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If you're drawn to a serene, natural environment, visit the lobby of San Francisco's newest boutique property, Hotel Vitale. The nook pictured here displays an intriguing blend of organic textures and materials. "The space is all about patterns and light," says interior designer Colum McCartan. "We used wood, stone, and fabrics in muted colors inspired by nature. It's a look that won't date."

A stump end table (from $600; Oberon Design, or 415/865-5440) gives Hotel Vitale's lobby an organic look.

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