Friday, May 25, 2012


Photograph by Alexander Vertikoff

 The Pasadena Showcase House 2012 is closed, after four very successful weeks. Here are some images of the Dining Room, which I had the honor of designing. I have shown before pictures and finished room pictures in earlier blogs, but here are some details. The Twig console and Rock Crystal lamps from Erika Brunson Couture Living set the elegant tone to the Dining Room. The mirror is from Baker Furniture  and the
antique French brackets from Dagmar Design.

Above is a detail from the Quadrus Studio Pluma mirror and below it a detail of one of the corbels supporting the coffered ceiling.

Photograph by Alexander Vertikoff

Above on the top is a photo of the room before I started working on it and below it, the finished look.
The hostess chair is from Erika Brunson Couture Living and side chairs from Bausman & Company. I designed the dining table for the room, manufactured by Shell Furniture, Inc., in a silver leaf finish and with an antiqued mirror top. The area rug is from Tufenkian and the mirrored obelisque from Century Furniture.

The scrolls of the white gold Regency chandelier from Panache Designs echo the scrolls of the Jeff Colson photographic C-print from Ace Gallery.  In April, Jeff received the prestigious Guggenheim award. He lives in Pasadena.

Top hat and walking cane champagne bucket holder flanked by the silk/linen fabric from Christopher Hyland
on the window treatments.

Instead of formal table settings, I decided to decorate the dining table with crystal specimen from Crystalarium and organic moss balls.

Photograph by Alexander Vertikoff

The above mixed media work is by Los Angeles artist Lawrence Carroll, also from Ace Gallery.

I always enjoy participating in the Pasadena Showcase House, but this year was my favorite. The dark coffered ceiling, even though quite beautiful, posed quite a challenge however, with the dark floor and doors. By using reflective surfaces, such as antiqued mirrors and silver leaf, I feel that I accomplished my my goal of lightening the room, but still respecting the original architecture.

I am very grateful to my generous resources, whose help makes my task possible, and of course to the Pasadena Showcase committee.

All photographs unless otherwise noted by Karina Oldemans