Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Villa de Martini

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!

Powder Room

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.

The Study

Loft Bar

Cloud Terrace
A Pollinator Friendly Garden

Master Suite

The quote above the bed in French reads,
"A kiss is a treat that doesn't make you fat"

Girl's Bedroom

Dressing Room and Bath

Upstairs Study

"Year of The Monkey"
Mezzanine Bath

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!

Mom Cave

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?


liv said...

Absolutely stunning! The art work was breathtaking, so innovative and fresh.
I think my favorite room is the black "powder room". That incredible sink and the eye, the eye! I loved it.
Thanks so much Terri, for such a wonderful tour. Your enthusiasm was not a small part of the fun of this post ♥

Sarah said...

Thanks for the tour, Terri. It's all beautiful, but put me out on th roof top terrace and gardens. The view makes me think of villas on the Cote d'Azur.

helen tilston said...

Hello Terri

Thanks for taking us along with you today. A very interesting house. My favourite is the grey small bathroom.

Fondest wishes

Helen xx

Mary Ann Pickett said...

I love that roof top space!!! Beautiful!

LRS4AMANDA said...


I finally had time to look at these photos...what a stunning showhouse! I don't think I can pick a favorite space! That bathroom is pretty gorgeous though. Love the view from that deck. Wow.

Thanks for taking the time to share these photos.

Linda in San Diego

LRS4AMANDA said...

Oops...I meant to say "powder room"!

La Petite Gallery said...

What ever rings your bell. I fine it very cool.
I am still into Architectural Digest 1980. It
seems the new look is a feeling of emptiness.
Just my thoughts, I love Antique lush looks.