Friday, May 29, 2009

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2009 - Part III

DSC05702 SF Designer Showcase 2009 cabinet of curiosities

Please follow the lady in blue upstairs as we continue our tour of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase a fundraiser benefiting San Francisco University High School financial aid program. In place of a chandelier is a giant hanging garden created by artist Yedda Morrison:

DSC05745 SF Decorator Showcase staircase flowers


The everlasting silk blooms reach all the way to the top of the stairwell: 


DSC05746 SF Decorator Showcase staircase flowers


Designer Nicole Hollis continued the taxidermy theme, started with her cabinet of curiosities in the entry hall, with this display of butterflies and other insects:


DSC05747 SF Decorator Showcase staircase

On the other hand, we could have taken the elevator instead which, believe it or not, is vintage 1910, original to the house, along with other cutting edge conveniences of the day like the laundry and trash chutes.

This wondrous little jewel box is decorated with verre églomisé walls by artist-designer Jane Richardson-Mack. 


DSC05756 SF Decorator Showcase Elevator


At the top of the staircase, Gale Melton made great use of the existing shelving and storage to create this gift wrap closet:


 DSC05781 SF Decorator Showcase Giftwrap Closet


She ingeniously used gift wrap paper for the wall covering…


DSC05753 SF Decorator Showcase giftwrap closet


…and conveniently displayed all the tools for the task out in the open:


DSC05752 SF Decorator Showcase giftwrap closet 


Directly across the hall is the Puppet Theater by Jurow Design Associates:


DSC05782 SF Decorator Showcase Puppet Theater


I especially like the men’s newsprint suit:



 DSC05783 SF Decorator Showcase Puppet Theater


How nice it must be to have sufficient closet space to dedicate one entirely to whimsy and fantasy.


Please enjoy the puppet show, wrap a few gifts, or take that beautiful elevator for a joy ride while I prepare the next post.  We will actually enter the rooms of the second level next time.  

10 comments:

My Castle in Spain said...

wow...wow...ok please explain how you make a giant flower & leaf garland....
it's great!!
summery effect guaranteed...
:-)

have a lovely week end
xoxo

Middle Aged Woman Blogging said...

Love the puppet theatre! As for the garland, looks great now, but when it comes to dusting... no thanks! But then I suppose, if you can afford the garland, someone else is doing the cleaning!

Relyn said...

I'm in heaven with the gift wrap closet and the puppet theater. I have such a thing for puppets. Jeffrey and I have a wish list going for the house we hope to build some day. On it is a gift wrap station in my enormous laundry room. Heaven!

Elizabeth said...

A gift-wrap-room, how cool. I like the flowerarrangement-idea but practical as I am: How do you keep it clean?? I don't assume they think about such things when buying. Probably someone else will offer their services and they accept the offer.

Elizabeth said...

A gift-wrap-room, how cool. I like the flowerarrangement-idea but practical as I am: How do you keep it clean?? I don't assume they think about such things when buying. Probably someone else will offer their services and they accept the offer.

Ruth said...

Love the gift wrap closet too. My grandma had a room with a sign on the door: BOXES. I never saw it, since she died when I was four, but my older sisters were much impressed.

dutchbaby said...

Dear Castle,
I wish you could come to one of my wreath clinics and I could show you how to make one! One like this one would take many, many silk flowers and plants, many hours, and it would be very bulky to handle.

Dear MAWB,
The puppet theater was a great surprise. I think you are right about the staff that would be maintaining this house.

Dear Relyn,
I hope that you and Jeffrey will have that dream house before long.

Dear Elizabeth,
It's more like a gift-wrap closet, but it's great to have everything in one place and out in the open.

Dat is een echte Nederlandse vraag :-) Zeker, houdt iemand anders het schoon voor hen.

Dear Ruth,
The gift-wrap closet is definitely cool; so would a BOXES room!

paris parfait said...

Oh the puppet theatre! How lovely to have so much space.

paris parfait said...

Oh, but that garland - great for the show, but in reality - dust galore and allergy-provoking, I would think.

dutchbaby said...

Dear paris,
The puppet closet is true fantasy, isn't it?

The garland was definitely unique and extremely well constructed (I'm sure it was a challenge) but I felt it was visually a bit heavy for the space. Dust catcher - definitely!

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