What have we been doing fussing over Fiddle Leafs as the epitome of indoor plant chic, when we could be living it up all rugged and forest-like with real trees like these stunning 60-year-old Monterey pines? Such a brilliant choice by designer Matthew Leverone for this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Of course, this is just the sort of thing that ruins a person. I’m not sure anything short of a 60-year-old Monterey will ever do again.
Leverone painted the originally gilded walls a more calming and uniform white and treated the ceiling with an iridescent waxed and buffed Venetian plaster. The blurred “Renaissance Portrait” is by artist Bill Armstrong and the Ventoux Sconces are by Jonathan Browning. As for the groundscape, aside from the scene stealers that are those Monterey Pines, most of the furnishings were custom designed by Leverone. The sculptural chrome tables can be found at Flair and similar versions of the vintage hand knotted Moroccan rug can be found at Landry & Arcari and Clayton Gray Home.
What do you think? Monterey Pine, Fiddle Leaf, or would you recommend something else?
Photos: 1, 3. Leverone Design, 2. Simplified Bee 4, 5. Houzz.