Woodworker Katie Gong cites nature as the inspiration for much of her work, pieces that range from home furnishings to abstract sculptures. It seems fitting then, that many of the haunts in the region she calls home—The San Francisco Bay Area—are of the natural variety. Katie recently shared her 5 faves with us—take a peek below and shop Katie’s work on westelm.com!

1. Sutro baths, San Francisco

I love this place. It is one of the last places in SF where you can really explore. There are caves, tunnels, epic seascapes, ruins of the old, and great hiking. I love seeing the old ruins of buildings and pools that are slowly getting overtaken by the sea. (Images by @elizabethwellsphoto)

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

2. Dime studios, Oakland

This is where I spend a lot of my time. My woodshop is in Oakland by Lake Merritt. I share the space with my long time friend and studio mate @aleksandrazee. It’s in an industrial warehouse and I love it because we can really spread out and take on any kind of projects we want here.

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

3. Ohmega Salvage, Berkeley

This place is great if you’re looking for something specific or if you just want to go find something unique and vintage. They have a really eclectic variety of all kinds of different things from doors to vintage spoons. It’s a lot of fun just to walk around and get inspired.

4. Mt. Tamalpais, Marin

This is one of my favorite all-time places. We Drive to the top of Mount Tam hike to our sunset spot and hang out and watch the sun go down. The whole place lights up golden and the clouds come in and turn pink and purple. It’s such a beautiful sight to see. It’s also a great place to look for inspiration and recharge your mind.

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

5. John McLarin park, San Francisco

This is a great spot that is so close to the city. I find that when I need to take a break from city life this place is a great little escape. Its got trails and trees and quiet that it’s hard to believe it’s right here in San Francisco.

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

Pictured: @brettmakesart

west elm - Exploring The Bay Area with Katie Gong

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