For the past 40 years the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has selected a house in the city to be transformed by some of the region’s finest interior designers and landscapers. The designers are invited to each reimaging a different space in the home to create a unique interior to be explored by visitors over the course of a month. The admission fee for each entry goes towards the showcase’s main goal of raising funds for the San Francisco University High School financial aid program, which in turn allows hundreds of deserving Bay Area students access to world-class college preparatory education.
Over the last 40 years the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has raised over $15 million and now contributes over $500,000 a year to the program. Running from 29th April – 29th May 2017, this year’s showcase is housed at 2698 Pacific Avenue at Scott Street in the heart of Pacific Heights. The LuxPad takes a look at the 2017 house…
Built in 1904 by architects Samuel and Sidney Newsom, the building was notable for its pebble dashed stucco exterior and represents a transition in designs at the time. Moving on from the Victorian designs favored by the older generations, 2698 Pacific Avenue was a part of the Classical Revival movement championed by the younger generations of the time. Italian Renaissance inspired, the grand mansion spans more than 11,000sqft with eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms and countless old-world detailing.
For the 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase the home was turned over to nearly thirty designers, landscapers and artists to bring each individual space to life. With so many rooms and areas to explore, it is nearly impossible to pick out highlights. The living room has been created by Jonathan Rachman Design which is one of the most vibrant spaces called ‘A Muse’ing April in Paris’. The striking green room plays with tone and pattern to form a formidable spring-inspired force. The master bedroom has been transformed into a suite fit for royalty with a plush living area situated in the bay window to the back of the house. Designed by the Martin Group, it is blend cool neutrals with rich blue and red.
Some of the smallest spaces in the house pack the biggest design punches with the designers utilizing their creativity to make the most of the little room they had. The Curio Closet by Krista Hoffman, marks the designer’s first foray into the San Francisco Decorator Showcase where she has turned a simple hallway closet into a small bar and art display center. Kari McIntosh was chosen to take on the space between the master bedroom and master bath which she named ‘The Balancing Point’. Providing a point of restoration and balance away from everyday life, this space is a personal office for the owners of the house to escape to to plan out their busy lifestyles.
With many more rooms to discover, the 40th San Francisco Decorator Showcase needs to be seen to be believed and the exhibition is open for viewings until Monday 29th May. For tickets and more information on the San Francisco University High School financial aid program, visit the showcase’s website.