The 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase is going on now! The yearly event features work by the area’s the top interior and landscape designers, who are tasked with transforming a historic estate — this time a slightly more subdued Classical Revival mansion.
High on a hill in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, 2698 Pacific Avenue is an 11,000 square foot, eight-bedroom and and six-bathroom residence hailing from 1904. Remarkably, it was spared from the numerous fires sparked by the 1906 earthquake. Designed by Newsom and Newsom, the home has everything from a wine cellar to two guest suites.
The green-studded living room, pictured above, may be the most show-stopping room in the entire estate. Designed by Jonathan Rachman, it was inspired by the close friendship between French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy and actress Audrey Hepburn. A gold drip chandelier and handcrafted de Gournay wallpaper are the finishing touches that make this emerald room shine.
The black and white polka-dotted office space, designed by Kari McIntosh, also incorporates a chandelier, but trades opulence for purposeful messiness with Bolt Textiles and fabric scraps.
Established in 1977, the Showcase is a premier design event started by Nan Rosenblatt, a former San Francisco University High School parent and interior designer, and Philip Fernandez, the first president of the school’s Parents Association.
All funds raised go towards supporting the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program. In its 40 years of existence, $14 million has been raised for the program. According to the Decorator Showcase website, “Almost one quarter of UHS students receive financial aid.”
You’ll be able to tour the space from now until May 29th. Tickets range from $35 for seniors and students to $40 for general admission.