We picked the most gorgeous Spring day to tour San Francisco's Decorator Showcase House, The Villa de Martini built in 1929.
The majestic Mediterranean-style villa is perched high atop historic Telegraph Hill and boasts formal European-style gardens and delivers panoramic vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the Bay Bridge, and San Francisco Bay.
Come along with me as I discover the many beautiful and unique rooms which profiles the work of over two dozen of the Bay Area's preeminent designers.
The Upper Terrace
A ring of charred wood elements conjures memories of fire-scarred tree trunks in the old growth forests across the bay.
The Living Room
Dining / Kitchen / Lounge
*Note to self... dye vintage linen napkins grey!
Very hard to photograph, but I think my favorite space!
It is truly amazing what you can do in a small space!
This is the ceiling, and there are actually a pair of eyes, the other one reflected further down.
"The window in this room inspired us to think about light and how we view space. The placement of a mirror on the back elevation creates reflective light, as well as the illusion of depth.
With a small room, economy of space is key, and so a privacy wall creates separation between washing and the toilet. The materials used echo both classical and contemporary vernaculars. However the drama happens upwards with a watchful eye.
A Pollinator Friendly Garden
The quote above the bed in French reads,
"A kiss is a treat that doesn't make you fat"
Dressing Room and Bath
"Year of The Monkey"
Two Bedheads Are Better Than One
I personally think this should be the blueprint for every dorm room!
They thought of everything!
Just brilliant how compact and how much storage is incorporated.
So cozy and yet so private at the same time.
College campuses take note!
Sitting Room / Entertaining Lounge
Custom rug made out of cowhide.
The Garden Room
Well there you have it!
Hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did.
It's really quite amazing the work that goes into these showhouses!
So tell me, which was your favorite space?