Archive for California design
I just returned from a wonderful week in Santa Monica, CA visiting our son Jake and his wife, Elif. Little did I know the weekend would become a design adventure. Knowing that Paul and Jake had plenty to do with two motorcycles handy, the girls set off to visit the 2013 Pasadena Showcase House of Design.
The setting of this year’s event was a beautiful estate built-in 1941 in Arcadia, CA. The show house was gracefully restored with modern amenities and conveniences with attention to details that reflected the period.
The photographs shown here were all taken from the Showcase guide. The design firms for each area are noted on the pictures. There were so many special spaces and so many wonderful details. I selected the following to point out design tips that could be recreated in any setting.
The walls of the beautiful vaulted front entry stairwell were covered with winter wheat colored fabric that provided an understated neutral palette to lead the way to the incredible rooms to come. The glass chandelier was amazing!
Design tip: The details of the stairway runner. It was bound in leather and tacked down with larger upholstery nail heads. The nail heads do not show in this photo. This look could easily be re-created by binding the runner in a wide fabric binding and adding the nail heads.
From the designer’s perspective the powder room was designed to recall your first jewelry box full of wonder and magic. It was wonderfully executed with the stone chevron detail of the mirror, the gold accents and the skirted vanity.
Design tip: The chevron detail could be recreated with the use of fabric or paint. The tailored skirt detail could be applied to any countertop surface to create a feel of elegance.
The owners requested the space be expanded to incorporate the bar with lighted green glass details that was installed in 2000 Designer Showcase. A wall was removed and left two different ceiling heights.
In order to draw attention away from this the ceiling was embellished with intricate patterned molding, textured wallpaper and dramatic lighting.
Design tip: Don’t forget the ceiling. It does not have to be this elaborate. You can achieve an amazing effect by adding some well design molding detail, texture with paint or paper and/or the right lighting… remember attention to details.
Soft, serene color palettes were used throughout the house. Here in the master bedroom soft blues and gold set the mood.
Design tip: Find the right color that appeals to you and create a master space that allows for restful, blissful sleep.
Teenage Daughter’s Room
What teenage girl would not die for a room like this? There were feminine touches everywhere with varying shades of lavender and wonderful details.
Design tip: The existing bookcases flanking the sides of the bed were turned into creative niches to hold accessories, trinkets and baubles of any teen’s fancy. This could be applied to any bookcase by designing a plan to convert the bookcase interior with shelving boards.
This guest room was designed to incorporate the eves and slopes of the ceiling. Many built-ins provided ample storage and some hidden details.
Design tip: The TV was recessed in the wall and hidden by a hinged piece of art. The small TV was mounted in the recessed area on a swivel-tilt wall mount so it could be positioned to suit the guest’s viewing needs.
This space was originally the servant’s quarters. It has been transformed into a space to work, converse, relax and sleep. The textured wall, molding details, fabrics and accessories set the tone.
Design tip: A queen size bed was turned horizontal and tuck up against the wall to create a lavish day bed. This could be done with a twin or double bed as well. It definitely achieved the designer’s goal of a multi use relaxing space.
There were many lavish baths throughout the house but this smaller scale space contained some wonderful details. The blue painted cabinet with slab inset doors and simple but interesting hardware blends seamlessly with the white marble countertop and adjacent shower wall. I love how the glass shower wall just seems to float on the white wall. The tile details were very subtle but tied the entire space together.
Design tip: Simple details like the door pulls can add so much. The tile border place high and low is a great placement and creates a feeling of more height in the shower. Think about creative ways to use an interesting tile accent in a different way.
This room included the use of lots of different textures… on the wall, bed and floor. I love this mingle of tactile fabrics to make you want to reach out and touch every detail. The very tall headboard was a little over scaled for the space but the reading nook was very creative.
Design tip: The reading nook was formerly a closet. What a great adaptation of a small space. You may not have an extra closet to give up but think outside the box when confronted with a use for a small difficult space.
What an amazing makeover of the original three car garage! The guys from the firm Garage Envy incorporated so many interesting details into this space. This is certainly not your usual “man cave”.
Design tip: You may not have that three care garage space to work with but garage organization can be done in many ways. Take cues from the pros by including storage, entertainment, border floor detail, lighting and seating in your garage makeover.
Our outing to the Designer Showcase was so worth while. It is something I don’t always take time to do. Throughout this country there are so many talented designers with thousands of creative ideas. They invest their time and talents to create beautiful show house spaces. After writing this blog I will always take a closer look at the details. The things that can really make the difference in the overall design. We all can take away a piece of some of these fabulous show house rooms by taking in the details and recreating them in your home.
For more information about the Pasadena Showcase House of Design events: http://www.pasadenashowcase.org/#
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