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Despite my boyfriend’s protests, I’m actually a pretty crafty person.

My tendency to dive headfirst into DIY projects stems mostly from my semi-OCD personality and my need to “nest.”  (i.e. deciding to paint our entire apartment by myself within a week of moving in. It really does look so much better…)

Recently, I found a ton of extra wallpaper samples at California Homes. They’re really gorgeous and different, by the amazing Tracy Kendall (sold through Ted Boerner). I recommend checking out her site. She has everything from massive prints of feathers to puzzle pieces hanging off your wall. (It sounds scary but I promise it’s genius).

Anyways, samples like these were too good to put to waste. Since our walls are currently barren, I decided to frame them for the bedroom.

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They really are like art after all.

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I’m putting this sketch my sister did in the middle. My sister is an amazing artist, and she did this sketch without even thinking, while watching TV one day. I love it the roughness of it.

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I’ll put up a photo when we finally hang these guys up!

Earlier this week, I had to drop the BF off in the Mission for an interview/coffee date at Haus. Instead of trekking all the way back to the North End of the city, I decided to park  it and wander until he was done.

Best. Decision. Ever.

I found lots of little treasures. So I decided to make my list of….

Things I like right now:

1. Dog Eared Books

900 Valencia (at 20th)

www.dogearedbooks.com

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My favorite part about this used bookstore was its little make-shift mural/homage to artists who have passed away on the front window. All of the drawings are done by a local artist, Veronica De Jesus.

I love the look of each drawing, and the feel that they give to the store. Like many things in the Mission, there’s a subtle but important appreciation for the arts.

2. The Curiosity Shoppe

855 Valencia (between 19th and 20th)

www.curiosityshoppeonline.com/

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No explanation needed. This store is great.

Highly recommend following them on Twitter (@cshoppe)

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3. X 21 Modern

890 Valencia (at 20th)

www.x21modern.com/

(note, all photos are from X 21 Modern’s sample products on its site. I was WAY too distracted in here to take pictures…)

Once the boy was done with his interview (which  went GREAT btw) we happened upon this gem. Exploring this place was definitely the highlight of my day…I could’ve spent hours in here.

Yes. It is a helicopter seat. Covered in pony. Amazing.

Yes. It is a helicopter seat. Covered in pony. Amazing.

The selection of vintage house goods/decorations is absolutely amazing. If I wasn’t dirt poor, I could’ve easily spent my entire income here. Refurnished chairs from the 50’s, retro leather couches, giant clocks, art deco posters, vintage lamps…I could go on forever.

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The owners are great too. The guy helping us had a pretty snappy personality, and didn’t care that we just wanted to wander and probably wouldn’t buy anything. They didn’t even give us a bad time to head out when they closed the doors at six.

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My favorite item? A set of old-school lockers straight out of a 1950s locker room. I would’ve killed to be able to put that in my living room…

Once I’m rich and famous (or just rich), I’m definitely heading back here.