Decorator Showcase, San Francisco Top 10 – Part 2

A mixologist quarters, a luxe kitchen with glittery accents, an imaginative retreat for a little roamer, a potting shed, a gallery retreat, a bathroom with million dollar views – all here in Part 2 of our roundup of Top Ten Rooms from San Francisco’s Decorator Showcase 2014.  You can read Part 1 here.



For the first time this year, the Decorator Showcase featured House Beautiful magazine’s Kitchen of the Year designed by Steven Miller, of San Francisco’s Steven Miller Design Studio. With copper and stainless steel accents displayed against black cabinets and a white floor, this kitchen oozes glamour.


Stunning hand cut black and silver iridized glass, split honeycomb mosaic tiles from the Chrysalis collection by Ann Sacks and the luminescent ‘Quartz’ glittery wall covering by  Phillip Jeffries are softened with inclusion of Peruvian walnut countertops and custom engraved wooden shelves.



Copper accents and a walnut countertop warm up the high contrast black enameled cabinetry by KraftMaid Cabinetry and White Caesar Stone quartz surfaces.



We love how the light reflects off the tiles under the window ledge and the sculptural and textural quality to the furnishings in the sitting area.



In addition to the kitchen area itself is a space which Steven transformed into a luxurious and chic sitting area; where guests can sip, chat and take in the view. What’s more, there’s a fully stocked bar area inset into the wall!  The large art piece above and furnishings from The New Black (NWBLK).


Master Bathroom


With a sophisticated color palette of contrasting creams, greys and carbons; exquisite DaVinci marble tiles and Kreoo marble bowl with wood easel base; together with the million dollar views that can be enjoyed from the natural wicker Kreoo chaise lounge – it is impossible not to love this space designed by Jaimie Belew.



This calm and airy oasis oozes sophistication – from the Kartell lucite etegere to the freestanding marble wash basin with unlacquered brass faucets from Waterworks.


We couldn’t think of a more perfect piece of artwork than the feline photo (Chromogenic print of a untitled cat, 1996 by Todd Hido) which both sets the tone but also adds a little humor to the space.


The Potting Shed


If we were ever on the fence about taking up gardening, this lovely little Potting Shed designed by RS McDannell would change that in an instant.  Tucked away under the house and off the main terraced garden, this adorable and beautifully styled Potting Shed consists of  two small rooms –  the first clearly for getting you hands dirty (filled with plants, pots, trimmers etc) and the other – a peaceful little nook where you can relax and put your feet up after all that gardening.


A perfect and peaceful little nook for reading up about the latest in gardening or sipping a refreshing drink from the adorable vintage bar cart.


Mixologist Quarters


Wine cellars are so… well, last year.  We were thrilled to see that Reba Jones of Butler Armsden Architects decided to mix things up this year by creating a ‘Mixologist Quarters’ – an inspirational space where the home owner can craft special libations. With it’s graphic cut mirrored ceiling and brightly painted floor, cool beats pumping in the room, a waft of fresh ingredients to choose from, and a red neon glow – this room played on all our senses. It’s both swinging and cerebral. An exciting and creative space to hang out with your friends.



The custom painted floor draws its inspiration from the graphic work of Frank Stella, while the room on the whole has a David Hicks quality to it with its graphic patterns and light reflective lucite and mirrors.




Imaginative Retreat for the Little Roamer

The existing vintage wallpaper designed by Diago Giacometti for Clarence House (probably worth a small fortune now) was the starting point for the room design by Regan Baker.  You could say this room and its inherited wallpaper was the perfect fit for this Texas raised interior designer (and mother of two young children) who immediately dreamt up a playful retreat for an adventurous and resourceful little roamer.


Any child who loves adventure is certain to love this homemade fort which covers a custom bed; providing refuge after a long day of adventure. The tent not only looks adorable, but is interactive too.  Cleverly designed, it can be extended to cover the full length of the room. We love the denim linen canopy, use of leather belts on the window blinds, and the felt, cotton and leather soft cuddly creatures throughout the room.


There are plenty of furry friends for the Little Roamer, like these adorable stuffed animals from Coral & Tusk.


These custom poufs made of leather and burlap create the perfect seating for this active young child. The tent, pouf’s, window treatments, bedding, pillows and floor pillows are custom designs by Regan Baker.


Whist not technically a room we felt this space was an important addition to our roundup of Top Ten rooms.

Gallery Retreat and Reflect


Landscape Designer Katharine Webster and Architect Thayer Hopkins transformed a former dog run and dog house into two outdoor  “rooms” – Gallery Retreat and Reflect.

Katharine Webster’s ‘Gallery Retreat’ combines unexpected sensations of entering an indoor and outdoor exhibition. Luminous ceiling panels create light and dark patterns, walls are lined by panels of art inspired by nature and sculptural hanging chairs add to both the gallery and retreat experience.


Beyond this area is a brick path framed by sculptural walls and a canopy of Rhododendrons which leads your eye towards a magnificent mirrored abstract sculpture that reflects light and shadow.


We admire the selection of this beautiful jewel-like modern garden sculpture placed in such a traditional setting.   It both blends in and stands out at the same time.


In addition to all the stand out rooms at Decorator Showcase we wanted to highlight some of the fabulous modern art pieces not already covered in our roundup of Top Ten Rooms.


Left Image: Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts presented Klari Reis’s Hypochondria series consisting of mixed media and epoxy polymer on a floating aluminum panel.  Right Image: Interior Designer Tineke Triggs worked with art consultant, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts to commission this beautiful ballerina wire torso by Kristine Mays – a perfect addition to her teenage girls room.



Left: Alexander Ray of Five Sense Art showcased Martin Bialas’s Bronze Letters.”Deluge” in the upper staircase. We love the non-restricted nature of this piece. It appears almost as the letters and numbers are floating in air.  Right: Our eyes were instantly drawn to this modern art piece  which features a collage of Kate Moss – wrapping around the traditional staircase.  Designer Jonathan Rachman adapted this piece by Caroline Lizarraga by slicing it into panels and layering them onto champagne and smoke-colored mirrors.



Another dramatic art piece was the ‘Infinite Butterfly Mirror’ by Jocelyn Marsh. Displayed above the fire mantle in the traditional Dining Room designed by Sagrera Brazil Design, the butterflies appear to virtually follow you around the room.

Inspired? Check out the Decorator Showcase for yourself. It is open till May 26 or read Part 1 of our Top Ten Rooms at Decorator Showcase, San Francisco 2014.

We would love to hear which room is your favorite. If you have a favorite room, let us know in the comments.

About – San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Open through May 26. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday and Memorial Day. Closed Monday, except Memorial Day. 3660 Jackson St., S.F. Tickets available in advance or at the door. General admission: $35. Seniors and students: $30.

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