Pasadena Showcase House

Last weekend I went to the 49th Annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design with Peter from HSK and some clients of ours. Our clients were very sweet to bring us, they were hoping to share some of their favorite design elements with us since we’re in the process of designing their kitchen, bar, butler’s pantry, laundry room, master bathroom and their daughter’s room. I wanted to share a few of my favorite rooms/design elements, so here we go.

The Library was designed by Michael Fullen Design Group, Inc. It featured high gloss gray cabinetry with contrasting grasscloth on the back of the bookcases. The pattern and texture of the custom lacquered grasscloth ceiling was exceptionally beautiful and unique.

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The College Men’s Suite was designed by JTID, Inc. The room featured muted jewel tone colors and the Ironies furniture pieces (which are my favorite, if only I could afford them). The abstract paintings and the striped wallpaper gave the room an elegant yet avant garde feeling. The modern/retro looking gold table lamp was really unique, shown right.


This bathroom was very over done in my opinion. It had a lot of really cool elements, just too many together in one small space. The vanity countertop featured steamline moderne detailing juxtaposed with the use of linear marble to make it more current. The metallic tiles in the shower were very striking, they created another layer of stripes with the linear marble tiles. The floor was black marble with white marble strips cut into it to create an abstract linear pattern. The frameless glass shower panels were also etched with stripes and the wallcovering in the room was also striped. It was basically an explosion of lines/stripes and this is coming off a room that also had striped wallpaper.



This floor was really cool and inventive. I liked the use of the tile-in channel drain, however I would have liked to have seen it made from a white piece of tile, aligned on an angle so it really disappeared into the floor.

IMG_5312In the Bedroom Suite, L2 Interiors turned a reach-in closet into a reading nook. It was really cute and cozy looking, perfect for a young/teenage child. I appreciated that they covered the backs of the bookcases –  just like in the library. The contrasting grasscloth added color and texture to otherwise plain white shelving.

IMG_5300The Master Suite was designed by Reaume Construction & Design, Inc. The ceiling detail in light blue and ivory was soft and pretty, framed out in a geometric lattice pattern with applied molding. The writing desk in the corner of the room with curved legs made an elegant statement.

IMG_5324 IMG_5325The passage doors with the circle panel detail that separated the closet from the bedroom were really beautiful. The circular design element was repeated in the sparkling globe pendant fixture. They brought fun, glamour and light to the space that featured mirror panel doors and crystal knob hardware. It also had the same handles I saw and loved at KBIS on the built-in drawers.

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The master bathroom was amazing. That’s Peter on the left in front of one of the double vanities that featured a tv screen in the mirror! The sconces, sink, countertop, cabinets, faucet everything was really elegant and well put together.

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The bathroom had lots of design details such as the lattice mullion doors with mirror inserts for the linen storage cabinetry. The tub area featured a lattice pattern marble mosaic wainscot.

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The oval tray ceiling over the free-standing tub may have been my favorite part of the whole house. The entire thing was covered in silver leaf and embedded into it were LED lights that pulsated to give the effect of watching the stars at night. The glass chandelier centered over the tub gave the bathroom a very dramatic, grandiose feel.

IMG_5336The Kitchen was designed by Saxony Design Build. The islands are bleached walnut with pewter countertops. We have yet to use pewter countertops on a project, however we have two coming where we are using it in a section of the Kitchen. I’m excited to see it as part of our designs. The finish is living so although it is impervious to heat and cold it does patina over time. The floor was a checkerboard pattern of marble which looked both timeless and sharp. The pilaster detail they used on the islands is so classic, we use that design detail often as well. The faceted decorative hardware in polished nickel from Baldwin was also very beautiful. The design featured two islands identical in length and finish stacked in line behind the range wall. When using two islands in a kitchen, I prefer them to be different either in positioning or in function/style so that they don’t overwhelm the space.

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Here are the samples of the materials we’re using for the client’s master bathroom project in Studio City. Off white painted flat panel cabinetry, geometric marble mosaic floor, calcutta marble slab on the tub deck and shower walls and polished nickel hardware (red shoes not included). Beautiful and classic, right? What were your favorite elements of the Showcase House?



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