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Victoria Smith, blogger / designer

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Designers, Slider, Stylists, Uncategorized, Writers | 0 comments

Meet Victoria Smith, creator and editor of sfgirlbybay, one of the most successful design blogs in the world. Half a million readers visit her site each month, and the same number of people follow her on Pinterest. Read on to learn how she turned a hobby into her career, and follow her on twitter @sfgirlbybay.

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Janna Lufkin, stylist and entrepreneur

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Designers, Entrepreneurs, Slider | 0 comments

Meet Janna Lufkin, a photo stylist for national magazines and catalogues who built her company, Raw Materials Design, around the notion that simple design is timeless, and “Made in America” is more than a nice idea. Follow her on Pinterest or check out her blog,

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Erin Gates, designer/blogger

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Designers, Slider, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Meet Erin Gates, the designer who's made a name for herself around the world with her wildly popular blog, Elements of Style. When she's not revamping other people's houses--or renovating her own--she's connecting with loyal followers on everything from fashion trends to decorating advice. Oh--and she's writing a book in all her spare time. Check out her blog or follow her on Twitter @elementsofstyle.

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Erika McPherson Powell, designer

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Designers, Slider | 0 comments

Erika Powell is one of the most talked about designers of the moment. Her design firm, Urban Grace Interiors, has been heralded by countless publications, from Traditional Home and Coastal Living to The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. Follow her wildly popular blog, or be inspired by her lovingly curated Pinterest boards, or check out her flawless work at

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Raili Clasen, designer / entrepreneur

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Designers, Entrepreneurs, Slider, Uncategorized | 1 comment

She made a name for herself in California's surf industry, blazing trails at Quiksilver and launching Roxy with wild success. A VP at Paul Frank before starting Alice Supply Co., Raili Clasen recently moved beyond fashion design--and into home design. Flipping houses gave her an outlet for testing her skills, and now she has a roster of clients and the energy of a kid who just rode the perfect wave.

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Jonathan Rachman, designer

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Designers, Slider | 3 comments

Born in Sumatra and educated in Switzerland, Jonathan Rachman’s international story landed him in San Francisco, where his entrepreneurial spirit came alive. A designer who has fashioned all kinds of interiors—from city apartments and penthouses to wine country estates and urban hotels—Jonathan admits that saying goodbye to corporate America was the best risk he ever took. Check out his work at and browse a few of his favorite treasures at Second Shout Out.

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Grant K. Gibson, interior designer

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Designers, Slider | 3 comments

Meet Grant K. Gibson, one of the rising stars of interior design, who’s garnered praise from magazine editors across the country, built a clientele from Palm Beach and New York to Carmel and San Francisco, and attracted a huge following of devoted fans via his popular blog. Follow him on twitter @grantkgibson, or check out his design work and blog,

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