I discovered the SERENA AND LILY OUTLET on San Pablo Ave at Bancroft last Spring. I recently found a beautiful Bamboo hanging chair that I'm considering hanging in my living room, but would be perfect for any of my clients' gardens. It is important to relax in a garden, even though I rarely point this out in Cutting Back (garden memoirs tend to be pretty active). I can't use any other sheets once I purchased (at a reasonable price for the quality) a set of Serena Outlet sheets, and not just because they are plaid, since those of you who know me, know that I am addicted to plaid (I like to think due to my Scottish-maternal lineage). I love popping into the shop, which always has something different given it is the outlet for the main store. I'm transfixed by their bamboo/wicker items, modern print rugs (got one of those) and many items with a style which echos nature. Sometimes I just like to look at design shops to get ideas for the future, or just to look at something beautiful, designed by a craftsperson. Even if you just "like to look," I highly recommend them for Bay Area locals, and out-of-town visitors! The store is near 4th Street Shopping, and quite near "VICS" fantastic Indian food for lunch, and the Oaktown native plant nursery, both at Channing and 4th Street. Sammy is posing on one of their sheets for you! They are my choice community store of the month.
If you'd like to see more of my favorite Bay Area stores which feature nature on Facebook: #firstofmonthcommunityfirst.