Every year I look forward to visiting the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, where the individual works of talented local designers are displayed in a gorgeous home in the city. This year was no exception. The house — estate is probably more accurate — itself (currently on the market for $18 million!) is gorgeous, with 180 degree views of the bay and the most intricate, beautiful moldings and woodwork I’ve seen here. Each room showcases the originality and talent of a different interior designer, who brings their own sensibility and ideas to the space. From a French-parlor inspired living room to a serene lounge room that looks onto bay views to a museum-like entertaining area, every designer certainly “brought it” this year. No neutral, minimalist looks on display here, but that’s also what makes it fun and inspiring. Designers came with original ideas and made bold choices. Despite this, there are subtler lessons that can be learned and incorporated into your average home. Here are some observations:
Fireplaces. These fireplaces incorporated unique materials and still made a statement, albeit more quiet and refined.
Lighting. Although unique lighting could be found throughout the house, these were the rooms where the lighting really made the space.
Wall Coverings. The emerald silk wallpaper with embroidery in the living room was just a showstopper, especially when paired with the gold ornamentation on the ceiling detail. Not surprisingly, the wallpaper, as well as the indigo mountainside design, comes from de Gournay, which recently opened a store on Sacramento Street. The polka-dotted indigo is a print of a textile pattern from St. Frank (a few doors down from de Gournay). I also admired the beautiful paintings on the sophisticated safari in the children’s room.
Artwork. This year’s Showcase included much more art, or so it seemed, than in past years. Here are a few of my favorites. The origami-inspired cranes painted within the archways of the grand staircase also included 3-dimensional wings.
A few more gorgeous rooms for you to admire…
All photos original to Revolving Decor.