Then & Now: The San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Then & Now: The San Francisco Decorator Showcase

The 2018 San Francisco Decorator Showcase closes on May 28th. It is the first showhouse held in the historic Marina District. A Spanish Mediterranean home designed and built by architect George McCrea in 1930, it features spectacular views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Marina Green. While the designers created magic on the interiors, painter A.J. Oishi's Delaunay-esque art installation graced the exterior.

Private Collections: Art to Inspire the Soul

Private Collections: Art to Inspire the Soul

Private Collections is a special one-night event offering an exclusive look at the art-filled homes of some of San Francisco’s most respected art collectors. This year, several collections were shown by Chuck and Diane Frankel, Rich and Judy Guggenhime, Sarah and Austin Hills, Francis Mill, Lenore Pereira and Richard Niles, Paul Sack, and Deborah and Andy Rappaport.

Inside the Event: Studio Becker’s Break the Cycle

Inside the Event: Studio Becker’s Break the Cycle

On Wednesday, November 9, the interior design community gathered within the expansive showroom of Studio Becker to support New Door Ventures, a local non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by assisting today’s disconnected youth.

Your Guide to designLIVE

With the conclusion of the first annual designLIVE summit, we're still in awe of the fantastic design talent that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.

​ Our Designers Shine at the 2015 Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse!


As the 2015 Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse comes to a close, we can’t help but reflect on the gorgeous rooms our designers presented this year. Whether a moody master dressing room or a shimmering ombre dining parlor, our seven designers showcased stunning designs, reimagining the natural beauty of the Napa Valley through their own signature styles. The result is a collection of carefully curated spaces that will be featured in print in the October 2016 issue of Traditional Home. We couldn’t be more excited about the fantastic relationships our designers have forged with the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Ann Maine and the wonderful online coverage they’ve already received in Curbed SF and California Home + Design! Below we’ve shared a little about each of the designers we worked with and the inspiration behind their chic design. Enjoy! 

Julie Rootes’ Eclectic Dining Room

Julie Rootes of Julie Rootes Interiors crafted a vibrant dining room with artistic inspirations. Drawing on the dynamic pattern of Amanda Stone Talley’s “Fracture” drapery fabric, Julie’s design presents a fresh twist on traditional design. Playing with texture, Julie’s space features gorgeous vintage-inspired cut paper wallpaper by decorative painter Elan Evans. One of our favorite touches are bar’s wine bottles that are adorned with whimsical decorated corks.

A Frette-Inspired Guest Bedroom by Nanette Gordon

Tasked with creating a guest bedroom to accommodate the homeowner’s first and foremost visitor, his Mom, Nanette Gordon of Nanette Design created a peaceful Frette-inspired space. We adore how the room’s soft, inviting color story recalls the soothing colors of the Napa Valley. Chic touches such as the Frette cashmere bedspread, Kelly Wearstler lighting, and a Romo upholstered headboard give the room a soft, sophisticated feel.

David Hansen’s Rhapsody in Blue Master Bedroom

Inspired by the homeowners’ passion for travel and art, David Hansen of David Hansen Design's master bedroom is a soothing space for the couple to relax and reflect upon their day. Titled Rhapsody in Blue, the modern room is envisioned in deep blue with classic elements that pay homage to the Craftsman home’s traditional architecture. We admire how David selected vintage pieces such as a pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings lacquered nightstands and a Tony Kitz Gallery antique rug to imbue the space a sense of history.

A Shimmering Dining Parlor by Elena Calabrese

For her natural luxe dining room, Elena Calabrese of Elena Calabrese Design and Decor collaborated with decorative painter Caroline Lizarraga to develop a one-of-a-kind glittering blue stone plaster wall treatment and brown crocodile print pattern for the bar and glass cabinet backs. Reinterpreting Napa’s organic colors through a luxury lens, the designer reupholstered vintage Milo Baughman in blue ombre velvet, selected a Maya Romanoff mica for the ceiling, and a statement diamond art piece by artist Danielle Mourning.

Catherine and Justine Macfees’ Sophisticated Vintner’s Kitchen

When designing the kitchen, dining nook, and butler’s pantry, mother daughter design duo Catherine and Justine Macfee of Catherine Macfee Interior Design drew inspiration from the homeowner, a winemaker, and the gorgeous landscape of the Valley. Infusing the space with warm colors and custom pieces, Catherine and Justine selected a hand forged metal peninsula, a custom hood, Medallion black onyx cabinetry and a Crossville elongated hexagon natural stone backsplash. We love how the designers outfitted the pantry with a beautiful set of Simon Pearce glassware ideal for entertaining.

An Out of Africa-Inspired Guest Bedroom by Courtney Lake

Influenced by the magic of warm Valley nights, Courtney Lake of Monogram Decor reimagined Wine Country through an Out of Africa lens. Centered around the bold Robert Allen Rajita Tiger print drapery, the space highlights custom modular upholstered built-ins created by Luke Austin of Oak & Wood that function as banquette seating or a guest bed depending on the homeowner’s needs. We’re inspired by Courtney’s sophisticated solution to this space.

Lizette Marie’s Moody Master Dressing Room

Lizette Marie Bruckstein of Lizette Marie Interior Design created a dark and dramatic Master Dressing Room crafted in a glamorous black palette. The daring design is centered around Lizette’s forthcoming candle collection, gilded decay, which include a Homme and Femme candle that when burned together combine to produce the Deconstructed Seduction master scent. The space is adorned with industrial touches such as copper clothing racks and vintage wooden shoe boxes, a Viz Glass flute chandelier, and contemporary photography by Danielle Mourning.

We’re still in awe of the fresh spaces our designers crafted in Napa Valley and look forward to the press that has yet to come. Don’t forget to grab a copy of the 2016 October issue of Traditional Home to see the designs in print!

We Can’t Wait to Get Our Hands on Lizette Marie Interior Design’s Golden Grip Lighting Series


 Lizette Marie Bruckstein of Lizette Marie Interior Design made waves at this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase with her Glam Cave’s dazzling Golden Grip chandelier and we’re thrilled to hear that she’ll be launching a full lighting line! Lizette is making her debut as luxury lifestyle brand with a limited edition Golden Grip table lamp for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’ DIFFA Designs event.

Inspired by the power of the human hand, the Golden Grip Table Lamp is one in a series of five Lizette Marie Interior Design original light fixtures. We’re in awe of Lizette’s unique designs, each of which features a mold of the designer’s own arms in a signature cast bronze finish. The limited edition table lamp is outfitted with bright red filament bulbs in honor of the universal color of awareness and support for those living with HIV/AIDS.

The Golden Grip Table Lamp is part of a curated collection of exclusive, one-of-a-kind design objects offered at a silent auction at the San Francisco DIFFA Design charity event. The proceeds of the auction go towards UCSF’s Positive Health Program at the San Francisco General Hospital, which provides care for more than 3,000 individuals with HIV/AIDS.

We’re so excited that Lizette Marie Interior Design has chosen to showcase their collection at an esteemed charity event that supports UCSF’s Positive Health Program.

DIFFA Design will take place tonight from 6:00PM to 10:00PM at The NWBLK. For more information on ticket prices and event details, please visit

Be sure to stay tuned for more information on Lizette’s Golden Grip Lighting Series product launch on her website.

Coupar Consulting Hosts How to be a Ninja on Instagram with Chairish Founder and CEO Anna Brockway

The CEO of a disruptive tech firm that has transformed the way users buy and sell vintage home furnishings and accessories, Anna Brockway is without a doubt a force to be reckoned with. Next Tuesday, the self-described compulsive redecorator and social media star will share the inside scoop on how to best optimize your Instagram brand and following.

Chairish, the leading online marketplace for gently-used vintage home decor, has gained accolades from the likes of ABC NewsRefinery29, and MyDomaine, to name a few, and has an Instagram following of 50.3k that grows by the minute.

The curated site, which boasts 400 to 600 new listings per day, and its fabulous founder were recently profiled in Fortune. In the article, journalist Brittany Shoot notes Chairish’s star-studded fan base, “Interior designers use the site to save time hunting down one-of-a-kind finds for clients. Eco-minded celebrities like The Honest Company’s Jessica Alba have used the site to redecorate and find pieces that are easy on the environment, if not the wallet.”

Join Anna Brockway at our office on Tuesday, September 17, from for a breakfast workshop to gain expert insight into developing your Instagram brand and following. The workshop will run from 9 AM to 10:30AM. Please RSVP here as seating is limited. 

Celebrate Fall into Fabrics with Coupar Consulting!

Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than with three weeks of exclusive seminars, trunk shows, and enlightening presentations hosted by Coupar Consulting? Join us for Fall Into Fabrics as industry insiders--acclaimed interior designers, vendors, and tastemakers--discuss tricks of the trade and premiere the latest trends of the season. We look forward to seeing you there!


Fall into Fashion Trunk Show | September 10, 2015, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Mix and mingle with Kim Bachmann of womenswear line Kim and Proper, Nadine Curtis of Mill Valley boho-chic boutique 7 on Locust, and stylist Christine Mattson of luxury menswear line J.Hilburn. Please RSVP here


The Art and Science of Negotiating | September 16, 2015, 10:00AM

Join Founder & CEO of Designer Advantage, Marc Molinsky, for a fascinating seminar on how to masterfully navigate any contract negotiation with the right mix of finesse and facts. Please RSVP here.


David Duncan Livingston Presents: Photo Styling with Soft Goods | September 17, 2015, 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Join acclaimed photographer David Duncan Livingston as he shares a visual tour of home interiors where fabrics make the photos. Attendees will learn how fabrics can be layered within photos to make soft and inviting spaces. In this engaging seminar, Livingston will share his pro tips on drapery styling, accessorizing with throws and pillows, and how to dress and style a bed. Tickets cost $25.00. Please RSVP here.


Elements of Fall | September 18, 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Join The Robert Allen GroupCambria USA, and HEWN for a first look at fall’s hottest design trends. Terry McLaughlin of The Robert Allen Group will present Robert Allen’s new Landscape Color collection inspired by the tones, textures, and palettes found in the natural world. Piat Orendian will introduce Cambria’s latest natural stone surfaces, and HEWN will showcase product from Fuse Lighting and Garrett Leather. Please RSVP here.


How To Be a Ninja on Instagram with Chairish | September 22, 2015, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Join Chairish President and Co-Founder, Anna Brockway, for a breakfast workshop to gain expert insight into developing your Instagram brand and following. Please RSVP here


E-Design with Decorist | September 22, 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMJoin Decorist Director of Design Services Ashley Redmond for insight into the world of e-design and Decorist’s groundbreaking technology. Please RSVP here


Tartan & Tea with Scot Meacham Wood | September 24, 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Celebrate the launch of Scot Meacham Wood’s luxury lifestyle brand, Scot Meacham Wood Home, with a tea time reception at HEWN. Meet the designer and preview the Fall 2015 collection which features a sophisticated array of rich fabrics such as tartans and tattersalls. This event is co-hosted by Coupar Consulting and HEWN and will be held in HEWN’s San Francisco Design Center Showroom. Please RSVP here.


Coup(ar) D’Etat: Celebrate Coup D’Etat’s Fall Collection in Style | September 24, 2015, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join Coupar Consulting as we raise a glass to toast Coup d'Etat's latest collection! Explore the design studio's Fall Installation and mingle with industry insiders over a glass of bubbly. Coup d'Etat will feature vintage pieces in addition to premiering their custom lines exclusively available to the trade.


This event is exclusively offered for Coupar Consulting Tête-à-Tête members only.


The Fine Art of Design & Philanthropy | September 25, 2015, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join ArtHaus Gallerists James Bacchi and Annette Schutz for a presentation on the intersection of design and philanthropy. Bacchi and Schutz will discuss their involvement in Art for AIDS, a juried art auction that benefits the UCSF Alliance Health Project, and will be joined by UCSF Alliance Health Project LGBTQ Community Liaison DK Haas. Please RSVP here.


Bonhams Presents: The Art of the Auction | September 25, 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Have questions about art and antiques auctions that you've been too afraid to ask? Join Bonhams' 20th century Modern and Contemporary art specialists Sarah Nelson and Kathy Wong for an enlightening seminar on everything you've ever wanted to know about the inner workings of the auction world. Please RSVP here


Grant K. Gibson and Kathryn MacDonald Collaborate to Perfect Your Portfolio | October 1, 2015, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Interior designer Grant K. Gibson and interiors photographer Kathryn MacDonald have collaborated on the photography shoots of Grant's design projects for over 10 years. In this innovative lecture, they will share their creative process with tips on how to get the best results out of that collaboration with the ultimate goal of building a portfolio of imagery that consistently reflects your design vision. Please RSVP here.


We're looking forward to spending September with you!

Art for AIDS Fundraiser Auction Showcases Local Artwork for a Fantastic Cause

Care for a glamorous night of fine art, cuisine, and libations? Join UCSF’s Alliance Health Project for their 19th annual Art for AIDS fundraiser auction on Friday, October 9, 2015. San Francisco's premier art auction, Art for AIDS brings local artists, gallerists, designers and collectors together for a live and silent auction to support mental health and wellness services for LGBTQ and HIV-affected San Francisco residents. This year’s event will be held in honor of local artist and icon Rex Ray, and tickets are going fast, so be sure to nab a ticket at a discounted price before the sale ends on September 13!

Event Details

This year’s Art for AIDS fundraiser auction will be held Friday, October 9, 2015 at at 6:00PM at City View at the Metreon, located at 135 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA. For more information, please  visit the official Art for AIDS website here.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Preview the Season's Latest Looks at our Fall into Fashion Trunk Show

As New York Fashion Week rapidly approaches, what better way to celebrate the season than to preview the latest fall looks at our Fall into Fashion Trunk Show? Tomorrow you’ll have a chance to mix and mingle with some of San Francisco’s hottest designers and stylists. Guests will get an exclusive first look at fall menswear, womenswear, and home decor collections courtesy of our favorite local boutiques and national luxury lines. Below, we’ve given you a sneak peek of what you can expect to see in our office tomorrow! 

We can’t get enough of Kim and Proper’s chic, versatile dresses! Designer Kim Bachmann designed her collection of wrinkle-resistant polyester-rayon blend dresses with demands of the busy working mother in mind. Her dresses highlight simple, feminine silhouettes in solid, neutral colors that can be easily dressed up or down for cocktail parties or the office. Not to mention, all pieces are made locally in San Francisco and offered at an affordable price point. What’s not to love?

Known for their fantastic summer caravan events and boho-chic sensibility, Mill Valley boutique 7 on Locust highlights natural luxury living and vintage-inspired designs. Inspired by the local craft community when living Southern Africa, boutique owner and curator Nadine Curtis created an outlet for her favorite artists, fashion designers, and artisans to showcase their collections. 7 on Locust also has an in-house line of home accessories, which range from leather door stops to throw pillows.

Few clothing items scream luxury louder than a custom Italian suit. Menswear line J.Hilburn specializes in just that, but at a price point that won’t break the bank. Established by two former Wall Street professionals who struggled to fit the right suiting fits, the men’s clothier offers bespoke suits, shirts, and trousers crafted in premium Italian fabrics that highlight handmade designs and European quality.

We can’t wait to see what these designers and stylists have in store for us tomorrow and are looking forward to seeing you there!

Event Details:

Fall into Fashion Trunk Show | September 10, 2015, 1:00PM-3:00PM

The event will be held at our Tête-à-Tête Lounge in the San Francisco Design Center, 

located at 101 Henry Adams, Suite 416, San Francisco, CA 94103

                 Please RSVP here