Dave's Faves

Found 10 blog entries about Dave's Faves.

Our Local Luminary this month is Interior Designer Lauren Lee, Principal of InSite Design. 

How long have you been in business? 
My business partner Audrey Tse and I created inSite in 2001.

Describe your design style? 
I like many looks from very contemporary to traditional to regional design styles.  No matter what the design look is, I always design towards creating a sensible functional layout and a comfortable living environment.

What was your favorite aspect of designing the Cambrian property? 
The property has great light and I wanted to capture and enhance that throughout the interior, so using a very natural, soothing palette was very fun to create. 

One of my favorite elements of the project is that we incorporated the actual cleared

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Having JUST LISTED this absolutely adorable cottage off of Piedmont Ave., it inspired me to create a list of my favorite venues on one of Oakland's best shopping and dining neighborhoods. But first, let me tell you about this little gem with a 96 Walkscore. 4329 Howe is the perfect pied-à-terre, and a great condo alternative. This lovely little home boasts a fabulous floorplan and well-proportioned living and dining rooms with corner fireplace. The country kitchen with classic gas Wedgewood stove flows onto the level-out patio & gardens for evenings of relaxation and play. With a new furnace, updated plumbing, new water main and sewer lateral with compliance certificate, this home is now looking for its perfect mate, could it be you? Stop by one of my

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Looking for something fun and interesting to do tonight? If you haven't already experienced it, you should check out Oakland's Art Murmur / First Friday event. While these are 2 separate events, they take place every First Friday of the month from 6-9pm. Art Murmur hosts an evening art walk featuring arts and mixed-use venues collectively open to the public. Plan your visit to some of the 50+ venues using their Google map, which you can save to your phone. Wander from gallery to gallery, taking in the latest exhibitions and meeting artists. And if you can't make it out tonight or don't like the crowds, a nice alternative to First Friday is Saturday Stroll, where all the same galleries are open from 1-5p and is a lovely way to spend a…
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Looking for some fun and unusual things to do with the family during the Holiday Season? The Bay Area has a wealth of interesting, kid-friendly activities and events throughout December and January! We pored over the lists of options and have come up with our own Top 10 List of fun Holiday Activities for you:

  1.   Bay Area Discovery Museum - Meet two LIVE reindeer
    Come see Snowflake and Blizzard (friends of Rudolph’s) and learn all about what they like to eat (besides carrots!), where they migrate when they’re not delivering toys, and how they survive in the cold.
    When: This Sat/Sun, Dec. 16-17 and Sat. Dec. 23 
    Where: Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    For more information: click here

  2.   Lighted Boat Parade - San Francisco  
    This is the oldest
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 6466 Hollis Street #245, Emeryville, CA 94608. $699,000
6466 Hollis Street #245, Emeryville, CA 94608. $699,000
Spacious, three level top-floor, corner unit in the Glashaus condominium complex, located in the heart of Emeryville. This spectacular property offers ideal separation of space starting with an office or lounge level that would be ideal for home office or theater, followed by a light-filled open kitchen and entertaining level with walls of glass and vaulted ceilings. The top floor is dedicated to bedrooms, including a master suite and laundry closet with washer and dryer.  Sleek, modern finishes, walls of glass offering dazzling urban views, and elements of industrial chic, such as the timber and steel staircase, have been tastefully blended with

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1475 E. 38th Street, Oakland, CA 94602 in the wonderful Glenview neighborhood

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This renovated 1910 Glenview Craftsman home has been tastefully updated for the modern lifestyle. As you approach, you are warmly greeted by a friendly covered porch perfect for evening visits. Positioned slightly higher than street level, the home maintains fabulous privacy, and as you walk through the front door, eyes are drawn to the lovely vintage fireplace anchoring the open living area.

A versatile den space separates the living room from the kitchen and offers the flexibility to be used as den, office, or for formal dining. The spacious eat-in kitchen with stainless appliances has been designed for flow and function. Recently expanded upon, it

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East Bay Parks to ExploreIn an effort to promote a healthier lifestyle and to see the fantastic public parks that the East Bay Regional Park District maintains, this edition of Dave’s Faves focuses on some of the local parks that my family, friends and I love to spend time exploring and visiting.

Offering a variety of activities, trails and adventures, our local parks provide a fantastic opportunity to get out and explore the natural surroundings that make our particular part of the world so special. Unplug and unwind free from the hustle and bustle of the city and the electronic devices we rely on so much and get out there and discover the natural wonders in our own backyard.

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

Originally called Round Top Park, Sibley Volcanic Regional

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For this edition of Dave’s Faves, we’d like to focus on five of our favorite art galleries in the East Bay that promote local artists as well showcase fine arts and artists from all over the country and the world.

One of the best ways to spruce up a new home, or revitalize an existing tired space, is with a unique and decorative piece of art. Whether your tastes lean toward contemporary or modern, oil and canvas or steel and stone, by visiting some of the fantastic galleries here in the East Bay, you’re sure to find that one unique piece that stirs up a variety of emotions and speaks to your inner artist.

Oakland Art Galleries Contemporary PaintingSLATE Contemporary, located in Uptown Oakland, presents emerging and established artists in a formal and, as the name would imply, contemporary

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Our first entry for Dave’s Faves focuses on five area restaurants that my family, friends and I think are worth checking out. From a fantastic bakery to a family restaurant, a French bistro to a Philadelphia favorite, the East Bay has it all and then some!

The following five picks can all be found within a few minutes of each other along Lakeshore Avenue, in the community of Grand-Lakeshore beside Crocker Highlands and Piedmont, and are perfect for satisfying those hunger pangs after a day’s stroll along the avenue, or an evening escape from the home kitchen.


Our first stop on Lakeshore’s culinary cruise takes us to Shakewell for a family friendly and Mediterranean influenced dining delight. Featuring a wide variety of favorites from

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As you’ll find in the about section of my website, my family and I have been longtime residents of the Oakland area, specifically the neighborhood of Crocker Highlands. As residents of this fantastic community, we continue to have the privilege of enjoying some of the best local businesses, fantastic family friendly activities and world class recreation that the area has to offer.

Every so often, I’ll be spotlighting some of mine and my family’s favorite places, things to do and places to visit in the East Bay area that we’re going to call “Dave’s Faves”!

Whether it’s a focus on a new restaurant we’ve discovered, an art gallery opening or a school or community event that we’re eager to see and be a part of, we’ll be updating this section of the blog

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