Custom window coverings and a low-slung sofa frame the spectacular view of Alcatraz in the San Francisco Decorator Show House 2012 Listening Room. Designer Matthew MacCaul Turner conceived of the chandelier design expressly for the space.
A Greek sculpture dating to 100 B.C. and an oil painting by Masatoyo Kishi juxtapose elements of history and modernity in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012 Listening Room, designed by Matthew MacCaul Turner.
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow lots of natural light to pour into this elegant cream-colored living room. White ceiling beams add architectural interest and emphasize the room’s height. Neutral furnishings, a traditional rug, full-length gold drapes and the baby-grand piano add to the room’s sophisticated, timeless look. Design by Kristi Nelson.
This traditional living room exudes luxury with an ornate floral-themed crystal chandelier beneath a lattice ceiling detail and a large gold-framed mirror above the fireplace that visually expands the space. The sitting area is perfectly arranged for an easy conversation by the fire or listening to someone perform a piano piece.
Elegant furnishings create a formal sitting room by the fireplace to either enjoy coffee and conversation or listen to music by piano. French doors and large windows allow ample light to flood the space, and a crystal chandelier and exposed beam ceiling add chic finishing touches to the design.
Floor-to-ceiling wood paneling creates a classic environment in this elegant sitting room. Elaborate moldings add traditional detail to the space, while a small round table surrounded by comfortable chairs is a great spot to chat, play a game or listen to music.
Guests on the terrace can gaze at beautiful views while listening to soft piano music in the background coming from this elegant, classic music room. Large, open french doors provide ample natural lighting and allow for unobstructed views of the outdoor space.
The living room is the area that homeowner Richard Long considers the introverted area of the house: This is where the family goes for quiet moments: listening to or playing music, reading or pausing for a minute of reflection. It adjoins the dining room, which is painted a dark gray for a cozy feel. “Our goal is to have an art collection,” says Richard, “so we wanted a color that would fade into the background and let the art stand out.” Simple but glossy moldings and creamy walls are set off by the rich textures of leather, jute and wood in the living room.