Prepare to be impressed by the designs
at this year's San Francisco Decorator Showcase
, where 37 of the Bay Area’s top designers have remade a gorgeous four-story, 10,000 square-foot Pacific Heights mansion.
The Showcase, a benefit for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program
, opens this Saturday, April 25. Here's a peek at some choice vignettes from the house—watch for more to follow!
My jaw dropped when I saw Suzman & Cole Design's
Roof Garden with its panoramic Golden Gate and bay views. "A Celebration of Views" is a city oasis, tiled with drought-tolerant succulents
, grasses, wood and stone. Seating areas invite relaxation and striking sculptures, including "Tempest" by Jennifer Gilbert Asher and Mario Lopez
(above), punctuate the memorable vistas.
' entry entry and staircase entice you with the graphic butterfly collection, gargantuan floral "chandelier"
and massive, earthy swag. The white woodwork pops against the taupey-gray walls.
opened up and streamlined the the formerly cramped kitchen. She modernized its aesthetic, while maintaining a nod to the past
with materials such as zinc counter tops and Heath Ceramics
Matthew Leverone captured the glow
in this sunlit Breakfast room, and maintained the airiness with this ring of reupholstered, vintage chairs.
I was most taken by some of the fanciful bathroom spaces
, including this Coco Chanel-inspired teenage girl's fantasy by Nancy Van Natta
. Color abounds in the original glass-and-plexiglass wall panel of a trendy teen, and in the peachy, blooming sconces from Emanual Morez
And what girly-girl wouldn't adore etched perfume bottles
on her shower enclosure? Love these little gems by decorative painter Levinia Simmonds
San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2009 Facts
Where do you go to see designer rooms in person?
- Showcase runs April 25 – May 25, Tuesdays through Sundays and Monday Memorial Day
- 2830 Pacific (near Divisadero), San Francisco
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am – 3pm
- Thursdays 10am – 7pm
- Sundays 11am – 4pm
- $30 general admission; $25 seniors; available at the door
- For group rates, call 415-447-3115