Thursday, September 3, 2020

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2020

The forty-third annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase has a dazzling array of designs, and interiors by vividly talented San Francisco and Los Angeles designers.

This year, the rooms are polished and lively with ideas and great style.

This showcase is not open to the public, and no-one can visit. Online only.

For the first time in its historical almost five decades, the house is presented virtually, with a beautifully produced tour of each room of the house, along with exciting features and tools for design fans to study and gain more information.

The Details

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is widely considered to be the West Coast’s premier design showhouse event, renowned for featuring the work of the region’s top interior and landscape designers. All the funds raised through the Decorator Showcase benefit the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program.

Virtual tours launch Saturday, September 5, 2020

Tickets for the virtual tour are $25 and will be available online starting September 5 at


“For the multidisciplinary Sundown Lounge we pulled from history, fashion, art, and contemporary culture, The Sundown Lounge of this grand William H. Toepke (1870-1949) Seacliff home is a moody and comfortable environment for game nights, cocktails, music, and lounging. The decorative painted ceiling, lime wash walls, and custom area rug are inspired by historic Spanish style patterning and materiality. The furnishings are a mixture of vintage, contemporary, and custom pieces spanning from the 1940’s to present day. Modern Nordic and Brazilian masters, Palle Suenson, Paavo Tynell, Arne Wahl Iversen and Jorge Zalszupin in dialogue with emerging contemporary visionaries Vincenzo De Cotis, Wonmin Park, Trevor Paglen, Davina Semo, and Noam Rappaport. The space is a saturated and layered escape.”

Leann Conquer and Alexis Tompkins

DZINE Gallery

“I wanted to presenting this serious gallery program for Elina Frumerman botanical photography in a new context. Clearly the matte black walls, composed of paint that incorporated black ink is a dramatic backdrop to the photography by Elina Frumerman, similarly with their own shadow backdrops. I wanted the stairs to be punctuated with glowing plants and flowers, like jewels.. On the landing, I added additional and larger format depictions to continue this dialog, but not too much. On the landing the framed botanical photographs are fewer in number, and equally powerful in their presence and arrangement.” — Philip Bewley, DZINE Gallery Curator and Gallery Director

It's extraordinary to see work that reinvents a canon of art —the dramatic depiction of flowers, plants and trees in contemporary way that is relevant to today. This exquisite photography by Elina Frumerman expands upon the meaning we assign to plants. There is technical virtuosity, artistic sensibility, and no effort and expense was spared by Frumerman, and by DZINE Gallery to get every detail of this project to be of the highest standard. There is the work itself, sublime and restrained in composition, glorious in its depiction that gives the viewer an emotional connection.” — Philip Bewley Gallery Director and Art Advisor, DZINE Gallery


Applegate Tran Interiors

“The initial concept was an artist’s retreat. As our vision progressed, the design morphed into an art collector’s gallery retreat with favorite pieces to surround themselves with and gain inspiration from. As designers, we are always inspired and affected by art and truly feel our concept is a reflection of this.

The art we selected is a mix of bold and bright contrasted against calm and serene. The large black and white is a bold geometric piece that we’ve placed next to the painting in calming green tones is a signature. Hongtao Zhou's Textscapes are the perfect example of an overall aesthetically pleasing work that is created by rigid text and cityscapes. We also threw in a nod to pop art with the David Bowie piece in the colorful custom frame. We wanted to add something soft and inviting and included the landscape in the corner of the room; it draws the onlooker in and makes you want to enter the painting and live in its serenity.

Vernon Applegate and Gioi Tran

Dina Bandman Interiors

“I love the vibrant and joyful mosaic tile pattern inspired by the iconography of the Otomi tribe in Central America. It is from New Ravenna, and sourced from Da Vinci Marble in San Francisco. It’s a very elevated level of art for a children’s bathroom. Foxes and Llamas prance in jewel-toned glass tiles. In contrast there’s a rich Venetian red, with classic white subway tiles. Art and design to inspire children.”

Dina Bandman

Tineke Triggs | Artistic Designs for Living

“The Liquid Lounge media room/bar is for a family’s fun and pleasure. I’ve created a romantic moment in the corner, secluded by a gold mesh screen. Family and friends can linger on the rose-color banquette with a dramatic geometric table. The star of the room is the digital art on the wall, by Danial Canogar. I also love the molten glass chandelier floating overhead that adds to this cool glamour.”

Tineke Triggs

Jeffrey Neve | Interior Design

“The gallery lounge offers quiet retreat. The focal point is the oil painting by Judith Rothschild from Hackett Mill. It floats elegantly above the marvelous vellum—top console from C. Mariani Antiques. I found the perfect chairs and lighting and tables from the De Sousa Hughes showroom.

Jeffrey Neve

The Virtual Tour

The 43rd annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase will launch its first-ever virtual event on Saturday, September 5 showcasing the distinguished work of more than 20 top interior and landscape designers who have transformed 27 distinct spaces.

Due to public health concerns around COVID-19, in-person tours will, unfortunately, not be permitted. However, this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase will include a comprehensive walk-through video tour of the house and landscaped spaces; an interactive 3-D self-guided tour, links to designer interviews and more.

The Mediterranean-style house at 22 · 22nd Avenue is located in the charming West Clay Park neighborhood and adjacent to Seacliff and the Presidio.


Sam Frost Studio 
Christopher Stark

Applegate Tran: 
Jose-Manuel Alorda 
Christopher Stark 
Christopher Stark
Christopher Stark


Tickets for the virtual tour are $25 and will be available online starting September 5 at

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