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GUIDEBOAT CO. interior with a custom canoe. PHOTO: Kelly Puleio.
At REVELATION, a Melissa Stirling Parhm painting, vintage decanter and cast-iron crocodile. PHOTO: Lauren Fauro.
HENRYBUILT showroom. PHOTO: Courtesy of Henrybuilt.
A vintage claw-foot tub fountain by Cavan Clark at MOSS & DAUGHTERS. PHOTO: Russell Yip/San Francisco Chronicle/Polaris

Destination: Mill Valley

by C California Style

A crop of new boutiques place a corner of Marin County on the map as the up-and-coming design hub of Northern California.

A former logging and railroad town located just 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Mill Valley has emerged as a bona fide design destination. From a new interior showroom housed in a 4,000-square-foot converted auto-mechanic garage, to a husband-and-wife-owned shop stocked with finds from around the globe, we’ve homed in on five not-to-be-missed treasure troves around town.

At Henry-built (356 Miller Ave., 415-360-2915; henrybuilt.com), the Seattle-based manufacturer of clean-lined kitchen systems and furniture, work with a team of architects to create a dream wardrobe, bathroom vanity or kitchen, replete with handmade pulls, custom drawer inserts and an array of wood finishes spanning white ash to iron-stained walnut.

Wood-paneled walls and reclaimed wood shelves line the interior of Mint Design+Play (167B Throckmorton Ave., 415-383-6468; mint​design​play​.com), a boutique stocked with apothecary items and home goods ranging from molded resin cups, made by local San Francisco-based artist Tina Frey, to tribal-inspired ceramic urns.

A fire truck-red shingled building, once the historic Mill Valley Lumberyard, serves as the headquarters for Guideboat Co. (129 Miller Ave., 415-888-2871; guideboat​.com), a boating and clothing purveyor. Opened in 2013 by oarsman and Restoration Hardware founder Stephen Gordon, and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, the upmarket general store stocks splatter-printed enamelware, whip-stitched wool blankets, industrial-inspired copper pendant lamps, and handcrafted Adirondack-style boats and wooden paddles.

Three years ago, husband-and-wife duo Michelle Bevilacqua and Robert Clink joined forces (she’s an artist and interior designer, he’s a lighting and furniture designer) to open design shop Revelation (401 F Miller Ave., 415-383-2000; the​revelation​companies.com). Feast your eyes on finds such as alpaca throws by New York designer Alicia Adams, a 1960s Danish FK82 chair by Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm, and original oil paintings by Mill Valley-based artist Melissa Stirling Parhm.

Meanwhile, for hostess gifts including letterpress boxed card sets, handmade aprons, and antique oddities culled from travels abroad, head to Moss & Daughters (1 El Paseo Ln., 415-384-8087). Opened by Mill Valley native Tolan Clark Florence, wife of Food Network star Tyler Florence, the shop also features a well-edited mix of home and culinary goods including bath salts by Barr & Co. and midcentury-inspired milk glass cake stands by Mosser Glass. 

Written and edited by Jennie Nunn.