This year’s 2018 San Francisco Decorator Showcase featured minimalist designs, lots of whites, dark moody colors, pinks, metallics, and interesting wall coverings such as fringe, that provided lots of texture and visual appeal. The Showcase is located in the Marina Green this year, not far from Pacific Heights and Telegraph Hill where previous showcases took place. The 1930’s Spanish-Mediterranean home built by architect George McCrea, features six beds, five and a half baths, and about 4,800 square feet. For the first time in 41 years, the showcase featured a large-scale outdoor temporary art installation that explores color to challenge the viewer’s visual perception. Titled “Eye’s on Hue”, Artist AJ Oishi in collaboration with Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, carefully chose each hue and position within the multi colored array of her classic bullseye design. Oishi’s art will likely be the most popular instagrammable moment for the SF Decorator Showcase! 28 Bay Area interior designers are given a room where their creative magic is expressed and displayed for the public to raise money benefiting the financial aid program for San Francisco University High School students.
AJ Oishi in collaboration with Simon Breitbard Fine Arts
Once you enter, you are greeted by a shimmering metallic cloud patterned wallpaper that makes you feel like you are floating high above the sky surrounded by pure elegance and softness. The giraffe-inspired print stair runner adds luxury and opulence to the entrance. To the right, the subdued neutral living room feels calm and serene, the perfect place to retreat and sink into after a long day in the external world. The artwork, by Jim Campbell, seems like it is moving as the ocean waves swash on shore. What makes this art so amazing is not only the beautiful lighting behind the artwork, but that you almost feel like you are at the ocean smelling the salty air and watching the waves hit the shore. It’s very calm and relaxing just looking at the amazing artwork. I could look at it for hours and sit in the room to meditate. As you move through the house, you’ll walk through an art salon dining room inspired by the breathtaking view of the Marin Headlands with materials and colors connected to sand, driftwood, sage, and sky. Simple furnishings with clean lines, neutral colors, and a composition of both found and hand-blown glass objects replacing the chandelier fills the space.
As you walk into the kitchen, the neutral color palette from the entrance, living room, and dining room transitions into color with navy blue lacquer cabinets, beautiful marble countertop with lots of texture, and Bluestar appliances. Inspired by 1930’s screwball comedies, the family room just past the kitchen, provide lots of bright colors from the yellow sofa to the playful artwork and rug. The large open space tells the story of a family journey through a day’s activities. On the second level, the master bedroom titled Ten Thousand Dreams is a luxurious sanctuary. The master bedroom is one of my favorite rooms designed by Jeff Schlarb. Inspired by romance, abundance, and comfort, the master bedroom is a place where dreams flourish. I LOVED the indigo fringe wallpaper in this room. It’s whimsical and adds so much texture to the space creating a warm, cozy, yet soft and sexy room. Then there’s the gender-neutral bathroom inspired by contemporary fashion trends blurring societal norms. This dark mysterious bathroom features hard stone surfaces mixed with woods, metal and glass that creates balance in a moody environment. In contrast to the bathroom, the nursery (also gender-neutral), titled Lemondrop Lullaby is bright and cheerful with yellow and mint colors in favor of the traditional pink or blue for girls and boys. Inspired by the uplifting essence of California lemon trees, the room displays exuberance with its hand-painted and sequin-embellished de Gournay wallpaper featuring lemon trees with bejeweled citron on the vines. The crib is a custom lucite Plexi-Craft four poster crib which adds a touch of modern elegance to the nursery. The nursery was beautifully designed with a soft, nuturing appeal. My other favorite design was the Lady Cave by Jon De La Cruz who designed the amazing kitchen in last year’s SF decorator’s showcase. Inspired by the inner child, The Lady Cave is a grown up version of a childhood retreat with richly embroidered linen tented walls, plush Moroccan rugs, deep tufted velvet sofas, and a lovely fragrance that is so soothing and calm, it makes you just want to melt in the room. The lady cave is reminiscent of childhood days where one could hide and read in a badly made tented fortress with soft pillows and cozy blankets. I could relax in this room all day long and feel at peace. It is truly worth seeing and smelling!
There were a lot more wonderful designs at the SF decorator’s showcase, but one thing was apparent. There was a unifying theme throughout the home. It was a desire to blend the indoors with the outdoors – to bring more of nature inside using natural materials creating a calm, soothing, and relaxing space which is so important especially in today’s fast paced technological world. Check out some amazing images at this year’s SF decorator’s showcase and let me know what you think!
Susan Lind Chastain & Willem Racke Studio