Each Spring, Bay Area home enthusiasts flock to the San Francisco Decorator Showcase to get their design fix. If you're close to San Francisco, I recommend checking out this historic mansion's jaw-dropping transformation in person before it closes on May 27. Brimming with creative design solutions, I snapped some of my favorites that can be applied to any home. Keep reading to see which moments caught my lense!
Yesterday, I had the chance to attend a press preview of the 2012 San Francisco Decorator Showcase located in a historic Pacific Heights mansion. With over 31 beautiful spaces to browse and even more designers to meet, I left feeling incredibly inspired. Each space, whether it was a cramped elevator or a spacious dining room, was brimming with innovative design concepts. Although each space reflected the unique vision of the individual designer, they also worked remarkably well to create a cohesively stunning home. If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you should definitely make a trip to check out the showcase in person. Keep reading to see some of my favorite design moments from the tour, and let us know which one inspires you the most!
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As Nate Berkus so poignantly pointed out, "Paint is the greatest equalizer," because everyone can afford it and do it themselves, and it "cuts out the middle man between Fashion Week and your living room." Berkus was talking paint because he was speaking on behalf of Valspar, but I think the same is true for color in general. That said, I decided to take a look back at the gorgeously appointed interiors of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase for some color inspiration. I certainly can't afford to hire any of the designers involved to update my own interiors, but I can cull palettes to use in my home. A few rooms in particular wowed me with their perfectly chosen hues, so I thought I'd share. Check 'em out!
Now that you've seen my preview of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase and some lovely little vignettes from the mansion, I wanted to share with you some decorating ideas that I'm planning to steal! I'm not looking to hire an interior designer any time soon, but I do love to visit showhouses just for the sake of finding design inspiration. Come check out this slideshow for some very chic and clever decorating ideas!
One of my favorite things about the San Francisco Decorator Showcase was the posh Pacific Heights mansion's arresting bay view. Every room in the rear of the house looked out to the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin, Sausalito, and beyond. While I don't see myself living in a swanky house like this one anytime soon, the great thing about living in this hilly peninsula city is that so many apartments do have views of the bay or the Pacific Ocean.
But of course, it's not the only place with a waterfront view. I'm sure plenty of you live near the Atlantic, the Gulf Coast, on a lake, by a river, etc. Tell me, do you have a waterfront view?
Did you get a chance to check out my preview of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase? I hope so! If you're hankering for more interior design eye candy from the mansion, I've rounded up my favorite lovely little vignettes that the designers created! Check them out! I hope they inspire you to share some of your own decorating arrangements with our Lovely Little Vignettes group.
Last week the San Francisco Decorator Showcase opened in posh Pacific Heights, and I was lucky enough to attend the media preview day. If you saw my coverage of the 2010 showhouse, you might remember that it's one of my favorite events of the year! This time around, the new crop of designers did not disappoint, and I left feeling inspired and envious. If you live in the Bay Area, you can visit the showhouse through the end of the month (and I highly recommend it). If not, check out my preview for a peek at some of my favorite rooms.
Multiples pull on their mama's heartstrings and her purse strings! Buying in triple adds up and that's just for the basics! We were curious how much a stunning, tranquil nursery for a trio would set parents back. Tally these numbers — it's Marsh & Clark's price list from the lair they designed for the 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase.
- Marsh & Clark Design Custom Pieces
- Pull-Down Changing Table/Mirror ($700)
- Credenza ($10,000)
- Chandelier ($750)
- Crib ($1,500)
- Matlesse Pillows ($50)
- Hannspree Digital Picture Frame ($120)
- Fabric for bumper Coraggio Textiles
- Fabric for blankets/pillows Holland and Sherry Design by Marsh & Clark
- Crib Bedding (bumper, blanket, pillows) ($850)
To see the rest of the prices and more photos of this fabulous nursery, read more
Having triplets can be chaotic for a mother, but the trio's lair doesn't have to be! For the San Francisco 2010 Decorator Showcase, Marsh & Clark transformed an attic bedroom into a stunning and understated nursery for multiples. Stephanie Marsh Fillbrandt of the design firm offered up seven tips for "creating a stylish and safe cocoon for relaxing and bonding with baby." She said:
Safety is paramount when designing a nursery. To keep babies happy, healthy and toxin-free, consider all material compositions and finishes. For example, for our Decorator Showcase nursery for triplets, we created cribs from medite, a non-formaldehyde MDF and finished them with a soy-based, food-safe paint — safe for even the most active teethers. To prevent off-gassing, we used non-toxic paints and finishes throughout the room and selected organic or natural fibers for our bedding, carpets, and window treatments.
As with design in general, sustainability is important in a nursery — both in using sustainable materials as well as creating a design that will sustain a child through multiple stages of his or her life. For example we chose FSC-certified machiche on both of the crib bases as well as the credenza surround. We also used wool for the window seat covers, carpets, and the bumpers because it is a sustainable fabric.
To see the rest of Stephanie's tips and photos of the triplet nursery, read more