Five years ago we bought an old house in San Francisco with a fig tree. We tore the walls down but kept the tree. Months turned into years - very cold years - but we are finally putting the house back together. Thanks for visiting.

design

Tara’s 9 tips for creating a garden you can be proud of

Joe and I have been thinking about what we'd like to do with our very big and painfully overgrown yard. Do we want a modern shed, an entertaining area, a vegetable garden, a place to compost, maybe even some grapes (this is Northern California afterall)...

sunset house

Welcome to 2008 everyone. We took an unexpected hiatus from posting to the blog, mostly because we've both been so busy with our respective jobs and not doing much with the house. We're back up and running now so check back for new posts every week...

Inhabitat holiday party tonight…

Inhabitat.com is one of my favorite blogs about sustainability in architecture and home design. Joe and I are headed to their holiday party tonight. If you’re in San Francisco, there’s still time to RSVP. If you’re not SF, at least you can read the blog. It’s an excellent resource. More about the party here.

tiny-renovation, even tinier budget

Here is a great article in the NY Times about a truly tiny renovation both regarding the square footage and the budget...

decorating without walls

As you may have noticed there hasn't been much renovating going on at house & fig. Things are moving slowly here (believe me, we're just as disappointed as you are)...

‘scientific-industrial’ architecture in Bernal Heights

Joe and I have officially begun the design phase of our project, which means we're looking for other renovation projects that catch our eye, rummaging through our stack of old Dwell magazines, and soon Joe will be throwing our current layout...

beard cap keeps you warm while renovating

I first saw the beard cap in Dwell this month, then saw it in person at the Curiosity Shoppe in the Mission and it seems to be on everyone's blog..

nordic modernism and sustainability in the 1930′s

Good quality, local materials, and economical production, make up modern-day criteria for sustainable design. In the 1930's, the beloved Finnish architect and designer, Alver Aalto was just applying a common-sense approach to his company and their designs...

better bedding for your little ones…

Toss out the hello kitty and spongeBob sheets on your child's bed and opt for these vintage-inspired linens by Boodalee...

modern gardening with flora grubb

Joe and are lucky to live about a mile from Flora Grubb Gardens. We've been there about five times since they opened earlier this summer and it's well worth the visit; if not for the inspiring design of both the gardens and the architecture, go for the coffee.