The arrangements and installations of green door design fill homes with carefully balanced constructs of living plant material housed in and surrounded by artfully placed objet d'art. Single orchids ($28–$48) sweeten air and views with curling, colorful petals and intoxicating scents rumored to cause normally stoic house plants to shed their petals and go skinny stemming. Water-retaining succulents ($3–$38) thrive on arid counter tops or in dry gardens to steadfastly stand at attention flanked by fragrant candles or guardian statuary. Vintage pots line shelves alongside modern ceramic containers and one-of-a-kind carved wooden bowls, each competing to serve as the next vessel for an orchid arrangement with soft greens and wending branches ($45+) or to serve as a prop for the opening scene of Oliver!.
Kur Massage Therapy's sanctuary, located in beautiful Corte Madera in Marin County, allows customers to eliminate their stress as they receive a massage designed to balance the body and mind. Drawing upon a vast variety of techniques, certified massage therapist Thomas Friedrich applies his knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathology to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal. In addition to deep tissue massages, Thomas also offers services such as myofacial therapy, cold stone migraine massages, Swedish massage, shiatsu massages, and lymphatic massages.
Mr. Fixit, Inc. employs sure-footed roof ramblers who rid mucky gutters of detritus and gunk so that rainwater may find its way back to earth. Prevent damage to a home caused by standing water or an unplanned koi pond by having roof trenches unburdened of stubborn sticks and loitering leaves. Once gutter-jambs are thoroughly unclogged, home owners can enjoy a 30-minute complimentary remodel consultation and may also choose to have their abode pressure washed and the deck cleaned by Mr. Fixit at a savings of 25%.
Someone walking up to Cole Hardware for the first time might think they've stumbled upon a modern art gallery instead of a hardware store. Their front window displays everything from Pollock-esque paintings in gilded frames to chandeliers built from Christmas ornaments to a fine-dining table setting re-created with only tools. In fact, all of the eye-catching installations are created using exclusively Cole Hardware merchandise.
But the displays are also a testament to how the shop has set itself apart in other ways?for nearly 100 years, Cole Hardware has been known for exceptional customer service. What started out as a one-man operation with the motto, "There are no strangers here, only friends we haven't met yet," has grown to a family of stores that also provides home repair services and commercial supplies. Their retail inventory is expansive and competitively priced thanks to backing from Ace Hardware, which has helped the company garner awards from SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
By organizing group discounts and vetting installers, One Block Off the Grid smoothes the solar-power installation process for homeowners looking to go green. Future sunshine stealers can log on to join forces with prospective solar buyers in their area, and a free online estimator helps clients predict costs. Armies of advisers—who can stay impartial because they aren’t paid on commission—can help homeowners decide whether to go solar now or wait until we can harness the power of the moon.
Martinkovic Milford consists of professional architects, including principal partners Justin Martinkovic and Brian Milford, dedicated to working directly with clients to craft one-of-a-kind projects tailored to customer desire. Members of this professional firm will come to your home, where they’ll contribute their keen gaze and plentiful knowledge base to interior design or home remodeling plans. During the home walkthrough, the architects will answer any questions and dole out practical advice on space planning, building codes, cost, and feasibility, as well as artistic views on interior design, color, and overall aesthetic vision. You’ll be left with a concrete plan for revamping your homestead, jumpstarting idle projects with a professional spark.