Pasadena Showcase House Kitchen and Butler's Pantry - Room Details
The 2022 Pasadena Showcase House Kitchen and Butler's Pantry Sponsors
If you’re reading this, you probably want to read about all the details we put into our Pasadena Showcase House kitchen and butler’s pantry. First of all, we’d like to thank all our this year’s Showcase House sponsors:
I hope you’ve had a chance to see the 2022 Pasadena Showcase House kitchen and butler’s pantry in person. The pictures simply do not do the rooms justice. This year we decided to design a true Pasadena kitchen, taking cues from the home’s architecture, a 1905 English Tudor, and updating it for today’s modern lifestyle.
The 48" Professional Range
IIt is impossible to walk into this Pasadena kitchen and not notice the appliances. The 48″ Professional Range has garnered lots of looks – how can you miss the beautiful LCD screen, the brass knobs (which can be switched out to stainless steel if brass is not your thing) The Pro Range is one of my favorite appliances for a number of reasons: the air fry capability, the ability to accommodate full size catering sheets, and the front right burner has Hestan Cue True Temp technology which give you the precision of induction but on a gas burner – definitely a first.
The Hearth Oven
The Hearth Oven – one of the first of the newly designed versions to come off the production line is also a favorite. You can’t miss it – it really is a beauty. The first thing that people think of when they see the Hearth Oven is pizza. Yes, it makes pizza and it makes it perfectly every single time. But I love that I can make salmon in it in about 7 minutes (I like it medium rare) and it doesn’t smell up the room. There is an air knife that keeps the odors and heat within the unit and even though the dome gets up to 1350 degrees, the outside is still cool to the touch. It’s brilliant!
The Wine Sommelier
Ok, one more favorite appliance (even though they all really are) The Wine Sommelier. It has a beautiful glass front door with dual temperature zones for wine, a freezer drawer for ice, and then a convertible drawer at the bottom that has the flexibility to go from frozen storage to fresh food. I like to use it for chilled beverages when we entertain.
The Appliances - Monogram Appliances/ Ferguson
The same appliances that were installed in the Pasadena Showcase House kitchen are also installed in the Monogram Experience Center, located within our showroom. In addition, with the exception of the tile and plumbing, all products shown are also available through our showroom. We have samples other finish options available as well. All the plumbing is available through Ferguson Showrooms. The backsplash tile is available through Mission Tile West and the floor tile is available through Exquisite Surfaces.
The Paint Colors - Dunn Edwards
Everyone always asks what paint colors we used. Dunn Edwards has been the paint sponsor of the Pasadena Showcase House since the early years of the organization, so naturally we used their paint. For the walls, we used Swiss Coffee – a no brainer for the traditional home. For the perimeter cabinets, we wanted the faintest shade of blue so we used Summer Shade. The island cabinetry we wanted a bit creamier, so Whisper was used. And to add contrast to the space, we used Black Bay for the trim.
The Place Settings and Flatware - Replacements
It’s never easy accessorizing and styling a space from scratch, but when you have the support like Replacements, it is a cinch. You can lose HOURS perusing their website (and I have) since they have almost everything available to mankind. If you think that you’re going down a rabbit hole when you visit their site, you really are. Their warehouse in North Carolina spans 9 football fields which holds 11 million SKUs.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Replacements showroom and warehouse last month when in town for High Point Market. While there I played around with some of the dishes I had selected on the website. And then we got into depression glass, hollowware, flatware. Everything I put in from Replacements provided the last layer of bling that really established the personality of the room.
Lighting - Hubbardton Forge
All the lighting in both spaces was donated by Hubbardton Forge. Everything from their line is made in Vermont of hand forged steel, and is a designer’s dream. There have so many finish and glass options and also have the ability fo customize. For those who know me, “custom” is my middle name! Any chance I have to tailor a piece to the space, I do, and Hubbardton Forge allows me to do that. They work with artisans in the area who provide the components they need to create their fixtures such as glass and leather. For this reason they did not face the supply chain issues of components coming from overseas as many others have. Throughout the pandemic they were one of the few companies that were able to maintain a lead time of less than 6 weeks!. We are a Hubbardton Forge dealer and have their lighting displays in the showroom so swing by if you need a closer look at the lighting we have up at the Showcase House.
The Wallpaper and Fabrics - Zoffany
Our wallpaper was sourced through Zoffany and Morris & Co. – part of an iconic brand that has been around since the early 19th century. The kitchen soffit and butler’s pantry ceiling feature a design based on antique mirror tiles. Using the same wallpaper on the ceiling in both spaces keeps the two spaces cohesive, even though they each have their own distinctive look.
In the vestibule between the kitchen and the sun room we utilized a classic Morris pattern, Pure Acorn reimagined in a moody dark and metallic colorway. The modern art that we’ve paired the wallpaper with is made of a deconstructed Saint Laurent box that is embroidered and repurposed into art.
Tyndall, the wall mural of cascading florals that wraps the walls in the butler’s pantry, was inspired by the sunlight peeking through the tree canopies along the avenues of the royal gardens in Kensington. The leaves are hand painted using a Japanese sansui technique and the painting is then scanned several times and overlapped until they create subtle layers of leaves in an ombre effect going from light to almost black at the bottom. It is then digitally printed onto a non-woven substrate with an iridescent coating, which gives it a subtle sheen when the light hits it at certain angles.. Zoffany embraces technology and utilizing new techniques while still maintaining the authenticity of their design, making sure that the design is hand-painted and not digitally manipulated.
On the window above the butler’s pantry sink, is a roman shade in a beautifully embroidered Morris pattern, Pure Ceiling Embroidery. The intricate embroidery, based on an original William Morris wallpaper, speaks to the traditional architecture of the home. We also did good by utilizing the excess fabric from the roman shade to make placemats for each place setting at the island.
For those of you who are not familiar with William Morris, he is the most celebrated designer and founder of the Arts and Crafts movement in England. We are so fortunate to have access to his designs. The Zoffany group and and their updated classics are particularly suited to this home and neighborhood. We carry the entire line of wallpaper and fabrics in our showroom, so feel free to pop in and have a look.
The Backsplash Tile - Artistic Tile/Mission Tile West
The backsplash tile in both the butler’s pantry and kitchen is Grand Tour Starburst Antique Silver over Limestone tile from Artistic Tile, sourced through Mission Tile West. We love the old world, artisanal feel of the tile and how it shimmers as the light moves through the room throughout the day. In the butler’s pantry we installed the same pattern but on the angle instead of square, to give the room a slightly different feel to its neighbor. However, having the same tile in both spaces, irregardless of the direction, brings the two spaces together.
The Floor Tile - Exquisite Surfaces
The floor in the pantry is Soho Marble – a gray and white checkered marble from Exquisite Surfaces, which has been distressed and honed to give it the patina of age, perfect for this 1905 Tudor home. It looks as though it is original to the home even thought it was just recently installed.
The Wood Countertops - Grothouse Lumber
Our island is a solid piece of hand-planed walnut made of similar boards -5 feet by 9 feet in size! Grothouse Lumber created this beautiful piece and custom stained it to our specifications. The countertop was finished with a proprietary lifetime finish that is impermeable to water and will hold up to many years of use. We also feature Grothouse’s butcher block countertops, made of end-grain walnut that can be used as a cutting board. The butcher block is self healing—most knife marks disappear after cleaning. It is also gentle on knives and helps keep them sharp. The butcher block countertop can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new after years of use. We have a large number of finish samples for Grothouse on display at our showroom, but even if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, they can do a custom finish just like our island top.
The Range Hood - Thompson Traders
For the range hood we wanted a real show stopper – one that would bring in the matte black and silver tones. So who better to turn to than our friends at Thompson Traders. Many in the industry know Thompson Traders for their beautifully handcrafted sinks, but they do custom range hoods just as well. In fact, we have one of the largest they have ever made, at 88″ wide, installed in our Old Pasadena Showroom. What we love about Thompson Traders is that their custom capabilities allow us to give each of our projects a distinctly different look – one that reflects the personality of our clients.
The Porcelain Countertops - Sapienstone/Stoneville
Our surround countertops and those in the butler’s pantry are made of SapienStone, a full bodied porcelain that holds up to acids, cold, and heat—you can even set a hot pan down on it! We love how realistic the veining appears and the strength of the porcelain. While a traditional English kitchen would have used marble, this is one of the higher tech features we love to use to make life easier for the kitchen’s end user! We have SapienStone countertops in our Old Pasadena kitchen showroom, as well as samples of every style and finish.
In the butler’s pantry we installed Arabescato in a polished finish.
In the kitchen we installed Pietro Grey in a polished finish.
The Plumbing - Kallista/Kohler/Ferguson
The Kohler and Kallista products we selected for this year’s Pasadena Showcase House were intended to appeal to the traditional eye, with all the modern features your heart could desire. The hammered metal sink in the butler’s pantry is a particular eye catcher, and the two sizes of workstation sinks are designed to appeal to every home chef. A polished finish was selected to add a bit of bling to the space. All of these products can be viewed and purchased through Ferguson.
The Cabinetry - Wudwurx and Stoll Industries
All of our custom millwork was brought to life by Wudwurx, based on designs by our team. While we used simple shaker doors to appeal to a wide variety of styles, we added a more traditional foot to reflect the age and stateliness of the home.
The metal doors on our upper cabinets were crafted by Stoll Industries, to continue the metal theme found throughout the rest of the kitchen. We selected a finish with a little less bling and a little more patina, which gives the metal a little more warmth. It is a small detail but really adds depth an additional layer to the room. Samples for additional finishes can be seen at our Pasadena showroom.
The Pottery - Ann Cutting
When designing a space, we always add something handmade to give our spaces a sense of relatability and more often than not, the handmade items are ceramic pots that I’ve either found at a flea market, an estate sale, or work of a local artist.
For this year’s Showcase House kitchen and butler’s pantry, we incorporated the work of local artist, Ann Cutting. As chance would have it, Ann’s studio is located across the street from our showroom. In addition to being a potter and Pasadena native, she also happens to be an accomplished photographer with tons of accolades and is an Associate Professor of the Photography Department at Art Center.
The Hardware - Ashley Norton
All of our cabinet hardware was sourced from Ashley Norton. We love their line of cast bronze hardware as it has a handmade appearance and aged patina. We used dark bronze against the light cabinetry and white bronze against the dark cabinetry to make the hardware stand out and make a statement. We chose shapes and profiles that are at home in the traditional kitchen but do not sacrifice function for style. More finishes and designs can be viewed at our showroom in Old Town.
A kitchen is a lot of hard surfaces, so we added runners to give the room softness and a more homey feeling. The rugs we selected from Silk Road Rug did the job well! No two Moroccan rugs are alike due to the nature of how they are woven and aged in the sun, which is what gives them the beautiful variations in tone that are characteristic. We love how these rugs add to the warmth of the kitchen without needing to add color. People have come into the room and have mentioned how cozy and unpretentious it feels and we attribute that to the amazing runners on the floor.
Architectural Metal Shelving and Island Legs - Palmer Industries
As soon as we knew we would be designing the kitchen, we knew we wanted to include one of our favorite products! Palmer Industries shelving is always custom to the space you need to fill and is a stunning way to display anything—though we particularly like how it works in front of the window to display our colored glass.
Palmer Industries also created the matching legs that hold up the countertop on the seating side of our island! It is a stunning way to add glamour to a kitchen and match your products to each other. Finish samples are available at our showroom, and we are happy to help you through the custom designing and ordering process
Thank you for visiting our kitchen and butler’s pantry at the 2022 Pasadena Showcase House. We are a dealer for most of the products that are seen in the Pasadena Showcase House kitchen and butler’s pantry except where noted above. Should you need assistance in purchasing any of the products, feel free to contact us or visit our Old Pasadena kitchen showroom. We have a full selection of finishes, fabrics, wallcoverings, wood and porcelain countertop samples, metal shelving, and of course the Monogram Appliances Experience Center where you can experience all the appliances live and in a high-end residential setting. Our kitchen showroom is open Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm and offers an immersive experience, with the same detailing one would find in a high-end residence. Please stop by and we would be happy to work with you .