5 Things We Loved at this Year’s Showcase Home

SF Decorators ShowcaseIf you live in the Bay Area and have an appreciation for interior design, or just enjoy peeking inside seriously stunning homes – the SF Decorator’s Showcase is a must-see (it ends this weekend!). This year’s venue was a jaw-dropping mansion perched atop Telegraph Hill boasting expansive views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate. While the exterior views alone are nothing short of spectacular, the interior is what steals the show.

The idea behind the SF Decorator’s Showcase home is that each room or area is designed by a different designer. So as you stroll the many corridors of the home, you never know what sort of style you’ll stumble upon next–my kind of adventure! Here’s a little recap of some design trends we loved at this year’s Showcase home:

SF Decorators Showcase1. Patterns on patterns

Gone are the days where mixing patterns was considered taboo. Stephan Jones proved this concept flawlessly with his moody, yet charismatic study. His Zak + Fox upholstered furniture won our hearts as his earthy color palate and masculine styling soothed our eyeballs.

SF Decorators Showcase2. Anything but ordinary walls

Finding the restraint in my urge to draw myself a bath in Tineke Triggs master bathroom proved difficult. From the dark metal fixtures to the geometric glass overlay situated behind the tub, the space emanated a rockstar-chic vibe.

SF Decorators Showcase3. Woven and webbed

As if the master bath wasn’t enough of a feat, Tineke Triggs nailed it again in her master bedroom design. I absolutely loved the combination of lines and textures happening with this seating situation. A bold, webbed black chair softened with a plush sheepskin throw – a recipe for perfection!

SF Decorators Showcase4. Artfully arranged artifacts

Our final praise over Tineke Triggs’ space–this little monochromatic desktop vignette. I loved the collected and asymmetric look of this stylish writing desk.

SF Decorators Showcase5. Feminine/masculine balance

Last but not least, we loved the juxtaposition of dark masculine pieces with an artistic floral pastel backdrop in the dining area designed by Martin Kobus. The combination of darks, pastels and brass made this wall equally dramatic as the bay views out the opposite window. We were also in love with his kitchen design (below).

SF Decorators Showcase

We always leave the SF Decorator’s Showcase home feeling inspired (and slightly envious). The showcase house is located at 298 Chestnut Street and admission is $35. The home will be open through the end of the long weekend so be sure to squeeze in a visit if you haven’t already!

Photos by Ali Hartwell and Caitlin Flemming for Sacramento Street

Outdoor Living with Martha Stewart

Outdoor Living with Martha Stewart 1In San Francisco, outdoor space is a rare and coveted thing for a home. Sometimes the space is small but taking advantage of even a postage stamp backyard can mean having a place to enjoy a lunch with friends or to just read the newspaper on a lazy Saturday morning.

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Recently, I decided it was time to spruce up my diminutive garden to make it a place I could actually use. I wanted it to be simple so maintaining it would not be a burden. To begin with, I decided on a beautiful outdoor set of table and chairs made of eucalyptus. This seemed perfect for a backyard within walking distance to the Presidio and its eucalyptus grove. This patio furniture set by Martha Stewart (available at Home Depot) and the rug is perfect for both comfort and beauty.

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While the backyard has two olive trees and beautiful clematis vines, it was still a bit sparse so I called on The Plant Library to do their magic with the space. The plants they brought instantly transformed the space. I love the idea of renting plants and not worrying about their care – I have the worst green thumb. Yet when I go into the garden, it looks curated. Now my dream of lunch with friends or a quiet moment with a cup of tea can easily be a reality.

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When entertaining in your garden, no matter its size, keep the décor simple. The beauty of being outdoors in the fresh air is all you need. Unless, of course, you are entertaining in San Francisco – then be sure to also have a nice shawl available in case one of your guests is cold in the sea breeze and fog!

Photos by Delbarr Moradi for Sacramento Street

Keeping It Neutral

StripesAs time goes by, I have become more and more attracted to clothing in a neutral palate. There are days I barely have time to throw on clothes with a toddler running circles around me. It also means that virtually everything in my closet can be mixed and worn together. This simplifies my life in more ways than I can say.

SneakersThere are far too many decisions to be made in the span of a day for me to worry about what to wear. It isn’t that I don’t love clothes – believe me I do – but I can’t hesitate when I get ready and I need what I wear to move between a wide variety of activities – client meetings, messy play with my son, or a trip to the flower market for a photo shoot.

Layers StaplesAll of these outfits I hold as inspiration in my neutral layers when I dress. How do you create your wardrobe? I’d love to know if you have any suggestions.

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Room Anatomy: Black & White Airy Dining Room


We fell head over heels the first time we laid eyes on this airy, monochromatic dining space. Between the bright white walls and floors, we imagine the dining experience here to be similar to that of dining on a cloud. The Koushi lights and mix of rustic and modern elements make this space feels like an updated and chic twist on beach decor. If you find yourself as inspired by this look as we are, we’ve rounded up a few pieces to help you achieve something similar:

Room Anatomy TemplateResources:

Koushi Light | African Baskets | Dining Table | Floor Mirror | Bench | Monstera Plant | Candle Holders | Antique Pottery | Dining Chair

One of the keys to achieving this look is the playful variation of scale. A tasteful amount of oversized pieces (we’re loving the giant pottery!) can serve to add a healthy dose of visual interest. We also love the look of double floor mirrors to give the illusion of more space.

Looking for more beautiful spaces to recreate on your own? Be sure to check out our Room Anatomy archives!

Image via Honestly WTF

Written by Ali Hartwell for Sacramento Street

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