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I’ve been going to designer showcase homes since the 1980s. They haven’t always been the “crazy Showcase House(s)” that Hope Anderson says they are (I disagree with her characterization and general put-down of this particular showhouse, and I wonder why one interior designer would be so insulting toward the work of others). It used to be the norm that the bulk of the show rooms would be realistic and livable — if opulent — designs, while a few would be statement or concept displays or (like the staircase here) essentially art installations. This approach made sense, since the new owners of these homes are given the option to purchase the showcase decor. But in so many showcase homes these days that ratio seems to have flipped. There are fewer “real” rooms. The 2018 San Francisco Designer Showcase was a good example of this trend. It was an unholy mess. A hodgepodge. Several years ago a San Francisco designer told me that it was so expensive to develop and install a design in these showcase homes that many designers who don’t need the exposure pass on the invitation. The implication was that maybe the best design groups are not represented. Might be true, might be sour grapes. Hard to know.

Everyone has their own taste and style, of course, but I don’t see the horrors and design sins in this house that Hope Anderson sees. Out of curiosity I took a look at her linked portfolio. My reaction was kind of like her reaction to this showcase: a resounding “No.” To each her own.

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That staircase is the bomb! Art incorporated into architectural necessity and details. AMAZING!

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A lot to unpack here - lot of rooms, lots of different styles. What we have to realize is that there would never actually be so many varied styles in one house - I think that's part of what's making us dizzy here!

I have a more traditional style myself, but even so, there are fewer rooms here that make me want to retch than in most designer showcases I've seen on Houzz. And that soothing bedroom actually made me gasp!! [in a good way!]

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