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Home is where the heart is.

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Correction: home is where you feel comfortable straying from the norm and not caring about what others think. Continue reading

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Love is in the urban air

The amount of talent in this city is mind-blowing. And nowhere is this more evident than here — a vibrant gathering of local artists and designers.

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Several times a year, the Urban Air Market brings together local talent in the San Francisco Bay Area to showcase and sell their wares and promote all the really cool, responsible, and sustainable stuff they’re doing.

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Your iPhone was influenced by this house

I’m geeking out, but not on gadgets.

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A movie about one of Silicon Valley’s most iconic figures opens today. Although I read his biography, I’m surprisingly not that interested in seeing the movie. I am, however, very interested in writing about the house he grew up in because it had a significant influence on his preference for minimalism and clean aesthetics. If you own any Apple products, you’ll be fascinated by this.

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H&M Home vs Zara Home

Online shopping just became a teeny bit more dangerous.

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My love for H&M dates back to the 80’s when I made a trip to London with my family for the very first time. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I still carry a torch for the retailer today. And now, they are bringing home decor to the mix by launching H&M Home, making it more difficult for me to deny my feelings for them.

I suspect that the move was made to compete for market share in the lucrative space with another global retail giant that I fell in love with when I spent a significant amount of time in Europe during the early millennium. Continue reading

Finding ideas and resources online: home improvement gets social

More and more people are turning to the Web for ideas on how to improve their homes. It seems like there’s a new start-up each week that’s trying to connect homeowners to contractors and other homeowners so everyone can get inspired, spread ideas, and share stories. I get it. It’s a hot space.

Since I’ve spent many years working for various Internet companies, I thought I’d do a little comparison on a couple that seem hot right now, and also introduce some of the ones that are hoping to join them. Continue reading

Snippets from the Southwest

My guest blogger today is none other than my brother, Ming. I can’t tell you how excited I am for him to be contributing to my blog. Aside from the fact that we share the same mom and dad, I think he’s a pretty fab writer and his vast knowledge of the world exceeds that of anyone else I know. He just returned from an eye-opening road trip around the American Southwest and shares some of his thoughts and images about its unique architectural history. Enjoy! 

It’s a hot Sunday afternoon in Mesa Verde, Colorado and I’m standing among the ruins of Long House, the last of several ancient cliff dwellings that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting over the last couple of days in this amazing national park. Continue reading