Magazine article Sunset

Shop These Streets: Three Cities, Three Streets, and Three Distinct Styles for Your Home

Magazine article Sunset

Shop These Streets: Three Cities, Three Streets, and Three Distinct Styles for Your Home

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Retro cool in San Diego

For accessible modem design, walk down Kettner in Little Italy

1 | Mixture A sunny loft space offering large-scale contemporary furniture--such as a curved sectional with a chaise that looks like a cushioned slide, or a Moooi lamp, its shade atop a lifesize black horse. Can't fit that into your carry-on? Choose from books, colorful tea towels, and tableware. Closed Mon; 2210 Kettner Blvd., mixturehome.com

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2 | Architectural Salvage The gently musty aroma in this 5,000-squarefoot treasure trove will quicken the pulse of any This Old House fan. Piles of drawer pulls and house numbers beckon, though you can also take home entire doors or windows--or maybe just some soda-pop signs from the 1950s. 2401 Kettner Blvd.; architecturalsalvagesd.com

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3 | Boomerang for Modern set in tight spaces, the couches, tables, and chairs by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames are displayed on a scale that makes it easy to imagine them at home. Closed Sun; 2475 Kettner Blvd.; boomerang formodern.com or 613/239-2040.

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4 | Subtext Gallery The gallery-plus-store's aesthetic runs from pop surrealist to lowbrow, but is always affordable. In a mix of photography, illustration, and graphic design, the sweet spot is limited-edition silk-screen prints ($40-$100). Open by appointment; 2479 Kettner Blvd.; subtextgallery.com or 619/546-8800.

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5 | Klassik The midcentury couches and club chairs at this vintage furniture and accessories shop look trim but feel solid. Many have been reupholstered in deep reds and earth tones, and are so comfy you'll wish you'd brought a book. 989 W. Kalmia St.; klassikdesign.com or 619/640-6995. -KATRINA BROWN HUNT

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+ while you are there

EAT There's not a red-checkered tablecloth in sight at airy Bencotto, run by transplants from Milan and Modena. Choose from eight sauces (such as spicy pancetta) and homemade pastas. $$; 750 W. Fir St.; 619/450-4786.

STAY Porto Vista welcomes pets and holds yoga classes on the roof. But the boutique hotel also embraces a kind of '60s Bond-girl lifestyle, with black-and-white photo murals to illustrate. From $99; portovistasd.com

ANDREA GOMEZ ROMERO (5)

Cowboy mod in Santa Fe

For kitsch-free Southwest style, look to the Pacheco Park complex

1 | Victoria Price The daughter of actor Vincent, Price blends contemporary furnishings with a traditional Southwest vernacular. Look for the work of locals Sherry Stein, who sews sturdy canvas workbags, and Yuki Murata, creator of minimalist tableware. Suite B102; victoriaprice.com or 505/982-8632.

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2 | Form + Function At Santa Fe's go-to lighting source, don't miss the Japanese-paper sconces from Jacqueline Mallegni--who makes her ethereal lights using rattan and willow from Abiquiu--or the tapers in saturated shades like pumpkin and seafoam. Suite A101; formplusfunction.com or 505/820-7872.

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3 | Santa Fe Modern

Wide planks set off furniture pieces like an armchair made from Plexiglas and driftwood (surprisingly comfortable). Black-and-white horses gallop by on the walls, compliments of local photographer Tony Stromberg. Closed Sat-Sun; Suite A105; santafemodern.com or 505/ 992-0505.

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4 | Four What happens when four artists, designers, and antiques dealers join forces? An eclectic mix of old and new, from 100-year-old Persian rugs to sleek leather handbags from Colombia. Coolest find: a super-soft felt throw of churro wool made in the high desert north of town. …

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