Inspired Designs for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase

3660 Jackson3660 Jackson Street, home of the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase (Photo: courtesy of Bartlett  Real Estate) 

Preparations for this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase are in high gear in the stately ivy-covered 9,000 square-foot brick mansion on 3360 Jackson Street, originally built in 1907 for Rose and Alfred Sutro by renowned San Francisco Architect Alfred H. Jacobs who also designed the Curran Theater.  Among the 25 interior designers and architects are selected this year are Coddington Design, Butler Armsden Architects, Sagrera Brazil, Matthew MacCaul Turner, Antonio Martins and Steven Miller whose submission won him the coveted kitchen, family room and deck.  For the very first time a decorator showcase will replace the Rockefeller Plaza as the home of House Beautiful’s “Kitchen of the Year”.  Steven follows into the footsteps of celebrity designers like Christopher Peacock, Mick de Giulio and Jeff Lewis, as well as star chef Tyler Florence.  I have known Steven for many years, and I know that he is up for the task and will knock it out of the park.

To give you taste of what’s to come here are some of the concepts:

Matthew MacCaul Turner was equally inspired by the bay view and random paint splatters on the sub floor in one of the bedrooms and decided to turn it into an artist studio that serves as both an observatory and a creative retreat.  The floor is becoming its own piece of art, manipulated with buckets of paint and total abandon by the spirited artist Gina Jacupke.

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Drawing for “California Palette: An Artist’s Home Studio And Observatory” by MacCaul Turner Design

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Painted floor in “California Palette: An Artist’s Home Studio And Observatory” by MacCaul Turner Design

Melanie Coddington designed a guest suite that is a peaceful retreat by selecting a subdued palette, interesting silhouettes accented with pops of pattern and lots of designer details.

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 Guest Suite by Coddington Design

Cecilia Sagrera Hill and George Brazil of Sagrera Brazil pointed out that few things are more delightful than leisurely meals shared with family and friends.  Their design and exuberant color palette are aimed to compliment the room’s exquisitely hand-painted pink wallpaper.   Evocative of an enchanted garden – light, airy and filled with the colors of springtime – this sumptuous space is the perfect place to savor good food, good conversation and good company.

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Antonio Martin’s presentation was genius!  He created an article for W magazine, in which he told the story of his very personal inspiration surrounding a family heirloom in the form of a stunning carved 17th century Portuguese bed offset against a modern interpretation of the iconic blue and white Azulejo tiles, which are being hand-painted in an over scale design by the talented Katherine Jacobus and Linda Horning, a project that is taking weeks.

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Magazine for “Once Upon a Time There Was a Bed” by Antonio Martins Interior Design

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Magazine pages for “Once Upon a Time There Was a Bed” by Antonio Martins Interior Design

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Magazine pages for “Once Upon a Time There Was a Bed” by Antonio Martins Interior Design

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 Magazine pages for “Once Upon a Time There Was a Bed” by Antonio Martins Interior Design

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Magazine pages for “Once Upon a Time There Was a Bed” by Antonio Martins Interior Design

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Water color rendering of “Once Upon a Time There Was a Bed” by Antonio Martins Interior Design

Steven Miller’s kitchen is a cosmopolitan study in black and white with emerald green textures from the interior and exterior plants and the long views through the Presidio. He is accenting rich black enameled cabinetry with Peruvian walnut and a combination of luxurious brushed and polished metal hardware.  The centerpiece of this transitional design is a custom quartz crystal encrusted ceiling cove installation by Melbourne based lighting designer Christopher Boots, an exclusive to Miller’s NWBLK gallery.

For the adjacent family room he opted for a contemporary and urbane approach inspired by the fact that this space was a late 20th century addition to the otherwise very traditional house.  Shagreen-textured wall covering and an eclectic mix of comfortable and casual furnishings set the tone.

For the deck Steven is collaborating with Frank Eddy of Neo-American Gardens to play with multitudes of textures, forms and shades in an emerald palette.

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Rendering of kitchen by Steven Miller Design Studio 

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Presentation board for kitchen, family room and deck by Steven Miller Design Studio 

Designer Reba Jones of Butler Armsden is turning the home’s wine cellar into mixologists quarters named “Try This My Love”.  Jones describes, “This room examines the endless pursuit of blending. Colors, aromas and memory are comingling in one space with the promise of multiple possibilities from one concoction.  The rigidly structured dispensary contrasts the chaos of the floor.  Elixirs recreate the taste of a moment in time.  By blending the familiar with new, both in materials and concept, endless options are at hand inspiring the creator and taster alike.  … to you health and happiness.  Cheers!”

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Pencil sketch of “Try This My Love” by Butler Armsden

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Pencil sketch of “Try This My Love” by Butler Armsden

Once again, the Financial Aid Program of the San Francisco University High School is the beneficiary of the 37th San Francisco Decorator Showcase.  The program has raised $ 12.5 million over the past three decades.  Tickets are available for the opening night gala on April 25th.  But act quickly, as the event sells out every year.  After that, the home will be open for tours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm, Thursday and Friday from 10:00am to 7:00pm, and Sunday and Memorial Day from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  It will be closed on Mondays.  Tickets start at $ 175.00 for the opening night gala and are $ 30.00 for tours.

All images were provided by the designers.  I would love to hear what you think.








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Ceramics by Brad Miller at Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Photo: Brice Stanek)


The debut of FOG Design + Art at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason demonstrated that San Francisco, despite its size, is a great art city.

Founded by event designer Stanlee Gatti, interior designer Douglas Durkin, and the late Elaine McKeon, the four-day show celebrating 20th and 21st century “design in all its forms” featured prominent dealers from around the country, exhibiting progressive design and art that set an entirely new standard for the Bay Area, with over 4,000 visitors attending.

The overall look of the fair felt fresh, modern and exclusive. Collections were displayed in a minimal and highly curated fashion. A number of participating gallerists compared FOG Design + Art to some of the best international shows they have exhibited in!

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