Jean Larette’s San Francisco
One of the most popular design posts on Zavvi Rodaine is a contemporary farmhouse that JEAN LARETTE transformed a few years ago. Hitting all the right notes for life in Napa Valley, Jean designed a modern and peaceful living space that would have been at home in any Nancy Meyers film, so it’s not surprising that Jean started her design career in Hollywood.
Before opening her own firm in 1998, Jean worked in production and set design for movies like Basic Instinct and Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai. Most recently she served as design consultant for Hallmark Channel’s Be My Valentine starring Billy Baldwin.
As one of San Francisco’s most highly regarded tastemakers, of course I had to ask Jean to share what she loves most about her hometown.
TRULY UNIQUE SAN FRANCISCO EXPERIENCES
I love taking the ten minute ferry ride from Tiburon to the historic Angel Island where you can rent bikes or hike along the trail which circles the island. You can picnic along the shore and enjoy magnificent views of the city from morning until dusk.
A morning hike beginning at Tennessee Valley Road in Mill Valley brings you to the rocky shore of the Pacific Ocean is always a great way to start your weekend.
WHERE TO EAT
The recently opened Saison was just awarded 4 stars for their cuisine and is a 20 course price fixed wonder. The menu is hand written each day and full of surprises. Be sure to indulge in one of their signature cocktails at the bar.
Foreign Cinema in the Mission district has one of the best private rooms in town which is actually an art gallery by day. I have hosted parties in the space with one long table that easily accommodates 40 guests. There is always an interesting film running on the wall outside and the crowd is lively and colorful.
I love the Presidio Social Club set inside the grounds of the historic Presidio. The American style menu is delicious and the setting is a trendy, updated cabin.
WHERE TO SLEEP
I like staying at the Hotel Vitale located across the street from the Ferry Building with beautiful bay views. It has a great spa and lively bar scene at the Americana restaurant with outdoor seating in the summer.
WHERE TO SHOP
I like Hayes Valley which has great one of a kind boutiques and galleries. There are casual restaurants with outdoor seating and bakeries with fresh treats all along Hayes Street.
Valencia Street in the Mission District has great mid century furniture shops, a million coffee house and cool book stores. It is definitely a worth spending an entire afternoon exploring.
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