Monday, April 30, 2018

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Report, Part One: Dina Bandman’s Glamorous and Inviting Nursery — A New Way to Welcome and Nurture a Baby

This week, San Francisco interior designer Dina Bandman presents a charming and highly original nursery, in collaboration with de Gournay.

Dina’s concept is a lemon grove. A rather small room with low windows is transformed with elegant and vibrant de Gournay handpainted wallpaper in a lovely ultra-pale green. Dina transformed a room into a restful and highly original setting for a growing baby and toddler.

London-based de Gournay, the leading artistic handcrafted Wallpaper Company in the world, custom hand-painted the wallpaper in their studio in China. The fantasy lemon grove includes subtle jeweled and embroidered lemons that shimmer and capture the light and add an air of enchantment to the sunny room.

Dina’s room is small, but with superb details. Note the arched curtains, crafted by Martin Kobus Curtain Studios. Storage is artful. Come with me to take a closer look.

This is transformation and decorating at its best. Next week, more of my favorite rooms in Part Two.

“I was a little bit nervous about this room for the small size, and the rather low windows. It is quite a relief that it all came together. I am so fortunate to have wonderful vendors like de Gournay, Hardesty Dwyer, Martin Kobus (just to name a few) who are so obsessed with detail too and always further amplify my design by their talent. It's been a true delight to watch people enjoy the room. I will be at Showcase today — you know where to find me for the next 30 days!” — DINA BANDMAN

About Dina Bandman

Dina was a sensation at last year’s Decorator Showcase with a glamorous laundry…and dog-washing area…with super-glamorous wallpaper by de Gournay.

Her cabinets were by Clive Christian. Dina, working with Julie Lloyd on cabinetry, turned a closet space into the most glamorous laundry.

Dina Bandman always knew she wanted to be an interior designer, but her path to design was not an ordinary one. After completing an undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, Dina went to law school and earned her J.D degree in New York before ultimately deciding to follow her passion for interior design.

She went on to study Interior Design at New York’s acclaimed Art Institute and began working with Katie Leede Studio. A former Old Hollywood glamor fanatic, Dina was inspired by Katie’s more boho, eclectic, and vibrant aesthetic-- an experience to which she credits her knowledge and appreciation for a wide range of interior styles and antiques. In 2015, she relocated to San Francisco and went to work alongside Shelley Cahan of Shelley & Company until ultimately opening her own design studio, Dina Bandman Interiors.

Versatile and creative, Dina never pursued her law degree beyond passing the bar. She thanks that experience for making her a better designer - in a world where timelines and tenacity are ever important, she brings her ability to be analytical and a critical thinker to the table to deliver stunning projects, on time and on budget.

Credits for Dina Bandman’s Nursery

de Gournay “Lemondrop Lullaby” | Wallpaper & Window Treatments
Beautiful Bed Company | Toy Box
California Closets | Closet Build Out
Chelsea Textiles | Fabric
Chroma Colors - Michael Clementi | Paint Contractor
Coleen & Company | Custom Chandelier
Cowtan & Tout | Chair & Ottoman Fabric
Custom Creations - Cecilia Lopez | Soft Goods Fabrication
De Sousa Hughes | Fisher Weisman Side Table
Hardesty Dwyer | Wingback Chair
HCL Construction | Contractor
Holland & Sherry | Chelsea Textiles - Fabric for Closet Wallcovering, French Mattress & Changing Pad Cover
Fitzgerald | Ottoman Upholsterer
Floor Design | Vintage Oushak Rug
Forbes & Lomax | Light Switch
Julia B. | Handmade Linens
LuxHoldups | Lucite Tie Backs and Accessories
Martin Kobus | Workroom Services, curtains
Plexi-Craft | Custom Lucite Crib
Sabrina Landini | Sconces
Samuel & Sons | Passementerie
Shears & Window | Vaughn Floor Lamp
Stephanie Breitbard Collection | Fine Art Building Blocks
WCD (Wall Covering Designs) | Wallpaper & Acoustic Installation

The designer and the photographer contacts:

Design | Instagram @dinabandmaninteriors

Photography | Instagram @christopherstark

The 41st Annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase 

Please come to see fresh design ideas, new decorating concepts, artful use of space, and rooms overlooking the Marina Green. It’s at 465 Marina Blvd. in San Francisco.

Tickets for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase — available at and at the door: $40 general admission; $35 for seniors and students (with photo ID)

Group rates available and must be arranged in advance by calling (415) 447-5830

Showcase Hours

April 28 – May 28; Tuesdays through Sundays; closed Mondays except for Memorial Day

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (last entry) Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (last entry) Sunday and Memorial Day: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last entry) Closed on Mondays except for Memorial Day

Showcase Sponsors
San Francisco Decorator Showcase is supported by the following sponsors: Platinum Sponsors - Da Vinci Marble, Hakwood and The Rug Company; Paint Sponsor – Farrow & Ball; Exclusive Bathroom Sponsor – Kohler; Kitchen Appliance Sponsor – BlueStar; Exclusive Quartz Provider – Cambria; Media Sponsors – Modern Luxury (San Francisco magazine, Modern Luxury Interiors California); C California Style; Nob Hill Gazette and ABC7.

For the past 40 years, the annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase has benefited San Francisco University High School's financial aid program, raising nearly $16 million and benefiting hundreds of students.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the participation of hundreds of accomplished designers, the school's trustees, parents, faculty, alumni, students, friends, and the thousands of Showcase visitors each year, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase allows San Francisco University High School to offer financial aid to its students.

The community's continued support makes education available to hundreds of Bay Area students.


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cotedetexas said...

Oh my GOD!!!!! That is the prettiest nursery EVER!!!! That bed - and the matching curtains. Just fabulous.

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...


I'm so thrilled to hear from you.

My interview with you on SKIRTED ROUND TABLE is still on my blog.

I am also now on INSTAGRAM...finally after much resistance to emojis and to nonverbal posts...and it is great.

Yes...this nursery is so accomplished and detailed...the detail of the trellis ceiling and the Lucite crib that you can see the mural through...and her colors.

some of the lemons are beaded/ embroidered...a little shimmer...very pretty and uplifting for a young child.

I will jump over and see what is your latest IG post...and catch up. You are the QUEEN and you were such an inspiration...a great inspiration. thank you for your exuberance and are the best--DIANE

The Swan said...

Beautiful nursery...a dream come true for a lucky little girl...but it’s that plexi crib that’s is beyond sensational, evoking glamour and a deco motif not seen in the world of children at least with these ancient eyes of mine.

eleni said...

What a simply marvelous and delightful nursery. One of the nicest ones I've seen. I did not see mentioned where the fabulous sheep were from?

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...

THE SWAN- is beauty. Yes...the child will have a magical time in this room...and the parents sitting in the big chair by the window. I loved her first design presentation...and the genius idea of DE GOURNAY...Lucite...I looked at the carefully and it is very very sturdy and best of all it does not blog the view of the mural. Lovely to hear from you. DIANE

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...


Yes...the curtains and the murals and the big big chair...all so welcoming...and the trellis ceiling.

I love also the way the arched curtains make the windows seem taller...

I asked about the LAMB and so far no response. You might wish to INSTAGRAM to Dina on the address on the story...and as well he contacts are there, too.

she spends most days at showcase...and I will continue to check...they are the most beautiful animals indeed.


Claudia Juestel said...

I love Dina's romantic view on design! Another sweet and magical showcase after her lovely laundry room last year. Dina's interiors put a smile on the face of visitors. I am a fan!