ASID Pasadena Home Tour 2013

Sunday October 6, 9:30am-5pm

Self guided tour of 4 homes in Pasadena, Aracadia, & La Cañada.

I began this design project in 2012. The scope of the project included the master bedroom, library, dining room, three children’s rooms, and other elements added to the living, game and family rooms. I custom designed most of the furnishings for the home. The project is featured along with the other homes ont he tour in this months Pasadena Magazine. 

In honor of its 40th anniversary of service to the homeless of the San Gabriel Valley, and to help men, women, and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness, a portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Union Station Homeless Service of Pasadena.



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Corks ‘n Forks

I posted before about my charity group where we raise money by auctioning off spaces at theme parties.   A group of friends gets together and funds and hosts the party, in this case we had 4 couples hosting.  Chris and Kelly Davis opened their beautiful home for the night, and Chris shared his extensive knowledge of wine.  The proceeds from the tickets go to our charities.  This night was to benefit Five Acres, a non profit residential campus for children. 


Chris is a serious wine collector and he generously offered to come up with a night of wine tastings.  Kelly is a wonderful cook and she came up with our menu.  Some of the gals had tables and chairs and linens, and I came up with the china, flowers and general tablescapes.


Since we had the brown satin table cloths I went with a brown, white, and lime green color scheme. I have a quantity of salad plates from Anthropologie that have a floral pattern with lime green, silver, and pink, they looked perfect.  I think linen napkins always feel luxurious.


We arranged seating, so everyone would have someone to chat with.IMG_7659 

We set up several tables in front of our hosts wine room in their dining area.  It’s quite lovely and really interesting.IMG_7606

My husband and host Steve, and our host  and wine expert Chris.


 IMG_7656 We all learned a lot about the wines served though out the evening.  The food was a perfect match too.  We began with a tuna sashimi salad on crispy wontons.  There was bread and cheese, and an amazing mushroom risotto.

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Everyone had so much fun we decided to do another corks n forks in the spring!IMG_7601  IMG_7621 

And thanks to our fantastic and fun hosts Chris and Kelly!IMG_7618





Wash your hands…

This is a children’s bathroom I did last year.  The wallpaper is what really makes it.  The pattern is by Angela Adams and it is contract, which translates to durable!


The pony walls of the shower are good for the feeling of privacy while in the shower, and the glass enclosure keeps it light and open.  The prints are from etsy, which is one of my favorite sites for artwork, especially affordable prints.


I had my stone fabricator do an arch for the little vanity to give it some character. I kept the tile light and neutral with a Calcutta Gold stone tile for the floor and white porcelain subway tile and penny rounds for the shower.


Chop Chop!

I came it to lend a hand in the design of this kitchen right as the unfinished cabinets were being installed.  Decisions had to be made and there was no time to spare.  First in order was to find out if the counters had been cut yet, thankfully not.  I really wanted to mix up the colors of the counter tops since it is so much visual space and weight in the room.  So we canceled the all black plan and went with honed black granite for the surrounding counter tops and a limestone colored Cesar stone for the island that would tie in the adjacent limestone fireplace in the family room.


Next in line was finding in stock tile to use for the backsplash.  My client and I were off to the tile showroom to see what we could find.  We fell in love with this “woven” pattern stainless steel tile and amazingly there was enough in stock for us and we had it in in 2 days!  I love how it reflects the light and how the metal balances with the wood.


The blue Dunn Edwards paint color tied the whole kitchen together along with the attached breakfast room.  I chose a medium tone wood stain for the cabinets.  We played around with the finisher for a few hours trying different things, and in the end came up with a stain that pulled out the grain in the wood with the darker almost black stain.  He then wiped off the remaining stain leaving the beautiful walnut color on the majority of the cabinet faces.


We chose a simple stainless bar style hardware for function and for pulling the wood cabinets together with the stainless appliances, sink, and backsplash. To balance the black counters on the other side of the room, we painted the door to the laundry room with black chalkboard paint.  It’s a great fun touch for a great fun family!


Art Dragon

How fantastic is this mural!  It’s also in some of my favorite colors, love the blue, green, and tan.  I love the giant scale on the white wall.  I am always so inspired by art museums, for many reasons, but I always have been for interior design.  I love the vibe of them.  This is at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or LACMA as it is referred to here.  It’s in the children’s gallery.  I was there one day with 2 other Moms and all our children on an off school day. In this room they had stations set up for the children to create their own works in watercolor.



Chinese New Year, Good Bye Rabbit, Hello Dragon!

Chinese New Year is coming up and it got me reminiscing about last year. Some girlfriends and I threw a super fun Chinese New Year Party. We are in a charity organization where we raise money by putting together parties and auctioning off slots for attending the party.  The hostesses cover the cost of their party and the money people pay for their slot goes to charity.  This party was to benefit The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. My friend and client opened up her fabulous 1920’s English Tudor home for the night.


My photographer friend and fellow hostess, Stephanie Wiley, took these amazing photos.

We did a large buffet in the dining room.  Another friend  played beautiful classical music in the adjacent living room on the baby grand piano.  We hung decorations here and there and it was magical.




Everything was beautiful and fun was had by all :)  Here’s to the year of the Dragon being fortuitous!


Thank You Erin!

Erin over at house of Turquoise did a blog post on my work today.  I’m so excited!  Erin writes a wonderful and wildly popular blog focused on one of my favorite colors – Turquoise.  I’m honored to have my work featured on her blog.

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Head on over and check it out.  Her blog is a visual feast! :)


Color Please

This is a home I did for a family I met while on vacation in Palm Springs.  Funny how things turn out that we live not far from each other and they were renovating a mid century modern house for their active family.

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Needless to say Palm Springs was an easy choice for our inspiration.  Having relocated from the east coast my clients wanted to mix it up a little, and I encouraged them to embrace the vibe of their new west coast surroundings.  The project called for color! I painted the far wall of the living room a rich apple green. The yellow doors are my favorite part of the whole design.  On the outside they are painted orange. It’s a little “tell” of what’s coming.  To keep things clutter free, there is a “mom office” hidden behind the existing closet doors.


This house has a very open floor plan.  The large wall of rock fireplace has the family room on one side, the living room on the other.  Both are open to the entry, the dining room and the kitchen.  I came up with a palate of orange, green, turquoise, and yellow and repeated those colors around the rooms.  I used a linen white on the other walls to balance all the color.  I flipped colors from room to room accenting cool colors in the living room and warm colors in the family room.  Two treasured possessions from their east coast roots were the piano and grandfather clock.


I chose a vibrant orange for the wall in the family room that “bookends” the green wall in the living room.  In any room that has a fireplace competing for attention with a television, swivel chairs save the day.  These are covered in a durable yellow ultra suede.  Yes, they do provide much entertainment to the children who love to spin in them, but they are up to the task.


The original fireplace is so Dean Martin, but that’s what we love about it!  It’s always best to go with a large design feature instead of trying to pretend that it’s not there, which of course is impossible anyway.  This is a project that we are taking in phases, next phase….drapery, stay tuned :)


Colorful Drapes For A Girls Bedroom

A playful, happy fabric by Duralee was the bases of my design for a little girls bedroom. I was drawn to this fabric by it’s fantastic combination of colors.  It is young and fresh but sophisticated enough that it wont be outgrown which is always a consideration when designing for children.

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My young client has a love of color, so much so that she had a hard time deciding which colors she wanted her room to be.  By choosing a fabric with many colors she will always be able accent which ever one she likes best at the time.Sara Ingrassia Interiors - Duralee Drapes - 02 This fabric was also a hit with my other client, the little girls mom, who wanted the fabric to grow with her and to flow with the rest of the interiors in the house that we had just finished.

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Stay tuned for the custom bedding that we are installing tomorrow!


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