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Few days remain for 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

14 May 2014 5:06 PM
Few days remain for 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

While San Francisco may be best known as the location of many new startups and technology companies these days, it has traditionally been recognized for its exquisite architecture and focus on upscale design. California's favorable weather has long allowed construction professionals to incorporate a diverse range of styles into the metropolitan area's buildings, resulting in a conglomeration of ornate structures with both classic and contemporary schemes.

Accordingly, design professionals have traditionally made a point to pay as much attention to the properties' interiors as their exteriors. Thus, much of the luxury real estate found within The City by the Bay boasts high-end decor. In an effort to highlight the talents of the region's most respected designers, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has annually spotlighted one of the city's most sophisticated homes.

If you're interested in viewing this year's selection, time is of the essence, as the 2014 event is slated to conclude May 26.

2014 showcase house located in Presidio Heights
Those who wish to experience first-hand the high-end design and modern features found within the latest home chosen as a prime example of San Francisco elegance can enjoy touring the 9,000 square-foot manse on Jackson Street, complete with intricate woodworking and expansive manicured gardens. Originally built in 1907 for its initial owners Rose and Alfred Sutro, the estate was transformed by the region's most respected interior designers and landscape architects leading up to the start of the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase on April 26.

Some of the notable firms and independent professionals who contributed to the property's posh aesthetic include Steven Miller Design Studio, Antonio Martins Interior Design, Sagrera Brazil Design, Lisa Bakamis Interior Design and Heather Hilliard Design, among others. In all, more than 30 interior and exterior design spaces are featured. Everything from the home's carefully groomed privet façade to its formal wine cellar have been updated, including its breathtaking foyer with a three-story staircase and coffered skylight, open gourmet kitchen with outdoor terrace, classic wood-paneled library, music rooms and living areas boasting panoramic views of the Presidio and San Francisco Bay.

For individuals hoping to plan a visit up to the Presidio Heights property before this year's showcase concludes, it would be wise to make plans ahead of time, as the stately mansion will only be open to the public for select hours Tuesdays through Sundays, with the exception of Memorial Day. Tickets cost $35 a piece and can be purchased either at the door or online through the official event website. Senior citizens over the age of 60 and current students can purchase entry for $30. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more, and can be arranged in advance by calling Thelma Garza at 415-447-3115.

Showcase currently celebrating its 36th year anniversary
As one of city's most anticipated annual events, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has been offered to residents for nearly 40 years. Each year, proceeds raised have benefited the financial aid program at San Francisco University High School - totaling more than $12.5 million to date. Thanks to the support of the event sponsors, participating designers and attendees, as well as SFUHS's trustees, faculty, alumni, parents and students, hundreds of students have received financial assistance in obtaining quality education.

 If you are interested in supporting the deserving pupils, or simply wish to view the latest in cutting-edge home decor and interior design, planning to attend one of the few remaining showings could greatly be to your benefit. For additional information, or to learn more about the featured designers, call 415-447-5830.