out & about | unionmade :: larkspur, CA

unionmade in san francisco

A little while ago, I wrote about an adventure I took to Marin Country Mart in Larkspur, California. One of the stores my friend and I wandered into (and lingered at) was Unionmade. Unionmade is actually a California-based upscale menswear store (which we didn’t realize at the time), so it was a bit odd that we were looking around in there in the first place, but somehow the aesthetic and personality of the store drew us in. Plus, as I’ve mentioned before, there is something so enticing about things stacked up neatly in rows or in little fancy jars, whether it be macarons and confections at Miette or vases and soap at Anthropologie.  

The wall at the front of the store was lined with a beautiful grey tile from Sausalito-based Heath Ceramics, one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries. In the back of the shop, there was a small library room filled with shelves of an eclectic range of books and magazines for perusing. I would love to have a room like this in my home, especially with the book covers all neatly displayed, and instead of those little hard wooden chairs, a cozy stuffed chair next to a tiny side table for resting my hot tea. And, of course, a giant picture window with beautiful light pouring in, warming my skin and offering a view of the meadow beyond. A girl can dream, can’t she?

For more brick and mortar store eye candy, check out my shop page on pinterest.

Anybody have any shops or cafes you love visiting?  Would love to hear about them!


  1. I’m creating just such a room in the house! A comfy chair and a half sleeper, book shelves, desk for sewing or ???, a room to relax in and that’s it’s total purpose. Bay windows unfortunately look out on our busy city street, but the western sun streaming in is so wonderfully warm and cozy. Almost done! Can’t wait! Life is too short to not enjoy and slow down!

  2. Love the pics! I used to work for men’s wear house for 3 years! There is def. something special about working in a men’s store. I felt sophisticated in a way. lol silly i know! anyways the layout of the store is awesome! take care, have a happy day :)

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