Features a Stiles O. Clements Residence
Showcase houses are a wonderful venue to display design trends. At the recent Pasadena showcase house, 25 designers had the wonderful opportunity to transform a 1915 English Arts and Crafts estate while retaining the home’s warm spirit. Drama comes from abundant color installed throughout the 8,200-square-foot house, including chocolate brown walls in the hallways and vibrant green tones in the dining and great rooms. Mixed metals add further appeal as silvery paint and shimmering wallcoverings blend with brass, copper and gold fixtures and accessories.
There are some surprising touches. A new Walker Zanger collection of intricate tile designs makes a splash in the bathrooms. Decorative head busts — another trend —- add visual interest and keep the eye moving along the tour.
Designer Michael Berman described his comfortable dining room as more “country” than “town,” with an antler mounted on a mirror above the fireplace and a chandelier made from bayonets hanging from the papered ceiling. The dining table is left undressed, adding to the casual feel that permeates the design house.
Indeed, the kitchen and butler’s pantry are open, with informal living areas designed for visiting. “The goal was for the family to be together,” said designer Cynthia Bennett, noting the bar stools placed around the travertine island.
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While I didn’t have the chance to enjoy visiting the Pasadena Showcase House this year, I do hope you were a bit inspired by the images from this historical home. I am, however, very much looking forward to visiting the Philharmonic House of Design Showcase House benefiting the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. June 3 – June 29, 2014, located on Southern California’s Last untouched coastline —- Dana Point’s The Strand at Headland’s. Nineteen interior designers will transform this exclusive oceanfront property into a Mediterranean Modern masterpiece.