Our Favorite Inspirational Bay Area Locations

Our upcoming edition of the Poppy magazine is all about our home state – blissful, peaceful, sunny California. Poppy’s founder, Traci Terrick, can’t get enough of it: Stunning sunsets, miles of coastline, majestic redwoods and sunny days for 80 percent of the year – who wouldn’t want to live in this idyllic part of the country? (P.S. Check back with us soon because we’ll be sharing the spring issue!)

It’s no secret that we love San Francisco and all it has to offer. Just take a peek at our favorite local shops or the restaurants we’d dine at every day if we could. Running a creative agency requires plenty of nitty gritty work and administration, but it’s also necessary to find time to reflect, brainstorm and get inspired. In no particular order, here are the Bay Area spots we like to call our personal muses.


Anywhere in Presidio, so long as it’s near the Golden Gate Bridge.


Photo by Traci Terrick

Dillon Beach near Bodega Bay. The entire coastline is simply spectacular.


Photo by Traci Terrick


Photo by Shaun Sullivan

The Mission District. The neighborhood has a ton of murals that make for fantastic backdrops.

Photo by Ana Homonnay

Photo by Ana Homonnay

Practically anywhere and everywhere in Napa Valley. Check out some fab Napa architecture, too.


Photo by Sean Dagen

More Bay Area Greatness

Serena & Lily’s Design Shop in San Francisco

After setting up their airy fixture in the Hamptons, Serena & Lily introduced their talent to the other coast. The Design Shop is a veritable candy store for the fabric- and color-addicted. Read more.

Designer Spotlight on Courtney Atinsky, Owner of SF Surface 

“When I was a child, there were two things that I really wanted to be. The first was a prison guard. The second and maybe more realistic goal was to interview stars for movie junkets in Hollywood or to be an E! correspondent.”

Spoiler Alert: She became neither. But she’s still in love with her career. Read more.

Case for Making: San Francisco’s Distinctly Creative Shop 

Photographer Sean Dagen teamed up with Stylist Nyssa Zinn to photograph Case for Making, a San Francisco-based shop that offers workshops and sells both creative supplies and raw materials. (Case for Making was included in Refinery29’s 10 New San Francisco Shops That NEED To Be On Your Radar list. So that’s pretty great.) Read more.

Paella On the Porch: An Afternoon With Edible Marin & Wine Country 

Eric Zepeda’s day with Edible Marin & Wine Country as they prepped the magazine’s  cover. Read more.

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