Silverware from Room with a Past walnut creek
(Photo by Ken Perkins)

Room With A Past

Room With A Past opens its doors every third Thursday (through Sunday) to throngs of eager women who've been known to brave rain storms and heat waves just to get dibs on the goodies inside. Despite its cult-like following, the store still manages to fly under the radar thanks to its stealthily tucked away location on Walnut Creek's Third Avenue. Displays change with each opening, revealing new surprises that are fashionably old - as in rustic, vintage or vintage-inspired. A recent visit unearthed a tiny purse made from wire metal (the perfect accent for a dresser when filled with jewelry or flowers), mid-century magazines and old crates refurbished as shabby chic nightstands. The back room is where you'll find flourishes for a little girl's room: white dresser drawers with sculptural touches, small chandeliers that are all things pink. If you're a newbie visitor, expect to have the inevitable "Why-didn't-someone-tell-me-about-this-sooner?" moment. If you're a regular, the 1,000 extra square feet recently added to the store is bound to elicit squeals and giggles.

1557A Third Avenue, Walnut Creek | 925.933.1903

Anteo Home

French flair
If you can't shop in Europe this year, the new Anteo Home at Santana Row may be the next best thing. Opened in April by Jennifer Noto, the light, airy atelier brims with country French furnishings, glassware, table accents and imported French linens from Vent du Sud (Southern Wind).


The shop is the second location for Noto, who also owns two-year-old Anteo Home in Los Gatos, "We get savvy shoppers who are looking for affordable European furnishings and they know that our pricing is good," she says. Besides tabletop items, you'll find rustic wall clocks, ceramics and chests of drawers hand painted to create an old fashioned weathered patina. An apothecary section is devoted to body lotions, creams and French milled soaps that come in a variety of scents.
Cabinet and accessories, Anteo Home, Santana Row, San Jose

356 Santana Row, San Jose | 408.241.5555