When she first visited the site of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, landscape designer Katharine Webster noted blank, rectangular spaces in the entry leading to the home's front door. With voices of her Harvard professors in her head saying, "don't make corners for squirrels to die in," Webster filled the blank spaces with artwork and drought-tolerant shrubs.
Chocolate-colored walls and floors create intimacy in this grand family room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, while marble mosaic tiles bounce light throughout the space. Designer Kathleen Navarra arranged a breakfast table topped with Copper Dune marble -- a stain-resistant marble with a warm brown finish -- to enjoy picturesque views of the San Francisco Bay.
Architect Julia Morgan, whose original design is seen in the curved detail of the front entry and doors in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, often placed an emphasis on an interplay between exterior and interior spaces. The French doors seen here open wide to create a continuous gathering area between the front garden and entry.
A bright, intimate room adjacent to the dining room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 serves as a salon for tea, beverages or small social gatherings. Alison Davin of Jute selected a counter-height wood and metal bar as a spot to offer beverage service or fill in as a food buffet for larger gatherings.
Struck by the mathematical intricacies required to design the home which played host to the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, designer Candace Barnes chose to incorporate geometric shapes throughout the grand entry and staircase. Pyramidal shapes are repeated in the hand-blown crystal chandelier, Myke Reilly painting, bronze and granite table and the nailheads trimming the stairwell carpet.
Designer Cecilie Starin repurposed spray paint cans used by muralist Ian Ross, whose work is displayed on the San Francisco Decorators Showcase 2015 dining room's walls. The cans serve as colorful art installations and can be easily moved around within the installations. The urban design is juxtaposed by a Louis XVI mirror hung over the black marble fireplace.
Inspired by David Hockney's 1978 artwork" Swimming Pool with Reflection," designer Gregg De Meza created a whimsical bathroom for the young boy at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Street artist Jeremy Novy painted the bright yellow no-diving symbol, while a floating blue vanity and pooling mosaic tile on the floor invoke a sense of pool water.
Designer Kristi Will chose a 24-karat gold for the powder room at the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase as a nod to opulent Art Deco design and a touch of ultimate luxury. A black vanity with glossy finish helps balance the shine of the sink and, with the mirror and architectural trim, anchor the design.
Designer Jo Ann Hartley selected a vibrant, rainbow-like rug to anchor the sophisticated third-floor lounge at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014. Orange leather seating punches through the more subtle taupe and gray tones that cover the walls and other furniture, while a blocked wall hanging above the sitting area adds a finishing touch.
The Presidio Heights home featured in the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase was built in 1917 for Abraham Rosenberg, whose company was the largest exporter of fruits and nuts in the early 20th century. Landscape designer Katharine Webster and her team created the wood art installation is meant to invoke deconstructed packing crates and fills a windowless wall.
Landscape architect Davis Dalbok's inspiration for the front terrace at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase was of the sea rising and a rogue wave overtaking the garden, leaving behind flotsam and jetsam. Firestick plants mimic the look of coral, and a pair of "mer-horses" and Indonesian clam shells with chromed "pearls" represent the sea creatures.
Inspired by art depicting a yellow diving board set above blue pool water, designer Gregg De Meza created a whimsical bathroom for the young boy at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Street artist Jeremy Novy created the bright yellow no diving symbol, while a floating blue vanity and pooling mosaic tile on the floor invoke a sense of pool water.
A glass panel tinted in a dark brown hue is hung in front of a window at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, obscuring a less-than-ideal view. Two squares were left without paint to allow the natural light into the kitchen. As day turns to the night, the squares come to match the painted parts of the glass.
The entry to the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 master suite features a video artwork installation by Adam Chapman. "The Starling Drawings" features a series of drawings with gray dots which represent starlings and when looped together create dynamic, fluid movement on the screen. The dark-trimmed space is balanced by an oversized gold console table selected by designer Will Wick.
Inspired by the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and the Rive Gauche collection that he launched in 1966, interior designer Phillip Silver selected bold colors, glamorous accents and well-tailored pieces for the living room of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. A Portuguese chandelier crowns the room, which is filled with French-style furnishings from Silver's own line.
A study of architect Julia Morgan's work is lightly concealed by sheer curtains at the far end of the guest room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Designer Glenda Flaim selected the artwork as a nod to how people live in home design. "It is contrasting how an architect creates the space and how people live in that space," Flaim says.
Though at first glance the office at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 appears perfectly traditional, a closer look reveals a charred cedar wood writing desk that offers a bit of destructive, rustic charm. "The design was inspired by the idea that some of the most beautiful pieces of literature, art and design result from destruction," designer Brittany Haines says.
A retreat for the adults of the household and their guests, the Pent Room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 includes space for a game of pool, beverage service and intimate seating areas. A wall of windows offer a view of the San Francisco Bay, and the warm wine-colored walls elegantly frame the stunning sunsets seen over the water.