It’s time for the 2020 San Francisco Decorator Showcase House to open! For several years BlueStar® has been the leading kitchen sponsor of Showcase, a longtime fundraiser for San Francisco University High School’s Financial Aid Program. This year, we were so happy to collaborate with noted Interior Designer Regan Baker on the custom kitchen that features our Nova Series gas range, all new ventilation liner insert and preview of our upcoming integrated column refrigeration line.
Taking cues from the existing architecture of this Mediterranean-style show home, Baker’s goal was to blend traditional influences with contemporary design elements. Many of the furnishings and built-in cabinetry recall freestanding, classic pieces, and the designer’s color palette, feels earthy, unsaturated and timeless. Baker selected a soft, moss gray hue in a matte finish with brushed brass trim for the range which, she said, is not only the centerpiece of the room, but inspired the entire kitchen color palette. The marble countertops and natural brass finishes are surfaces will wear beautifully with age, and contribute to a feeling of storied longevity that one gets with older homes.
“We absolutely adored the unique color offerings that were available to us, and we love the design moment we were able to create around the BlueStar range. The moss gray color has a muted, natural feel. It’s subtle enough to marry well with all of the other finishes and textures, but still serves as a unique point of interest,” said Baker. “The matte finish and brass toned hardware allowed us to seamlessly connect the range to the custom brass hood, and the design plan as a whole.”
Built in 1926, the 6,500-square-foot Mediterranean-style house sits on a serene garden lot, which boasts three levels including five bedrooms, five and a half baths, a media/entertainment space, reading room, wine cellar, and an optimal floor plan for indoor and outdoor living. “With so many of us spending more time at home, this year’s showcase house offers inspiration and ideas to create a safe and beautiful space that fits any personality and lifestyle.” said Eliza Sheffield, President, BlueStar®. This year, not just those in the greater Bay Area will be able to see the house. For the first time ever, Showcase is offering Virtual Tours. Tickets are $25 and available here.
48” Nova Series range in Moss Gray (RAL 7003), with a matte finish and brushed brass trim. This range features wok-ready open burners with up to 22,000 BTUs of intense, even heat for fast stir-frying and searing. A gentle simmer burner maintains a low 130 degree temperature perfect for holding sauces. Home chefs can select any configuration of burners and choose other pro-style options such as built-in griddles, charbroilers and chef-preferred French Tops. The range features an extra-large convection oven that fits a full size commercial baking sheet and also boasts an 18500 infrared broiler.
The 46” hood liner insert is the necessary ventilation compliment to the high-BTU, restaurant-style range. The all-new liner has professional-grade performance with three exhaust settings and a new boost feature plus whisper quiet operation. Dimmable LED lighting beautifully illuminates the cooktop surface for improved visibility while cooking. The ventilation liner was encased with a custom fabricated brass shell that includes motorized spice racks that descend from the hood, built by millworker Eric Hardrath.
Previewed for the first time is BlueStar’s new line of integration column refrigeration, which will be available in 2021. The 30” column refrigerator and 18” freezer offer commercial-style design with professional grade elements like durable stainless steel interiors, glass shelving, a full-extension drawer and a pull out tray that fits a sheets pan. The units provide uniform and precise temperature control, ensuring optimal food preservation. The panel-ready refrigerator and freezer provide seamless integration into cabinetry or the option for stainless steel or custom colored doors.
Since inception, this premier design showcase has not only launched the careers of several top California talent but also raised over $17 million to benefit the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program. This event allows hundreds of deserving Bay Area students access to a world-class, college preparatory education.