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Excitement Builds for Decorator Showcase

BY Damion Matthews - March 25, 2010


The 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase is going to run from May 1 to May 31, 2010, and we have heard from insiders that it may be the best yet!

The transformation of 3450 Washington Street began just a few months ago, and will likely continue to the last possible moment as some of San Francisco’s best designers and contractors create the ultimate luxury residence.

The participating designers for 2010 are:

Benjamin Dhong (Sitting Room)
Brian Dittmar (Study)
Cecilie Starin (Au Pair Room)
Charles de Lisle (Sitting Room)
Darin Geise (Library)
David Kensington (Living Room)
Gregg De Meza (Bath)
Anastasia Faiella (Second Floor Kitchenette)
Jennifer Kearney and Susan Fenelon (Back Garden)
Jennifer Hershon and JoAnn Hartley (Kitchen)
Davis Dalbok (Living Room Terrace)
Thaddeus Warren (Quiet Room)
Matthew MacCaul Turner (Powder Room)
Stephanie Marsh Fillbrandt (Nursery)
Michael Burg (Sitting Room)
Nancy Eslick (Bath)
Frank Eddy (Front Garden)
Marion Philpotts-Miller and Jonathan Staub (Bedroom & Bedroom Terrace)
George Brazil and Cecilia Sagrera-Hill (Dressing Room and Bath)
Shelby de Quesada and Jorge de Quesada (Master Bedroom Suite)
Shirley Robinson (Entry Hall/Foyer)
Kevin Hackett and Jessica Weigley (Children’s Playroom and Terrace )
Elan Evans and Charlotte Meyn (Powder Room)
Suzanne Tucker (Dining Room)
Val Fiscalini (Bath)
Will Wick (Bedroom)

Holly Baxter of Baxter & Cook is curating art installations in the Master Bedroom and Study.

A Tranquil View from the Third Floor

Cecilie Starin, who is designing the Au Pair room, recently wrote an excellent piece about the home’s architect, Albert Farr. She notes that the home, built in 1929, “is reminiscent of the style of Henry IV at Place de Voges. The red brick structure, trimmed in stone, is topped by a steeply pitched slate roof. The symmetrical front obscures what appears to be an earlier Norman manor on the uphill side. There are turrets, multiple dormers and roof details.”

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She says that “It has large interior public spaces and high ceilings, both features often seen in Farr homes. He gave special attention to the third level of homes that was often left as undeveloped attic space and he did this at 3450 Washington.”

As we await the “big reveal” a few designers have released photos showing some of the work that’s being done. Very exciting stuff!

The Kitchen as of March 18, 2010
Kitchen design by Hershon Hartley (rendering by Kathy Bloodworth Extraordinaire)

The kitchen will be especially interesting to see as it has been completely gutted, and will make use of gorgeous materials and expert workmanship from A Rudin, Affinity Studios, Ann Sacks, Arnone Glass Art, Arteriors, BOS Electric, Benjamin Moore Paints, CaesarStone US, Carrera Marble Company, Cimarelli Enterprises, Colby Proctor, David Goldberg Design, Drian Jones, Gulassa, Henredon, Tm RInger of Hinc, JBS, Mark Ames of JD Group, Jacarra Design, Light Express, Noir Furniture LA, Out of the Woods, Peta Sanderson Wall Finish, Pindler & Pindler, Pollack Fabrics, Purcell Murray, Royal Draperies, Avner Lapolsky of Sloan Miyasato, Dan Odetto of Standards of Excellence, Dean McCracken of Switzer, Tomasi Design, Wende Cragg Soft Furnishings, Witford, and Wyatt Ellison Elemental Art.

Showcase Director Delanie Borden and design star Candace Barnes

The 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase will run from Saturday, May 1 through Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. The home is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed on Mondays (except for Memorial Day). The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and Memorial Day.

Tickets are available at the door and are $30 for general admission and $25 for seniors. Group rates are available, and must be arranged in advance by calling (415) 447-3115.

Proceeds to benefit the Financial Aid Program of San Francisco University High School.

Further Information: Decorator Showcase 2010 [decoratorshowcase.org]
Further Information: 3450 Wshington Street [joelgoodrich.com]



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