Interior designer Jacqueline Palmer is a woman with a beautiful vision. In 2014, the soft-spoken Santa Cruz native launched her celebrated blog, A Design Lifestyle; a whirlwind year later, she quit a steady gig creating multi-million-dollar interiors for private clients to design for people like herself.
In our inaugural installment of "The Cognoscente," we interview experts in their field—who also happen to be the city's chicest tastemakers—about how their work influences their style, and living their best life in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Decorator Showcase has been inspiring design enthusiasts since 1977, when Nan Rosenblatt and Philip Fernandez first conceived of the event to raise funds for San Francisco University High School. This year, the showcase is unrolling rugs and hanging drapes in a 1916 Presidio Heights manor designed by famed Bay Area architect Julia Morgan.
Homepolish designer Benedetta Amadi transformed her Liberty Hill home, once "Home Depot modern" (as new construction usually is) into a collected, travel-inspired vision—with a Scandinavian accent. The Italy-born designer, who moved to San Francisco from New York in 2013, is drawn to the organic minimalism of Scandinavian design, with its raw woods and cozy textiles.
When redesigning her NoPa home of six years, Homepolish designer Heidi Callier tapped her love of the unexpected, layering color and texture against neutral furniture and bright white walls. Because there’s a special panache that only the right African Juju hat or antler collection can add to a space, right? “I always encourage clients to wait for the right things to come along,” she says. "In my home, it took me awhile to figure out certain pieces, but I'm glad I waited, because now I truly love them all.” Click through for all the designer-friendly details.
Transforming the old Sarlo showroom in the San Francisco Design District into her own creative command post required a bit of a mindshift for designer Catherine Kwong. “Decorating my office needed a much different approach compared to how I work with residences,” she says. Kwong has become known for her gorgeous interiors, filled with sophisticated mixes of graphic patterns, offbeat vintage finds, and eye-catching art. But for her headquarters, she wanted to get down to business.
There’s something so satisfying about adding the finishing touches. Karen and Michael Bene already had all the big furniture pieces necessary for their South Beach one-bedroom, but the space still needed finesse.
A great family room is so much more than a space with a TV and storage for toys. With furniture collected from years of traveling, their first home purchase, and three bilingual children under the age of seven, Stephen and Ritsuko Morse put their living room in the hands of Homepolish designer Libra Kaplan,