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Visiting $45 million “Villa Belvedere” – home of 2012 Marin Designers Showcase.

March 9, 2012

I always encourage my friends and clients to find time and go to Designer Showcases.  

Different designer ideas in each room create an overall scheme giving you plenty of inspiration.  It’s a perfect place to find tips of the trade, to check new materials and finishes, colors and techniques, to rethink what you do like or don’t, to share it with friends or simply enjoy beautiful surroundings.

Yes, you can be inspired by seeing images online (or pinterest!), but you have to touch it and feel it in person to truly appreciate it.
For those who missed it this time around but want to join  me for the next tour, please leave a short comment at the end of this post. That way I’ll know who I should contact for upcoming events.

The day was warm and sunny; perfect for our trip to Belvedere Island.
The 15,500 square-foot tri-level contemporary “Villa Belvedere” was developed by Jeff Paster and designed by Sandy Walker of the San Francisco architectural firm Walker & Moody.

It is perfectly positioned on a cliff to capture sweeping views of Bay Bridge, San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Sausalito. Twenty-four of the Bay Area’s finest design firms created sophisticated rooms befitting the contemporary architecture of this stunning new home.
We found a lot of interesting details and solutions in every room, all created by talented designers. We liked a lot of what we saw, but most of all we were impressed by the feelings of comfort and the livable scale of this spectacular house.   We were sitting on the couch in the family room, thinking  “Yeah, we can live here”.
One of our favorite rooms was the master bedroom suite by Gioi Tran of Applegate Tran.

Shades of grays, cream and aubergine were accented with warm woods.  A number of pieces were custom-designed by Gioi. Everything in his room provoked the invitation to be touched, from the lacquer finish on the console and the cool metal on the side tables to the heavy wool felt on the drapery, and luscious cashmere and alpaca.

We had a great time talking with Gioi and taking his picture at the fireplace next to the cottony felt balls on the wall.

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I have just a few pictures, but if you are interested to know more, you can find a lot of publications on this event such as Tips of the Trade: Inside the 41st Annual Marin Designer Showhouse.

Posted by Nina Sobinina


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  1. I would like to be on your list for the next trip.

  2. I want to go with you too

  3. Alla permalink

    I’d like to look at the interesting design for inspiration.
    Please, let me know about next event.

  4. Sabina permalink

    Next time I’m in town, I’d love to attend with you. I’ll give you a shout when I make plans.

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