This year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase features many black and muted colors from purple to blue throughout many of the designs. There weren’t many vivid colors used in the showcase which was disappointing for me because I absolutely love color. My favorite room was the living room designed by the amazing Phillip Silver. He was inspired by the sophisticated 1960’s fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent. The hot pink and burnt orange accent colors are from YSL’s “rive gauche” label which just makes the room pop! It is pure luxury. Other colorful rooms showcased were the boy’s bathroom with pops of yellow on the wall and blue tile designed by De Meza + Architecture, Inc. and the girl’s bathroom surrounded by red lip patterned wallpaper designed by Nest Design Co., Inc. Other than that, a common theme among some of the designers included lots of black and white with various patterns and textures on walls, floors, and ceilings. “Her dressing room” designed by Heather Hilliard was absolutely stunning, but felt like you were walking into a boutique store. Beautiful, elegant, yet almost too delicate to be touched and used. I also really enjoyed the “En Vogue Salon” designed by Tineke Triggs, especially the photographic artwork which was the focal point of the bathroom. However, I question the functionality of the space as the tub seems too small to fit the average person. All in all, the designs were stunning, creative, and absolutely luxurious from an aesthetic viewpoint. When it comes to functionality, that’s another story as some rooms just don’t appear to be functional, especially if a family with young kids occupy the space. I believe there should be good balance between aesthetics and functionality when it comes to design. It isn’t just about how beautiful a space looks, but more importantly, how the space will be used by the people living there. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to see the showcase which is for a good cause- to raise money for the financial aid program for SF University high school students. Check out some of the designs from this year’s decorator showcase and let me know what you think of them!