Play Millionaire (or Billionaire) for a Day

May 16, 2013 Updated: May 16, 2013

LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif.For just $35, you too can experience the lifestyle of the rich and famous in the heart of Silicon Valley, and feel good about it. 

A group of Bay Area’s top interior designers implemented their ingenuity and brilliant creativity to magically transform the Woodside estate, complete with its mansion and masterfully crafted gardens. 

These wizards of exquisite taste and high-tech capabilities took the property from virtual reality to Decorator Show House, which, in case you are planning to purchase it, is definitely worth its prestigious placement on the cover of the famed magazine Architectural Digest.

Once owned by Del Yocam, Apple’s first COO and President of Apple Pacific in the 1980s, the lavish estate is on view through May 24, 2013, as the stunning site of this year’s Decorator Show House, which benefits the Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.—a local nonprofit that provides critical services for local seniors.

Nestled on 21 majestic acres in Woodside, the sprawling estate features 11,000 square feet of gracious, state-of-the-art living space. Originally built in the late 1930s, this elegant Monterey Colonial mansion includes 22 rooms, breathtaking hillside vistas, and art galleries, just to name a few. 

A nearby estate recently sold for $113.5 million—the most expensive home in America. Perhaps another tech mogul will buy and move into the Decorator Show House following this special benefit event.

With such possibilities in mind, this group of intuition-savvy interior designers worked their magic, integrating the home’s elegant historic roots with contemporary touches. 

For example, Warren Sheets’ living room, with its smattering of antiques interspersed with dramatic original contemporary artworks (commissioned just for this house), and eclectic items like sculptures crafted to look like swordfish fins gilded in silver. 

Ambiance Interiors’ lead designer Heidi Menard created the ultimate family room that is half chic cocktail lounge, half state-of-the-art home theater. Johnny Moallempour added high-tech touches to the tasteful master suite, including a custom laser-etched stair rail that features color-changing LED lights. 

Lina Broydo is an Arts, Travel, and Style Writer from Los Altos Hills, Calif.

Special Event—Meet the Designers on Thursday, May 23. Wine and light hors d’ oeuvres will be served. Tickets for this special event are $50 and can be purchased at the door or online. General admission $35. Complimentary parking and shuttles. For tickets and info. visit, or call 650-381-9933.