Janel Laban
Jan 9, 2009

(Hello again to Susie who is trying out for the SF team. Her first post is here.)

Interior designer Dawn LaMontagne has always been drawn to all things small. Even in home design, she prefers small-scale to large, and cozy spaces to sprawling ones. So when she learned that the tiny beauty salon in her Inner Sunset neighborhood was vacating its hovel, she inquired about the rent. That's how Hollow was born, Dawn's brand new café and shop, where you can sip Ritual coffee while browsing a charming selection of curios for the home.

Stepping into Hollow, we can't help but think of The Secret Garden, or even Alice in Wonderland, except that there's nothing precious or trippy about this place. The carefully curated items are whimsical, but not annoyingly so; instead, they seem to represent a uniquely appealing style, based in earthy colors and textures and punctuated with vintage-y humor. Bottle openers shaped like sideshow mermaids mingle with candle holders woven from wire and twigs. Hand-forged brass animal heads with surprised expressions adorn the tops of salt shakers and drawer pulls to match.

Despite how tiny the place is, we wanted to huddle in there for hours just looking at everything. Fortunately, the coffee's delicious, and the tables and chairs in the window are as comfortable as they are pretty.

1435 Irving Street (between 15th and 16th Avenues)
San Francisco, CA 94122


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