What’s Happening Around the Bay | October 2017

October 1, 2017
Don’t miss the 10th Annual Oaktoberfest, Oakland’s Family-Friendly Craft Beer Festival, in the Diamond District. Enjoy free admission, family friendly fun, live performances and more between Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. Learn More

AT&T Moon Festival
October 1, 2017
Experience the 27th Annual AT&T Autumn Moon Festival, presented by the Chinatown Merchants Association. Enjoy cultural exhibits, food, non-stop entertainment, attractions, arts and crafts booths, children’s activities and more. Learn More








San Francisco Fleet Week
October 1-9, 2017
Enjoy San Francisco Fleet Week in the skies above the San Francisco waterfront, this annual air show attracts over a million people from around the Bay, featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels and Canadian Snowbirds. Learn More

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
October 6-8, 2017
Celebrate local food, wine and beer at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair celebrating the region’s culinary arts, premium wines and micro brews from the region and enjoy the World Championship Grape Stomp. Learn More








Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival
October 6-8, 2017
Experience over a dozen bluegrass bands and solo acts at the Bay Area’s most celebrated jazz-meets-country music festival, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Learn More

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival
October 14, 2017
Enjoy the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival in the World Pumpkin Capital on historic Main Street. The season’s signature event, draws visitors from all around featuring your pick of the perfect pumpkin. Learn More









Danville Fall Craft Festival
October 21, 2017
The Danville Chamber of Commerce presents the Danville Fall Festival featuring family-friendly special events and entertainment including the annual Children’s Costume Parade and free admission for all. Learn More

Day of the Dead Celebration
October 22, 2017
Join the Oakland Museum of California for the 23rd annual community celebration honoring Day of the Dead traditions featuring live entertainment, gourmet food, arts and crafts and more. Learn More









California Home & Garden Show
October 27-29, 2017
Find inspiration, tips and ideas needed for your next home project at the California Home and Garden Show in Silicon Valley. Meet contractors, hear from the experts, and see the latest products in home design and construction. Learn more

Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
October 28, 2017
Join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in San Jose to help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer by walking with all funds helping groundbreaking research. Learn More



What’s Happening Around the Bay | September 2017

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
September 2, 2017
Enjoy the best of Sonoma County’s rich wines and delectable cuisine at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend with over 200 wineries pouring thousands of wines and over 60 local chefs with curated wine pairings. Learn More

Sausalito Art Festival
September 2 – 4, 2017
Enjoy fine art, live music, gourmet food and more at the 65th Annual Sausalito Art Festival. Celebrate Labor Day weekend at America’s Premiere Waterfront Art Festival, with fun for the whole family. Learn More








Orinda Classic Car Show
September 9, 2017
Celebrate the history and excitement of classic cars at the 13th annual Orinda Classic Car Show, featuring a special collection of classic Corvettes from the 1950’s, 1960’s and beyond, all benefiting local charities. Learn More

Silicon Valley Fall Festival
September 9, 2017
Join the city of Cupertino as it hosts the 2017 Silicon Valley Fall Festival, celebrating Labor Day weekend. There something for the whole family including food, games, prizes, the kids zone and more. Learn More








Oakland Pride 2017
September 10, 2017
Oakland Pride is the East Bay’s largest LGBTQ celebration honoring the diversity of the community. Walk in the Oakland Pride Parade and enjoy a special performances by signer and songwriter Andra Day. Learn More

Santana Row Fall Fashion Show
September 16, 2017
Give back with fashion for a cause at the Santa Row Fall Fashion Show benefiting the St. Martin of Tours school. Enjoy champagne, light hors d’oeuvres and a fashion show featuring Santana Row shops. Learn More









Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
September 16 – 17, 2017
Join Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty at the East Bay’s best end of summer party, the 22nd annual award-winning Lafayette Art & Wine Festival featuring live music, gourmet wine, shopping and more. Learn More

Eat Real Festival 2017
September 22 – 24, 2017
Celebrate local cuisine in Jack London Square at the annual Eat Real Festival. Enjoy handcrafted beers and local wines featuring sustainable local ingredients along with live music, cooking demonstrations and gourmet bites. Learn More









The Color Factory
September 2017
Visit the Color Factory in San Francisco. Lose yourself in 10,000 colored ribbons, sink into a giant yellow ball pit, catch some rainbows and taste a spectrum of treats from the factories favorite stops in San Francisco. Learn more

The Mill Valley Film Festival
October 5 – 15, 2017
Join more than 200 filmmakers representing more than 50 countries at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Enjoy tributes, spotlights and galas featuring curated film discussions, gourmet food, wine and more. Learn More



What’s Happening Around the Bay | July 2017

Berkeley 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2017
The Berkeley Marina hosts one of the most anticipated fireworks shows in the Bay Area with live music, carnival rides, gourmet food, magic shows and more for the whole family. Learn More

Danville 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2017
Kick off Independence Day at the Danville 4th of July Parade. Enjoy live music, gymnasts and the grand finale, the 4th of July parade with horses, animals, antique cars and more. Learn More

Moraga 4th of July Dog Parade
July 4, 2017
Don’t miss the highly anticipated Moraga Dog Parade. Bring your special canine and family to enjoy the celebration. Every dog registered for the parade receives a special award and a treat. Learn More


July 7-16, 2017
Experience MAMMA MIA, the story of a young woman looking to discover the identity of her father before marriage. Enjoy this outdoor performance at the Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland. Learn More

Across the Bay 2017 12k & 5k
July 9, 2017
Join one of the greatest runs in the San Francisco Bay Area beginning in Sausalito, continuing across the Golden Gate Bridge, and finishing in Aquatic Park benefiting the Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Learn More

Hot Summer Nights Car Show
July 13, 2017
Celebrate Summer with classic cars in Downtown Danville. From muscle cars, to hot rods, and vintage rides, there’s something for everyone including live music, dancing, gourmet food and drinks, souvenir booths and more. Learn More

The Roots at Fox Theater
July 14, 2017
See one of the most respected hip-hop acts, live at the Fox Theater in Oakland. You won’t want to miss the four time Grammy award winning group. Learn More

Oakland Wine Festival 2017
July 15, 2017
Enjoy the fine wine and gourmet food showcase featuring celebrated wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County and local bay area wineries with all proceeds benefiting local charities. Learn More


Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing
July 2017
The Oakland Museum of California presents Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s gift of her personal archive to the Oakland Museum of California. Learn more


The Golden West Beer Tour
July 2017
Get an inside look at three East Bay breweries in Oakland and Berkeley where you’ll taste local craft beers with a professional guided brewery facility tour beginning with Pacific Coast Brewing Co. in Oakland. Learn More

Home | Designed for You: Ian Stallings Design

“Sometimes the thing you are most timid to do – the biggest, boldest move – is what you end up liking the most,” says Ian Stallings, founder of San Francisco-based Ian Stallings Design. With over a decade of experience, Stallings’ full service interior design firm has completed projects globally in some of the finest homes in San Francisco, London, and New York, as well as a furniture gallery and showroom in China. No matter where his work takes him, an underlying ethos reigns supreme: his deep commitment to the client’s needs, desires, experiences, and aspirations.

An artist at heart, Stallings sees each client as a muse and their space as a canvas. Having studied film making, painting and design at the California College of the Arts, art history at the Chicago Art Institute, and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, Stallings combines his profound knowledge in architecture, interior design, and contemporary art to every project. He doesn’t simply “decorate” a home, rather builds meaningful, profound and long lasting relationships with clients and the spaces they make home.

“Every home is designed for you, the client. People always ask me: ‘what is your aesthetic and style?’ Because I am focused on what is appropriate for the physical space and who the end-user is, my style is to focus on who the client truly is and not inflict my aesthetic on them,” says Stallings.

One of the joys of his work is the opportunity to work in diverse enclaves throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. “Our team gets to go to a lot of interesting places and do interesting things. The beauty of the Bay Area is its diversity – in geography, cultures, communities and styles. From San Francisco, to Marin, to Silicon Valley and all the reaches of it, we are continuously inspired and able to create bespoke spaces for diverse clients,” says Stallings.

Stallings notes that Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty and his design firm are very similar in a lot of respects. “We provide a service level for our clients that is exceptional. Our clients’ properties and homes demand an attention to detail, and the brokerage really understands those properties and how they relate to high design,” says Stallings. “Together, we artfully unite extraordinary homes with extraordinary people.”

Home – Designed for You: Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects

From Residences to Wineries, Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects Designs with What’s Given

“Our style is that we design with what’s given. We never want a home to compete with a location or the site. It should complement and be in communication with its surrounds,” says Howard Backen, founder and principle of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects (BGK), an award-winning architectural design firm formed in 1996. Its two offices, one located in Sausalito near the San Francisco Bay waterfront and one in St. Helena, produce iconic residences, wineries, restaurants and civic spaces throughout the Bay Area, Wine Country and beyond. We caught up with Backen, and principle architect Luca Pignata, to discuss their design ethos and their first residential project together, Diamond Mountain Residence.

Located on a verdant hilltop overlooking Saint Helena and Calistoga, the Diamond Mountain Residence is an iconic BGK home, built to celebrate and respect its ethereal location. Surrounded by acre upon acre of vines producing award-winning cabernet sauvignon under its winery Constant Diamond Mountain Vineyard, the approximately 4,500-square foot home blurs the lines between winery and private retreat, and indoor and outdoor living. The residence, which was designed for the former owners, a radio tycoon and his wife, recently sold to an affluent buyer represented by Latife Hayson of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty. The property was listed for $35 million.

Pignata recalls what it was like to visit the site for the first time, and to work on a project of such magnitude: “The size of the property and the scale of the project is much bigger than the architecture itself. It was a wonderful experience to dive into such a challenge.” The challenge was met in part by Pignata and Backen’s ability to work symbiotically with clients, a method that underlies all their work. “The clients that we’re dealing with are really smart. They get it, and you must listen. When you think about it, they’re extremely bright people and they’re there for a reason.”  ‘Extremely bright’ clientele include the likes of Robert Redford, the Mondavi family, Ellen DeGeneres and Ashton Kutcher, to name a few.

When asked which residence he’s most proud of in his career – there are over 100 private residences in their ever-growing portfolio – Backen hopes it will be the next one. “I never really think we’re there, ever. Everything is so intertwined and there is so much you don’t know, but you try to learn and get better. With each one you move forward and go to the next level.”

What’s BGK’s design ethos? Backen cannot be put in a box: “We don’t have a style,” he says proudly. “One thing that expresses what we do the most is that we basically open up the house as far as you can go.”

For Pignata, the work is about creating an open dialog between the land, the home and the client. “It’s about honesty. It’s about communication with the surrounding environment. A home should shelter, of course, but it should speak and communicate what is important to people. Even remind them of what’s important. You realize very fast that you have a big responsibility at that moment, and you are trying to create something that is respectful and will live with, and be in communication with, that environment.”

“This home, like many of our projects, is on a breathtaking scale,” says Pignata. “A residence of this caliber and clientele deserves the best representation and we’re very excited that a company like Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty represents them.”