SFLuxe: San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013

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“Atelier” by Antonio Martins (Photo: Drew Kelly)

What would Spring be without the San Francisco Decorator Showcase?

The home for this year’s showcase was the “Herbst Manor” on 2800 Pacific Avenue, built in 1899 by English-born architect Ernest Coxhead, who had originally started his career in California designing churches, but later focused on residential architecture that included townhouses and large homes in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Berkeley.

Coxhead built the Georgian-style home for Mrs. Sarah Spooner who was a transplant from Philadelphia and an avid art collector, and whose handsome budget allowed for only the best European craftsmen and finest materials.  But only years later before the 1906 earthquake, real estate investor Herman Shainwald and his wife Matilda purchased the residence.  In 1914 it changed hands once again and became the long time family home of Union Iron Works’ president John A. McGregor and his heirs.

In 1967 furniture store chain owner Adrian Herbst Gruhn and his wife, Jazz singer Lee Herbst Gruhn acquired the grand 19th century home and gave it a bit of a late ‘60s / ‘70s makeover, loaded with Mrs. Herbst Gruhn’s exuberant style.  It was exhibited with endless walls of mirrors, gold paint, bejeweled carousal horses and stuffed animals.  Mrs. Herbst Gruhn was also known as a consummate hostess, entertaining society and royalty alike.

Once again her home was transformed by 27 designers who set the stage for a month-long slew of parties, including the patron and opening galas attended by supporters of the showcase’s beneficiary San Francisco University Highschool and noted design connoisseurs.

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Design Bureau deems our work inspiring

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I am honored to have Mavelous Coffee & Wine Bar included in Design Bureau Magazine’s special edition of “Inspiring Interiors: A Collection of the Best Interior Design Around the World- Where You Live, Where You Work Where You Play”.  Thank you Design Bureau!

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We are in great company, amongst local fab Nicole Hollis, design powerhouse Kelly Wearstler, New York-based international architecture force ARCHI-TECTONICS, fashionista Aly Daly, Boston’s art-inspired firm Planeta Basque, Brazilian modernist architects studio mk27, Vietnam’s A21 Studio, India’s Mancini Design, hot London designer Victoria Vogel, Australia’s design pair of Mr. Mitchell, South Africa’s Antoni Associates and SAOTA, Germany’s NPS Tchoban Voss.

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You can subscribe to Design Bureau for 50% off the cover price and get 10 issues a year for $ 40.00 in the US and $ 80.00 internationally.  If you are not familiar with the magazine check it out.



RED teams up with FAB.com to save lives

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Many of you may know that I have been involved in DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN for over twelve years.  Not only is it an unbelievably fabulous design event throughout the US, each city raises much needed funds to continue the fight against AIDS.  One often forgets that no cure has been found yet, and countless adults and children currently do not receive the treatment they need to combat the decease.  A number of other worthy organizations besides DIFFA are working hard on finding a cure and helping those in need of care.

Among them is (RED), a division of ONE Campaign, founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS.  To date, (RED) has generated an impressive $200 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia.


An easy process with great results 

I know you all love to shop, and it is easy to contribute by selecting (RED) products when you shop online.  (RED) has partnered with Fab.com with a special sale where up to 50% of profits will go to the Global Fund.  Take a look at some of these FAB (RED) items.

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“Clocky” rolling alarm clock by Nanda Home


Clockwise from top: “Original” lounge chair, “Juice Pack Reserve”, “Muna” chair, “Juice Pack” power station, “Kibé” belt, Moroccan pouf, “R2” coffee table, “Admi(RED) & Desi(RED)” tee at Fab.com

Also, Bed Bath & Beyond offers the (RED)EEM gift card.  For each $ 25.00 gift card $ 1.00 will go to the Global Fund.

So add some red to your home and wardrobe and shop (RED)!