Sep 13, 2013

Home Decor: Mirror, Mirror

Five Ways to Decorate with Mirrors

Mirrors are a very versatile way to make your home decor fresh. Mirrors can blend away into decor or create a dramatic effect. Whether you are looking to create the illusion of more space, bring more light into a room, or are using a mirror as the focal point in your room, mirrors are the perfect way to revamp your home. Here are five ways to decorate with mirrors.

 1. Layered Effect

Layering different sized mirrors into a large rectangular grid makes for unique wall decor. Not only does it make a space appear to be double the size, but the layers create an interesting play of reflections.

2. Home Office

Spruce up your home office with two framed matching mirrors. The use of the two mirrors not only draws in more light to your work space but also adds a unique element to a simple white desk.

3. Modern Bar

Turn even the smallest part of a room into your very own bar. Placing a mirror onto a simple gold bar cart gives the effect of a much larger bar. Plus the reflection of the various spirit bottles creates an interesting visual.

4. Mirror DIY

Add a pop of color to any room by splashing a square mirror with paint. Play with layering various shades of the same color family for a mirror that is the focal point of any room.

5. Curated Closet

A mirrored dresser makes a small closet double the size creating the feel of a walk-in closet even if your closet is not quite walk-in. The use of the mirror dresser also adds a glamorous and modern touch to any closet.

{Images courtesy of Pinterest}

Sep 6, 2013

New Arts District in San Francisco

New Potrero Hill Arts District

The start of Fall also means the start of the art season. This season is all the more exciting as several major San Francisco art dealers open the doors to their new spaces in Potrero Hill this Saturday, September 7. Here are the must-see openings this Saturday in Potrero Hill.

Ed Moses, BYE #1, 2013, mixed media on canvas
Image courtesy of Brian Gross Fine Art

1. Ed Moses @ Brian Gross Fine Art
Reception for the artist: Saturday, September 7, 4 - 7 pm
248 Utah Street

Renowned Los Angeles artist Ed Moses will be the inaugural exhibition at long-time San Francisco dealer Brian Gross' new gallery space at 248 Utah Street. On view will be selections from Moses' new crackle painting series.

Patricia Esquivas, 111-119 Generalísimo/Castellana, 2013, Video still
Image courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery

2. Group Show @ Catharine Clark Gallery
Opening: Saturday, September 7, 4 - 7 pm
248 Utah Street

Adjacent to Brian Gross Fine Art, art dealer Catharine Clark opens her new space with a group exhibition titled This is the Sound of Someone Losing the Plot. The show curated by Anthony Discenza celebrates CCA's contributions to Potrero Hill and the wider Bay Area arts community. On view will be works from nine CCA alumni and professors. 

Stefan Kürten, Ashes Everywhere, 2013, ink and acrylic on linen
Image courtesy of Hosfelt Gallery

3. Stefan Kürten @ Hosfelt Gallery
Opening: Saturday, September 7, 4 - 6 pm
260 Utah Street

Todd Hosfelt was one of the first dealers to recognize the potential of Potrero Hill as the new arts district. This saturday Hosfelt Gallery opens a solo show titled Tonight and the Beautiful Future of work by Düsseldorf-based painter Stefan Kürten. On view will be his new paintings that show our mundane environments that we create in order to make our world perfect.

Ward Schumaker, Reason Drifts Far From The Shore, 2012, acrylic on canvas
Image courtesy of Jack Fischer Gallery

4. Ward Schumaker @ Jack Fischer Gallery
Opening: Saturday, September 7, 4 -6 pm
311 Potrero Avenue

Jack Fischer Gallery opens its new doors at 311 Potrero Avenue with an exhibition of work titled Years of Pretty by Ward Schumaker. Schumaker is known for his handling of various media including painting, bookmaking, collage, and sculpture. On view will be works from 2003 to 2013.

Erin Lawlor, Island Life, 2013, oil on linen
Image courtesy of George Lawson Gallery

5. Erin Lawlor @ George Lawson Gallery
Opening: Saturday, September 7, 4 - 7 pm
315 Potrero Avenue

George Lawson opens a second space in San Francisco at 315 Potrero Avenue. The inaugural exhibition is a solo show of recent paintings by British artist Erin Lawlor. On view will be her gestural paintings made on the island of Ste. Marie de Ré in France.

Aug 30, 2013

Home Decor: Wicker Baskets

Five Ways To Use Wicker Baskets

Finding places to tuck away everyday clutter is a challenge. A versatile solution is the wicker basket. Wicker baskets provide instant storage solutions in any room
and add a rustic yet modern touch. Here are five ways to use wicker baskets in your home.

1. Clean Kitchen

Hide away pots and pans in your kitchen by lining up baskets underneath your kitchen island. Selecting a series of identical baskets makes for a curated and clean way for kitchen clutter to disappear.

2. Blanket Storage

Store away blankets in the living room in an interesting shaped wicker basket. The stark white couch juxtaposed with the wicker basket makes for a fresh modern look.


3. Wicker Basket DIY

Wicker baskets can also be easily spray painted to go with any decor. Spray painting the baskets silver gives the classic wicker basket an updated and modern feel. 

4. Reading Nook

Organize your books, magazines, and newspapers into smaller wicker baskets on shelves for a clean crisp reading nook.

 5. Awkward Spaces

Hide away awkward spaces of your home like a radiator by placing different sized baskets in front. This look not only provides extra storage but also is adds a textural design element to a hard to decorate space.

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Aug 23, 2013

Tips + Tricks: A Gallery Wall

10 Tips + Tricks For A Perfect Gallery Wall

1. The first step to creating a successful gallery wall is to pick work you love. 

2. Select artworks of different mediums such as photography, watercolor or collage.

3. Choose works of different sizes to create an interesting play of shapes.

4. Play with different mat sizes. For a small work such as a Polaroid, choose an oversized mat for a more substantial look. 

5. Juxtapose frames of different sizes, colors, and textures. 

6. Lay out your works on the floor in advance to determine your perfect layout.

7. Smaller frames look better grouped while larger works need more space.

8. When installing work over furniture, make sure to leave eight inches between the base of the frame and the top of the furniture. 

9. Do not center the works for a more interesting and organic feel.

10. Don't over think it and have fun!

{Images courtesy of Pinterest}

Aug 16, 2013

Home Decor: Reading Nooks

Five Cozy Reading Nooks

Apartment living means awkward small spaces that do not quite have a clear purpose. It is the small nooks and crannies of an apartment that you can creatively transform into your favorite places.  Why not turn these cozy spaces into a quiet place to take a moment to yourself.  All you need is a comfy pillow and the latest best seller for an afternoon of true rest and relaxation. Here are five of our favorite reading nooks.

1. Stair Side Reprieve 

Turn the space around a spiraling staircase into the perfect reading nook. The stark white of the room juxtaposed with the black leather chair and dark wood table make for ideal space to get lost in your latest book. 

2. A Step Up

Old apartments come with unique characteristics like this step. Turn this awkward step into place to read by stacking neutral colored pillows. Add a pop of color with a vase of fresh cut hydrangea. 

3. At An Angle

Angled ceilings can be a challenge. Turning an angled loft space into a reading nook allows for a true tucked away place for a moment of quiet. 

4. Window Seat

A window seat makes for the perfect little space for an afternoon of reading. Make sure to pick the window for the best view for an amazing reprieve. 

5. Bookshelf Bliss

A bookshelf is more than just a place to store your books. For those of us with minimal space to stretch out simply prop up your feet up on your bookshelf. 

{Images courtesy of Pinterest}

Aug 9, 2013

Restaurant Feature: Roka Akor

Roka Akor

San Francisco is home to many top restaurants making it a major mecca for foodies. With new restaurants popping up all over town, finding one that really stands out is a challenge. The San Francisco counterpart to award-winning London restaurant Roka Akor breathes new life into culinary fabric of San Francisco. Nestled into the charming neighborhood of Jackson Square, Roka Akor specializes in contemporary Robatayaki Japaense cuisine. The restaurant decor is modern and thoughtful providing the perfect setting to enjoy Chef Roman Petry's decadent menu which includes sushi, seafood, and steak.

Sit at the sushi bar to get the sous chef's top recommendations. Start with the wagyu beef and kimchi dumplings for an appetizer followed by the robata grilled berskire pork belly with golden beets that melts in your mouth. Move onto your favorite sashimi and you will understand why Bon Apetit named Roka Akor one of the top 10 sushi spots in the United States.

Next, order the roasted king crab with chili lime butter and fresh cucumber for one of the best crabs you will ever eat. End your meal on a sweet note and order the warm chocolate cake with caramelized white chocolate and burnt orange ice cream. Roka Akor is a much welcomed fresh take on Japanese cuisine and is on our list of SF restaurant favorites.

Roka Akor
801 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Aug 2, 2013

Winery Spotlight: Scibe

Scribe Winery, Sonoma, CA

One of the best features of living in the Bay Area is our proximity to wine country. With so many amazing wineries to visit, finding a winery off the beaten path can be hard to find. Our favorite winery is Scribe located on Napa Road in Sonoma. Scribe was founded by brothers Andrew and Adam Mariani with the goal of reviving the property to make artisanal wines using sustainable winemaking methods. Scribe provides a laid-back and young atmosphere with an at home feel for an afternoon of amazing wine. 

A long driveway leads to you the Scribe cellar where wine tastings are held inside a cozy cellar or on one of the picnic tables overlooking the vineyard. The vineyard is more than an amazing view as it is infused with history adding to the mystic of Scribe. 

Reconstructing the history of the vineyard from county records, lithographs, and artifacts, Scribe uncovered that the vineyard was purchased in 1858 by Emil Dresel, the son of a famous champagne producer in Weisenheim Germany and also the first importer of first varieties of Riesling and Sylvaner to the US. Later joined by his brother Julius, they were became known as viticultural leaders. During prohibition, the Dresel Wine Co. served as a byline for bootleggers to transport their goods and was also a password-protected speakeasy. 

The intriguing history of the vineyard coupled with the rustic setting make Scribe the perfect place to sip a glass of wine. Best part of all is that your Drip Module dog can play on the rope swing!

Scribe Winery
2300 Napa Road
Sonoma, CA 95476

{Images courtesy of Charlotte Miller's iPhone}

Jul 24, 2013

Outdoor Spaces Inspiration

by charlotte miller

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor entertaining even if it is the coldest time of year for us in San Francisco. By nature city outdoor spaces are small, which means coming up with creative solutions for making a curated and comfortable backyard. Here are five of our favorite outdoor spaces that are perfect for outdoor entertaining.

1. Casual Chic

This small space is made simple and cozy by juxtaposing a simple wood table with metal lanterns and watering cans for a look that is causal yet chic. For a pop of light, string lights across one side of the backyard making for the perfect place to have a glass of pinot and unwind. 

2. White on White

Spaces infused with white are always classic and clean. We love the simple incorporation of a dark wood moroccan inspired table against the simplicity of rest of the outdoor decor. 

3. Desert Retro

Outdoor tablescapes are made easy by putting white bertoia chairs against a rustic wood table set with succulents. The result is a "desert retro" look for a perfect outdoor dinner party.


4. The Porch Swing

Forgo the traditional suburban porch swing with these modernized versions. The french linen pillows juxtaposed with the modernized porch swings make for a look that is anything but ordinary. The simple use of only the blue and white hues completes the decor. 

5. Bohemian Bliss

Take a cue from Actress Lake Bell and create an bohemian oasis in the heart of Brooklyn featured in Lonny Magazine's July/August issue. Create an interesting mix of textures and patterns by hanging textiles. For a lush garden plant verdant evergreen shrubs, boxwood, and sedge grass that will last year round to make your own bohemian paradise.  

Jul 17, 2013

Pop-Up Shop at Westfield Shopping Center

Drip Module Pop-Up Shop

Beat the foggy San Francisco weather and head to the Westfield Shopping Center to check out Drip Module's pop-up shop featuring Drip's signature modern, minimal home decor and pet products. In collaboration with SFMADE and the Westfield Shopping Center, Drip Module's pop-up shop will be open on the second floor through the end of July.

Click here for a link to an article about our pop-up shop featured in the SF Chronicle.

Jul 12, 2013

Things to Collect: Art Books

by charlotte miller

One of our favorite things to collect is art books. Instructional and inspirational, art books give a glimpse into the artwork and lives of the artists that inspire us and the exhibitions that take our breath away. Plus, a curated stack of books is a perfect home accent. Here are three of our favorites!

A Troublesome Subject: The Art of Robert Arneson

The first major monograph of Robert Arneson, A Troublesome Subject: The Art of Robert Arneson, examines Arneson’s life and oeuvre as Arneson transformed himself from a high school art teacher into an artist of international stature.  This monograph studies the relationship between Robert Arneson, the man and the artist, and his relationship to contemporary culture. Studying the full scope of Robert Arneson, Fineberg chronicles Arneson’s early roots in Benicia, CA, the formative years in the 1960's in which he developed his signature style imbued with humor and irreverence, and Arneson’s post-1970 turn to self-portraiture and other genres.

The Americans: Robert Frank

Published in France in 1958 and the United States in 1959, The Americans changed the medium of photography and is thought of as the most important photography book since World War II. The Americans is comprised of 83 photographs taken in 1955 and 1956 by Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank as he traveled around the United States capturing the iconography of America. The book goes beyond documentary photography and reveals feelings of anger, loneliness and alienation that existed beneath the surface of American culture through photographing diners, cars, gas stations and other images of American life.

State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970

State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970 is the first in-depth survey of Conceptual art and avant-garde art practices in Northern and Southern California in the 1970’s. The exhibition, which was on view February 29, June 17, 2013 at the Berkeley Art Museum, included over 150 works of art that demonstrated the critical role that California played in the development of the Conceptual art movement by artists such as John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Lynn Hershman, and Bruce Nauman, to name a few. State of Mind was co-organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) and the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA). The exhibition was co-curated by Constance M. Lewallen, adjunct curator at BAM/PFA, and Karen Moss, adjunct curator at OCMA. 

Jul 3, 2013

Home Decor: Get Patriotic

by charlotte miller

Get inspired by the fourth of July and revamp your home décor incorporating subtle hints of red, white, and blue! Radiant and bold, red, white, and blue accents are always a classic touch to any home interior. Here are four red, white, and blue home inspirations!

1. Blue & White Striped Accent Pillows

Incorporate a hint of blue in a modern and minimal living room with a blue and white striped accent pillow for a classic look. We love the juxtaposition of the all white room with the subtle touch of blue.

2.  Red Letters

Red letters are the perfect way to add a bit of fun to any room. We love these red letters that spell “EAT” for a kitchen shelf. 

3. Blue & White Woven Baskets

For the home with too much clutter try blue and white woven baskets. A great way to organize, woven baskets also add a rustic feel to any home. 

4. Red Bar Stools

Red bar stools add an instant pop of color to any room. Plus, bar stools are a great way to add more seating to any home!

Jun 28, 2013

Drip Module Pets

by charlotte miller

At Drip Module our pets truly are man’s best friend. We treat our sidekicks right taking them on our every adventure. Here are three dog friendly excursions man and dog will love! Tag your pet adventures #dripmodulepets!

1. Paddle Boarding in Sausalito

For the more adventurous dog, try paddle boarding at Sea Trek Kayak and Stand Up Paddling Center in Sausalito. Although it may take a bit to coax your dog on the board, once they are on, they will never want to get off!

2. Good eats at Off The Grid in the Presidio

For the more food focused pooch, have a Sunday picnic in the presidio at Off The Grid! Food trucks, music, and lots of grass for your pet to run around, Off The Grid is the perfect lazy sunday activity. Make sure to try a korean fried chicken and waffle sandwich from Bok Ssam followed by a scoop of the secret breakfast ice cream from Humphry Slocombe!

3.   Jog on the Beach at Fort Funston

For the water dog, take a jog on the beach of Fort Funston. Fort Funston is located in the 200 foot high sandy bluffs of the south end of Ocean beach and offers lots of space for your dog to run around. Never crowded, Fort Funston gives you and your sidekick time for some fun in the sun.

{images courtesy of charlotte miller's iphone}

Jun 21, 2013

Art Around Town

by charlotte miller

Today is the official start of summer but for us in San Francisco, that means the start of our infamous cold weather! Beat the SF summer blues by heading indoors to see these five must-see art exhibitions around town!

George Nelson, Marshmallow Sofa, 1956. 
Photography: Frederic A. Reniecke, FAR Photography.
Courtesy of Museum of Craft and Design

Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller
July 13 - September 22, 2013
Museum of Craft and Design 

We are thrilled that the Museum of Craft and Design finally reopened their doors this past April at their new location in Dogpatch. The Museum of Craft and Design will serve as the last stop for the exhibition, Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller, on view July 13 through September 22, 2013. The exhibition explores the intersection of art and design through the collaborative design thinking process of world-renowned West Michigan-based furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc. On display will be drawings, models, prototypes, photographs, oral histories, and original designed objects the depict the making of many masterpieces of 20th and 21st century design by such artists as Gilbert Rohde, Ray & Charles Eames, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard, Robert Probst, Steve Frykholm, Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick, and others.

Richard Nixon, Bebe and I, Brookline, 2013, pigment print
Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery

Nicholas Nixon: New Work
On view through July 27, 2013
Fraenkel Gallery

If you have not yet seen photographer Nicholas Nixon's exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery, then head to 49 Geary Street to see it on the next rainy Saturday. Nixon is known for his captivating portraiture imbued with rich, telling detail. His most famous series is of the annual portrait he started in 1975 of his wife and her three sisters. The works currently on view are intimate self-portraits of himself and his wife. The exhibition will be on display through July 27, 2013. 

Elisheva Biernoff, Sonzai shinai: Tsushima leopard cat (detail), 2013, acrylic on plywood 
Courtesy of the artist and Eli Ridgway Gallery

Proximities 1: What Time Is It There?
On view through July 21, 2013
Asian Art Museum 

In this exhibition, contemporary artists were asked to respond to the question: what is Asia? This three-part exhibition enables artists with varying degrees of understanding of Asian art and culture to create a dialog around individual notions about Asia. Proximities 1: What Time Is It There? focuses on the theme of landscape, imagined and real. The first installment of the exhibition will be on view through July 21, 2013.

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Jun 11, 2013

Father's Day

by charlotte miller

Searching for the perfect gift for your dad this Father's Day? Don't worry, Drip Module has you covered!

1. Father Clock

Perfect for the dad always on a schedule, Drip Module clocks are a great addition to any office. Sleek and simple, this clock called the Sandwich can either stand on its own or be wall-mounted.

2. For Dads Best Friend

Sometimes the best way to say I love you to your dad is through his best friend, his loveable pouch. Instead of a gift for your dad, give Fido a modern dog bowl such as the Peanut!

3. Light Up His Heart

This desk light makes for the perfect reading lamp for the hardworking dad. Dad can now work late into the night in style with the Night Light.

For more Father's Day gift ideas, shop our retailers listed here.