A Pacific Heights Home Showcases the Talents of the Bay Area's Leading Designers
Some gorgeous samples from the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase.
GEOFFREY DE SOUSA — LIBRARY
Like a great novel, Geoffrey De Sousa’s library is an inspiring escape. Club chairs and a sofa upholstered in a de Le Cuona fabric invite reclining; a monumental Mattaliano glass pendant illuminates an intimate seating area with wingback chairs and a tablescape of conversation pieces; and shelves filled with hand-painted antique books merge into one highly visual volume. With his design of this urbane space, De Sousa has created the ultimate reader’s retreat.
Photograph by Matthew Millman
ANTONIO MARTINS — MASTER BEDROOM
Antonio Martins’s masterful homage to his heritage was inspired by a Portuguese Bilros bed that has been in his family since the 17th century. Giving the piece pride of place, Martins extended his ancestral approach to the walls, covering them in 243 blue and white Azulejos, traditional Portuguese tiles that were hand-painted by San Francisco artists Linda Horning and Katherine Jacobus. The result is an unforgettable space that adds a new chapter to Martins’s family legacy.
Photograph by Drew Kelly
JONATHAN RACHMAN — ENTRY HALL
Jonathan Rachman’s fashion-inspired foyer brought glam to this Pacific Heights grande dame. He transformed the entry and stairway of the traditional residence into sexy, monochromatic spaces accessorized with gold, Champagne-and-smoke-tinted mirrors and custom furnishings. Certified Kate Moss–approved.
Photograph by David Duncan Livingston
MATTHEW MACCAUL TURNER — ARTIST’S STUDIO
“California’s rugged beauty has long been a source of inspiration for artists, many of whom crafted works en plein air,” says MacCaul Turner of the impetus for his artist’s studio. The designer worked with galleries Lost Art Salon, Dolby Chadwick and Hackett | Mill to curate a collection that captured the spirit of regional landscape painting. Completed with antique furnishings and a paint-splattered floor, it is a space that is all about bohemian chic.
Photograph by Jacob Elliott
MELANIE CODDINGTON — GUEST BEDROOM
By conjuring the atmosphere of the Bay, Melanie Coddington created a serene, luminous bedroom. Showcased against the backdrop of the blue-gray palette are pieces that reflect the designer’s feminine-but-modern sensibility, including a custom sea-blue mohair velvet bed, an antique olivewood Rococo-style commode, and a stunning 19th-century albino tortoise shell.
Photograph by Caren Alpert
HEATHER HILLIARD — LIVING ROOM
Drawing, too, on Californian pastoral, Heather Hilliard created a space that honors the natural beauty of the landscape: The deep blue of the Jiun Ho sofa evokes the Pacific, while its curves align with the hills beyond, and the gorgeous wall treatment by decorative painter Willem Racké is inspired by geological strata. Midcentury pieces by Jean-Marc Fray and Jacques Adnet add weight and texture with iron, bronze and leather.
Photograph by Michelle Lee Willson
KATE WEBSTER & THAYER HOPKINS — GARDEN
Landscape designer Kate Webster and architect Thayer Hopkins designed the “Walk of Life” garden to be a contemplative space. It is divided into four sections, each representing a season of life: The journey starts with Spring, lined with rhododendrons and greenery, and concludes with Winter, highlighted by a mirrored sculpture garden. Along the way, the spaces provide opportunities for metaphoric and literal self-reflection.
Photograph by Tyler Chartier
BAMO — MUSIC ROOM
The music room by Michael Booth and Steve Henry of BAMO is tradition re-imagined. Here, heirlooms meet the 21st century: An acrylic Alexandra Von Furstenberg console table pairs with a antique settee covered in silk satin; an iconic Gerrit Rietveld chair partners with a 19th-century French Bouillotte table lamp; and contemporary works by Marc Katano, Laurie Reid and Ruth Pastine bring modern pop to traditional wood paneling. Although it has elements of formality, the music room is ultimately a space for expression.
Photograph by Eric Piasecki
A version of this article appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of San Francisco Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Sublime Showing.