What to See This Year at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is a time-honored tradition for industry folk and lookie-loos alike. This year takes place at a magnificent Edwardian mansion, known as the Bliss Estate, on Broadway Street in Pacific Heights. To see how 28 esteemed interior designers — including some from Marin County — transformed 30 rooms is a voyeuristic delight, where designers are encouraged to go bold and peacock their skills. Each space speaks to a wide array of tastes, but either way, it’s a spectacle to behold. Below, some must-sees.

Lauren Berry’s ‘The Grand Verdant Hallway

Ross interior designer Lauren Berry of Lauren Berry Interior Design took on the entryway, and it lives up to its name. Berry covered the space in woven Lee Jofa’s Arly print wallpaper, framed in Farrow & Ball Inchyra’s atmospheric deep green and blue tones paint. With a statement light ‘Sand & Sea Cascading Waves’ Berry’s room is both bold, but restrained enough, to be the perfect starting point for the rest of the home.

Jon de la Cruz’s ‘The Observatory

Jon De La Cruz, The Observatory

When you have a room with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge like this one, you have two choices: Compete with it or amplify it. With his take on a family game room, San Francisco’s Jon de la Cruz of DLC-ID took direction explicitly from the view (the right choice). Oakwood walls are stained in blue and green above the skyline to perfectly frame the Bay, while upholstered sofas in a green garden Rubelli fabric make the room a virtual indoor terrace. Make sure to peek up at the kites by artist Ai Weiwei.

Cusp Interiors: ‘Duo a Room for Two

A delightful surprise is the gender-neutral kids bedroom, “A Room for Two,” by San Francisco-based Ashi Waliany of Cusp Interiors. Inspired by the enchanting children’s book, Harold and The Purple Crayon, Cusp placement of peaked headboards and Porter Teleo wallpaper are refined and charming. A designated space for crafting — complete with purple crayons and sharpies – evoke the whimsy and curiosity of the book.

Aubrey Maxwell’s ‘To The Dark and The Endless Skies

Aubrey Maxwell, To The Dark and The Endless Skies

Another must-see is this verdant guest bedroom by San Francisco’s design duo AubreyMaxwell. A Stagianato by ARTE wallcovering makes for the perfect canvas. The russet-colored shag rug anchors the room in a plush layer of softness, and the bed is adorned with a patchwork quilt that adds a touch of artisanal charm to the space. Try not to drool over the custom stereo topped with a mouth-watering Cipollino Verde Marble stone by Da Vinci Marble. The room is a full sensory experience, with sounds of Roberta Flack wafting in the background.

Holly Kopman’s ‘Purple Haze’

Holly Kopman, Purple Haze
Photo by Christopher Stark

Downstairs Mill Valley interior designer Holly Kopman of Holly A Kopman Interior Design brings a psychedelic experience with a powder room called ‘Purple Haze.” Inspired by Italian stone, Kopman’s room is replete with luxurious materials: a pink onyx vanity, a custom vintage-inspired glass link chandelier and Perete Wallpaper. But details like porcelain mushrooms growing from the door frame and a ‘Deer Tears’ sculpture by Daniella Dooling make this magical space not only well conceived, but a glamorous respite from the rest of the home.