Home Decor in Castro


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  • Books & Bookshelves
    Books & Bookshelves has much more character than its no-nonsense name implies. For starters, they sell an entire collection of furniture, most of which is custom made. Clients can submit measurements, rough sketches, and even photos of similar pieces they like, which the carpenters use to build one-of-a-kind pieces such as bookcases. Projects can be left unfinished, like Beethoven's 10th chicken wing, or they can be finished with the client's choice of stain or paint. To fill their newly built bookshelves, customers can shop a library of poetry books written and published by locals. Likewise, a diverse selection of paintings, photography, and even puzzles has all been crafted by area artisans. Shoppers can learn more about the writers and artists at Books & Bookshelves' special events, which have ranged from queer poetry readings to celebrations of W.H. Auden.
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    99 Sanchez Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Underglass Framing
    Since its inception in the early 1980s, Underglass Framing has crafted custom frames that have housed pictures, paintings, and even flags. Made up of artists and experienced framers alike, Underglass's staff uses their expert judgment to accent any artwork with custom woodwork, conservation acrylics, or museum-quality frames. Underglass makes decisions easy with mat-board samples and a wide selection of framed examples, and they strive to integrate the work of art into each client's home design, whether it's art deco or an art-deco-giraffe-print fusion.
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    268 Church St.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Adobe Bookshop
    You won't find a barista selling coffee at Adobe Bookshop, or an elaborate bodybuilding-magazine display, or the stress-ball keychain that's on a coworker's holiday list. What you will find are books. Lots of them—stacked every which way on the shelves and floor, in a sort of organized chaos reminiscent of a Magic Eye print. Call him old-fashioned, but that's what Andrew McKinley believes a bookstore should sell. He's been in business for nearly 25 years, and although the store has seen its ups and downs—as reported by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Mission Mission—guests still stop by to chat, ponder their pages, and attempt to build a blanket fort in a living-room area complete with potted trees, armchairs, and some well-worn rugs. Yet despite its laser focus on literary wonders, the shop does branch out. McKinley has always had a fondness for meeting people who strive to be creators, and as such has hosted a gathering spot for emerging visual and performance artists. The Backroom Gallery, which opened in 2001, has become a meeting place for local painters, writers, and musicians and hosts events such as art installations and poetry readings.
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    3166 16th St.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Mickey's Monkey
    Though monkey figurines dangle from its banana-yellow walls, Mickey’s Monkey holds décor fit for humans, too. Art, light fixtures, knick-knacks, antiques, and furniture fill Michael Kerry’s whimsical shop, which he opened after years in flea markets and street sales hawking the items he’d collected on international trips. The lightly used items in Mickey’s Monkey come with a slashed price tag, which may explain the shop’s popularity among young people setting up their first place or building the best blanket fort ever. Much of the furniture sits outside, drawing passersby into his shop filled with what Apartment Therapy called “a treasure trove of mostly vintage accessories for your home. Think grandma’s attic, only better.”
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    214 Pierce St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Therapy
    If you’ve just relocated to San Francisco and need an instantly furnished dwelling, or if you’re just looking to freshen up the living room with a focal point in the form of a rivet-studded ottoman, Therapy is the source. As one of ten locations around the Bay Area, the Valencia Street shop – two adjacent storefronts, really – carries everything from cowhide rugs to metal wall sculptures to hollow glass coffee tables. Nothing is muted and everything is style-forward, an ethos also found on the clothing side of things. An unequal ratio of women’s-to-men’s prevails, but stalwart San Franciscans of all genders know the keyword for looking good is “layers,” and this contemporary boutique has it all, from undershirts to oven mitts. Sunglasses and boots, bags and bracelets, there’s ordinary retail therapy and then there’s actual Therapy.
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    541 Valencia St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Aldea Design
    “I’d love to live naked but it’s cold outside” proclaims both a set of pillows and the general zeitgeist at Aldea Home. This spacious Valencia Street showroom is San Francisco’s graphically advanced answer to the middling stodginess of Pottery Barn or Bed, Bath and Beyond. Every facet of contemporary design, from wrapping paper to chandeliers, gets a fresh update for the current times. Framed woodcut contour maps of the Bay Area and Maui preside over entire bedroom sets made for people who won’t settle for an accent wall or a color splash. Aldea Home is for those who want every last piece of décor to embody a very specific vision for the home: bold tastes, accessorized.
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    890 Valencia Street
    San Francisco, CA US

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