2012 san francisco decorator showcase

the vertical garden that french botanist patrick blanc designed for pershing hall hotel in paris in 2001 seemed so unique when my husband, bob, and i first stayed there.  now, vertical gardens are becoming so popular in france that the eiffel tower might even become a vertical garden!

in 2011, blanc designed a vertical garden for drew school in san francisco.  so, it’s not surprising that vertical gardens are becoming popular on the west coast.  to update the landscaping in the entry and the portico of the 2012 san francisco decorator showcase, living green designed vertical gardens of succulents and ferns.

vertical garden of ferns | portico | designed by davis dalbok of living green | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

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in 2012, blanc designed vertical gardens for the annual orchid show at the new york botanical garden.  so, it’s not surprising that vertical gardens are also becoming popular on the east coast.  so popular that charlotte moss designed vertical gardens of perserved boxwood for a master bedroom suite at the 2012 kips bay decorator show house.  along with the vertical gardens in the sitting room and the bathroom, moss used trompe l’oeil wallpaper, garden photographs, and garden ornaments to transform the suite into a french country retreat.

vertical garden of preserved boxwood | master bedroom suite | designed by charlotte moss | 2012 kips bay decorator show house

photo credit charles eckert

does it seem unusual that the same design trends appear in decorator show houses on the west coast, and on the east coast?

the entry halls of both show houses feature ikat rugs.  a zigzag patterned ikat rug, paisley patterned wallpaper, and zebra patterned porter’s chairs update the great hall of the san francisco decorator showcase, a classical revival house that was built in 1902.

ikat rug | the great hall | designed by dara rosenfeld | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

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an ikat rug, designed by thom filicia for safavieh, also anchors a gallery between the entry hall, the living room, and the dining room of the kips bay decorator show house, located in adjacent duplex condominiums in a new hi-rise building.

ikat rug | gallery | designed by thom filicia | 2012 kips bay decorator show house

photo credit nicole gibbons | so haute

could this be considered trend direction?  or, product placement?

could it be coincidental that the color of the safavieh ikat rug is purple haze, and that the dining rooms in both show houses have purple and green color schemes?  to modernize the late victorian dining room of the san francisco decorator showcase, klismos chairs with green upholstery surround a cluster of tiered tables with purple resin tops.

purple and green color scheme | dining room | designed by marysia rybock of scavullo design | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

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in the dining room of the kips bay decorator show house, aubergine walls and a 42-arm venetian glass chandelier from the 1940’s alter the proportions of the too-tall space.  french empire chairs with green upholstery, and a 1960’s mirror, framed in green faceted glass, add contrast.

purple and green color scheme | dining room | designed by todd alexander romano | 2012 kips bay decorator show house

photo credit nicole gibbons | so haute
but, the faceted mirror isn’t the only diagonal pattern in either show house.  in a living room in san francisco, green couch mounted a faceted mirror with a cracked ice pattern above the fireplace, and laid a kyle bunting cowhide rug with a cracked ice pattern on the floor.  they even stacked the bolster pillows on the sofa diagonally.

cracked ice mirror | lifestyle room | designed by jeff schlarb and tray schlarb of green couch | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

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and, in a living room in new york, brian del toro hung a faceted mirror with a cracked ice pattern above a sofa.

cracked ice mirror | living room | designed by brian del toro | 2012 kips bay decorator show house

photo credit nicole gibbons | so haute
it may not seem unusual that both show houses showcase the ultimate in kitchen appliances.  the main kitchen in the san francisco decorator showcase already had a la cornue range.

la cornue range | lifestyle room | designed by jeff schlarb and tray schlarb of green couch | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

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and, at kips bay, st. charles of new york installed a la cornue island.

la cornue island | kitchen | designed by robert schwartz+karen williams for st. charles of new york | 2012 kips bay decorator show house

photo credit nicole gibbons | so haute
but, the custom bed, created for a bedroom suite in san francisco by furniture and accessory designer paul benson is unusual.  don’t the materials of the bed, which include hot rolled steel, brushed brass, and polished aluminum, remind you of la cornue?

hot rolled steel/brushed brass/polished aluminum bed by paul benson | the tailor made suit(e) | designed by brian dittmar | 2012 san francisco decorator showcase

photo credit david duncan livingston

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