Situated on one of the toniest streets in Pacific Heights, the home selected for the 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase is this stunning 8,368 square foot 1929 French Normandy mansion. Over the past 2 1/2 months a bevy of designers have been busily constructing, painting, decorating and readying their rooms for the opportunity to display their talents to upwards of 20,000 patrons touring the home this month. Proceeds benefiting San Francisco University High School. I cannot imagine what mayhem must have ensued during those months! I picture a sort of 'Top Design' times 10!
While every room provided inspiration and curiosity, here are just a few of the highlights...
The Sitting Room designed by The Charles De Lisle Workshop stopped me in my tracks with the dramatic and alluring floor-to-ceiling ruched wall treatment made with black and white gingham fabric. Charles explained to me that he was inspired by the current fashion trend to use ruffles in his design. While the idea of ruffles is supremely feminine, the crisp color combination of black + white + chartreuse and the addition of sleek and organic furnishings marry to create a look that does not gender typecast.
The dining room designed by Suzanne Tucker of Tucker & Marks, Inc was filled with so many beautiful things and inspiring ideas, I spent a long time walking around, just taking it all in. The room's design starting point was this incredible wall-to-wall piece. Notice the wire in place of glass - a detail that draws guests closer to observe the collections housed within.
The tabletop detail was incredible. The colors - coral, purple, gold and green harmoniously blended together. The chopsticks on the abalone shells got me thinking about menu possibilities for this glamorous fete...
And the bar! A lesson in styling. Start with a large tray - like this one by Ralph Lauren Home, place bottles and decanters in back, an assortment of glassware on smaller trays in front. Add some sparkle and silver pieces, unscented candles and soft lighting and you are well on your way to a great party!
No details were overlooked - including the hand-painted wallpaper on the ceiling! The beams were also refinished by Tucker and her design team.
Head upstairs and enter the guest bedroom designed by Will Wick. Ethereal and sexy. Flanked by french casement windows - one with a Juliet balcony, the metal bed is scantily clad in layers of white linen. Just as flowers look best against a white house and art is highlighted on white walls, bodies are most appealing in white sheets. With the bed as the centerpiece of the room, one can't help but assume that Wick designed the room with relaxing in mind. Actually, I read that he was inspired by the film, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and pictured the room in a coastal Italian villa.
Above a floating bureau is a beautiful selection of portraits, photographs and sketches of women.
And now for my personal favorite room... I'm starting with the before's to provide the best drum roll build-up possible without sound. The guest bathroom and dressing room designed by SagreraBrazil Design.
And now.... the after's.
The first thing I noticed in this gorgeous bathroom is the use of stone. The floor is made with honed carrera marble in small circles (a modern take on hex tile), framed with calcutta which was also used for the tub surround and vanity top. The detailed edges add so much dimension to the room.
The dressing room connects the Will Wick bedroom and the bathroom. I love how the wallpaper color coordinates with the large water photograph in the bedroom - a fortuitous coincidence! Honestly, is this little dressing table with the mirror in front of the window not absolute perfection?
Luckily, the day I toured the house, one of the designers - George Brazil was there and graciously explained all the details. Another great idea he shared -beveled mirrors in all of the closet door insets - even the ones up above. The sunlight reflecting off of all those mirrors made the closet feel more like a bright, cheerful room. The perfect spot to contemplate what to wear to the party awaiting in the dining room!
all 'after' photos courtesy of David Duncan Livingston.
And last, the incredible view from an upstairs window of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County completes my list of highlights. The showcase runs through May. For more info click here.
Have a great weekend!