Creative Souvenir: Design-Loving Details from San Francisco



Do you buy souvenirs when you travel?  As a kid, I loved finding souvenirs when we’d travel — that perfect little memento to take home and remember what we’d seen — but souvenir shopping as a decor obsessed designer has taken on a different spin. Simon and I both love to check out cool little shops wherever we are and these finds make for my favorite souvenirs. Candles, bedlinens, an interesting art print or a new set of pens are all things I love to pick up when we go exploring.

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In San Francisco, I had a list of shops I wanted to hit and most didn’t disappoint. There were a few surprises along the way, too, like the fun Minted shop near Union Square where I grabbed some gorgeous scissors and paper goods. I also picked up an art print of a San Francisco map that I had them ship back to me. It’ll be a fun addition to our gallery wall in the living room.

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I loved the way they arranged these bookshelves with the gallery wall floating in front.

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Another favorite was Hudson Grace which has the most beautiful tabletop and entertaining pieces. I obsessed over their matte black flatware and the large ceramic scallop footed bowls. I wish I’d ordered some of the flatware — it was so unique and unlike any other set I’ve seen before.

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Their colorful signature linens made me smile – how amazing would a rainbow tablescape be?

Colorful linen napkins at Hudson Grace San Francisco - www.pencilshavingsstudio.comhudson grace vase pencil shavings

Down the street is Serena & Lily which had a gorgeous display of abstract paintings and every possible sample of wallpaper and fabric that they offer. It’s a great little place to pop in and play around with color and patterns for a totally unique look.Their staff is the sweetest and remembered us from last time we popped in back in May.Serena & Lily shop in San Francisco - abstract gallery wall -

And we also popped into Caitlin Wilson‘s brand new storefront that opened the day before. Her husband greeted us and gave us the full tour – every last detail is gorgeous, and the rugs were super soft in person.Caitlin Wilson shop in San Francisco - Caitlin Wilson shop in San Francisco - Caitlin Wilson shop in San Francisco -

Someone on Instagram suggested hitting the Heath Ceramics factory, and after catching a glimpse of a few pieces at the Ferry Building, I did a little online hunting. As it turns out, Heath has a Sausalito location with an overstock shop of factory seconds. Score! I snapped up a few teacups and mugs for our morning routine and it was so great to explore their entire line of offerings (all that gorgeous tile is to die for).

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Check out this gorgeous copper bike at Shinola. I’ve never seen another one like it and their entire shop was full of beautiful things: leather goods, fun little journals and paper items, and some stunning customizable watches.shinola 1

Have you heard of Glassybaby? I had never seen these in person and so I was happy to stumble on them in the Ferry Building. These beautiful little handblown cups can be used as votives or as drinking glasses. They come in a color-happy array of hues and sizes.


Finally, one of our favorite stops was at Miette where I snapped up some of the most beautiful candy and treats. I mistakenly thought it was a bakery, which it is, but not the kind of place you’d go to eat a cupcake. We’re still happily noshing on hard candies.

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What are your favorite souvenirs when you travel? I’m going to tuck those photobooth snaps into my planner and frame the other set for Jude, I think…



with love,

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