San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012

Salivating for a feast of design? The tables are set and the pillows are plumped for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012, opening this weekend.

More than 30 talented West Coast designers have breathtakingly transformed the historic and stately mansion at 2020 Jackson Street, for this 35th annual Showcase—a benefit for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program.

I was privy to a peek the other day, and I came away impressed and filled with inspiration. Many spaces are memorable, but I found myself reflecting on the creative and cozy eating areas. (It was lunchtime, after all.) Here’s a just a taste of what you’ll see….

Dining Room Rethought by Scavullo Design(Click on the photos for more detail).

Such a festive solution that Marysia Rybock and the team at Scavullo Design created in this vibrant and inviting dining room. The goal was to achieve “a space that balances the room’s existing Gothic Revival elements…with whimsical pieces and a unique layout that connect it with a contemporary lifestyle.”

And that Jonathan Browning mother-of-pearl chandelier. More than stunning—it’s taken up residence in my brain cells.

Modern Pantry Dehn Bloom & Tinsley Hutson WileyPhotograph by John Merkl.

A secret spot for tea (or to check in with your iPad) is found in the Modern Pantry, by Tinsley Hutson-Wiley and Allison Bloom. Tea isn’t the only British influence you’ll see in the space (you won’t miss it — I swooned at the artistic use of neutrals).

I’m astonished this compact catering kitchen was orchestrated using all removable pieces and overlays to the existing decor. No pressure to the homeowners, but I’d keep the gals’ work!

Lifestyle 2020 Kitchen by Green Couch Interior Design

A mere tidbit of the savory kitchen and family room served up by Jeff and Tray Schlarb at Green Couch. When you visit, be sure to take in the family room’s fresh brick finish and the planetary Coup d’Etat light fixture.

Roof Terrace Pagoda Tent by Frank Holbrook Design

It wouldn’t be a San Francisco Showcase without a scenic enclave from which to savor the Bay, and this year doesn’t disappoint. Frank Holbrook bedecked the Roof Terrace in comfy elegance. Think he’ll mind if we pop that champagne?

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012

Hungry for more?

Showcase runs April 28 – May 28, Tuesdays through Sundays and Monday Memorial Day,
2020 Jackson Street, San Francisco.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 10am – 3pm (last entry)
  • Thursday & Friday 10am – 7pm (last entry)
  • Special “Friday Nights at Showcase” 5pm – 7pm each Friday.
  • Sunday & Memorial Day 11am – 4pm (last entry)
  • Closed Monday (except Memorial Day)

Tickets are available at the door: $30 general admission; $25 seniors (60+). For group rates, call (415) 447-5830. Check www.DecoratorShowcase.org for additional information on designers, special Friday Night events and shuttle and parking information.

Watch HomeWorkshop.com for more about a few of the home’s fabulous transformations. But in the meantime, serve us up a comment about your favorite spaces and details highlighted here, or others you see in person at Showcase.

Designing a Nursery for The Cake Boss

Watch Sherri on The Cake Boss Baby Special!

I don’t know about yours, but our family (especially our 10-year-old daughter) is in love with The Cake Boss. Buddy and his passionate fondant-rolling, frosting-piping New Jersey clan have us riveted, hungry and chuckling every week.

Designer Sherri BlumSo as you can imagine, we were over-the-moon excited to learn that our own Nursery and Kid’s Room Design Contributor, Sherri Blum, would be creating a space for Buddy and Lisa’s new baby!!

That’s right! Tune in to the one hour Cake Boss Baby Special, tonight Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 PM/8:00 PM Central as Sherri Blum, owner of Jack and Jill Interiors helps Buddy and Lisa design their baby nursery!

Read more details, and see photos at Sherri’s blog at Jack and Jill Interiors. Also, check out Sherri’s contest on her Facebook page here!

Fun and Funky Side Tables

Side tables are functional furniture – a home to your coffee, a table lamp, your ever-lengthening to-do list. But rather then only function, how about choosing a side table that accents your design with a playful shape, a shot of color, on unexpected material?

Enjoy these fun and funky choices:

West Elm Recyclable Aluminum Martini Side Table

West Elm’s Martini Side Table is a like a sweet, little bon-bon for the room, glittering in recyclable aluminum.

West Elm Martini Side Table

I’m digging the studded sides, and the storage capacity of Worlds Away’s Nora Side Table in White Lacquer.

Worlds Away Nora Table in White Lacquer

Add feminine curves with Urban Outfitters Coil Side Table – a great use of wire.

Urban Outfitters Coil Side Table

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a fat stack of design mags in your living room. Corral them in a storage table like Home Decorators’ Emily Side Table, in Antique Yellow.

Home Decorators Emily Side Table

This one’s got texture, glitz and rhythm –
Worlds Away’s Davis Basketweave Side Table, in Silver Leaf.

Worlds Away's Davis Basket Weave Silver Leaf Side Table

Want a uniquely shaped table with a good-sized surface, that doesn’t add much visual weight to your design? Try Pottery Barn’s Potter’s Wheel Accent Table.

Pottery Barn Potters Wheel Accent Table

Here’s a shot of rustic – Modernarks’ Whisky Shipping Crate Side Table.

modernarks Whisky Shipping Crate Side Table

The storage swivels left and right with Heal’s mod, Tube Side Table, in Green.

Heal's Tube Side Table in Green

And if your room could use a little ‘tude, I spy SilverFoxSalvage’s Hand Painted Eye Table.

Here's Lookin' at You Kid

SilverFox Salvage's Hand Painted Eye Table

 

What’s your fave side table?

Stylish Entertaining

by Mari Robeson

Everyday can be special, when you welcome friends and family around your table.
Mari Robeson—Interior Design expert and Contributor—helps us do so with style and function. Mari takes us inside the world of design, and helps us bring beauty and color to the places we call home.

 

I love entertaining. The way you set your table and present your entrees can be like a mini Interior Design project. First, let’s talk some dining room basics.

Jonathan Adler Dining Room

Dining Room Table

Here are some tips for selecting a dining room table for your family:

  • Round tables are great for flow and ease of conversation and usually seat 4 to 6 people.
  • If you entertain more than 4 people, a rectangular table may be a better selection for you.
  • The base of the table is important too. Keep in mind that a table with a trestle base will allow you to seat more people around it.

Good Lighting

Another important item when setting up your dining room is lighting. A chandelier centered above the table is traditional.

  • The bottom of the chandelier should hang approximately 36” above the top of the table.
  • The scale of the fixture is important too. If the room is 10’ x 10’ add them together for a 20” chandelier.
  • Sconces perform a secondary, ambient light and look beautiful in a dining room.
  • Also, most people forget these…dimmers! I highly suggest putting them on all your light fixtures, especially the ones in your dining room.
  • Here’s one last little tip about lighting. If you’re having candles on the table with your meal, I’d suggest unscented ones. The smell of your amazing homemade cooking should take center stage.

(Dining Room by Jonathan Adler.)

A Colorful Tablescape

Once you’ve selected the appropriate table and lighting for your needs, have fun creating your tabletop.

Last year Pantone picked Turquoise to be the color of the year but it looks like turquoise is here to stay throughout 2011 as well. I did notice that the color has gotten deeper and richer this year but as you can see from these examples Turquoise is still hot.

Turquoise Finds for Entertaining
Peacock Cups at Amazon. All other items from ZGallerie.com.

I’m seeing a lot of Peacock-inspired designs too, which are so whimsical and fun. Let’s face it, our country has gone through some tough times lately and having these cheery colors around our home is a nice little pick-me-up.

More Turquoise Finds for Entertaining
Cake plates, mixer and dishes from Macys.com. Coasters and placemat from ZGallerie.com

I hope these little tips and colorful finds help you, and perhaps inspire you to have your own dinner party. There is nothing more special than sharing time with loved ones in a home that is warm and inviting!

 

Designer Mari RobesonMari Robeson — an Interior and Product Designer, and a published Illustrator — strives to bring beauty into the world whenever she can. Mari shares with us her Interior Design tips and advice, and makes learning design concepts fun. With her fresh, creative projects, Mari spreads her love of color and beautiful textiles.

Mari has designed everything from restaurants to children’s rooms. She recently launched her own line of home décor accessories and textiles. She and her husband own WM Design Consultants on the beautiful Central California Coast.

Most days you can find Mari working up her latest designs or teaching Interior Design Workshops in her colorful studio nestled in the countryside.

 
 
What colors, or special items help you create a stylish table?

February, Feng Shui & Valentine’s Day

by GraceAnn Simoni

Let’s give ourselves a sweet design treat, with Contributor GraceAnn Simoni. An Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area, GraceAnn shares with us budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories.

Are you aware that you will spend 1/3 of your life on average sleeping? Your environment for sleeping should be of great concern.

We typically decorate and maintain the areas of our home that the ‘public’ sees. Why do we not take the time to create a beautiful space for ourselves?

Romantic Bedroom

February is the month for Romance so now is the time to focus on your Master Bedroom.

  • Colors,
  • Bedding,
  • Lighting,

…all play a part in how the space will make you feel.

A colleague of mine, Joyce Hammig, owner of Blue Heaven Interiors, who specializes in Feng Shui, has offered the following tips to perhaps create a ‘spark’ for Romance and maybe even a better night’s sleep!

1) One of the first things to consider in creating an intimate, romantic feeling in the bedroom is color. Soft, warm tones are best – such as yellows, warm off whites, tans and beiges, soft pinks and peaches. These colors are supportive and nurturing.

2) Who are you inviting into your bedroom? Do you have photos of your parents, family and friends prominently displayed? Find another spot for family and friends to hang out – remember – this is a special nest for you and your beloved!

3) Is the furniture in your bedroom something you bought together or is it inherited from your aunt? Is your mattress the one you slept on with an ex-husband or ex-wife?! For couples the bedroom is the place to have things that represent your relationship, not Aunt Midge and Uncle George’s!

Love Candles4) Experiment with where to place your bed so that you feel safe and snuggly. Ideally your bed should have a view to the door but not sit directly in front of it. If it must be close to the door or a busy hallway create a more private space by using a screen or plant or piece of furniture between your bed and the doorway.

5) Include photos of you and your beloved, artwork that you love, pairs of things such as candles are accessories that enhance the romance.

6) Computers, electronics, desks loaded with paper are not conducive to intimacy! Your bedroom is the oasis that allows you to be recharged so that you can plug into the hustle and bustle – elsewhere.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
 

grace-ann-simoni-redesigner

GraceAnn Simoni of Yours Redesigned Naperville, IL, is a Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor, and a member of Interior Redesign Industry Specialists (I.R.I.S.).

If you need help getting the The Home You Want With the House You Have™ visit www.yoursredesigned.com.

 
 
 
 
Is your bedroom ready for romance?

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