Photo by Carolyn Reyes, original photo on Houzz
Photo by Carolyn Reyes, original photo on Houzz

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A mix of modern style and classic furnishings that honor this 100-year-old home’s heritage is on display at the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, which opened April 23 and runs through May 21. The decorated rooms are not intended to create a unified interior but instead independently showcase each designer’s style.

Designers were influenced by the California home’s architectural style and history, at times mixing high tech with high design. Whether it was with wireless sound systems in the bedrooms or all-natural furnishings in the garden cottage, this year’s showcase designers added up-to-date touches while staying true to the home’s legacy. The 7,479-square-foot mansion has been a filming location numerous times over the years. Most recently, the garden party scene in the hit movie La La Land featured the loggia, below.

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2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

  • Location: Pasadena, California
  • When: April 23-May 21; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Cost: $35 to $45. Proceeds from the home and garden tour, now in its 53rd year, benefit music enrichment programs in Southern California.

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Design team: Ederra Design Studio

After it appeared in the garden party scene in La La Land, the designers appropriately chose “Cocktails at 5” for the loggia’s theme. The team used a color palette of navy and turquoise to accentuate the evening feel, says designer Samantha Williams. The furniture layout and colors complement the adjoining living room, accessible through French doors.

The ceiling was treated with a golden-bronze patina with metallic pigment that glows in the evening and reflects the light of the chandelier. “You don’t notice it much during the day, and then all of a sudden, it comes to life around 4 o’clock,” Williams says. Enjoy a Drink in the Sun With an Outdoor Bar Cart.

Fabric: Beacon Hill collection, Robert Allen; furniture: O.W. Lee, courtesy of Outdoor Elegance; rug: Loloi Rugs; lighting: Visual Comfort & Co.; bar cart and trays: Global Views; planters: The Classic Garden

Living Room

Design team: Robert Frank Interiors

Timeless elements abound in the stately living room. All is bright and crisp shades of blue and white linen, cotton and raw silk fabrics from Robert Allen in the sunny space. Designer Robert Frank divided the room into two coherent conversation areas. He kept the scale of the furniture in line with the size of the room, accenting comfortable seating with modern artwork and traditional accessories. Just-Right Living Room Furniture Layouts.

Upholstered furniture, art and accessories: Robert Frank Interiors; upholstery fabrics and draperies: Beacon Hill collection, Robert Allen; area rug: Stark; grasscloth wallcovering: Phillip Jeffries; paint: White Picket Fence, Dunn-Edwards

Dining Room and Conservatory

Design team: Reaume Construction & Design

Nature meets contemporary design in the dining room and neighboring conservatory — the latter was once an outdoor garden. Birch tree-like wallcovering brings nature to the dining room. Black and white, along with muted grays, silvers and golds, dominate. A special paint blend was used by a faux artist to create the iridescent silver wainscoting. Upholstery Fabric to Make Old Furniture New Again.

Tip: For an easy alternative to installing floor tile, the design team used a clever stencil appliqué on the dining room floor, which can be removed.

Dining table and chairs: Jean-Louis Deniot collection, Baker Furniture; place settings:
Michael Aram; rug: Aga John Oriental Rugs; Venetian glass chandelier: Susanne Hollis; wallcovering: Enchanted Woods in Moon Glow, Phillip Jeffries; sculpture: “The Buddhist Thinker,” Gabriel Rivera; paint: Dunn-Edwards Modern Masters

The nature theme and black-and-white palette spread into the conservatory, with French encaustic floor tile and spun silver nest lanterns.

The conservatory’s luxe lounge chairs are meant for relaxing “while enjoying a cocktail before or after dinner,” says designer Michele Stone.


Design team: D Christjan Fine Cabinetry Design & Manufacturing

The design team stayed true to the home’s Tudor style with furniture-grade cherry and maple cabinets and a china hutch with cathedral glass. Phill Vonk built a settee-like table and chairs for casual meals.

The kitchen includes modern touches such as the latest Asko, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, including a microwave that pulls out of the cabinetry. Porcelain slab countertops have the look of marble without the maintenance. “We did a mix of materials to make it look like it was decorated over time,” says Vonk, who oversaw the work.

Luxe features include alabaster pendant lights, copper fixtures and a custom antiqued brass
range hood. Porcelain flooring that mimics limestone anchors the space.

Coffee station, and microwave: Sub-Zero and Wolf; settee fabrics: Kravet; countertops, flooring and backsplash tile: Walker Zanger; lighting: Visual Comfort & Co.; faucets: Waterstone Faucets; farmhouse sink: DXV American Standard

Master Suite

Design team: Home Front Build

“Seaside Escape” is the theme for this multiroom space, which moves from a beachy feel in the bedroom to an ocean-blue bathroom and a darker deep-sea mood in the sitting room.


The hardwood floors were refinished in the bedroom, and new tile was installed around the fireplace. Tech features including a drop-down TV over the bed (it disappears back into the ceiling with the swipe of an iPad screen) and ceiling speakers keep the room uncluttered.

Bed, night table, wing chair and floor lamp: Baker Furniture; bench: Bourgeois Boheme; bedside table: Bausman & Co.; rugs: Norbert Rug Gallery & Associates; stone on fireplace hearth: Walker Zanger

Soothing blue tile lines the bathroom, with a white patterned strapwork ceiling for an ocean surf mood. A mirrored sculptural soaking tub is the room’s eye-catching feature.

The area was reconfigured to enlarge the space and to improve the plumbing and layout. A new shower, twin medicine cabinets and quartzite-topped vanities, along with a separate toilet area, were added.

Tub: Crosswater London; cabinetry: Spanish Galleon; lighting: Visual Comfort & Co.; faucets: Sigma; tile: Walker Zanger; window treatment fabric: Robert Allen

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