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Interior Design by Heather Hilliard Design at SF Decorator Showcase 2019, San Francisco - San Francisco Decorator Showcase
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San Francisco Decorator Showcase - Interior Design

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Family Room #3: “L’Appartement”

Our design honors the historic details of this important San Francisco Landmark, “Le Petit Trianon,” while incorporating new modern elements, answering the question, what would a contemporary French family desire for a gathering space?
We envisioned a multigenerational French family who had been Patrons of great French design over the last 250 years and this room being a mélange of their phenomenal antique family heirlooms, iconic French vintage pieces, and pieces from the new Vanguard of contemporary French designers.
These elements together create a chic little family haven viewed through a California lens, hence the name. L’Appartement in French derives from the Italian appartare, “to separate, to distinguish, to set apart,” and the Latin partem, “a piece, a part.” Our design for L’Appartement is rooted sensitively in the timeless history of the Petit Trianon, but also distinguishes itself as undeniably Californian and au courant.
We envision this room as a gathering space for the young adults in the family to enjoy an evening cocktail before dinner. The greige of the wall plaster and painted window casings perfectly sets off the brilliant rose and coral San Francisco sunsets visible through the large South and West-facing windows during cocktail hour. Wood herringbone floors with a reclaimed feel appear original to the architecture of the home. A new monolithic mantelpiece in Bardiglio serves as a contemporary counterpoint to the ornate white marble mantel in the Music Room. A large and stunning 18th century tapestry and an exceptional M. Criaerd 18th century Louis XV black and gold lacquer Chinoiserie commode have been treasured by the family for centuries, and a Jean Royère Polar Bear sofa and a pair of René Gabriel armchairs provide vintage additions. Current designs from Christian Liaigre, Démiurge, Eric Schmitt, India Mahdavi, and Christophe Côme represent the next vanguard of French design icons.
We also celebrate our own local artists – like Rosana Castillo Diaz, who lives and works in San Francisco, and who completed the extraordinarily ethereal linen on paper work that we are featuring over the mantel, Untitled, 2012. The stunning sculpture is by another Californian artist, Caitlin Wylde, who rescued this charred tree from the Angeles National Forest after a fire and monumentalized it in bronze as Organic Wood Sculpture.

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Heather Hilliard Design is a full service, boutique interior design studio based in San Francisco, California. Heather creates personalized interiors that combine classic detailing with the restraint of modern design. With every assignment she accepts, Heather delivers a refined result that reflects the very best of her client’s personal style.

Heather has been featured in many national and design publications including The Wall Street Journal, House Beautiful, San Francisco Cottages & Gardens, Luxe Interiors + Design, California Homes, Traditional Home, and Gentry Home, among others.

Since the founding of her firm ten years ago, Heather has prevailed eight times in juried competitions to design rooms at the annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase. She has also been on the Designer’s Circle for both the San Francisco Antiques Show and SFMOMA’s Fog Design + Art Fair for many years. Heather is an Allied Member of ASID and an Associate Member of AIA. She is also a member of the Modern Art Council and Contemporaries, as well as a Patron Member, of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. At San Francisco’s De Young and Legion of Honor museums, Heather is a Sponsor Member. She is also Patron Member of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Heather’s training in art history and contemporary art distinguishes her design work. Before pursuing her graduate degree in design, Heather worked at University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Heather eventually advanced into a Senior Designer role at the venerable Wiseman Group interior design firm. Heather earned her MFA in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University. She earned her BA in Art History from LaSalle University. As a graduate student, Heather studied the History of Modern Architecture and Design in London. She also studied Aesthetics and the Renaissance in Paris. Heather’s design training also includes post-baccalaureate studies in art, architecture and design at Moore College of Art & Design, Drexel University, the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University.