Unique Spaces: The 2015 Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts - A New Old House

Since 1965 ...

interior designers and aficionados of home décor alike have made a yearly pilgrimage to quiet Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena.  Their mecca - the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the yearly brainchild of the philanthropic organization Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts.

In it's 51st year, the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts revisits the 1910 English Tudor "Eliot House", the 9,400 square foot manse and 2,600 square foot carriage house designed by prominent Santa Barbara architect Fernand Parmentier, highlighting the design prowess of 18 interior designers and 8 exterior designers as well as the efforts of 75 volunteers tasked with producing the yearly spectacle. 

While showcasing the estate's original Craftsman details including the foyer's striking hearth with built in settles and turn of the century tiling, the grand salon's intricately carved plaster ceiling, and the dining room's expansive buffet, the designers brought to task this year, have instilled an air of modernity into the grand dame.  Designer Dana Triano, for example, re-imagined an unused and dingy sleeping porch on the 2nd floor as an artist's retreat, removing a dropped ceiling added during a muddled remodel and adding clean, simple details which work together to tell the story of Pasadena.  Nancy Del Santo, in her rejuvenation of the young men's suite left the room's historic molding and trims in place painting them a single deep jewel tone and pairing them with a suspended twin-sized bed and contemporary white washed furnishings.

 

The Grand Salon by Tocco Finale Corporation.

The Grand Salon by Tocco Finale Corporation.

Original tiled fireplace in the Entry by Ana Maria Martinez-Stumpo of PH Design Interiors

Original tiled fireplace in the Entry by Ana Maria Martinez-Stumpo of PH Design Interiors

 
Decorative Pillows in the Artist's Retreat by Dana Triano Designs

Decorative Pillows in the Artist's Retreat by Dana Triano Designs

Jeweled Sink in the Powder Room by Fayley Patrice of Complete Interior Design

Jeweled Sink in the Powder Room by Fayley Patrice of Complete Interior Design

Geometric floor in the Carriage House Dining Room by G.H. Wood Design.

Geometric floor in the Carriage House Dining Room by G.H. Wood Design.

 

Adding to the home's refreshed, modern outlook, Elliot House's remodeled interiors, exterior, along with that of the adjacent two-story carriage house have been enhanced with updated technologies and 21st century function.  The completely remodeled kitchen and laundry room, designed by Ederra Design Studio and Yorkshire Kitchens, Inc., incorporate the latest in Dacor appliances featuring "smart" connectivity and energy efficiency while taking inspiration from the original butler's pantry next door, bringing to the space craftsman style cabinetry and vintage inspired fixtures from Rejuvenation.  In the spacious master suite by Saxony Design Build's Joshua Cain & Jeff Godbold, an open bathroom accented in period inspired hues brings to center a floating glass shower stall proportioned for two, alongside curvaceous dual porcelain pedestals. Discreetly located throughout, touch-screens and Lutron dimmers provide evidence that historical preservation and modern convenience can go hand in hand.

 

The Master Suite by Saxony Design Build.

The Master Suite by Saxony Design Build.

 
The Artist's Retreat by Dana Triano Designs.

The Artist's Retreat by Dana Triano Designs.

 
The Writer's Room by Robert Frank Design.

The Writer's Room by Robert Frank Design.

The Young Girl's Suite by AFK Fine Furniture for Children.

The Young Girl's Suite by AFK Fine Furniture for Children.

 

Of course, a showhouse just wouldn't be a showhouse if there weren't a bit of fantastical whimsy made all the more apparent with extravagant materials, glittering finishes, and imaginary grottoes.  In the writer's room, for example, designer Robert Frank installed a built in alcove bed, open shelves, and marble topped writing desk, designed for use as a space to curl up and let the imagination run rampant. At the end of a long, revitalized hall, Fayley Patrice's powder bath is a jewel box of Alice in Wonderland proportions, the designer fitting the postage stamp sized room with a chrome sink and mother of pearl drain fitting as well as an over the top muted glass chandelier that nearly expands from wall to wall. The young girl's suite, by AFK Fine Furniture for Children, continues the theme, their exclusively designed demi-canopy bed with a pink tufted head and footboard at center stage and artist's fashion concepts framed and hanging over the freestanding bathtub.

 

Flooring detail in the Young Girl's Suite by AFK Fine Furniture for Children.

Flooring detail in the Young Girl's Suite by AFK Fine Furniture for Children.

The Carriage house Executive Bedroom by L2 Interiors.

The Carriage house Executive Bedroom by L2 Interiors.

 
Dual vintage pedestals in the Master Suite by Saxony Design Build.

Dual vintage pedestals in the Master Suite by Saxony Design Build.

 
Hermes graces the bed in the Young Man's Suite by Nancy Del Santo for Concept Builders

Hermes graces the bed in the Young Man's Suite by Nancy Del Santo for Concept Builders

 

As in past years, proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts will be used to support PSHA's arts-centric annual programs, gifts, and grants including the Pasadena Showcase House Youth Concert, Pasadena Showcase House Music Mobile, and Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition.  With the Showcase House of Design their annual benefit, the oldest and largest house and garden tour in the United States, PSHA has gifted the arts community over $20 million in cumulative donations since their inception in 1948.

 

 

PARTICIPATING DESIGNERS


 
 

the entry
Ana Maria Martinez-Stumpo - PH Design Interiors

the library & bathroom
Casey Mason & Ruben Marquez - Jennifer Bevan Interiors

the grand salon
Dona Dockendorf, Brenda Jacquez, & Cheryl Santoro - Tocco Finale Corporation

the kitchen, butler's pantry & laundry
Cynthia Lambakis & Samantha Williams - Ederra Design Studio; Jan Ledgard - Yorkshire Kitchens, Inc.

the family room & bathroom
Stephanie Laney - Surfaces USA

the writer's room
Robert Frank - Robert Frank Design

the master suite & terrace
Joshua Cain & Jeff Godbold - Saxony Design Build

the carriage house sitting room
Amy Peltier - A. Peltier Interiors, Inc.

the carriage house front stairs & hall
Paul Devine - Interior Devine

the wysteria arbor
John Lauterbach - Lauterbach, Inc.

the outdoor kitchen & dining patio
Jan Ledgard - Yorkshire Kitchens Inc.
Doug Sanicola - Outdoor Elegance, Inc.

 

the dining room
Jerome Thiebault - JTID, Inc.

the upstairs hall & staircase
Cecile-Rose Rubayi - Cecile-Rose Rubayi Interior Designs

the powder bath & hall
Fayley Patrice - Complete Interior Design

the artist's retreat
Dana Triano - Dana Triano Designs

the young man's suite
Nancy Del Santo & Don Boline - Concept Builders

the young girl's suite
Gail Sedigh - AFK Fine Furniture for Children

the carriage house guest suite, family room, kitchen & dining room
Jack Carino, Amin Khademi, & Kaleena Khademi - G.H. Wood Design

the carriage house executive bedroom & bathroom
Stephanie Leese & Jason Lai - L2 Interiors

the east & west verandahs
Jon Jahr - Jon Jahr & Associates

the california garden
Karen Miller - Sacred Space Garden Design, Inc.

the pool
Terry Morrill - Pacific Outdoor Living

the koi pond
Steve Sandalis - Mystic Water Gardens

 

 

2015 Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts House & Garden Tour
April 19th through May 17th, 2015


For More Information or to Purchase Tickets
www.PasadenaShowcase.org

 

 

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