Opulent Great Hall in San Francisco Show House by Dara Rosenfeld Design

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Ornamental carving, rich wood paneling, lavishly designed wallpapers and trims — it’s all part of the Great Hall, the portion of a Decorators’ Show House in San Francisco for which Dara Rosenfeld Design was responsible as one of 30 designers participating. It was a dream project, as the press release explains: “The 11,500 square foot Classical Revival home has four distinct levels with San Francisco Bay views from the formal dining room, large terrace, and upper floors.” Fittingly, the mansion’s Great Hall sets the tone immediately — note the elephants standing guard at a marble arch, flanked by bronze “torches,” as you pass through an intricate wrought-iron door. Vintage lanterns, filled with fat white candles and grouped together on the floor, are an intriguing counterpoint to the tapestry on the wall, an abstract in red diamonds.

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Want to slide down a banister? Take a look at the landing between those four flights, with polished rails and spindles that comprise an art piece on their own — as the press release further elaborates: “The striking interior features of the mansion include sumptuous warm mahogany wood paneling, herringbone wood floors, box-beamed ceilings and a double-curved grand staircase to the upper floors.” Here, luxury is the order of the day: an 18th-century Italian walnut ebony and ivory chest of drawers sits in harmony with modern zebra-striped chairs fronting a dignified fireplace, its blue hearth topped with an exquisite mantel. This project gave designers plenty of space, room, and latitude to “pull out all the stops” — and the result is magnificence in elegant detail.

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).