Virtual Vacation – San Francisco

Welcome to week two of my virtual vacations or what should be called “Vacations That My Husband Would Rather Not Go On”.

It has been many years since I have been to San Francisco.  First on my list is the de Young Museum (clad in copper).

The Presidio is a former military post with Spanish, Mexican and American history, so the architecture is varied and fascinating.

The Presidio

In Golden Gate State Park, The Conservatory of Flowers looks like a great stop.  It’s filled with exotic plants and an interesting architectural history.

Conservatory of Flowers

The final museum that struck my fancy was the Wattis.  It seems to have some amazing exhibits including pop-culture and americana.

On to interior decor shopping.  First there is Gumps:


There are several to the trade companies that are based in San Francisco:

1. McGuire Furniture

2. Boyd Lighting

3. Kneedler Fauchere

A few more shops that look promising:

JAK Home


Where to Eat –


Michael Mina - I ate at Nob Hill in Las Vegas and all I can say is that I want more of this man's food. He has experiential dining figured out, beautiful understated design, impeccable staff and a simple delicious menu.

I am sure there are more dining hot spots, these are just two that would be at the top of my list.

Where to stay:

Hotel Frank - I have had this image in my files for a while. How much fun would this room be to stay in?


Hotel Frank

Clift Hotel - "The hotel reads like a page ripped from the surrealists’ manifesto: a desire to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality, the pairing of seemingly unrelated objects, and a desire to return to the innocence of childhood where a freewheeling, "down the rabbit hole" approach to life is embraced. Clift is Wonderland for the Jet Set." - I gotta see that!

Clift Hotel

Hope your holiday preparations are treating you well and that our little virtual vacation has left you refreshed!  What are your top stops in San Francisco?


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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One Response to Virtual Vacation – San Francisco

  1. Beryl says:

    Must have clam chowder & sourdough bread at Fisherman’s Wharf!

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