Judith Glass and Sheila Sabine , over the years
working in the world of real estate, have seen many exciting and beautiful
homes. Often many of these homes require significant behind the scenes
work to transform them from ordinary to extraordinary prior to selling
them .One of the most talented individuals in the arena of home
presentation is Bob Rogers, a well-known local interior designer. Judith
and Sheila visited one of Bob's latest creations at a fabulous home in
Piedmont during a Broker's tour. Every room of the house had been
carefully groomed with wonderful paint colors, furnishings and
paintings.One of Sheila's favorite features was a huge living room that
been boldly painted a spectacular red achieved thru many layers of various
base colors. The house was so splendidly presented that it sold in just a
few days for over the asking price.
So, who is Bob Rogers and how did he become so
wildly successful? It all started when he was a sixteen, working as a
delivery boy in Louisville, Kentucky. While delivering packages, he ran
into a neighbor's mailbox and it was damaged beyond repair. . With the
help of his father, he re-built it, painted it red and added miniature
cardinals. The neighbor was thrilled. A few years later when he was
applying for a job as a window designer at an extension of Lord and Taylor
in downtown Louisville, the same neighbor interviewed him and he got the
job immediately. Little by little in his new job, he began adding more
interesting statements to his window displays such as antique cabinets
from other departments of the store. He would pull out all the drawers and
display scarves and shoes. He gradually began doing more specific interior
design work, learning new techniques from various artisans along the way.
In 1969, while visiting friends in San Francisco,
he decided to explore the job market and got a new position at John Bruner
& Co. The owner was so impressed with Bob that he actually hired him to
decorate his own personal residence.
In 1975, he made his way to the quaint Montclair
district of Oakland. He opened his own interior design studio called
Rogers Unlimited, across the street from the elegant Equinox Restaurant.
Bob did the complete interior design installation for the restaurant and
made many good connections with the local restaurant clientele. He
maintained his store for thirteen years and always had lavish window
displays and inspiring signage on hand made scrolls with statements like
"Imagination costs no more."
From this base he decorated many homes in Piedmont,
Oakland and all over the East Bay including the Leona Heights complex, the
country club at Hiller Highlands and many lovely residences.
His most challenging project was creating the
design and specifications for the U.S. 9TH Circuit Court in San Francisco
at the Rincon Center. It was a 35,000 sq. ft. space that had to be
remodeled after the '89 earthquake. Bob supervised twenty-five architects
and under his skilled direction, a whole new environment was created
including new court rooms, judges' chambers, exercise rooms - all interior
furnishings, carpet, and window coverings.
One of his favorite projects are model homes He won
the MAME award (Major Achievements in Making Excellence) for his
outstanding work. It is a dream project because there are no demanding
clients, he can pick and choose as he wishes and it is all paid for by the
company. One of his most fun projects was sending his Montclair clients to
Hawaii for six weeks while he installed a complete makeover in their home.
He had an unlimited budget and created magic thruout the house. When they
returned, he unveiled his masterpiece-the wife was thrilled and literally
collapsed crying with delight.
Bob describes some interior design trends
that are timeless:
- Faux finishes in one room but don't
overdo it in other rooms
- Mixing antiques with modern furniture
- Avoid trendy colors
- The use of timeless colors combinations
such as yellow and red warm sienna with earth tones, creamy whites and
- The use of pairs such as chairs, lamps,
Bob strongly believes that good design is timeless.
A good interior designer can actually save the client money by making the
proper decisions. He feels that a good interior is thought out and well
planned. You feel it, you notice the decor, you have an experience. A good
designer has an awareness - a sixth sense of how to create magic.
For your own personal interior design experience,
contact Bob Rogers at 510-654-1490. He loves new challenges and new
clients. You may also visit his website at RogersUnlimited.com.
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