Don't you love before and after pictures? I didn't really appreciate the San Francisco Decorator Showcase until I saw the "befores." It might seem like some of the character was removed but bright modern rooms embrace our current way of living. Who's to say which is better? The living room was paired down and now it gleams. Let's take a look at these rooms - before and after the designers got their creative hands on them.
dining room : before
dining room after : interior by martin kobus, photo by david duncan livingston
primary bedroom : before
primary bedroom after: interior by tinker triggs, photo by aubrie pick
primary bath : before
primary bath after : interior by tinker triggs
garden room : before
garden room after : interior by heather hillard design, photo on sfcurbed.com
If I had just moved into this $15 million Telegraph Hill house, I would be tempted just to whitewash all the walls (as in the garden room), take up the carpets and enjoy the view.
Living Room Side Note : Antonio Martins, the designer of the living room, called our attention to small framed photographs by Nina Kathchadourian. She has created a series of Flemish-style self photographs taken in airplane restrooms using material found in the airplane (as in toilet seat covers, disposable pillow cases, paper towels). Anthonio said that she only uses the restrooms on long flights when all others are asleep. These are amazing selfies. Check her out at ninakatchadourian.com.
top photo: living room after: interior by antonio martins, photo by david hunan livingston. before photos: found on 298 Chestnut, San Francisco, CA 94133 - MLS# 424942 - Estately