Recently I had the pleasure of meeting designer Michael S Smith and he gave me a copy of his latest book, Michael S Smith Kitchens and Baths published by Rizzoli. Page after page are filled with jaw dropping inspiration that every home can benefit from!
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Dandelion opened first opened in San Francisco on November 16, 1968, at 3381 Sacramento Street and now their present location is 55 Potrero Avenue in San Francisco. The owners were featured in Martha Stewart Living 10 years ago on the September 2011 issue where we showed their amazing mountaintop retreat and how they entertain within it.
The name Dandelion was chosen because the dandelion is considered a “weed” by adults, but as a plaything by children and the young at heart. Most of us remember necklaces of dandelion stems, and the delight in “make a wish and blow.” That joy in childish pastimes inspires every aspect of Dandelion. They are passionate about celebrating the seasons, holiday traditions, our own cultural history as well as the stimulation of experiencing other parts of the planet. Dandelion embraces a whole spectrum of design, from the best of the new to the most vital of our rich heritage from the past. We make every attempt to share the delights of living through great design, inspiring books, and tantalizing tastes.
I was particularly drawn to their holiday items and thought they would inspire your Thanksgiving table—they certainly did mine—I can't wait to set my table with all of the items I purchased.
And here is everything I ordered!!!
Sometimes finding the city's best treasures comes by way of happy accident. While my colleague, Decorating Editor Rebecca Robertson, was surfing Craig's List for a stool, she came across a listing from a used-furniture store called Furnish Green, located on the 5th floor of 1261 Broadway, between 31st and 32nd Streets.
Finding it takes a little effort, but the corner suite of this building brims with light and makes a lovely stage for their ever-changing inventory. The owner Nathan prices pieces based on their usability, rather than their "antique prowess," meaning lower (if not somewhat arbitrary: "why $61 and not $60?") prices on items that actually function.
Browsing the inventory at Furnish Green is a lesson in thrifting for the novice and expert picker alike. Coming up with modern uses for these vintage items was not only interesting, but also empowering as a shopper and home designer. Filling a precise need with the perfect piece is simply put, satisfying. Check out Furnish Green if you're ever near Herald Square. It's an absolute treat!