There’s only one week left of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. So, before it’s over, I thought I’d share a few more reasons to go and visit it. Here’s a clue: they’re all very small, but very important reasons…

The great thing about the Decorator Showcase is that every single spare inch of the place is decorated – which means every closet and every corner has a treat in store. It is in some of the tiniest spaces that you can discover the grandest ideas.

Check out this amazing wine cellar, for instance. Only the size of a deep walk-in closet, it is an absolute treat for the eyes. I can actually imagine sitting down and checking off my wines on that leather wing chair. The best feature, however, is the wall – a commissioned mural. It really opens up the space.

Vintner's Vault

Vintner’s Vault, designed by Zumaooh, picture via access.decorati.

Then there’s the Powder Room. A tiny sliver of a space, it is so simple yet so very stylish. There’s a  mosaic tile design with an ‘S’-shaped curve which continues up the wall in a single tendril. The same shape is echoed in the colored glass window. It’s fanciful but very subtle.

Powder Room

Powder Room Revisited, by Marsh & Clark. Picture again via access.decorati.

For even more tiny spaces, how about this windowless closet on the second floor landing? It’s been converted into a sweet wrap room by Gale Melton. Much as I can’t imagine ever having the space for a wrap room, I have to admit to coveting the custom shelving, a perfect fit for rolls and rolls of ribbon, sheets of luxurious wrapping paper and various other finishing touches.

Wrap room

Wrap Room by Gale Melton, photo via Anh-Minh.

And it’s not just the little rooms, it’s also the little details. There are lots of (almost) hidden tips and tricks to spot. Silk drapes backed with coarse linen, for example, were a surprising twist in the living room. A glorious bar filled with silver and crystal, was tucked away inside a gentleman’s closet (!). I also really liked the use of black task lights against dark chocolate (almost black) walls in the study, by John Wheatman & Associates. The lamp almost disappears and all that’s left is the little pool of light underneath.


The study, by John Wheatman & Associates, photo via Inside SF Real Estate.

So even if you’ve been once, maybe it’s worth going back for a closer look…