7 Reasons to Visit the SF Decorator Showcase


The 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase proves that you can squeeze a lot of style into a 6,244-square-foot mansion. There are 31 designers who worked on the house at 2950 Vallejo St., and the ideas and products they display provide many compelling reasons to visit the mansion. Here are just seven:

1. Rumpus Room by Philpotts Interiors

Deep indigo walls are the backdrop for feathered tribal gear, mod hooded chairs and a swoon-worthy view.

2. The Penthouse Bedroom by Cathleen Gouveia

Cathleen Gouveia’s bedroom is outfitted with a playfully chic swinging bed.

3. Master Bedroom by Matt Murphy

Matt Murphy, a relative newcomer to the city’s design scene, will make a lasting impression with his (mostly) black-and-white bedroom. Don’t miss his own fabric on the windows.

4. Dining Room by Grant Gibson

Grant Gibson is no newcomer to DSH or the design scene, but he breaks new ground with his dining room. I love the light fixture and how it plays off of the painted floor. And, in true Gibson style, there’s a cheeky touch: a bright-yellow highchair takes a place at the formal table.

5. Kitchen by Tish Key

Tish Key’s kitchen is elegant (I love the chunky round handles, cobalt-colored lava stone countertops and glass-backed display shelves) but livable.

6. The Living Room by Kathleen Navarra

There’s something regal about Kathleen Navarra’s living room. Certainly the fashion-inspired details such as ribbon and nailhead molding, tasseled curtains and a portrait of Marchesa Balbi are fit for a queen.

7. Studio Craft Room by Jeannie Fraise

Jeannie Fraise has a way with color. She applies her skills in a craft room that will inspire you to pick up your scissors and make something.

The Decorator Showcase is open until May 30 (Tuesday through Sunday, and Memorial Day). Check out their web page for hours and ticketing information.

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