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Beyond Bungalow Heaven

January 26th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

Pasadena Chapter of ASID Hosts 22nd Annual Home & Kitchen Tour

The Pasadena Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is offering a chance to tour six remodeled houses.  On Sunday, October 6, these houses will be open to the public from 9:30am to 5:30pm.  Tickets for the event go for $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event.

The houses are all local, ranging in locale from Glendale to San Marino. The tour is self-guided and includes design boutiques for shopping and a chance to win a KitchenAid 27 freestanding Superba BBQ Grill worth $1,599.  If that isn’t enough of an incentive, let’s take a brief look inside a few of the featured homes.

1962 Contemporary Home (Pasadena)

Situated all alone at the top of a high, twisting hill, this contemporary home needs it. The entire Eastern face of the house doesn’t exist.  There are no walls.  The house extends seamlessly into an open-air terrace, white and clean, with black couches strategically spotting the ground.  You may never see a house like this again; inside and out, it’s like an art gallery.  This owner– and interior designer– has collected art from seemingly every era and every civilization, from Japan to Mesopotamia.  Even a few highly modern pieces-a painting of a chickadee, beautiful still-life photographs-adorn the walls.  The stress on the house is clean, geometric lines and right angles.  All organic forms found therein are therefore the aged artwork and sculptures.  But organic materials, on the other hand, thread throughout: wood, concrete, plaster, granite, metal, glass and even faux-zebra skin.  This contemporary home is fresh and different, and, though an art gallery in its own right, it is a piece of modern art itself.

Though not reviewed here, the other three homes are also well-worth touring and admiring.  Tickets are available by calling (800) 237-2634 or going online at www.asidpasadena.org.  Tickets may also be bought at retail outlets Anthony’s Art & Frames, Cynthia Bennett & Associates, or Snyder Diamond.

1948 Georgian Colonial Home (Glendale)

This Georgian Colonial’s prim, upright facade, flanked and fronted by magnolia trees and a white columnade, gives an appropriate face to the interior.  Upon entering a red door, you will be surrounded by a world of rich, warm colors.  The entry hall, like most of the floor, is hardwood, covered only slightly by a rug.  To your left, the dining room, with red comforter chairs and a mahogany table trimmed with gold, is as inviting as it is beautiful.  Door-less entryways lead to the kitchen, living room, bar, and on up the stairs to a softer, but no less warm, palette in bathrooms, bedrooms, and a balcony overlooking the backyard.   The whole house is overflowing with framed paintings and flower arrangements, giving the appearance of a traditional-style design in keeping with the original Georgian Colonial architecture.

1932 Spanish Bungalow (Glendale)

This Spanish Bungalow is low-lying, covered by the shade of a huge tree which gives it the impression of being a demure part of the landscape.  Before entering, you will see a cleverly painted tortoise that is by no means real.  It stands guard in the rocks off to the side of the entryway.  The inside of the house reflects its Spanish roots, charmingly cluttered with Native and Southwestern collectibles, paintings, and furniture.  The owner’s personal pottery collection, replete with every color of pot imaginable, lines display cases throughout the house.  But the real star here is the kitchen, which is in the center of the home and has appliances floating around a center island; it is covered in bright blue and vivid green tile.  The accenting on the tile is equally vivid, in oranges and yellows and reds of different shade.  The colors are all bright, warm, and welcoming.  The rest of the Spanish bungalow carries on, to a lesser degree, the warm, Southwestern feel, showcased by brick and wood and-of course-the brightly-colored trim.

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