One of the highlights of our San Francisco visit was Filoli – designed by one of my favorite San Francisco architects, Willis Polk, for Mr and Mrs William Bowers Bourn II. The Bourns, like many wealthy San Franciscan families, relocated to the peninsula after the 1906 earthquake. Mr. Bourn created the name Filoli by combining the first two letters from his credo: “FIght for a just cause; LOve your fellow man; LIve a goodlife.”
Filoli is one of the few estates that has survived in its entirety and was quite graciously donated by the Roth family (the last private owners) to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for all to enjoy.
Our super chic and sophisticated friends Philip Bewley and his husband Ric Serrano took us for the tour – seeing this magnificent home and its gardens with their excellent guidance was certainly the way to do it.
Needless to say the visit left me completely inspired and invigorated. And after a lovely lunch at Filoli we were treated to a marvelous cocktail hour with the most fabulous collection of San Franciscan friends. It was truly wonderful to connect with so many people in person – we could have spent hours with these gorgeous people.
Basking in my most outrageous “Dynasty” fantasies (you may know Filoli from the opening scene of that iconic 80’s TV show) I’m photographed in the perfectly proportioned Garden House – a beautiful backdrop for today’s post. I’m dressed to celebrate Filoli in a Tom Ford pink silk “Spencer” jacket, hot pink silk and cotton pants, pink plaid shirt with French cuffs, a silk abstract floral print pocket square in pinks and saddle leather loafers, a Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, moonstone cuff links, Rolex watch and my fragrance is Lorenzo Villoresi Iperborea.