We love our office–it’s light, bright, and filled with our fellow creative colleagues. But the best thing about our space might just be the surrounding neighborhood (especially for those of us in the design world). We are just 4 blocks from San Pablo Avenue, which offers an unusual mix of cafes, international markets, bars, and . . . great places to find unique items for your home.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind lighting, there are two stores that should be musts on your shopping list. Omega Lighting Design offers a great selection of historical fixtures just right for the Bay Area’s Arts & Crafts bungalows and Victorians. But my favorite fixtures are the ones they create, combining old industrial parts and household objects with modern globes and light bulbs.

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 An old birdcage becomes a pendant light!

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A license plate transformed into a sconce!

A bit further down the street is Metro Lighting, which offers original designs inspired and informed by Arts Nouveau and Craftsman aesthetics–but with a modern edge.

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The Acorn 4-Arm Chandelier from Metro

Keep going down San Pablo and you’ll see Ohmega Salvage, which occupies space on both sides of the street. This place is a treasure-hunter’s fantasy. If you have the patience and a good eye, you can find just the right tub, sink or cabinet for your renovation. You might also discover an old street sign or wrought iron gate–you never know!

To discover one-of-a-kind upholstered chairs and fun refurbished furniture, check out Mignonne Decor. The team at Mignonne sells their unique designs and will also help you reimagine an old table, desk or sofa.

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Just a sampling of the colorful furniture you can find at Mignonne.

Your trip down San Pablo cannot end without visiting Ecohome Improvement. Everything you find here–from flooring, to kitchen cabinets, to paint, to tile, has a green bent to it. We love it for one-stop shopping, since you can literally renovate your entire home through Ecohome. They have a design showroom next to the retail store so you can see all the beautiful materials for yourself.


We could keep going–there are other treasures to be found on San Pablo and the surrounding streets. And of course, 4th Street is just blocks away. We feel lucky to be working among all this design greatness!

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