Preview: San Francisco Decorator Showcase House 2011


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

Kathleen Navarra was inspired by the world of fashion, and visitors can pick up on the tailored details of grosgrain ribbon trim and nailheads bordering the living room. 

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.


2011 Decorator Showcase – Ancient Paths from Philpotts Interiors on Vimeo.

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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