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It’s a new year and a new decade—now is the perfect moment to refresh your space. 

Here are a few looks that are gathering momentum for 2020, culled from a range of trend-setting sources, from design fairs to fashion runways and beyond. Happy (re)decorating, NorCal.   

Mixing Metals
Silver, gold, tin and copper will be shining in 2020. It’s been predicted that retro tin panels will gain traction as kitchen backsplashes while the mixing of contrasting metals like iron, gold, and bronze will become more common. The only rule? Try not to combine more than three metals in a space, such a blend could end up being overwhelming.

Warm Earth Tones
Try working in colors and textures that mimic wood, metals and foliage and apply them to furniture and home accessories.

After a day out and about in San Francisco, trekking the trails in the Marin Headlands or exploring the scenic landscape of wine country, there’s no better feeling than coming home to a cozy space. Here, we share hot tips to keep your Northern California home warm, welcoming and stylish all winter long. 

Rearrange Furniture for Gatherings
Create spaces to facilitate cozy, intimate conversation by bringing chairs, ottomans and seating poufs away from walls and into comfortable groupings. Floating furniture eight to 12 inches away from walls can create a feeling of space and lightness and prevent guests from feeling drafts from outside.

Bring Home the Green 
Add some easy-to-care-for plants—like succulents or cute cacti—to your space. These touches of green add

Whether you’re drawn to glitzy yacht parties on the Bay or relaxing spa treatments in Carmel, Northern California has plenty of options to help you usher in the New Year in absolute style and comfort. 

New Year's Ski Party and Fireworks in Lake Tahoe
Head to the mountains for the annual New Year's party at the Main Lodge at Mt. Rose—the peak with the highest base elevation of any Lake Tahoe ski resort. Spend the final day of the year on the slopes before heading to the evening party, complete with a Snow Cat Parade and fireworks just before 6pm.

New Years Day at Carmel Valley Ranch Spa
Book a night at the Carmel Valley Ranch and spend New Year’s Eve day at Spa Aiyana, which offers an herbal hot rock massage, honey lavender manicure and much more. And

It’s the season for making, sharing and enjoying delicious drinks, cool cocktails and flavorful mocktails. Here, four of The Agency’s own from our Danville and Noe Valley offices share their go-to winter beverage recipes, perfect for warming up wintery nights. 

Sean Mauser’s Santa's Little Helper
- 2/3 oz (2 parts) coffee liqueur 
- 1 2/3 oz (5 parts) vodka 
- 1 oz (3 parts) eggnog

To make Sean Mauser’s punchy holiday-themed cocktail, start with a rocks glass and fill it with ice. Then, pour in the coffee liqueur, followed by the vodka. Top with the eggnog and serve promptly. 

Zach Knapp’s Apple Cider Old Fashioned
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 2/3 cup apple cider
- 2 shots of whiskey 
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Apple slices, cinnamon 

Zach Knapp’s recipe for an apple cider

Yes, you can win at gift-giving. It’s all about getting creative and staying true to the individual’s interests. Here, we spotlight seven locally-inspired gift ideas that promise to be very well received, from city-specific stocking stuffers to surf and skate gear, from top-tier food tours to spa getaways and more.  

Sunset Dinner Cruise - Get family or friends together and gift them a special private San Francisco Bay cruise on one of six yachts, which range in size from 65 to 124 feet and can accommodate 10 to 400 guests. See the city skyline light up after sunset and enjoy cocktails on the bay—it’s an experience you and your guests will treasure for years to come. 

Carmel Food + Wine Tour - The three-hour Classic Carmel-by-the-Sea Food Tour guides guests

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.

GET YOUR SANTA FIX HERE - Every December, SantaCon comes to San Francisco. It’s an iconic, free event known for the surreal spectacle it produces—thousands of men and women dress as Saint Nic and engage in some light-hearted “Santarchy” around the city. Now celebrating its 25th year, this global phenomenon will kick off in San Francisco on Saturday, December 7.  

ENJOY CRAFTS BY THE SEA HERE - Marin’s 2019 Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair has been a beach tradition for more than 40 years. Originally started by the Muir Beach Quilters, today’s fair—taking place at the Muir Beach Community Center Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, December 8

Don’t enjoy the epic Thanksgiving meal prep? Not interested in hosting? No problem. There are many ways to celebrate the holiday—including making a reservation, grabbing amazing takeout and volunteering at local charitable organizations. Here, we spotlight some fresh ways to mark this special holiday in and around Northern California. 

Cocotte - Known for its expertly roasted rotisserie chicken and menu filled with hearty French comfort foods, this Russian Hill restaurant’s three-course Thanksgiving meal is sure to hit the spot. From noon to 9 pm on the holiday, Executive Chef and co-owner, Mikael Audry, will be serving up braised turkey breast with herb stuffing, seared black cod and filet mignon (among many other mouth-watering dishes). For dessert?

A home is where you can freely express yourself, and your sense of style. Whether you prefer character-rich vintage pieces, refurbished ocean sport gear as art or unique stonework, these five showrooms, services and fairs in and around Northern California are certain to have something that appeals to your distinct taste.  

The Jeremiah Collection - Specializing in the mid-century modern aesthetic, every piece in the Jeremiah Collection is thoughtfully crafted by artisans with more than 25 years of furniture-making experience. Located in San Francisco’s Design District, the showroom offers a range of handcrafted designs, including a sleek solid walnut record console, which doubles as storage and a television stand. 

Sliding Door Co. - This San Jose showroom

There are many ways for each of us to reduce our impact on the environment—and the majority are remarkably easy. Here, we highlight seven ways to go green. Your planet (and wallet) will thank you.

INSTALL SOLAR PANELS - It’s not just good housekeeping, it’s the law. Starting in 2020, solar panels will be a required feature on new houses in California. The new standard includes an exemption for houses that are often shaded from the sun and also includes incentives for people to add a high-capacity battery to their home's electrical system, to store the sun's energy. And, fun fact—if your panels produce enough clean electricity, you can sell some back to the grid. 

GROW A VEGGIE GARDEN - Not only will an at-home garden be a great place to trim your

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.

SEE THE CITY LIGHT UP HERE - Starting on Thanksgiving Day and running through New Year’s Day, the Illuminate SF Festival of Light will set up 39 permanent and temporary eco-friendly, light-based art installations around the city, from the Embarcadero to Golden Gate Park to the Inner Sunset and beyond. Check out the related events or drop into a tour—these public art pieces encourage visitors and locals to “embrace the power of light.” 

GET TOASTY HERE - Wine fans, this event is for you. On November 9, the San Francisco Cabfest will host a day (and evening) of top-tier tastings and special multi-course meals at the Westfield Under the Dome in SoMa.