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1:00 p.m. Saturday: Best Place to Lust After Furniture You Can't Afford 

Berkeley Mills

Berkeley Mills' philosophy is totally in tune with that of Alice Waters: Start with the finest materials and prepare them simply but elegantly. It's a great philosophy but, like Alice's restaurant, it ain't cheap. Fortunately, there are still many people in the East Bay whose net worth exceeds $1 million; otherwise Berkeley Mills might be called London Mills. If you fancy you have extravagantly elegant taste, this is the place to fantasize about your new bedroom, dining-room, or living-room sets. But a word to the wise -- sleep on it before you buy, because you could easily spend $30,000 here on a dining table and a few chairs. Want an example? The only thing more breathtaking than the sweeping elegance of Berkeley Mills' "Harp" dining-room chair is its price tag, $1,900 -- not including upholstery, or the $8,000 table. Best time to go is during the relatively busy weekend, when your own inability to afford the furniture of your dreams might not be so immediately obvious.

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