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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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