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Interior designer opens store and studio in Larkspur

Westward Home in Larkspur features vintage Swedish dining chairs, Japanese wood flower dishes, hand-woven Turkish towels and much more.

Need a little help dressing up your home?

Interior designer Sasha Lanka has opened Westward Home, her interior design studio and home décor shop, in Larkspur and online.

There are sets of vintage Swedish dining chairs and a French industrial bench, hand turned wooden bowls, Japanese wood flower dishes, sea grass-clad beverage glasses and pitcher, hand towels, chambray or gingham napkins, handwoven Turkish towels, linen sheet sets or duvet sets in neutral shades, pillows, throw blankets, candles, rugs, books and wall décor.

Courtesy of Sasha Lanka

Interior designer Sasha Lanka has opened Westward Home, her interior design studio and home décor shop, in Larkspur and online.

For the garden, there are aged terracotta pots and saucers, a rush floor mat or trug, and a Peter Rabbit-style watering can with  two helpful handles and a long spout.

Lanka, who has worked with respected design industry professionals such as Jeffrey Bilhuber, Scott Mitchell and Charles de Lisle, is interested in helping customers with a quick makeover or full scale remodel, according to her website,

Westward Home is  at 270 Magnolia Ave. in Larkspur. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 415-830-6044 or go to

SF Design Week

Local design aficionados welcome the return of San Francisco Design Week beginning June 20 with more than 350 events taking place across the Bay Area.

This celebration highlights San Francisco as the “world’s most influential design center and offers visitors an opportunity to engage with the region’s thriving design industry”, according to a press statement that was recently released.

“San Francisco is the innovation capital of the world,” says Dawn Zidonis, executive director of San Francisco Design Week. “Powerful ideas have taken root from the region’s nimble start-ups to become global phenomena, affecting the daily lives of billions of people across the world.

“Designers are often key participants, either as entrepreneurial partners, or as problem-solvers, bringing high value to a business concept. San Francisco Design Week offers a rare window into the future.”

The event is organized by AIGA San Francisco, the professional association for design in partnership with several industry organizations.

Its theme, this year, is “CommUNITY” which highlights the dynamism of collaborations among creative professionals.

The “Design Hub,” a 5,000 square-foot exhibit space on Pier 27 Cruise Terminal, will host many activities, including the opening night reception, design talks, installations and exhibitions during the first two days of the festival.  It is free and open to public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 20 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21. The opening night party is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 20. Tickets are $25 and $150.

A calendar of events taking place of events at design studios, museums, shops, restaurants, and pop-up locations, in San Francisco, the East Bay and Silicon Valley is available online.

For example, there’s a “Coffee & Color Trends with Paintzen” talk; a Studio Crawl of North Beach, Polk St., Financial District and SoMa; a talk on “Designing and Building for the Bay Area’s Challenging Sites; a Pret-A-Porter SF fashion show; and Smart Tips for Kitchen and Bath Design and Remodeling among many other activities.

There’s one Marin event, “Erica Tanov: Inside her creative process, her vision, her community”. that will be from noon to 1 p.m. June 25 at Henrybuilt at 356 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley.  Tickets cost $12.49 and are available online.

SFDW is open to the public but most events are ticketed. Individual tickets range from $10 to $30, and half- or full-day workshops range from $80 to $300.

Details: The San Francisco Design Week is from June 20 through 28 at various locations. The two-day Design Hub is free; admission for other events vary. For more information, call 415-626-6008 or go to

Don’t-miss events

• Grow spectacular indoor or outdoor tropical plants with tips at a free class at Armstrong Garden Center from 9 to 10 a.m. June 22 at 1430 S. Novato Blvd. in Novato. Call 415-878-0493 or go to

• Local bee experts will teach guests of all ages about bees and beekeeping using samples of equipment, observation hives, frame combs and more at Sloat Garden Center’s Beekeeping 101 seminar at 11 am. July 6 at 2000 Novato Blvd. in Novato (415- 897-2169), 11 a.m. July 13 at 700 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Kentfield (415-454-0262) and 2 pm. July 13 at 401 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley (415-388-0365). Admission is $10 or free for members. Go to

• Take advantage of summer’s bounty and learn how to make your own fermented vegetables following a lecture, a fermented vegetable tasting, and a make-and-take jar of vegetables and spices from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 7 at Preserved at 5032 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland. Admission is $50. Register at Call 510-922-8434.

PJ Bremier writes on home, garden, design and entertaining topics every Saturday and also on her blog at She may be contacted at P.O. Box 412, Kentfield 94914, or at 

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