Often considered the crown jewel of west coast decorator show homes, since 1977 the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has resided in some of the most beautiful of the city’s neighborhoods. This year’s 40th anniversary location carried on the illustrious tradition. The 11,000 square foot Classical Revival mansion in the heart of Pacific Heights was designed by architects Newsom and Newsom in 1904. It features opulent rooms with 12-foot ceilings and gorgeous period details.
Visitors to the showcase can be inspired by the sumptuous setting and take pride in the fact that this event raises over $500,000 annually for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program. The college prep school supports hundreds of students, with average grants covering 68% of tuition.
Benni Amadi and Courtney Springer collaborated to design a captivating first floor powder room and vestibule that honor the home’s history while adding a contemporary edge. They were supported in this endeavor by Kohler who provided the gorgeous marble sink and brass fixtures in the powder room.
Benni and Courtney describe the design this way... “Dark and dramatic, yet elegant and inviting – this ‘Moody Blue’ powder room and vestibule blend the extravagance of a bygone era with just the right amount of modern design to create an exquisite space full of intrigue and excitement.
“In the jewel box powder room, dark colors and architectural details set the tone and give a nod to the home’s historic past, while super high-gloss black paneled walls, a modern marble sink and brass accents bring a contemporary elegance.
“By absorbing the light, the black walls of the room are less clearly marked and give an illusion of space. The floor surprises with a pop of blue color, while the herringbone pattern is another nod to the traditional architecture of the home. The wallpaper moves off the walls and up to the ceiling to create an unexpected design feature, adding tension and excitement as it completes the space.”
Sconces: Cedar and Moss | Wallpaper: Eskayel | Floor Tile: Fireclay Tile | Bathroom Fixtures: Kohler | Art: Simon Breitbard Fine Arts
We believe this powder room is a “Modern Sanctuary” in so many ways – elegant, inviting, and just the right mix of modern and traditional design. A sanctuary to powder your nose, refresh and revive yourself, then rejoin the party – in comfort, peace and joy… Benni and Courtney
“The powder room’s main light fixture by Ladies and Gentleman Studio for Roll & Hill is an oversized pendant that purposely bends the rules of scale and proportion. It hangs in the corner of the room and cascades down to eye level, creating a contemporary sculptural element.”
Vestibule Console: Brett Design | Art: Jen PROPS
“In the vestibule, the walls are covered in an exotic blue palm print by Eskayel, while the ceiling and trims are painted in high gloss black, a perfect juxtaposition to the powder room’s paint and paper layout.”
“A deep blue architectural console with brass accents furnishes the space with elegant lines and striking simplicity.”
The end result? “Two gorgeous rooms whose ‘Moody Blue’ designs bring elegance and drama to this historic home. Creations that honor the past while taking a deliberate step towards something more bold and modern – and all the intrigue and excitement that goes with it.”