Pasadena Showcase House 2014 – What I Thought Were Some of the High Points!

May 9, 2014

Powder Room: Designed by Whitcomb-Hughes Design + Build

Dawnette Whitcomb-Hughes, Ray A. Hughes



After the porch and entry hall, this is the first room you see when you enter the house.  This room is really lovely, with the original Hollywood Regency style 1930’s flooring of linoleum with brass inlay.  It was inspiration for the metal vintage gold accent panels above the pony walls separating the vestibule and toilet room, and also the Craftsman style wainscot with Jerusalem gold marble inlay tiles on the walls.  I also really liked the stainless steel vessel sink with a satin gold finish, by Stone Forest, and the custom built faux leather console with nail head trim. There’s a velvet suede finish on the walls, which Dawnette tells me involves painting a gold underlay and then a green overlay.  The designers did such a nice job of blending the warm finishes and colors in this space and combining an Art Deco feeling with the Craftsman style.

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The Great Room: Designed by Kathryne Designs Inc.

Kathryne Dahlman

Showcase Great Room


This designer has done rooms in the showcase house many times before. The great room is a large open space and the comfortable, casual design of this space is beautifully inspired by the English elements of the arts and crafts style.  Having a background in surface pattern design myself, I was especially attracted to the pair of paintings by Arizona artist, Randy Hibberd, that were influenced by William Morris designs and work perfectly with the color palette of the house.    

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Master Suite: Designed by Designs of the Interior

Karen Shoener, Genaro Lagdameo, Carla Padour

Showcase 2014 Master Main View Low Res

These designers were known as family room designers after doing that space three times before.  This is their first time to do the master suite, moving some walls to make it work, and I think they did a spectacular job.  My favorite part of this space is the sleeping area.  The attention to detail in the bedding and window treatments is wonderful.  The designers have used a blend of fabrics, including natural linen, velvet and silk, to create an elegant and sophisticated, but not too formal look.  There’s a photo that’s printed on Plexiglas that is just stunning. I also love the mix of finishes in the space; from the chrome nail head trim on the settee, to the satin gold finish on the coffee table and the mirrored nightstands, along with the bronze, custom designed hardware for hanging draping above the four-poster bed, which is delightful.  New technology has been incorporated into the design in the bathroom with the TV mirror, as well as all of the very sleek, Legrand switch plates and energy-saving dimmers throughout the master suite.  There’s also some wonderful tile in the master bathroom.  

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Young Woman’s Suite: Designed by Alicia Friedmann Interior Design, LLC

Alicia Friedmann

This space is charming and tranquil in a color palette of soft blues, mint green and white.  I especially love the bathroom with the beautiful marble, floral-pattern, tile floor from Mission Tile and the free-floating tub in the bay window.

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Nanny’s Room: Designed by Ederra Design Studio

Cynthia Lambakis, Samantha Williams



Although this is a tiny room, the designers managed to create a delightful space that still feels spacious and stays true to the character of the home.  The tufted built-in day bed, built by Concept Builders, with three storage drawers underneath, is not only functional; it looks super inviting with all its pretty pillows.  On the walls is a beautiful dogwood floral design custom designed and printed on linen by Astek Wallcoverings, but now after its debut at the showcase house is also available to the public.  The flower motif is then repeated, in a plaster installation by MaryLinda Moss, on the ceiling around the light fixture.

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Kitchen: Designed by Cynthia Bennett & Associates

Cynthia Bennett, Goli Karimi, Carolien Fehmers

The Kitchen has been designed by Cynthia Bennett & Associates many times for the Pasadena Showcase House and it is always spectacular.  This year was no different.  This year they took down walls, opening up the space that was previously many smaller rooms and created a kitchen-great room that included a cooking/preparation area, an eating area and a sitting area.  Most notable features were the limestone countertops, leathered with an acid wash, the detail of the stove exhaust hood, the custom furniture in the sitting area with patchwork upholstery and the built-in automated coffee maker that is controlled by smartphone.  With all those custom features, my favorite aspect of the room was the two coordinating tile backsplashes.  I just love beautiful tile!

If you haven’t seen the Pasadena Showcase House yet, there’s still time.  It is open one more weekend, through this Sunday, May 11 and worth the price of the ticket.  Not only is it a fun way to spend the day, but the money supports the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Décor Revolution sure did enjoy reviewing this event for you. I hope you found it interesting.  If you saw the house, let me know what you thought.  Please share your comments below.


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