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Thursday, 8 May 2008
Fine Wine-ing
Topic: Domesticity isn't pretty

For some time I've been stymied in my quest to find a wine rack or small liquor cabinet for my dining room. Nothing seemed right for my (admittedly) eclectic tastes.

A couple of weeks ago I was in the a shop called Given (http://www.givenonline.com)—it occupies what was once Harvey Milk's Castro Camera—where I saw some beautiful but gawdawful expensive credenzas of which I was enamored but which were just too big and not a match for my dining room furniture.

However, the same artist (www moderncellar.com) who made the credenzas (credenzae?) made these interesting wine racks—no two alike—called Sporadic, which hang on the wall.  I went back twice to look at them, then finally decided I had to have one (especially after being told they were not going to be made any more).

Here it is, in its new home. 

 


Posted by molyneaux at 6:37 PM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 10 May 2008 10:48 AM PDT
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Saturday, 14 August 2004
Movin on Up
Topic: Domesticity isn't pretty
I've been in this apartment 7 years and 1/2 month. It's the longest I've ever lived in any one place nonstop. But, that; coming to an end at the end of this month, and I'm going to be renting one unit of a duplex owned by my friends Jerry and Patrick.

The place is great. Built in 1936, it's two floors with two bedrooms and bath in the carpeted upstairs, and living room, dining room and kitchen downstairs, which is mostly hardwood floors. The house is on a hill, so streetside the master bedroom is at 3rd floor height and the front door in up a flight of strairs (there's a garage below the living room), but step out the back door (kitchen) and it's ground level. There's a nice back yard I'll share with my landlords, and off the master bedroom is a wide balcony with a great view of all of downtown Oakland and glimpses of San Francisco beyond.

The living room and the 2nd bedroom both have corner windows. I love that. Now I have to start buying furniture to fill the place! Today I stopped at an open house at the Design Centre Italiano in Emeryville, and they had some really nice pieces, but more were too pricy for what they were, and a lot of it was too modern for my tastes. I did see a dining room table I drooled over, but it was close to $3K with the chairs. Yowch. For the living room I'm contemplating doing a mix of the art and crafts pieces I have with something more modern. I'm also toying with painting, because I hate white walls. I'm also trying to figure out what to do with the TV, since I hate how they dominate a room and I don't like those big TV cabinets. Can't wait for the day when those wall-hangable plasma screens are a reasonable price.

The only real downside is that the 2nd bedrooms's pretty small, but I've got some ideas on how to make the best use of that.

The other downside is that I have to start packing. Oy!

Posted by molyneaux at 4:59 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 19 May 2009 11:41 PM PDT
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