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David Armour Architecture
David Armour is a devout regionalist, striving to preserve Bay Area architectural history while updating its usefulness and refreshing its beauty. As such, the future appears to be in good hands: “We’ve made it our company mission to use our talents and knowledge to write the next indelible chapter in the story of San Francisco residential architecture.”
When Geoffrey Rosenblatt conceived of his Bay Area construction management firm, SPECTRE8, he had the home- owner’s needs in mind. “We act as the owner’s advocate during a building project to smooth the process and ensure beautiful results,” he explains. Rosenblatt and his expert team of construction managers have streamlined every kind of construction project over the past 12 years in the Bay Area, but all their work shares common ground in its appreciation of quality craftsmanship, efficiency, and collaboration. “There’s no safeguard against all hitches or delays in something as complicated as building a home,” he says, “but we are able to minimize risk and eliminate much of our clients’ stress.”
Da Vinci Marble
To help fulfill your dreams of a stunning marble wallin your bathroom or a quartzite waterfall countertop in your kitchen, family-owned Da Vinci Marble buys blocks and bundles of sequential slabs direct from Italian quarries and beyond. Contrary to popular belief, most of its competitors go through costly middlemen. If you’re looking for travertine, granite, limestone, or quartz, Da Vinci carries those as well. With 18 in-house designers at your service and a stone buyer who personally hand selects all stone, getting caught between a rock and a hard place is unlikely when it comes to finding the right material for the application.
MT Develpment Co
Builder Victor Mezhvinsky is bringing polish and innovation to San Francisco’s residen- tial construction industry one home at a time. Founder and president of MT Development Co., Mezhvinsky credits his firm’s success to technical expertise and respect for craft. Tenacious pursuit of these ideals has produced an impressive portfolio of high-end new builds and remodels executed in partnership with the area’s top architects, among them CCS Architecture, Swatt | Miers, and Feldman Architecture. “We take pride in culti- vating lasting relationships,” Mezhvinsky says of his team’s collaborative know-how. “All builders buy from the same suppliers. It’s people skills that make the difference.”
Jeff King & Company
Jeff King & Company is a San Francisco–based premier fine home builder known for its team of construction experts and meticulous approach to craftsmanship. King credits almost 20 years of successful practice to his team’s deep understanding of each client’s vision and their steadfast approach to making it a reality. “We understand that we’re creating the canvas for a family’s life, which is why our work is so important,” says King, “and we set out to make every client a client for life.”
KATHARINE WEBSTER LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Celebrating 30 years in business, architectural lighting professional Alfredo Zaparolli is refreshingly humble about the achievements of his San Francisco–based consultancy, Techlinea. “People only notice lighting when it’s bad,” he says, “so if our work goes unremarked, we feel proud. But I do love to hear that a space looks amazing in general or that people love the art.” In fact, thanks to Techlinea’s renowned expertise, the company has earned a constellation of fans in the international building community, enjoying the spotlight and illuminating the way for great design.
MDG Art Advisory
San Francisco–based Art Advisor Maria Di Grande channels her rich experience and extensive education in contemporary art, interior design, and architecture into curating beautiful environments for her clients. She’s recently completed art collections for the local luxury residential buildings the Pacific, NEMA, 340 Fremont, and Jasper.
Jaimie Belew Interior Design
San Carlos native Jaimie Belew has long catered to refined sensibilities with a design practice marked by lyricism, intuition, and simple elegance. “My mind is full of creativity, and interior design allows me to release my visions into the world,” she says of the passion she brings to each project. Belew founded her firm in 2011 after training with Rebecca Bradley, and its highly personal approach to designing spaces both residential and commercial has gained her a web of devotees throughout the Bay Area.
Found by Maja
With its superbly curated vintage finds and limited edition artisanal goods from around the globe, San Francisco home décor boutique FOUND by Maja is no secret. “Whether I’m sourcing ikat pillows made in handwoven silk or hammered metal Moroccan light fixtures, I want to inspire people to fill their home with objects that celebrate craftsmanship, tell a story, and infuse spaces with soul,” says owner Maja Lithander Smith, who, since opening her Sacramento Street outpost in 2016, has earned a following for her worldly and unerring eye.
Park and Pacific Interior Design
After working under some of the best architects in the Bay Area, Carrie LaMastus now heads up her own firm, Park and Pacific Interior Design, founded in 2016. While she respects the history of design and its cultural nuances, her irreverent personality shines through. For instance, on the topic of art selection, she declares, “Go big or go home.” Based in Oakland, LaMastus balances her work with family life, making time for her young son, elderly father, hiking, and hot yoga.
San Francisco Design Center
The softest hand-knotted rug. A sleek midcentury sofa. A bespoke dining table. The San Francisco Design Center showcases the beautiful and provocative in design, from rugs and furnishings to lighting and accessories that give spaces polish and presence.
Access Institute for Psychological Services
“Mental health issues don’t discriminate—they affect all of us at one point or another,” says Azita Ghafourpour. The former public defense attorney has seen firsthand what can happen when someone vulnerable falls through the cracks. In her current role as Director of Development at San Francisco’s non-profit Access Institute for Psychological Services, she continues to advocate for those struggling with mental illness in the Bay Area, ensuring that quality health services remain affordable and accessible to everyone in need.
Located in the culturally rich Tenderloin, Glide has served a diverse cross-section of homeless, low-income, and disenfranchised people for more than 50 years. Its visionary programming has achieved tangible results for tens of thousands of people on the margins and remains a life-changing gateway to comprehensive care that embraces each person with dignity and respect. But you don’t have to take our word for it.
There are 160 unhoused people per square mile in San Francisco. There are also 107 millionaires per square mile. “We have a third world problem in one of the world’s most affluent cities,” says Doniece Sandoval, founder of Lava Mae, a non-profit that restores dignity and hope for people experiencing homelessness by bringing critical services—hot showers, haircuts, medical care, mental health counseling, employment services—to the streets through mobile showers and Pop-Up Care Villages.
Power in numbers is the secret behind 100MARIN, a network of philanthropists in Marin County dedicated to uplifting non-profits in their community through collective support. Launched in 2015 by Jonathan Leidy, Founding Principal of Larkspur’s Portico Wealth Advisors, along with his wife, Erin, and several other like-minded businesspeople, the group has raised nearly $200,000 for more than 25 organizations while spurring social awareness in the North Bay.
SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE
BENEFITING SAN FRANCISCO UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL
The story of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase began in 1977 when Nan Rosenblatt, a San FranciscoUniversity High School parent and accomplished interior designer, and Philip Fernandez, the first president of the school’s Parents Association, conceived the idea as a way to raise funds for the student financial aid program.Since then, the annual event—now in its 42nd year and widely regarded as the West Coast’s premier design show house—has provided financial support totaling more than $16 million for some 1,200 students.
THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ART & ANTIQUES SHOW
BENEFITING ENTERPRISE FOR YOUTH
This highbrow event—once referred to by design matriarch Bunny Williams as “utter magic and a feast for the eyes of anyone interested in the decorative arts”—is now in its 37th year of enabling collectors and designers to make glamorous impulse buys, not to mention fundraising for the local non-profit Enterprise for Youth.
Born & Bred
“We focus on brand strategy, identity, and execution,” says award-winning designer and illustrator George De’Ath, one half of the creative force behind San Francisco–based branding agency Born & Bred. Since he and business partner Kyle Merwin co-founded the integrated design studio in 2016, it has amassed a portfolio of clients across industries—technology, fashion, wine, cannabis—that has made it a rising star in the industry. As a result, the agency is quickly growing.
The genius of communications guru Daniel Sherman lies in his ability to identify and share a brand’s most authentic and impactful story, and that’s exactly what his San Francisco–based public relations consultancy, Core Narratives, has done for an impressive roster of clients in the design and technology spaces. “We develop integrated communications strategies anchored in thought leadership,” Sherman says.
Those who have received a floral arrangement from Nigella know the joy of bringing an exquisite bit of nature indoors. The San Francisco luxury floral brand was founded in 2017 when longtime pals and industry colleagues Rubie Kade Campbell and James Russell Austin connected over a shared passion for botanical beauty. The California natives envisioned a full-service floral boutique dedicated to enlivening spaces and spirits, and just one year later, at the company’s first anniversary, business is blossoming.
Leading Vanguard Properties for over 30 years, CEOJames Nunemacher always believed that a thriving business needs to be a team sport and that there is no “I” in real estate. That’s precisely why he and Vice President Frank Nolan have fostered a culture of true collaboration among their realtors, management, and staff. Vanguard Properties is locally owned and operated, and it’s their belief that real estate isn’t just about buildings, it’s about the people inside them and the lives they build. From the arts to food banks to health services, Vanguard supports more than 50 community programs.
Coming from a long line of San Francisco real estate professionals, Colleen Cotter’s market savvy is part of her DNA. She wields knowledge gained from her lifelong connections in the industry and her decade-long reign as a top producer for Vanguard Properties, where she has clinched deals ranging from a $50,000 parking spot to an $11 million co-op.
After working for Cisco Systems in the late 1990s, Greg Fulford did a career aboutface, joining Vanguard Properties in 2003 as a real estate agent, but he still credits his successful sales record to his background. “Real estate and technology are both constantly changing,” he says. “You must be able to learn and adapt quickly in a very competitive environment.” In his free time, Fulford and his family enjoy hiking at Lands End and eating tacos at La Corneta Taqueria in Glen Park.
“Our passion is negotiating the best real estate transaction possible for clients while making the process both seamless and exciting,” says Jennifer Gilson, who, with partner Sophia Herrera, leads the in-demand Gilson Team. Indeed, the top producers’ winning personalities and deep industry savvy—based on 15 years of experience in serving buyers, sellers, and investors in Silicon Valley, San Mateo, and Santa Clara—have ushered hundreds of people into their dream homes throughout the Peninsula.
JAK CHURTON, COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
As the San Francisco Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle, a global commercial real estate firm, Jak Churton has negotiated millions of square feet of leasing transactions for clients in industries ranging from technology to professional services to healthcare. As a fourth-generation San Franciscan, he leverages his intimate knowledge of the city to find the best location (location, location) for his clients. He lives in Marin County with his family and enjoys cooking, swimming, and cycling.
Novato-based dynamo Samantha Tradelius helms Sparkle Foundation, Inc., the charitable organization she founded in 2014 to bring a spark of joy to Bay Area women and children in need. “Women rarely ask for help—we think we can do it all—and kids are victims of circumstance,” she says. “I created Sparkle to directly mitigate this reality with dignity and purpose.” Inspired by the example of her grandmother, who raised three children in the 1950s as a single mom, Tradelius has turned her compassion into a thriving, all-female non-profit.
The invisible success factor behind the Bay Area’s most popular high-end wineries, design professionals, and realtors is likely to be LuxeSF. Founded by Alf Nucifora, a marketing savant with decades of multinational ad agency experience, the B2B organization provides white-glove consulting and collaborative services to top brands in the luxury marketplace. “We represent companies that serve the most affluent consumers,” Nucifora explains, “and our team helps them achieve business goals through strategic marketing and sales efforts.” From facilitating partnerships to convening research, LuxeSF’s under-the-radar expertise keeps clients in the spotlight.
The savvy nature lover who turns to Beth LaDove to design a garden, alfresco gathering, or handcrafted gift is offered a one-of-a-kind encounter with seasonal bounty and a window into her plant-mad mind. “I am passionate about the botanical world and its power to make us feel alive,” says the Marin-based modern homesteader. When her team at LaDove & Co. envision outdoor spaces and experiences, they aim to thrill the senses and encourage lasting connections with the land. “It starts with garden design,” LaDove explains, “but we’re really artists and food enthusiasts dedicated to bringing nature into people’s lives in meaningful ways over time.”
When it comes to the aesthetic side of medicine, it would be hard to find a more experienced and caring provider than Plastic Surgery Specialists in Marin County. Founded by board-certified doctors Stanley G. Poulos and Yngvar A. Hvistendahl, the world-class, accredited clinic has been delivering nothing short of artistry in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for more than 15 years. “We get beautiful results by listening intently to a patient’s goals, translating that vision into reality, and ensuring the highest quality aftercare,” says Poulos. This ethos carries over to the center’s warm and capable staff, who support patients at every step.
“It’s about the spirit of Bacchus and the magic of people coming together to celebrate wine and food,” says Cynthia Hogan, the oenophile behind Winemaker Salon. A former catering luminary and wine buyer, Hogan has caught the attention of the Bay Area’s viticulture set by way of her monthly salon-style gatherings, which bring vintners into private homes to tell the stories behind their wines. She is a champion of the small, hard-to-find producers. “The winemakers and growers I curate are stewards of the land who are sharing their passion projects,” Hogan says. “It’s exhilarating when the creator of a wine and its consumer can connect over a glass in person.”
“A global perspective shouldn’t be a privilege only for those who can afford to travel and see the world,” says Eliza Pesuit. This belief is what inspired her to join Global Glimpse, a non-profit organization that provides travel experiences to students focused on cultural immersion and leadership development. A decade after launching the organization’s first programs, Pesuit now serves as executive director, leading an international team to help thousands of students each year take their first steps toward becoming responsible global citizens. “We exist to break down systemic inequalities that prevent amazing young people from leading change in their communities.”
Ballin PR & Marketing
Founder of her own public relations firm, Nicole Balin has a nose for a good story. “A compelling narrative is the only way to cut through today’s noisy media landscape,” says the Marin-based communications whiz. She ought to know. After telling stories for a living as a career journalist, Balin now keeps her PR clients—mostly design, architecture, fashion, and music professionals—in the headlines, using her news industry chops to help them get the editorial coverage they deserve and raise their brand profiles.
Kari Mcintosh Design
Celebrating ten years in business, interior designer Kari McIntosh is an eclectic who has demonstrated time and again that whimsy and sophistication are not contradictory. Her firm is known for mixing traditional and modern elements in pursuit of “that perfect, delicate balance between the two,” as McIn- tosh puts it. “That’s where my aesthetic point of view comes across most recognizably.” You can’t look at her custom touches—dining room walls sheathed in hand-textured plaster that’s a color inspired by the peacocks of Villa Oplontis, a kaleidoscopic butler’s pantry lined in verre églomisé, a walk-in closet personalized with hand-painted serpent motifs— and not admire the rich imagination of this former finance professional turned designer.
Dina Bandman Interiors
Dina Bandman doesn’t do minimal or museum-like. She prefers to work in a lively “fresh traditional” style rooted simultaneously in classicism and eclecticism and infused with more-is-more individuality. “Precious, pared-back interiors are not what clients come to me for,” says the young San Francisco designer, who already has her brand down pat. Her up-and-coming firm has been making a splash since its bold de Gournay wallpaper installation turned heads at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Meanwhile, Bandman has continued bringing élan to Bay Area interiors with an equally refined business mien informed by the law degree she earned before establishing her studio.
Over the past two decades, custom home builder Upscale Construction has put its mark on an admirable collection of Bay Area projects. Lauded for their sophisticated residential work, principals Danny Bernardini, Tony Kelly, Brad Hayes, and Brian Gianinno take a craft-led, thoughtful approach to construction. The firm’s affable culture and ability to meticulously execute on design intent has made it the builder of choice for the most discern- ing homeowners and architects. “We’re proud to have so many repeat clients,” says Hayes. “We take on fewer projects a year so we can focus on those that are the best fit.”
“An architect is always part artist and part technician, but I keep the art side of this equation in focus,” says Geddes Ulinskas, whose namesake architecture firm has been orchestrating the interplay of light, material, and form with distinct creative vision in the Bay Area for nearly 15 years. In its refined work—from residential to commercial—his versatile practice marries a love of conceptual modeling with deep reverence for site context and human experience, yielding timeless dwellings that frame their inhabitants’ lives, art, and narrative histories.
CHANDRA CERRITO / ART ADVISORS
As a force in the art world who splits her time between shaping corporate collections and curating public projects, Chandra Cerrito delights in the essence of her trade: connecting people with art they love. She sources work nationally and in all media but is particularly drawn to site-specific commissions that respond to architecture. Oakland artist Randy Colosky’s sculptural tribute to the Ghost Ship fire victims, which graces a building façade in the city’s uptown district, is among her firm’s additions to the art map. “My team is embedded in the artist community,” Cerrito says, “and we remain devoted to the local scene.”
JAY JEFFERS - THE STUDIO / THE STORE
To get a sense of Jay Jeffers’s style, leaf through the acclaimed interior designer’s most recent book, Be Bold: Bespoke Modern Interiors (Gibbs Smith, 2018), and marvel at the daring rooms it celebrates. An Elle Décor “Designer A-List” honoree, Jeffers creates luxurious yet livable homes in which rich color, sumptuous texture, and works of art— heightened by a mix of modern and vintage furnishings and occasional bold patterns—combine to create soulful spaces that feel collected over time and reflect their residents’ personalities. The San Francisco–based designer has also created products for Arteriors and, with partner and brand director Michael Purdy, keeps fans well supplied with chic furnishings through the studio’s retail outpost.
Curious, supportive, and above all a teacher at heart, Louise Englehart is one of a handful of top-echelon business consultants in the Bay Area. Her hybrid approach combines the formal principles of business management with the accountability, discipline, and planning techniques of professional coaching. “It’s a fantastic combination for getting powerful results,” says Englehart, who comes from the building industry and specializes in helping architecture and design clients strategically grow their companies.
PETTINELLI FINANCIAL PARTNERS
There’s no dearth of financial advisors in the Bay Area, but those with a holistic mindset can be harder to find. Enter Pettinelli Financial Partners, which manages money matters with a heartfelt concern that allows clients to enjoy other things in life. “We truly care about the people who come through our office,” says partner Jonathan Nicolas. Since founder Dennis Pettinelli established the firm over 40 years ago, his team has been taking the long view with each client, growing assets while preventing bad decisions at the worst times. And, as a proponent of fee-based pricing over commission, the firm always keeps clients’ interests front and center.
“My passion is helping people not only survive but thrive in times of transition,” says Elaina Serotte, a certified divorce financial analyst at Parallel Advisors in San Francisco. Indeed, the star wealth manager’s human-centered approach and industry knowledge—based on 18 years of experience in retirement planning, investment accounts, and asset valuation—empowers individuals in the Bay Area to take control of their finances in the wake of divorce and come out stronger on the other side.
BOWMAN REAL ESTATE GROUP
Similar to physical traits and talent, good real estate intuition is often hereditary. Such is the case with Jennifer Bowman, who leads the award-winning Bowman Group of Vanguard Properties in the North Bay. Given her mother’s legacy as a top-producing agent and her father’s career in architecture, it’s safe to say she was born to it. “I probably knew what a variance was before I could do long division,” Bowman jokes. Prior to taking up the family line, she gained marketing and business expertise in the hospitality industry, which helps her put people at ease and close deals with style.
Great partnerships are usually based on productive friction or affinity. The latter reflects the working relationship of Compass real estate professionals Ludovico and Michelangelo Mazzola. For Bay Area agents who have been on the inside track of luxury real estate since 2008, the brothers are surprisingly down to earth. “We love shar- ing behind-the-scenes market perspective with our clients so they can make sound decisions,” explains Ludovico. “Confidentiality is very important to us,” adds Michelangelo, who proudly notes their most notable sales have gone unpublicized. “Discretion and word-of-mouth referrals are the foundation of our business.”
Intelligent. Honest. Detail-oriented. These three characteristics describe Sotheby’s realtor Dev Parikh in every deal he makes. A Certified Residential Specialist in the East Bay market, Parikh is known for his smooth negotiation skills and international flair, a winning combination that endears him to clients and colleagues alike. His ingenuity and open communication foster an atmosphere of excitement and ease throughout the process. “There’s no one size that fits all in real estate,” Parikh notes. “I take great satisfaction in finding custom solutions for each client.” In the end, nothing pleases Parikh more than securing a dream home at the best price possible.
WINE COUNTRY COLBERT GROUP
From Healdsburg and Sonoma to Calistoga and Napa, realtor Peter Colbert is respected throughout wine country as an agent to trust, a reputation that has landed him in the top 1 percent of producers in the North Bay. His team at Compass concentrates on estate properties in the wine region and helps clients navigate challenges particular to the area, including vineyard development, subdivisions, and the intricacies of raw land purchase. “I’ve lived in wine country for 25 years,” notes Colbert. “My team shares our clients’ passion for the lifestyle in this gorgeous part of the world and understands the area intimately.”
Most of us know matcha as a powdered green tea, but Eric Gower understands it as a mindfulness tool. “Matcha can bring powerful focus and well-being,” he says. Gower got hooked on the finely milled tea while living in Japan for 16 years and is now on a mission to make matcha easier to source every- where. His San Anselmo–based company, Break- away Matcha, is the leading U.S. purveyor of premium matcha and ceramics specially designed to enhance the tea-drinking experience. And while Gower draws inspiration from ancient tea ceremony traditions, he has smartly brought matcha into the moment by highlighting its many health benefits.
LAURIE HARDEN, PERSONAL STYLIST
For Laurie Harden, a life in fashion seems less like a career choice than an obsession she can’t resist. “Style has always been my creative outlet,” she says. “It’s my lens on the world.” Harden honed her keen eye for detail in New York City’s megawatt fashion industry before setting up a consulting practice in San Francisco, where—thanks to her unerring sense of line and proportion—the stylist is currently outfitting the sartorial set. Luckily for the rest of us, she’s known for her empathetic approach and rejoices in helping anyone look and feel their best.
MARILYN JAEGER SKINCARE
In just over two decades, Marilyn Jaeger has built a skincare empire in the Bay Area. “I’m proud to have 23 employees, two locations, thousands of clients, and the opportunity each day to make people feel their best,” she says. But before the entrepreneur launched her bustling business, she put in her time as a solo aesthetician, garnering a Harper’s Bazaar beauty column write-up in her first year of practice and developing strong work ethics. Today Jaeger’s studios in San Francisco and Oakland offer state-of-the-art indulgences ranging from anti-aging facials to waxing to brow design.
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