Saturday, February 4, 2012


Pasadena Showcase House 2012 is on its way! The house is a 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival, by John Winford Byers, a self-trained Santa Monica architect and builder. On June 26, 1927, the Los Angeles Times described the house as "a sixteen -room villa...which will grace an estate site of approximately two acres."

I am very excited having been selected to design the Dining Room, shown above, in it's "before" condition. The room is 15' by 20' and has many interesting original architectural features which I will retain, such as the beautiful coffered ceiling.

The rendering above, by Alex Dorfman, shows how I will be transforming the space. The two side windows are quite short, to elongate them I am adding a valance above each window to stretch them visually. The room is also somewhat dark, so I am using reflecting surfaces, for instance I designed the dining table with an antiqued mirrored glass top to reflect the light from the chandelier.

The house is called "Casa de las Puertas", House of the Doors. There are indeed many unique doors, starting with the front door, above.

Another view of the Dining Room, showing the beautiful arched doors, detail below.

Detail of the ceiling corbel.

I will keep updating the progress of the transformation of the room. The Pasadena Showcase House will be open to the public from April 15 through May 13, 2012.

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