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The 2018 Pasadena Showcase House Kitchen
Design | June 26, 2018
The 2018 Pasadena Showcase House Kitchen

As you may have just read from my previous post, we were tasked with designing and executing the 2018 Pasadena Showcase House kitchen in 7 weeks, with only 4 of the 7 weeks spent on construction. Well, we did it – we made it happen and had a very positive reaction by all that visited. How did we make it happen?…

6 Tips on Renovating a Luxury Kitchen in 4 Weeks | 2018 Pasadena Showcase House
Design, Tips and Tricks | June 25, 2018
6 Tips on Renovating a Luxury Kitchen in 4 Weeks | 2018 Pasadena Showcase House

First of all, this wasn’t just a run of the mill kitchen renovation.  This was the kitchen for the 2018 Pasadena Showcase House. Is it possible to renovate a luxury kitchen in 4 weeks?  You bet –  for the 2018 Pasadena Showcase House kitchen, we just went from down to the studs to a completed, luxury, showcase house kitchen –…

The 2018 Pasadena Showcase House: Before and After Transformation of a 100+ Year Old House
Design | May 11, 2018
The 2018 Pasadena Showcase House: Before and After Transformation of a 100+ Year Old House

We are two thirds of the way through our second Pasadena Showcase House, and everyone is always wanting to know about the before and after transformation of the home.    This year, because of a series of last-minute events, we took on more than the usual one space.  We initially set out to design one of two teen suites, but the…

Customizing the Home with Designer Light Switches and Wall Plates
Brands, Design | October 27, 2017
Customizing the Home with Designer Light Switches and Wall Plates

Hands down, the quickest, easiest and relatively most inexpensive way to customize a home is to change out the existing switches with designer light switches and wall plates. As a designer, I go into so many homes and I can’t tell you how many homes have the standard ugly white plastic wall plates with exposed screws – even multi-million dollar…

The Best Alternatives to Calacatta Marble
Design, Tips and Tricks, Trade Shows and Trends | July 26, 2017
The Best Alternatives to Calacatta Marble

Of all the varieties of marble, Calacatta is one of the most sought after.  It is known for its subtle grey veining contrasted by an almost pure white background.  In recent years, Calacatta marble has been gaining popularity as a hard surface for the home and has been the number one requested countertop material, (at least in Southern California, where…

2017 Pasadena Showcase House Overview
Design | July 14, 2017
2017 Pasadena Showcase House Overview

The 2017 Pasadena Showcase House came and went in a flash this past spring, with twenty-five interior and exterior designers pulling off one of the most cohesive houses in recent years.  Throughout the month that the house was open to the public, visitors from around Southern California and beyond made their annual trek to visit the Pasadena Showcase House and…

The Guest Bedroom for the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House
Design, Home Furnishings | June 28, 2017
The Guest Bedroom for the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House

The Guest Bedroom for the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House Six months in the making and we finally pulled off the Guest Bedroom for the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. You know that saying “It takes a village”?  Well, the saying definitely pertains to putting together a room for a showcase house, as it is not an adventure that one…

How to Participate in a Designer Showcase House
Design, Tips and Tricks | June 26, 2017
How to Participate in a Designer Showcase House

How to Participate in a Designer Showcase House How do you participate in a designer showcase house?  Before I participated in the Pasadena Showcase House this spring, I always questioned how to put my name in the hat to design a room.  I’ve written a lot of blog posts about showcase houses but just now am I realizing that I…

2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design Preview
Design | April 24, 2017
2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design Preview

The 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design opened to the public yesterday and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be participating – this year as a designer!  I’ve done Pasadena Showcase House previews in past years on my blog, but this is my first time on the other side of the fence.   Don’t fret though, as my mission is…

Wattles Mansion Showcase is Transformed by 16 Los Angeles Designers
Design | April 10, 2017
Wattles Mansion Showcase is Transformed by 16 Los Angeles Designers

The Wattles Mansion Showcase , now in its second year, brought in 16 interior and exterior designers to transform the 1908 Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey Mission Revival Hollywood estate.  This year’s theme is Hollywood History: The New Classics, and reinterprets the home for today’s lifestyle.

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