An enticingly eclectic San Francisco shop

From Guatemalan baskets to Swedish candlesticks at Found by Maja

Vibrant Palestinian blown glass and other decorative curiosities 
Vibrant Palestinian blown glass and other decorative curiosities  | Image: Aubrie Pick

Whenever I’m in San Francisco I like to head to Presidio Heights for its antiques shops and design emporiums. On a recent visit, I discovered yet another reason to make a detour to this chic neighbourhood: Found by Maja, a delightful new boutique filled with decorative finds from around the globe – from Turkish towels ($40) to photography (from $5,000) by Bay Area artist Jock McDonald .

Set of Moroccan tea glasses 
Set of Moroccan tea glasses  | Image: Aubrie Pick
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Found by Maja's boutique in Presidio Heights
Found by Maja's boutique in Presidio Heights | Image: Aubrie Pick

The bijou space abounds with bright colours and instantly brings forth memories of the souks of Marrakech, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and Balinese street markets. Vibrant fashion accessories – cerulean Andraab cashmere scarves (from $350), Cambodian silk-bead necklaces (from $30), Malaysian silk-ikat clutches (from $100) – vie for attention with exquisite Indian rugs (from $50) and gleaming brass lanterns (from $1,200). Everything is sourced and artfully curated by owner Maja Lithander Smith, with the work of Guatemalan basketmakers and Vietnamese seagrass weavers temptingly showcased against Farrow & Ball Hague Blue walls, armchairs swathed in Uzbekistani silk velvet, and custom brass and glass shelving.

Uzbekistani silk-velvet cushions and a brass pendant light
Uzbekistani silk-velvet cushions and a brass pendant light | Image: Aubrie Pick
Cambodian silk-bead necklaces, from $30
Cambodian silk-bead necklaces, from $30 | Image: Guillermo Gusils Leon
Colourful silk-velvet ikat pillows
Colourful silk-velvet ikat pillows | Image: Aubrie Pick

I was only in town for a weekend and had just a carry-on bag, but Found by Maja’s alluring mix got the better of me. I left with a pair of Swedish brass candlesticks ($180) by Klong and a charming Berber wedding blanket ($400) in neutral shades, while my teenage daughter was taken by the leather lasso necklaces ($80). And had it not been for the 3,000-mile journey home, a pair of vintage Milo Baughman brass and navy leather chairs ($1,800) would’ve been mine too.

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