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Shopping San Francisco…

After the San Francisco antique show I managed to squeeze in a little shopping at some of my usual haunts. With a brief stop on Sacramento Street, I found items waiting for me (imagine that!) at MARCH, SUE FISHER KING, JESSIE BLACK and HUDSON/GRACE.



At MARCH each display is a still life, a study in minimalism with maximum effect.  This visit I was immediately struck by the displays of black and white.

Spatterware, exclusive to March, that I currently own three colors of, is the perfect partner to serious patterns that could use some dressing down and of course, solo. What caught my eye this time, in other words what went home, was a dozen black basalt dinner plates to mix with antique pieces and creamware. I look forward to setting that table. Owner Sam Hamilton is celebrating her 11th anniversary and gearing up for her next venture, a kitchen design division with partner Brian Espinoza, a Chez Panisse alum.



At Sue Fisher King I found Christmas presents and always something for the table. The selection of cashmere throws, including 12 ply, the lightest of tartan cashmere scarves, Venetian tumblers, new embroidered items, Porthault accessories, and bath accessories beautifully packaged are all in abundance for the holidays.



Everything in Jessie Black is tonal, soft and cozy with handmade jackets, pillows, bedding, accessories and some fragrance. What I really loved were the knitted blanket/throws made with the largest needles known to man! The scale of the stitch had a playful Alice in Wonderland quality that begged you to touch it. I think every house from Aspen to New York should have one...




The palette du jour at Hudson | Grace is blanc y blanc. White melon compotes and tureens in various sizes, and the vintage hotel silver are perfect together and each an easy accompaniment for what you already own. Everyone is gearing up for the season.


Do you have your lists ready?

A super lunchtime break when you are gallery shopping or antique shopping around Jackson and Montgomery is ROKA AKOR. Delicious sushi, artfully presented was the perfect note for lunch.


In the evening I finally managed to get a reservation at the Greek restaurant, Kokkari Estatorio. You cannot book more than thirty days in advance, and at 29 days you are too late.  Worth the wait, we enjoyed lamb on the rotisserie and fresh vegetables in their cozy and beautifully designed dining room. Add that one to your list.


And always, I consult my Scout Guides before visiting any city...




3075 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

Sue Fisher King

3067 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

Jessie Black

3252 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

Hudson | Grace

3350 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA 94118

Roka Akor

801 Montgomery Street

San Francisco, CA 94133


200 Jackson Street

San Francisco, CA 94111