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Who doesn’t love a showcase house? It’s great to see what designers are doing, the latest trends and the ability to go into homes that are rarely open to the public. Of course not everybody has time to visit these houses, so I am bringing the house to you! The 2012 Pasadena Showcase House is a 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival in La Canada Flintridge, California. It was originally designed by John Winford Byers and retains much of its original charm.
Take a step through this original massive wood door. Clearly there was a time before ADT! The details and craftsmanship is fabulous.
Exterior breezeways are painted to resemble exotic oriental carpets. Stunning.
The main staircase is a study in classic Spanish style simplicity. The cool terra cotta floors balance harmoniously with the simple walls, heavy timber beams and a classic wrought iron chandelier.
Another authentic Spanish Revival feature is this charming reading nook by Kelly McLeod. Classic wall light fixtures are a must when it comes to lighting in a home such as this. Navajo rugs complete the look.
I love this clever way to display art prints in a long hall. Designed by Paul Devine, the layering of pictures on a standard curtain rod is a great way to create an instant gallery. Notice the woven hemp twine that covers the rod? Do I hear a DIY project brewing?
The gentleman’s study by Jon Jahr has a fresh and modern look albeit still traditional. I must find that metal coated stump table.
This soothing reading room by Traci Larsen lightens the darker tones found throughout the house, although the pale green and cream color scheme still compliment the lush surroundings and work well with the plein air painting featured above.
The breakfast room by Karina Oldemans features upholstered dining chairs and a wood floor that resembles the terra cotta floor design found in the entry. Upholstered dining room chairs are an elegant and beautiful touch in any home!
The family room by Designs of the Interiors features comfort first. Rustic lighting keeps things earthy.
I love how the guest room by Cooper Gyer introduces some more modern elements like the beveled mirror and sputnik ceiling light. Heaven know the house is close enough to Hollywood to give the touches of glam a hall pass. The chevron pattern on the pillows are a really popular pattern now... take note.
The master bedroom by Kathryne Dahlman marries a fresh Hamptons style with traditional Spanish.
The master bathroom by KMNelson Design is freshly current, but retains traditional details in keeping with the house. The heavy use of tile is classic Spanish Colonial, but the crisp pattern is totally modern.
Talk about modern, the guest cottage by Mark Cutler is bright, cheerful and up-to-date. A few clues let us know it’s still found within a traditional home such as the heavy timber table that is so similar to the beams in the front hall.
A trip to Southern California would not be complete without a dip in the pool. This scene is as refreshing as some of the design takeaways in the pictures above.
Images: LA Times, Columns From Stauffer
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
what a great tour! a classic home with true californian style - when can i move in?
Glad you enjoyed it!
The master bath was designed by Kathryne Dahlman and the Breakfast Room was designed by Parker West Interiors.
Just want to ensure those who created the fabulous areas receive proper credit.
Thank you for further clarification.