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InsIde storIes / DeCORATOR ShOwCASe
T_h e San Francisco Decorator ning dome of the Palace of Fine
Showcase celebrated its 30th an- Arts fi ll the foreground. Beyond
niversary in grand style in 2007 are the watery expanse of the bay
by remaking a four-story man- and the shoreline and moun-
sion on top of Pacifi c Heights. tains of Marin County. And,
T_h e proceeds from the viewing of course, above all, San Francis-
of the stunning 10,000-square- co’s famously blue sky.
foot remodel added to the more Situated at the top of a grand
than $9-million the San Francis- staircase, this room is the fi rst
co Decorator Showcase has raised you see as you ascend to the
for San Francisco University upper level of the house. We
High School’s tuition assistance chose to treat the room as an
program. T_h e Decorator Show- intimate family gathering space.
case featured the work of several With desk and computer space,
of the West Coast’s most distinc- plenty of comfortable seating, it
tive interior designers. is a warm and inviting place for
T_h e Renaissance-style palazzo adults and children alike.
stands on a steep, rocky lot off er- The plan of the room uses
ing dazzling panoramic views custom-designed desks spanning
of the Golden Gate Bridge, San the window wall. A pair of mis-
Francisco Bay and Alcatraz. Mil- matched sofas in contrasting fab-
ton S. Ray purchased the land at
A custom-made desk by Crespi Woodworking is paired with a Troscan chair upholstered in
rics off ers comfortable seating,
2901 Broadway from future Pres- C&C Milano fabric. The window coverings and shades are from Osborne & Little with Kravet leaving plenty of open fl oor space
ident Herbert Hoover in 1925
trim. Photographs courtesy of Matthew Millman, Matthew Millman Photography.
for young children to sprawl with
and selected Henry Clay Smith, games and books. A pair of play-
known for his skill and knowledge of building In keeping with the theme of this year’s ful, giraff e-like fl oor lamps guards the entrance
on diffi cult, steep slopes, as his architect. Decorator Showcase, A Celebration of San in front of a pair of over-scaled mirrors that
Ray worked as an executive offi cer at the Francisco Design, veteran designers who have bounce the view off the back wall.
Ray Oil Burner Co., a company founded by participated in past showcase events were in- T_h e graphic rug refl ects the colors of the
his father in 1872 to manufacture stoves for vited back to remake the seven bedroom, six view – blues and greens. T_h e
clipper ship galleys, but his true passion was and a half-bath mansion. Barbara Scavullo and bright orange on the one sofa
ornithology – the scientifi c study of birds. He the entire design team at Barbara Scavullo De- gives a burst of lively contrast.
started his collection of nests, eggs and skins as sign, San Francisco, were among the design- T_h e warm, butterscotch walls
a teenager while on a business trip to Hawaii, ers chosen to participate in this prestigious and the soft terra-cotta cur-
Japan and China and expanded his collection remodel. Scavullo chose a second-fl oor study tains give warmth to the cool
to more than 75,000 eggs and stuff ed birds to provide “a lively resting space for the family northern light.
during his lifetime. His collection was later put to gather, relax and catch up.”
For more information:
on display in the Museum of Vertebrate Zool- Here’s what Scavullo had to say about
Barbara Scavullo Design
ogy at the University of California at Berkeley. the installation:
415 Jackson Street
SCAVULLO
Along with his interest in ornithology, Ray was We chose this room for its prime location San Francisco, CA 94111
an accomplished poet. He had a two-volume and stunning view. With three large win- T: (415) 658-8774
collection of poetry entitled “T_h e Farallones, dows facing north, the room is dominated
Web site: www.scavullodesign.com
T_h e Painted World and Other Poems of Cali- by the classic San Francisco North Bay view.
fornia” published in 1934. A jumble of residential rooftops and the stun-
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