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Sneak Peek: 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is celebrating its 40th anniversary in grand fashion. The 11,000-square-foot Classical Revival house, built in 1904 by architects Newsom & Newsom, has been re-imagined by some of the region’s top interior designers. The decorated rooms are not intended to create a unified interior but instead to showcase each designer’s style.

This year’s home belongs to a blended family of 10, so creating rooms to comfortably and stylishly accommodate the large family was a priority for many of the designers. Visitors to the show house enter through an impressive rounded front portico with columns and an ornate balustraded roof


Living Room: April in Paris
Designer: Jonathan Rachman Design

This grand room was inspired by the famed green salon in the Paris home of French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy. With its green hand-embroidered silk wall coverings from de Gournay, green upholstered furniture and green accessories, the space just might make you, well, green with envy. The stunning chandelier by Boyd Lighting features 1,000 brass “teardrops.” The ceiling is original to the house, but interior designer Jonathan Rachman and his team applied gold-leaf paint to the ceiling’s plaster medallions.

Library: New Dutch Masters
Designer: Martin Kobus Home

Old-world elegance meets modern innovation in the wood-paneled library. The paneling is original, but designer Martin Kobus and his team stained it a dark espresso. The cognac-colored leather modular seating in the center of the room and the circular light fixture above were designed by Kobus.

A Dutch native, Kobus wanted to honor the legendary artists from his homeland, such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, with two photographic portraits he created as a modern interpretation of Baroque art. The two portraits are printed on silk and mounted on custom light boxes.

Dining Room: A Walk in the Clouds
Designer: Chloe Warner

“The room has such formal bones that I wanted to tone it down a bit, and make it more casual and fun for a family with so many kids,” says interior designer Chloe Warner.

A collection of paper lanterns over the dining table evokes clouds in the sky and adds a whimsical touch to the space. Warner found the midcentury dining chairs on eBay and says they were in “pretty bad shape.” She had San Francisco-based Revitaliste reupholster the chairs and powder-coat the frames in sky blue.

The kitchen’s bay window alcove includes a custom built-in banquette. The bench seats are covered in leather, and the backs are covered in antique grain sack fabric from Belgium. The ceiling and walls are covered in a Thibaut wallpaper that mimics the look of marble.

With the addition of three sheepskin-covered stools, the large banquette can accommodate up to 10 guests, or in this case, one big family.

Stair Landing: Deconstructed Delight
Designer: Elan Evans

The walls of the home’s grand central staircase feature the work of decorative wall artist Elan Evans. Created out of gold-leaf paper, the pattern was inspired by M.C. Escher’s artwork Liberation (1955). It also reflects the condition of the house when Evans first saw it before the remodel: “It felt like the home was deconstructed; the first floor was traditional, while the upper floors had been taken apart over the years and reflected a more modern lifestyle.”