Virtual public tours start this month, and we’ve scored a sneak peek.
By Kelly Phillips Badal
In lockstep with the times, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design has pivoted to a virtual experience this year. It’s 56th annual installation, brought to life at a 6,700-square-foot Federal-country style estate set on park-like grounds in the historic Santa Anita Oaks neighborhood of Arcadia, is viewable via as a 360-degree digital interactive installation dubbed “Ultimate Viewpoints: 56.” VIP, Insider and Golden Ticket access ends this week; and shortly, everyone can step inside--without leaving home. And don’t let a tour-by-screen be a deterrent. If anything, it just might be an enhancement. This time, there’s no elbow-bumping, jostling or jockeying to get the best angle for a snapshot of a particularly inspiring room. You won’t miss a word from any of the room’s designers. And you can zoom right in to linger over all the to-die-for details and innovative interior design ideas that make Showcase House visits so special.
The Locke House in 1939
Snyder Diamond is proud to be a longtime supporter of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. We’ve identified five key spaces we’re particularly excited about—and went behind-the-scenes to talk with several designers involved—and we encourage you to check each one out for yourself. As a reminder, proceeds from ticket sales go to funding arts and music programs throughout Southern California.
The Breakfast Room
Pasadena interior designer Jeanne Chung took charge of one of the home’s most singularly charming spots: A sunlit breakfast nook off the kitchen and formal dining room. Already a favorite spot of the current homeowners, Chung set out to make what was before a white and custard lemon-hued room into a cheery, eclectic jewelbox-like destination. “In the spirit of this year’s sustainability theme, we incorporated in designer ‘trash’—high-end designer label boxes and shopping bags deconstructed and upcycled by artist Stephen Wilson--as well as recycled newspaper made into a wall covering,” Chung says. She filled the tabletop with mismatched china and added a vintage plate wall, “making Granny’s china fashionable again,” she quips. A stunning glass curtain blocks the side yard’s ho-hum view without sacrificing light, and glance up to the ceiling to see it decked out with hand-painted black and white magnolia branches and 3-D butterflies.
The Live/Work Studio
This upstairs bedroom boasts a separate entrance, sitting room, bathroom, and an elongated sleepspace-slash-workspace-slash-party room that includes a fold-away Murphy bed and a built-in bar. Hawaii- and SoCal-based Barbie Palomino of Studio Palomino masterminded the design—she also recently also completed interiors for actress/producer Issa Rae’s home. One of its most striking details is the custom mural ceiling, complete with a wow-worthy lighting fixture created in collaboration with ADG Lighting’s Gerald Olesker. Would a teen or 20-something ever want to leave this mini apartment? We’re betting absolutely not.
The Primary Bedroom / Bathroom
Lush botanicals inspired designer Jhoiey Ramirez of L.A.’s Studio Jhoiey’s interiors for the Primary Bedroom suite. Different tones of leafy greens filter through the room, from hand-painted ferns by Arpy L’Artist on the ceiling to Walker Zanger’s “Tahiti” wall-tiles. The room isn’t without its glam moments either, particularly encapsulated in the crystal ceiling fixtures and wall scones from Allegri Crystal by Kalco Lighting. And in the spa-like en suite bathroom, poised at the end of a walk-through closet, Ramirez fearlessly mixed metals between the Americh tub’s copper hue and Franz Viegener polished gold faucets and fixtures. A dry sauna and a Smart Shower from ThermaSol top it off, with aromatherapy, steam, chromatherapy and sound therapy all integrated in, with a rain showerhead. Bliss!
The Jack and Jill Bathroom
Nestled between two of the children’s bedrooms lies a soothing yet geometrically striking bathroom by interior designer Kassy Dieujuste. Primarily dressed in black and white paired with blue velvet curtains, Dieujuste played off the existing angular molding with patterned triangle floor tiling. A nook at one end houses a freestanding bathtub—and finding just the right one to fit the small space was quite a challenge, especially in the midst of COVID’s additional challenges Dieujuste tells us. She topped it with a seriously sparkly chandelier. Don’t forget to look up: Jaw-dropping angled 3-D tile fills the ceiling, creating a cascade of shadows and angles.
The Pool House
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) took a collaborative approach to the pool house lounge, kitting it out for a well-traveled family that nods to global patterns and motifs. Little is actually new in the space, save for one table and chair set. There’s even a table in there that designer Susan Sawasy of Casa | Wasy (one member of the team of pros involved) grew up eating breakfast on, adding a personal touch to the “collected” look. Snyder Diamond provided the appliances for the lounge, including Bluestar’s 24” Rangetop Charbroiler/Grill—specially designed for indoor use—a JennAir undercounter refrigerator and dishwasher, and a U-Line U Chill. The latter is an innovative in-counter cooling cylinder. “It chills the wine within your counter, so that you don’t have water dripping across your countertop,” says Sawasy. “It’s state-of-the-art, and we’re one of the first people to put it in. We’re really excited about that.”
Early, exclusive access to the Pasadena Showcase House ends November 9; check https://pasadenashowcase.org/tickets/ for information.