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HOME + GARDEN + DESIGN

 

Dave Adams

 

BEST VINTAGE STUFF
Before Pottery Barn opened its new teen store in Roseville this past summer, the company's design team headed to BUNGALOW VINTAGE LIVING in Fair Oaks and scooped up all manner of things for use as props: vintage luggage, an airplane propeller, books, an antique globe, light fixtures. "They came in three days in a row," says owner Kim Panighetti. No wonder: The 2,000-square-foot store is chockablock with beautiful old things that Panighetti and her partner, Sue Parish, source on shopping trips throughout the Midwest and Pacific Northwest— jewelry, furniture, urns, statuary, candles, dishware, chandeliers and more. Pottery Barn isn't alone in its affection for this chic store; designers for the Restoration Hardware catalog also shop here. 10139 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks; (916) 967-7000; bungalowvintage.blogspot.com

BEST WAY TO BUY ART AFFORDABLY
You'd love to own an original piece of art by Gregory Kondos, but you can't afford it, right? Wrong. Every May, the Crocker Art Museum holds BIG NAMES, SMALL ART, a silent auction of small artworks (12 by 12 inches or less) by such notables as Eric Dahlin, Pat Mahony, Tony Natsoulas, Maija Peeples-Bright, Mark Bowles and, yes, the great Kondos himself. Earlier this year, auction goers snapped up original works for as little as $35. Even Lial Jones, director of the Crocker, bids at the auction. "It's one of my favorite events," she says. "It democratizes the process of acquiring art." Mark your calendar: Next year's event takes place May 30. crockerartmuseum.org

BEST PLACE FOR MIDCENTURY FURNITURE
Hipsters looking to score an Eames chair or Danish modern settee should make a beeline for SCHIFF'S ESTATE SALE BUILDING in North Sac. Owner Gary Schiff liquidates estates, selling everything from jewelry and collectibles to furniture, much of it from the "Mad Men" era. In addition to running the store, Schiff also holds estate sales at homes throughout the region. Get on his email list and you'll receive advance notice of sales, so you can stake your claim to that pink dinette set you've always wanted. 1309 Del Paso Blvd.; (916) 206-4458; estatesalebuilding.com

BEST BACKDROP FOR YOUR RUBBER DUCKY
One look at furniture designer RICK CRANDALL'S CUSTOM BATHTUB CREATIONS and you realize this ain't your grandma's claw-foot tub. Crandall used thousands of pieces of broken stone and aquarium-quality silicone adhesive to take a standard 6-foot tub from functional to conversation piece. Forged metal legs and fixtures complement the design, which easily is cleaned with a bristle brush and standard bathtub cleanser. Looking for something more rustic? His river-rock tub is 6 feet long, holds up to 72 gallons of water and recreates the sensation of a summertime dip in a clear lake, with its earth tones and mudlike exterior. Prices for these designs start at $10,000, but if they don't fit your décor, Crandall will help you come up with something special. Your rubber ducky never had it so good. 1ofakindbydesign.com

BEST ECO-FRIENDLY DORM
Davis has long been an eco-friendly enclave, but the recent opening of UC DAVIS WEST VILLAGE takes it up a couple of notches. Photovoltaic panels and waste-to-energy biodigesters, combined with energy-efficient housing design and on-site drainage, are incorporated to make the community produce as much energy as it consumes. Currently housing more than 800 students in two apartment complexes, the zero-net-energy community also will include single-family homes for purchase. A village square, recreation center, retail and office space, plus the new home for Sacramento City College's Davis campus, round out the new development. UC Davis associate professor of landscape architecture Stephen Wheeler, who has written case studies on the West Village project, says it's getting Davis some attention on a national level. "We want our town to be known for being on the cutting edge environmentally," says Wheeler. "This fits pretty well into that vision."

 

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