Behind the Scenes: The 2011 Pasadena Showcase House of Design


Following up the San Francisco Decorator Showcase is this month’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design, spotlighting a Southern Californian point of view. The Pasadena Showcase House is the longest running designers’ show house, this year being the 47th annual reveal. The chosen home is a 1927 Paul R. Williams English Period Revival design that highlights elegant style and a sense of occasion in its 7,200 sq. ft. imprint complete with a separate guest cottage and surrounding English gardens. Interior and landscape designers alike have taken the liberty to redefine the home’s architectural traditionalism in a contemporary manner, commanding maverick transformations respectful and embracing of the refined English farmhouse. Several interior designers shared with us their conceptual sketches, presentation boards and a glimpse into the design process.


The Great RoomDavid Dalton Inc.

David Dalton built his room around the luxurious fabric collection of Isaac Mizrahi for S. Harris. The collection is a warm interpretation of English Chintz, plaid, and glazed linens in shades of geranium, carnation, and marigold reminiscent of an ebullient English garden. David Dalton and Jay Spratt furnished with custom pieces by André Arbus for Baker set to the palatial backdrop of wood paneled ceilings and grand fireplace enclosed by leaded glass windows.

Floor Plan by David Dalton Inc.

Area Rug Material, Custom Furniture Sketch by David Dalton Inc.


The Rumpus RoomHouse of Honey

Tamara Kaye-Honey artfully blended retro wallpaper and vintage Italian lighting in her girls’ playroom, dubbed “The Rumpus Room” for its raucous combination of “new vintage” styling with traditional elements. Kaye-Honey’s distinct style of mixing furnishings from different eras reflects this room’s ever-evolving client, the growing young woman.

Rendering by House of Honey


Lady in Waiting Room KM Nelson Design

Kristi Nelson brought her “flight of fantasy” into this upstairs bedroom and en-suite bathroom. With paramount views of the front gardens, Nelson took inspiration from the outdoors and designed the room with a woodlands folly concept. The bedroom, created with a young woman in mind, is a whimsical retreat and an ornate interpretation of nature seen in her material choice of metallics, marble, and vibrant apple-green walls.

Bedroom Elevation by KM Nelson Design

Bedroom Elevation by KM Nelson Design


Bathroom Perspective and Elevations by KM Nelson Design


Gentlemen’s Lounge Lawrence J. Rizkowsky Design

The Gentlemen’s Lounge is a retreat for the male sophisticate inspired by the muses Yves Saint Laurent and James Bond. The restored architectural details of hardwood parquet floors and plaster relief moldings maintain the period integrity, while the understated neutral color palette is punctuated with exciting elements of sapphire blue and a custom showcase French art deco coffee table designed bespoke for the room by Rizkowsky.

Presentation Board by Lawrence J. Rizkowsky Design


Banquet RoomAmy Devault Interior Design

The Banquet Room is a symphony of metallics and off-whites in casual materials. “English Country Manor House” style is downplayed with natural grasscloth walls and nubby linen textures for a tactile approach that enhances the plaster reliefs and geometric ceiling in this dining room. The Jacobean table, original to the homeowner, is set with a bountiful display of fine china and Hermés table cloths.

Presentation Board by Amy Devault Interior Design


Guest CottageSaxony Design Build

Set with the huge task of renovating the 1,800 sq. ft. former stable and fitting it out with a two-bedroom guest cottage, Joshua Cain and Jeff Godbold of Saxony Design Build created a cozy environment with reference to the early 20th century barn architecture and time-tested craftsmanship. They began with gathering materials and rendering sketches for several presentation boards. The juxtaposition of old and new is seen in the rustic wood flooring, antique, hand-cut stone and contemporary custom furniture. In all, the cottage includes two bedrooms, two baths, a great room, kitchen, dining room, and mudroom.

Perspective Drawing by Saxony Design Build

Presentation Boards by Saxony Design Build

Designers for the 2011 Pasadena Showcase House and Garden Tour also include Jon Jahr, Julie Kays, and Barclay Butera among others. The showcase benefits support music education and music programs to enrich the cultural lives of Los Angeles youth and audience.

The 2011 Pasadena Showcase House of Design runs from April 17 to May 15. Parking and shuttle service to the house is provided at 360 N. Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena. You may purchase tickets and learn more at the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts website.

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