Author: Photographs by Aubrie Pick

In November 2013 when we began work on the first issue of SFC&G, we decided to title it “A Sense of Place” to convey our mission of capturing the special geographic and artistic character of San Francisco. Little did we know the journey that lay ahead.

The husband and wife, who began acquiring art together 13 years ago, recently completed a new guest residence to house not only a regular rotation of creative guests, friends and family, but a superb collection of figurative work.

The husband and wife, who began acquiring art together 13 years ago, recently completed a new guest residence to house not only a regular rotation of creative guests, friends and family, but a superb collection of figurative work.

Like her luxury women's wear collection, Lan Jaenicke's Pacific Heights home is all about quiet elegance.

In their first collaboration, designer Lauren Nelson and architect Stephen Sutro balanced the high contrast glamour of French interior design with California's casual sensibility.

The boutique mixes Victorian with Art Deco, goth with mysticism, and tough with tender, showcasing handcrafted pieces, an exquisite selection of vintage and antique items, and collections by independent artists.

It was the lush, expansive landscape that first drew the current owners to the ivy-covered Tudor, but the interiors needed a contemporary refresh to support their young family.

Inveterate traveler and interior designer Maja Lithander Smith brought her wanderlust-infused design approach to her own home.

BAMO and Martin Group design the public spaces in the Ronald McDonald House Stanford's expansion: the family kitchen, entry lobby and great room.

The worlds of fashion and interior design have always thrived on mutual inspiration. Anaïse owner Renee Friedrich has brought that experience to life.

Goods range from antiques found around the world to his eponymous new line of Italian-made leather bags and accessories.

In the hands of Llane Alexis, the age-old craft of braiding has been reimagined, yielding artful, one-of-a-kind objects. While the method may be familiar, his applications are unexpected and a testament to his ingenuity. Functional art is one category of Alexis’ work.

One of the Bay Area’s most respected exhibition designers, Ted Cohen has been creating inspired museum, gallery and private art environments for more than 56 years. He has designed hundreds of shows for institutions across the country, from the Oakland Museum—where he was an in-house exhibition designer for more than 26 years—to the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design) in New York. In 2000, the American Craft Council named him an Honorary Fellow, a distinction awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the crafts in America.

Tucked into a serene, wooded enclave, a quietly grand Atherton residence embodies Coco Chanel’s maxim: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” The home’s minimal, elegant interiors, created by San Francisco designer Matthew Leverone, unfold in tranquil colors, simple lines and refined details.

Tucked into a serene, wooded enclave, a quietly grand Atherton residence embodies Coco Chanel’s maxim: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” The home’s minimal, elegant interiors, created by San Francisco designer Matthew Leverone, unfold in tranquil colors, simple lines and refined details.

Noted architects and designers—Michael Merrill, Geoffry De Sousa, Alden Miller, ODADA, Nicole Hollis and Decorist—transform six bay area bathrooms from ho-hum spaces into innovative spa retreats. Awash in modern style, palettes of white, black, gray and beige create seamless connections to San Francisco’s foggy skyline. Marked by craftsmanship, the spaces include materials by such manufacturers as Caesarstone, Waterworks, Kohler, Hansgrohe and Duravit.

After stints living in Japan and on the East Coast, Roth Martin was “ready to call San Francisco home again,” says the native of the City by the Bay. For his maiden real estate purchase, he didn’t buy just any home.