These stand out rooms are filled with color schemes that inspire and innovations that solve problems
Design enthusiasts have been wowed with visual fanfare since 1977, when The San Francisco Decorator Showcase was launched. Since then, the prestigious showhouse has raised more than $11 million to benefit San Francisco University High School. Color schemes that inspire and innovations that solve problems--as in these stand-out rooms--emerge annually from both veteran designers and the region's new talent.
Produced by Heather Lobdell
In Decorating 101, we learn that a can of paint is the easiest route to noteworthy transformation. Marion Philpotts Miller and Jonathan Staub painted turquoise over the black frame of a stately Asian daybed in the showhouse guest room. The strong color offers a contrast to the space's earth-toned background, a natural-looking palette anchored by a faux-bark wallpaper.
Design: Jonathan Staub and Marion Philpotts Miller, Philpotts San Francsco, 643 Seventh St., San Francisco, CA 94103; 415/621-5888, philpotts.net .
A Noguchi paper pendant light, a Chinese fretwork screen, a tall wood sculpture (see previous slide), and a pair of handsome wooden stools complete the scheme.
Daybed (antique, Chinese): Fishcake, 808/593-1231, fishcake.us .
Daybed cushion and bolster fabric ("Aerial"/Patagonia White); window treatment fabric (by Pollack): Donghia, 914/662-2377, donghia.com .
Daybed upholstery: Bob Arkus Custom Upholstery, 808/847-5220.
Throw pillows (Mongolian Lamb/Stone White): West Elm, 888/922-4119, westelm.com .
Wall sconce ("Rensselaer Single Sconce" with cage shade #WM-50-1): Schoolhouse Electric Co., 800/630-7113, schoolhouseelectric.com .
Side tables at end of daybed (antique, Chinese): Place, 808/275-3075, placehawaii.com .
Selenite vases on tables (by Robert Kuo): McGuire Furniture, 415/241-1228, mcguirefurniture.com .
Chinese screens (custom white lacquer finish): CS Wo & Sons, 808/545-5966, cswo.com .
Felt stones to left of daybed (Livingstones, by Stephanie Marin, 10% wool): Lola Home, 510/981-8345, lolahome.com .
Bronze spear sculpture in corner: JRM International, 415/864-8118.
Wall covering (faux bark): Weitzner Ltd., 888/609-5551, weitznerlimited.com. 
Area rug (sisal): Merida, 800/ 345-2200, meridameridian.com .
Printed natural hide rug: Williams-Sonoma Home, 888/922-4108, wshome.com . Noguchi pendant light ("Akari Light Sculpture Ceiling Lamp"): Noguchi Museum Store, 718/204-7088, noguchi.org .
Carved wood pods (#924); teak sculpture (#926): Ironies, 510/644-2100, ironies.com .
Interior designer Jonathan Staub. Not pictured here is his partner in design for the guest room, Marion Philpotts Miller.
"The daybed added pop to an otherwise calm and ethereal space," says Miller. "I wanted not only something exotic but also something celebratory."
Intriguing architecture gave Suzanne Tucker a head start on this appealing dining room. She applied alluring neutrals to showcase the sunlight-flooded space. Subtle, hand-painted wallpaper was set between ceiling beams lightened to a warm, caramel tone. Whimsical dining chairs circle the round table, clothed in textured ivory silk and accented with amethyst glass.
Design: Suzanne Tucker, Tucker & Marks, 58 Maiden Lane, Fourth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108; 415/445-6789, tuckerandmarks.com .
Coordinating pillows top a tufted sofa in velvet that invites guests to sit back, relax, and soak up some rays.
Tablecloth fabric ("Arabesque"): Suzanne Tucker Home, 415/445-6770, suzannetuckerhome.com . Fabrication: Malatesta & Co., 415/558-8840.
Dining chairs (custom design): Tucker & Marks, 415/445-6789.
Fabric (embroidery, custom): Holland & Sherry, 212/355-6241, hollandandsherry.com . Tape trim: Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
Chandelier (1920s, Spanish): Amy Perlin Antiques, no longer in business.
Capiz shell chargers; dinnerware (by Jaune de Chrome); caviar dishes (vintage, mother of pearl): Gump's, 800/284-8677, gumps.com .
Hotel silverware: Bergdorf Goodman, 888/774-2424, bergdorfgoodman.com .
Goblets with fern etching: Gearys Beverly Hills, 800/793-6670, gearys.com .
Amethyst hurricanes: designer's collection.
Archival cabinet (antique, French oak, ash and walnut); banquette (custom design); Levantine side tables (with bone and exotic wood inlay, c. 1900): Tucker & Marks, 415/445-6789.
Banquette fabric ("Sommeso"/Buttercream): Suzanne Tucker Home, 415/445-6770, suzannetuckerhome.com .
Antique conch shell-inspired silver spoon warmer (used as vase): MDVII Antiques, 415/931-4213.
Wooden barrel chair: Formations, 310/659-3062. Through Shears & Window, 415/621-0911.
Cushions on barrel chair ("Matelas de Laine"/Ecru): Claremont Furnishing Fabrics Co., 310/248-3841, claremontfurnishing.com .
Leather flange on cushions ("Superkidskin"/Bark): J. Robert Scott Textiles, 877/207-5130, jrobertscott.com .
Armchair on other side of banquette (c. 1930, haute Epoque-style steel-framed armchair with brass details, leather seat and back); rug at banquette (antique east Turkestan); sconces at banquette ("Ocean"/ antiqued brass, natural linen shades); drapery trim (natural jute): Tucker & Marks, 415/445-6789.
Drapery ("Maharani"): Suzanne Tucker Home, 415/445-6770, suzannetuckerhome.com .
Interior designer Suzanne Tucker.
"My imaginary client was a family, so I wanted a room that would function for multiple purposes--such as dining, resting in front of the window, or doing homework," says Tucker.
The magic of showhouse rooms is often undermined by sticker shock. Not so in this dining space, where designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy kept to a tight budget but created the illusion of luxury. Mirrors and gold vinyl wallpaper set a sophisticated mood that begged for a graphic contrast. So Diaz-Azcuy chose a long, inexpensive white linen tablecloth topped with a black runner. Then he paraded a variety of porcelain pretties--all in white--down the runner. It makes a striking and fuss-free centerpiece that anchors the tabletop scheme. Black-and-white dinnerware pairs with mismatched purple water goblets. The spring-green pillows cushioning the backs of the dining chairs are a nod to the green peeking from the tablecloth's pleats that hang to the floor at the corners of the table.
Design: Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, David T. Oldroyd, and Greg Stewart, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Assoc., 201 Post St., 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108; 415/362-4500.
Wallpaper (by Elitis): Donghia, 914/662-2377, donghia.com .
Table and mirror frame: Julian Giuntoli Furniture Mfg., 415/643-1092.
Cream fabric on tablecloth and Roman shades; lime green fabric; black fabric: Calvin Fabrics, 888/732-1996, calvinfabrics.com .
Shades and tablecloth fabrication: Malatesta & Co., 415/558-8840.
Chairs at dining table ("Umbria" #WS-110, by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy): McGuire Furniture Co., 415/241-1228, mcguirefurniture.com .
Host chair ("Ming"): Evelyn's Chinese Furniture Inc., 415/255-1815, evelynantique.com .
Chandelier ("Big Bang"): Limn Co., limn.com. Mirror: Paige Glass, 415/621-5266.
Dinnerware: Tiffany & Co., 800/526-0649, tiffany.com .
Flatware (by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy): Gumps, 800/284-8677, gumps.com . White vases (vintage); lavender glasses: designer's collection.
Construction and remodeling: Mayta & Jensen, 415/822-2200, maytajensen.com.
Wallpaper hanging: Heidi Wright Paperhanging, 510/541-9546.
Floors: Tree Lovers Floors, 415/863-6833, treeloversfloors.com.
Interior designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy.
"I think it's my obligation to show a new generation how to push the envelope, even when budgets are constrained," says Diaz-Azcuy. "I want to provide ideas without great expense or pretense."
Melanie Coddington teamed imaginative upholstery with mid-century modern furniture to design a lively blue-and-ivory living room. Tufted wing chairs are anything but stodgy with a treatment that stretched cream-colored velvet on the fronts and a silk damask on the sides and backs. Gently rounded and curvy shapes throughout the space provide enough visual oomph to eliminate the need for a lot of accessories that could create decorative clutter.
Design: Melanie Coddington, Coddington Design, 1434 Kansas St., San Francisco, CA 94107; 415/285-2821, coddingtondesign.com .
Love seat (custom); wing chairs (custom): Coddington Design, 415/285-2821.
Love-seat fabric ("Queen Mary's Trellis"/Champagne #NTR05003): Zoffany, 800/395-8760, zoffany.com .
Wing-chair fabric, back ("Jaipur"/Mid-Blue #09): Malabar, malabar.co.uk . Through McRae & Co., 415/ 626-2726.
Wing-chair fabric, front ("Riverton"/Fawn #K16838, discontinued): Place Vendôme, theplacevendome.com . Through Partridge Assoc., 415/431-1896.
Sheers ("Mirage Sheer Casement"/Butter #9191): Calvin Fabrics, 888/732-1996, calvinfabrics.com .
Drapery (luxury blend silk/Sand): Beacon Hill, 800/333-3777, beaconhilldesign.com . Drapery fabrication: Malatesta & Co., 415/558-8840.
Octagon coffee table (brass); armoire (mid-century French, sycamore, by Jules Leleu); area rug; leather-covered desk (c. 1980s); desk chair: Coddington Design, 415/285-2821.
Desk-chair fabric (Mohair): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com .
Armoire accessories (Italian sun burst mirror, vintage Art Deco box, mid-century horn lamp); desk accessories (astroglobe, horn candleholder, fish dish, cigar cutter, bronze flame sculpture, hourglass); mantel accessories (silver candlesticks): Coddington Design, 415/285-2821.
Paint (#134): Ann Hall Color Design, 415/221-8999.
Floors (hardwood): repair and stain by Tree Lovers Floors, 415/863-6833, treeloversfloors.com.
Interior designer Melanie Coddington.
"I wanted this room to focus its attention on the spectacular views," says Coddington. "The shade of blue I chose for the wall color easily adapts to the ever-changing San Francisco sky."
Chair (vintage): Coddington Design, 415/285-2821.
Fabric ("Brunelleschi"/Lilla): Clarence House, 800/803-2850, clarencehouse.com .