San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2010

Its spring in the City and time again for The San Francisco Decorator Showcase, a benefit for the financial aid program at San Francisco University High School.

You’ll come away with a mansion full of inspiration when you visit this year’s 8,368 square foot Pacific Heights home, open through the end of May.

The Aerie by Benjamin Dhong

40 of the Bay Area’s top designers have transformed the spaces to match their creative visions, while maintaining the historical elements of the elegant home, whice was built in 1929 for Elsa Guggenhime.

Tucked atop the third floor (and with an incredible Golden Gate Bridge view) is Designer Benjamin Dhong’s heavenly retreat “The Aerie” (above). Dhong employed sophisticated colors, lush textures and an artful mix of old and new furnishings. Don’t miss the subtle wall mural enveloping the space.

Stairway at San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2010

Creative light fixtures abound at the Showcase, including this towering spiral fixture that threads the Main Staircase.

Detail of Succulent Table Decor from Dining Room by Tucker and Marks

A recurring theme—outdoors and in—are cleverly placed succulent plants, like these in the dramatic table decor of Tucker and Marks’ Dining Room.

Sacred Play by SiOL

You’ll want to go back in time when you see the “Sacred Play” room by Siol. The space is designed for the physical and developmental needs of a five year old, with zones for art and music play, a performance stage and a cozy lounging “cocoon.”

An outdoor urban vegetable garden zone includes rainwater collection, and solar and wind power stations.

Ivory Tower by Cecilie Starin

Designer Cecilie Starin turned a challenging spot beneath two dormer windows into her cozy “Ivory Tower” (above). And out back, “The Formal Terrace” by Living Green, blends classic elements with a drop-dead Golden Gate and Bay view.

Vignette in The Formal Terrace by Living Green

The Formal Terrace by Living Green

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2010 Facts:

Showcase runs May 1 – May 31, Tuesdays through Sundays and Monday Memorial Day.
3450 Washington St. (between Walnut and Laurel Streets), San Francisco.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10am – 3pm (last entry)
  • Thursday and Friday 10am – 7pm (last entry)
  • Sundays and Memorial Day 11am – 4pm (last entry)
  • Monday: Closed (except Memorial Day)
  • $30 general admission; $25 seniors; available at the door
  • For group rates, call 415-447-3115


Watch for more detailed stories about a few of the home’s fabulous transformations. And after you attend the Showcase, tell us with a comment about your favorite spaces.

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4 Comments for “San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2010”

Love all the pics – what great design. Among the faves are the spiral lighting, the elegant chalkboard and the great solution on the dormer area. Beautiful post!

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