Claudia Juestel and Jan Showers (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
When I was at the Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles a few years ago I got a call from Kyle Bunting just as I was about to walk into the conference room to hear Jan Showers, one of the nation’s leading interior designers, speak. Turns out they are great friends, and he asked me to say hello. I just caught her at the end of her presentation as she hurried out to catch a plane back to Dallas for another event that same day. The jet-setting designer was clearly in a hurry, but Jan’s Southern grace still came through when she took the time to have a quick chat with me.
Naturally, I was really looking forward to spending more time with such a lovely lady, and I got a lot of that when we finally sipped tea at her suite at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco, overlooking the park and Grace Cathedral.
We talked about everything from her childhood dreams to her start in interior design and later furniture design, her family, her love for travel and what still may come. I was taken by Jan’s warmth and candor and feel so blessed to have spent such an enjoyable afternoon with her.
The success of our design largely depends on good collaborators. Our ideas and clients’ dreams could not be realized without the talents and hard work of the architects we partner with, the engineers that assure safety, the contractors that build our designs with quality and within budget and often tight deadlines, and the artisans that make our designs of furnishings come to life. But let’s not forget our clients who are perhaps the biggest partner in a design collaboration, who trust our vision, respect our skills and let us lead them into often new territory while appreciating our hard work and showing patience when certain things are not in our control. And let’s not forget my staff without whom I could not get it all done.
Craftsman pre-drilling holes
Architect Eliot Sutro testing the texture of concrete
Engineering of gazebo roof
Paul Benson, metal artisan extraordinaire
I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of you! Wishing you a very Happy Labor Day!
“About a Bed” master bedroom by Antonio Martins (Photo: Drew Kelly)
This year’s 37th San Francisco Decorator Showcase, benefitting the scholarship fund of San Francisco University High School, was being held at a gorgeous brick mansion on 3660 Jackson Street. Renowned San Francisco Architect Alfred H. Jacobs, who is perhaps best known for his design of the Curran Theater, designed it in 1907 for Alfred and Rose Sutro. The almost 9,000 sf house also boasts an expansive rear garden and beautiful views of the Presidio and San Francisco Bay. A young couple in finance purchased the home last July, and they have hired architect Gil Shafer and interior designer Miles Redd to expand and update the home for their family. But while these East Coast design powerhouses were working on reconfiguring their new residence, the owners graciously loaned it to University High School for this year’s showcase. 30 local designers transformed most of its rooms, expressing their visions of how they would see a young family living in this historic estate.