Friday, May 13, 2016

Timeless Glamour by Michael Taylor

Decorated by the late Michael Taylor in the 1980s, Dede Wilsey's San Francisco manse remains a fine example of timeless elegance and glamour. A renowned patron of the arts, Dede has also filled her beautiful home with a formidable collection including works from Picasso, Cassat, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Magritte, and Rodin. The icing on the cake is a delightful palette of pink and green, ruffles, florals, and fine French antiques... it is truly a confectionary delight! Let's take a tour... Photography by Lisa Romerein for C Home.

Dede's personal taste is decidedly old world, as illustrated by her formal living room. All of her homes feature a pink, yellow, and green color scheme - her favorite. 

Dede's father helped form her aesthetic. "He loved antiques shows and auctions. We went to Europe in the summer when I was little, spending weekends at the flea market in Paris and at museums - not on the tennis court." 

Dede mixes family photos in with beautiful objects. The striped silk taffeta curtains are by Scalamandre. 

An impressionist canvas and copy of a Syrie Maugham sofa set the tone in the living room. 

Dede fell in love with this Mary Cassat painting because of the girl. The dog also reminds her of her Norwich Terrier, Eliza. 

The grand entryway provides ample space for Dede's celebrations, including her legendary Christmas parties. Roses are brought down weekly from her Napa Valley estate. 

The home's art-filled foyer.

Chinese figures on an accent table. 

 A wrought-iron gate beckons visitors into the conservatory. 

The conservatory has a retractable roof and panoramic city views. 

Though she rotates art throughout her house regularly, the collector's bedroom hasn't changed since the 1980s. "I can't find another fabric I like," she admits. 

Dede Wilsey wearing Oscar de la Renta in her Pacific Heights dining room.

To read more about this fabulous home, please visit C Home, and if you cannot get enough of Michael Taylor's work, you can see more in the book Michael Taylor: Interior Design. Click here to read more about his illustrious career.


  1. Your blog is incredible. Thank you for posting so many interesting and inspiring spaces.

  2. Dear Andrea,
    Another fabulous post on The Glam Pad !
    MT was truly a "designer's designer" and a big talent. Suzanne Tucker carries on the tradition to this day.

  3. Stunning and timeless (or maybe I am just stuck in the 1980's!) Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Andrea! xoxo

  4. WOW!!! Yes love it all..opulent and so timeless and love her gown. You sure know how to pick em!


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