Preview: San Francisco Decorator Showcase House 2011Author:Lynn Kloythanomsup
Each year designers for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase are selected to create fantasy interiors in the city’s most beautiful homes in sought-after neighborhoods. This year’s 34th annual show house is no different. Located in the Presidio with unparalleled views of Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay, this year’s home is a 1927 Italian villa with four floors of designed living space. We caught up with a few designers to find out their inspirations and offer up a preview of the touches that grace the home right from its handsome front steps.
Living Room – Navarra Design
Detail of plum and green damask ceiling wallpaper
Library – Heather Hilliard Design
In the library, color inspiration is drawn from the surrounding Presidio forest and the silvery underside of leafy, natural growth. Heather Hilliard looked to design icon Frances Elkins for a daring mix of custom contemporary and found antique furniture.
Library sketch by Heather Hilliard Design
Sample of embroidered band used in room fabrics
Wine Cellar – Jute Interior Design
Alison Davin converted the existing downstairs wine cellar into a champagne barrel, replete with the room wrapped in reclaimed oak.
Champagne Cellar sketch by Jute Interior Design
Art Gallery – Philpotts & Associates
Looking to Papua New Guinea, Africa and Oceania, Marion Philpotts Miller chose this year to envelop the visitor with a full sensory experience, transforming the art gallery into the Rumpus Room, an expression of luxury design with contemporary art and technology.
Concept video for Philpotts & Associates by SoMeMar
Hallway – Lost Art Salon
The Lost Art Salon, a local resource for Modernist, vintage, and antique fine art, outfitted the long hallway with a preview of their upcoming summer show, opening at the salon on June 9th. The show features portrait and scenic work from 20th century Expressionist Jennings Tofel.
Painting by Jennings Tofel (1891-1959)
Pantry – Brian Dittmar Design
Even the smallest of spaces are considered in the show house, with the former back hallway re-envisioned as a cookbook nook by Brian Dittmar. The hideaway space provides a cook’s respite to dream about recipes and French macarons.
Sketch by Brian Dittmar Design
The show house proceeds continue to benefit the financial aid program at San Francisco University High School. The house is located at 2950 Vallejo St. in the Pacific Heights neighborhood and is open from April 30-May 30. A list of all showcase designers and more information can be found at the Decorator Showcase website.
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