Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

Gaga Over Oscar’s Greenroom


As always, Hollywood’s biggest stars gather in the Greenroom before and after sparkling on stage at the Annual Academy Awards.  Each year, Architectural Digest selects a worthy designer to adorn the space with their vision of what sort of environment the on-screen royalty should be relaxing, calmly – or sweating, profusely. 

White House  interior designer Michael S. Smith, (a regular at the SFDC we might add) was the chosen one.  According to AD, his  inspirations came from “luxe, tailored 1940s Hollywood style, complete with a sophisticated color palette and furnishings that reflect the era”.  This shot of Michael’s Greenroom lets us imagine Gene Kelly and Lana Turner lounging around sipping a Tom Collins before their on stage moments.  Now, if only these walls could talk.

February 25, 2011

Water Buffalo Hides at Edelman Leather


Edelman Leather
Galleria #308

Strong as Steel.  Soft as Butter.  Big Water Buffalo Hides…the hides that started it all.  Established 1981.  In the mid 1970’s Teddy and Arthur knew that the footwear industry was moving manufacturing out of the U.S.  Their painted reptiles and exotic skins that once reined the fashion world, was shifting…

In 1979 they left for Bangkok in search of inspiration…rather than batiks and other fabrics, they found big, water buffalo hides…they knew.  They soon discovered a wide open world in interiors.  Luxury leathers for interior designers & architects, with clients who simply wanted the best of the best.

This inspiration became what we know as Shrunken Buffalo.  “It is the strongest, boldest leather in the world,” said Teddy when they re-launched the color collection in 1992. 

Back in the early 80’s, as the company now geared for interiors, got underway with the “beast of burden” buffalos…did you know that Carlos Falchi made a buffalo bag out of our leathers?  Now that screams luxurious!

The GREAT BUFFALO hide – Water Buffalo – this giant breed used to be found in the orient, but they have re-invented it, its distinctive grain on big, soft cowhides.  They average 55-60 square feet. 

They remain soft and supple.  Still strong, stronger.  Long wearing, heirloom quality.  Edelman brings six brand new colors.

Greenguard certified and powered by crypton these new friendly beasts are perfect for all environments;  contract, aviation, residential, hospitality and more.  High traffic areas – no problem.

Now go get some champagne, scrunch up with a hide of Water Buffalo and say – cheers to thirty years!

February 22, 2011

American Treasures at RJ Collections


RJ Collections
Showplace #355


The newest collection to the distinctive and worldly design of Habersham is called American Treasures. This was created as a tribute to the American made styles and influences that helped shaped Habersham by reinterpreting them to create wonderful transitional themes that promise to blend seamlessly into any décor.

Each piece offers a timeless, but classic style that will be versatile. Handcrafted and built to last a lifetime with unique finishes. A compliment to any design project. Come see the North Sea Chest and other Habersham pieces at RJ Collections, SFDC Showplace, #355.

February 17, 2011

Spring Sample Sale


Preview Sale to the Trade
Thursday-Friday, March 10 – 11
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Public Sale
Saturday, March 12
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 13
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The San Francisco Design Center holds its annual Sample Sale where interior designers and the public are offered remarkable discounts on floor samples, one-of-a-kind fine home furnishings and accessories – assembled in one central location.

Join selected Design Center Showrooms along with:

Ann Getty & Associates
Antique & Art Exchange
JRM International
Ron Morgan
Tamara Mack Design and others

Admission is free and parking is available.

February 15, 2011

Designers of Distinction Highlights


Congratulations to all nominees and winners of this years Designers of Distinction Awards.  If you missed out on this amazing event, here’s a short video recounting all of the exciting highlights!

February 11, 2011

Celebrate Sunbrella’s 50th Anniversary!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011
10:30 AM Presentation/Breakfast
Robert Allen | Beacon Hill
SFDC Galleria #218

Come in and experience the Robert Allen Al Fresco Oceana collection with Sunbrella fabrics!  Enjoy a light breakfast and learn about the latest innovations in outdoor fabric from Sunbrella expert, Paige Mullis. 

RSVP by February 28 to or call 415-864-4822 x101

February 10, 2011

2011 SF Decorator Showcase Set to Dazzle


April 30 – May 30, 2011
Tuesday – Friday (Check for times)
2950 Vallejo Street
Admission: $25-30

The 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase is back!   This year’s event features 25 of our local top interior and landscape designers who will undoubtedly transform the chosen San Francisco mansion into anyone’s design dream.  Be sure to make a visit, take some pics (no drooling, please) and prepare to once again be captivated by your surroundings. 

Congrats to all Participating Designers: Brian Dittmar, Brian Dittmar Design, Inc. Design space: Pantry/Nook Cathleen Gouveia, Cathleen Gouveia Design Design space: Bedroom Barbara Chambers and Nancy Hammonds, Chambers + Chambers Architects and Nancy Hammonds Design Design space: Bath Christopher Yates, Christopher Yates Design Landscape Architecture Design space: Front Garden Emily Taylor, Emily Taylor Interiors Design space: Bedroom and Bath Grant K. Gibson, Grant K. Gibson Interior Design Design space: Dining Room Jeff Schlarb, Green Couch Interior Design Design space: Bedroom Heather Hilliard, Heather Hilliard Design LLC Design space: Library Jo Ann Hartley, Jo Ann Hartley Interior Design Design space: Powder Room Josephine Fisher, Josephine Fisher Interior Design Design space: Bedroom Alison Davin, Jute Interior Design Design space: Wine Cellar Kate Michels, Kate Michels Landscape Design Design space: Entry Garden Rob Delamater and Gaétan Caron, Lost Art Salon Design space: Hallway Jeannie Fraise, Lotus Bleu Home Décor & Interior Design Design space: Studio Craft Room Mark Newman, Mark Newman Design Design space: Bath Matt Murphy, Matt Murphy Studio Design space: Master Bedroom Kathleen Navarra, Navarra Design, Inc. Design space: Living Room Marion Philpotts Miller and Jonathan Staub, Philpotts & Associates, Inc. Design space: Gallery/Music Stephen Rice and Lynn De Tienne, Rice and De Tienne Designs Design space: Bath Elan Evans and Charlotte Meyn, Sonoma Decorative Arts Design spaces: Wrap Room and Public Powder Room Tinsley Hutson-Wiley, Tinsley Hutson-Wiley Interior Design Design space: Closet Tish Key, Tish Key Interior Design Design space: Kitchen Val Fiscalini, Val Fiscalini Designs Design space: Master Bath Willem Racké, Willem Racké Studio, Inc. Design space: Entry Hall

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is a benefit for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program.  Over the past 34 years, Showcase has raised over $11 million and benefited hundreds of Bay Area students.

February 8, 2011

“BRAVOlebrities” Share San Francisco Views


After arriving at the San Francisco Design Center and entertaining 600 designers and design enthusiasts alike, Jeff Lewis, star of BRAVO’s “Flipping Out,” and Yigit Pura, executive pastry chef at San Francisco’s Taste Catering & Event Planning and winner of BRAVO’s “Top Chef Just Desserts,” enjoyed jaw-dropping panoramic views from a 60th floor penthouse at luxury condominium tower One Rincon Hill.

Lewis was the guest of honor as Frank Howard Allen Realtors of Novato, Calif. welcomed him to San Francisco on Feb. 2 to kick-off an amazing, packed house three-day event at the SFDC, Design San Francisco 2011.  Meanwhile, Pura created to-die-for macaroons, caramel raspberry lollipops and other yummy desserts for more than 100 real estate brokers who mingled with the ”Flipping Out “star and his bubbly assistant Jenni Pulos, up from Los Angeles with their dutiful film crew garnering footage for the upcoming fifth season of their show.

February 8, 2011

Design San Francisco 2011 Stage Vignette a Beauty

The SFDC Would like to thank Greg McIntyre and Shears & Window for supplying the beautiful Stage Vignette used for Design San Francisco 2011. 

Visit the Shears & Window showroom at the SFDC Galleria, #256.

February 8, 2011

American Decorative Arts Forum “Looking Glass”


Tuesday, March 8, 2011
7:15 – 8:00 PM
de Young Museum
Admission :  $10 SFDC Members and  $15 Non Members

The American Decorative Arts Forum would very much like to be on your March 2011 calendar for this upcoming lecture by the distinguished Dr. David Barquist. 

The 17th and 18th centuries, “looking glass” was the common name for “mirrors”, which were costly luxuries in the pre-industrial period.  Dr. David Barquist, curator of decorative arts for the Philadelphia Museum of Art , in his illustrated presentation to the American Decorative Arts Forum, documents their usage in American Interiors for the 17th to the mid-19th centuries following fashions set in Europe.  In addition to reflecting the light, looking glasses were a very important status symbol and a significant element of high-style American Interiors. 

Contact: Rob Speaks or Gordon Fine at 415.346.4856 or visist

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