic Chic”, truly because of the serape draped over the sofa and the 60s styled print of the woman looking over the Golden Gate Bridge. Everything fits so well into its color scheme, from the blankets and bedding to the bright accents here and there (i.e. the succulent pots on the desk and tassel lampshade). I also really dig the loft bed and how much space it has created for other areas of the room.

A “Craftsman Home” in Bernal Heights


via Airbnb

Textiles. Textiles everywhere. I can’t get enough of the geometric pillows, bright blankets, and moroccan poufs in this amazing apartment! Everything is beautifully cluttered with culture, color, and craftsman furniture and I would be happy vacationing in a home like this (especially in a city that is just as diverse).

A “Great House” in Duboce Triangle/ Castro


via Airbnb

Another classic Victorian, this apartment looks like it was designed by a particular individual rather than a magazine stylist. It is a great example of how personal accents and diversity in style can enrich a home. There are modern, antique, and found pieces within this home that make it unique and give it a cozy, “lived-in” feel. I would expect nothing more from a home in this area of San Francisco!

A “Classic, Airy One Bedroom” in Pacific Heights

Wild, wild horses couldn’t drag me away from this Airbnb! But seriously, this is a beautiful apartment. The blue sofa and photo hanging above it drew me in, but I love how modern and Southwestern style are paired in this home.

What might be a reclaimed wood coffee table is styled with succulents, Victoria Smith’s “See San Francisco”, and a book of artwork by Georgia O’Keefe. Patterned throw pillows rest on the sofa, and a cowhide seems to have been added underneath sometime later. And speaking of wood, I long for the hardwood flooring in the living room *sigh*.

A “Clean and Modern” Cottage in The Mission


via Airbnb

Not particularly my style (well, besides the rug of course), but I love the feel of this apartment. The natural light that flows from the skylight and windows into this modern studio and the placement of its furniture makes it airy, clean, and organized. Because the room is so narrow, a perfectly sized sofa was placed between the bed and coffee table, creating a sitting space and dividing the two areas.

The kitchen cabinets, tile back splash, and shelves blend easily into the white walls and only a few pieces of artwork have been hung, making everything appear less cluttered. Also, those hardwood floors have to be original, and they definitely add character to the place!

Needless to say, I am now addicted to Airbnb and the design fix it offers me after I’ve scoured through every possible home tour and decor post in the blogosphere. I think this will become a regular post on The Tufted (I’ve already started looking through San Diego, my hometown) and I can’t wait to explore and compare other cities.

A Cozy Climbers’ Studio in the Panhandle

DSC_0314bAlessia and I met during orientation when we first transferred to college, and since then she’s been one of my best friends. Alessia and Tobias were best friends too, until one day they were more and he ventured to New York and she whisked herself away to join him.

A few years later the couple share a small studio in the Panhandle area of San Francisco, as well as dreams of climbing and a potential future corgi (Am I right guys?). The space is a eclectic mix of things new and things old from their homes in Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, and they have transformed it into a colorful and cozy retreat.


DSC_0309bAlessia and Tobias’s apartment is filled with trinkets, photos, and found objects (lots and lots of mugs and some vintage Pyrex to name a few), and is more like a curated exhibit of their lives, travels, and things they’ve created.

Oh, and did I mention Alessia is an awesome artist (check out her website)!? Her paintings and drawings line the walls of the main room, and other areas of the house–some inspired by nature, some by dreams and random encounters (a rooster on a trash can in New York–true story).



DSC_0317bOne of the things I love about this apartment is how well the furniture works with their personal keepsakes and how its charm is all in the details. Alessia and Tobias added a small blue love seat as a solution to a lack of sitting space, and it goes perfectly with her rug from home, their crochet pouf, and chevron duvet. Alessia’s quilted blanket is draped over their bed and lends extra coziness to the room, and a collection of bright floor pillows and a homemade fish that Tobias’s mom sewed him sit along the bench of their bay windows.

Also, if you look around the room, their love of climbing and the outdoors is displayed everywhere.  Somehow their gear adds to the colorful mix, with a rainbow of cams hanging over their bedroom door, a bicycle stored in the corner, and a Mexican blanket that, no doubt, would be perfect for a beach or hiking adventure.




DSC_0319bThank you Alessia and Tobias for letting me photograph your place!

A Bohemian Nest on Fillmore St.

DSC_0088Twenty years in the city and more than a few in my heart, Nest on Fillmore St. is an eclectic boutique of antique trinkets, vibrant textiles, and chic home goods. I’ve visited this fantastical shop many times during the last few years (and now that I live in San Francisco it’s just a short bus ride away!)  and I am always inspired by what I find.DSC_0091





As a huge textile nerd and a lover of all things animal, my time at Nest is spent swooning over their collection of kantha quilts that I can’t actually afford and the plethora of animal miniatures and oddities scattered throughout their curio cabinets and shelves (that I also can’t afford because of my trinket hoarding tendencies). On this visit, I fell in love with the bedding and antique brass bed display, and the glorious rope chandelier dangling above.


DSC_0073Nest also has a nice selection of dainty jewelry, coffee table books inspired by art and cooking, and bohemian dishware. The ceilings are adorned with colorful dreamcatchers, garland, and branches, and its shelves are lined with woven baskets, totes, and frames. The store is basically a more authentic Anthropologie, and you’ll end up wanting to just live there once you leave.



Nest has two locations now–its shop on the corner of Fillmore and Clay and a new shop on 4th in Berkeley. You can check out Nest on their website, and if you’re looking for home or nursery inspiration or just a unique San Francisco boutique, I highly recommend a visit to this magical space!