Friday, May 27, 2011

Last Chance! San Francisco Decorator Showcase

 The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is drawing to a close by the end of this weekend, but you still have a chance to catch during this Memorial Day weekend. After all, a little excursion to San Francisco sounds pretty good for a quick holiday!

There are so many great rooms to see, and I cannot cover them all (so you had better hop on over to see all of the fabulous design ideas yourself!)..... but here are a just a few more to whet your appetite.

 Jonathan Staub from Philpotts Interiors was on hand to talk about the Rumpus Room. Imagined as a space for a frolic, a dance or even a nap, this room has got it covered. A large daybed is perfect for hanging out....there is a sculptural "hammock" for catching a few winks, and a seating area complete with custom bird nest chairs for intimate conversations or just a view out the window at the Palace of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Bay.

 Sultry Indigo Blue walls, and tribal art and accents keep this gallery room exciting and ready for anything. Thanks Jonathan for giving us a space dedicated to having fun!

 This bedroom by Cathleen Gouveia is described as "an urban organic guest bedroom inspired by Otis Redding's song Sittin' by the Dock of the Bay", and I can just imagine myself rocking back and forth listening to that tune in this rope suspended bed.

 Cathleen had to perform a feat of engineering to get this bed secured to the ceiling. It is just fantastic! Her color palette of soft foggy grays and silvers and natural materials is serene and relaxing.

 It might have been a cold color palette, but Cathleen has made it cozy and perfect with her use of textures, warm wood tones and that cozy bed and wing back chair.

Cathleen Gouveia
 The Library was designed by Heather Hilliard, and was a beautiful combination of tradition and current ideas. This room also had a very subdued, soft palette, but was such a departure from the bedroom by Cathleen Gouveia:

 Lovely lime washed paneling, tracery ceiling moldings and French fireplace give the room a sense of history....

 ....while the furniture and art bring the space to the here and now.

 This room was on the sane floor as the bedrooms, which was great. It is such a nice idea to have a place to unwind in the evening that is replete with books and a fireplace....quiet time perfection by Heather Hillaird.
Heather Hilliard
 The Next room was a bridal vision....feminine, elegant and very pretty. Lace and silk taffeta in pastel shades of apricot, ice blue, and ivory with a spot of golden yellow, this room makes me smile thinking of my own daughters' wedding fact give me about ten years.....but I can dream, right?

 This room by Josephine Fisher was, in a word, lovely. Other details include Venetian glass mirror, Fortuny fabric on the dressing table chair...

 ...and who could forget a beautiful bouquet of ivory peonies....

Josephine Fisher
I hope anyone planning a trip to the Bay this Memorial Day weekend has a chance to stop by the Showcase!

For all of the details, times, tickets, etc. be sure to clock on over HERE!

Have a beautiful and memorable weekend!
( and don't forget to remember those who came before) 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Mystery at the Getty

 During Spring Break, my family and I decided to head to Southern California. We braved the LA traffic to spend a day at the Getty Center. Tim and I spent one of our very first dates at the MoMA in LA about 23 years ago, and it was time for a little reprisal of sorts.

The day was beautiful, and we were happy for a break from the Laguna Beach fog. I was very interested in the controversial gardens designed by artist Robert Irwin. We had never seen the museum and we went to every single gallery to take in the Van Gogh, Degas, Titian, Monet, as well as the current exhibits which included a fantastic display of Chinese Photography. 

 By now, everyone is familiar with the breathtaking architecture of the Center by Richard Meier, but seeing it in person is another thing altogether. The combination of structure and landscape was stunning. As much as I admired and appreciated all the glorious art inside, the exterior spaces were just spectacular.

There was a little mystery we had great fun with along the way. We came upon what appeared to be an umbrella that was left behind by a careless visitor to the museum (see above). We had stopped for a coffee at a stand in the courtyard, and found it hanging from a tree. Best to leave it there so when the visitor remembered it, they would find it again. We continued on our way.

 But it seemed that this forlorn umbrella had picked us as its new family. We found it hanging from a railing as we overlooked the city. How did it get here?

 We moved on to see the gardens that were part of the design by Richard Meier's team...

 We felt like we were in a village clinging to the side of a mountain.... we made our way down to the Central Garden, the area designed by Robert Irwin. We traversed the cobbled stream bed......

 ....and wound our way down to the story book bougainvillea arbors....

....which overlooked the pool with a maze of azaleas which seemingly floated on top...

 ....and on around the pool we strolled, taking in the garden sights and the beautiful day...

 ...when we came across our little friend. It seems that it had seen the Red Balloon and was playing the same game...

 Well....we played along. New friends are not to be taken for granted.

We saw each other again....

 ...but it was getting late. We walked back to the tram to go back to our car....

 Our friend decided to wave goodbye as we boarded the tram and left.....

I hope you have a chance to visit the Getty Center the next time you are in Southern California. Plan to make a day of it....there is so much to see, ...... and shade is provided for free whenever you need it.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Series 1 no. 1, 24" x 45.5", by Robin H. Reynolds
The weather is finally starting to warm up after a week of rain and mid forties temps. I am thinking of summer....just a wink away.

I am getting in the zone by gazing at this photo by Robin H. Reynolds I found out about Robin's work at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, and I am sold.

Refreshing as a full run down the beach and a dive under a crashing wave.....

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Master Bedroom - San Francisco Designer Showcase 2011

 Matt Murphy is the man responsible for this Master Bedroom Masterpiece at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase this year. Glamorous and dramatic, this space is full of style, from the graphic area rug from Aubrey Angelo to the Biedermeier Secretary and Four Poster Bed from the Matt Murphy Studio.

 Matt designed many of the furniture and accessory pieces in this room. He designed the nightstand lamps (and will be offering a new lighting line very soon!) as well as the gorgeous chaises. In fact so many of the furnishings came from the Matt Murphy Studio, you will just have to give them a call for all of the details!

 And speaking of details, no detail was left to its own devices. Matt thought of everything. There is a bar cart for one's morning coffee, a vanity where one might get a beautiful start to the day....or one may just lose track of time basking in the comfort of that gorgeous leather chair.

 Everywhere I looked, there was another grouping of, beautiful lamps, and the perfect accessories.

 Matt was the perfect host welcoming us into the space and spending time telling us all about his new lighting line and his adventures in design.  You can contact Matt Murphy Studio for more information about anything in this beautiful space.

 I thought I was sated with seeing the Master Bedroom.....but there was a special treat in store in the closet! What girl doesn't get a little thrill when confronted with a beautiful dress? The designer of these gorgeous gowns just so happened to be a member of the very generous family who owns the  the Showcase premises! The charming and stylish James Tarantino treated us all to a  viewing of a small part of his collection..... 

Thank you made my day!

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is open through the end of May....there is so much more to see, and I will not be able to post about it all! So get on over and take a gander.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Kitchen Nook by Tish Key. Chairs by Hollywood at Home, Almond Hatzog Dining Table,  Borgeoise Boheme Chandelier, Donghia Wall covering, Katie Leed and Company Roman Shade Fabric (love!)
The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is going strong until the end of May, so I am giving you all another peek! 

This's the Kitchen, a Cookbook Nook, and adjoining Powder Room. When I was at the house, the designers all had "before" pictures of the house, and let me say, the transformations are amazing. The Kitchen Design is by Tish Key Interior Design, Inc. Tish took a dreary and dark 70's kitchen space and made it into a bright and fresh space with a twist to traditional styling. 

Tish opened up a window previously covered up to let in more light. You can see the light coming through the open shelving to the left of the sink. She used a white marble counter around the sink and French lava stone (available from Sue Fisher King) in a gorgeous navy blue for the rest of the counters on either side of the sink. Notice that the sink area is slightly higher than the rest of the counters....great look.

In another stroke of genius, Tish used door knobs from Baldwin as over scaled hardware on the cabinets. Loved that! The original brick was kept over the range, and Tish used black marble with white veining for the counter tops. The back splash tile (Waterworks) included a large clock made out of cool.

Tish was on hand to talk to me about all of the great ideas and resources she used for this kitchen. Gracious and so talented, it was a pleasure!

Adjacent tot he Kitchen was what was previously a small hallway, transformed into a jewel box of a space by Brian Dittmar. Brian calls this space the Cookbook Nook. I think I would be spending many an hour here in this cozy chair perusing my books, watching a little TV, or googling recipes at the antique writing desk.

Brian took inspiration from a recent trip to Paris where he sampled as many pastel hued macaroons as possible. Brian used a beautiful silvery grass cloth by Phillip Jeffries as the backdrop to the delicious macaroon colors used in the curtain panels and pillows.

You can even see photos of those inspiring bits of confection gracing the walls in the Cookbook Nook. Other favorite things in this space include the Circa Lighting ceiling fixture, the accent tables, and art above the Swedish Art Deco desk.

I think my favorite part of the space was Brian himself. Dressed to the nines, Brian even sported gorgeous tangerine socks which matched the area rug. It's all in the details, and Brian is a master.

Just off of the Cookbook Nook was a glamorously moody Powder Room designed by Jo Ann Hartley. Dramatic wall treatments by Linda Horning and hand screened Moire wallpaper by Robert Crowder provide the "wow" factor in this space, with accents like Phillip Nimmo sconces Maitland Smith accent table, and Plum Branch mirror by Deborah Childress finishing things off with panache.

Again, I felt lucky to get to meet the designers and hear all about their inspiration and all of the wonderful artisans they pulled together to create such brilliant spaces. Jo Anne was no exception! Thanks Jo Ann!

I hope you all have a chance to visit the San Francisco Decorator Showcase this year. 2011 is a very good year!

Moving upstairs next...lots of surprises in store!