Not all city dwellers know about this little gem of a street in Berkeley. Since my time as a student, Fourth Street has developed into a hotspot for design lovers with an idyllic, small neighborhood feel. Whenever I head across the bay, I give myself extra time to wander and discover new finds. It’s easy to spend a few hours browsing from big name stores to local businesses. Here are some of my favorites:
- For your home, there are big-name stores like CB2, Z Gallerie, and Design Within Reach. Stop by Rejuvenation for old-school fixtures for your bathroom and kitchen. Berkeley is also home to the Crate & Barrel outlet, which has great deals on basics like glassware and white china. You can also score on marked-down furniture, rugs and accessories.
- I was pleasantly surprised to discover that one of my favorite local decorating stores has a new outpost there. Ruby Living Design features higher end furnishings from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Hickory, Oly Studio and more.
- Check out the Gardener and Forza for a unique selection of items for your home. For paper-lovers like us, the Japanese papers at Miki’s Paper are pretty enough to frame on their own and Paper-Source always inspires DIY projects.
- I can never resist popping into Margaret O’Leary for their eponymous line of sweaters, well-curated collection of clothes, and delicate jewelry. Everything at Erica Tanov is beautiful and beautifully-made.
- Finally, be sure to stop for a bite to eat at Tacubaya for unique Mexican dishes like plantains and squash tamales — delicioso!