20th Annual Distinctive Homes Tour

20th Annual Distinctive Homes Tour (formerly Kitchens & Interiors Tour)  by ASID Pasadena Chapter Features Homes Designed for Real Living

1920’s California Spanish home in San Marino by Ross Farrell Design. The living room takes center stage with a mix of contemporary, ethnic and antique furnishings. Dramatic use of color combined with lush fabrics throughout set the stage for posh living and a stained glass arch in the sunroom is a must see!

At LA Splash Magazine we were honored again to be invited to the pre tour of the 'Annual Distinctive Homes Tour' .  This year,  six distinctive homes throughout the greater Pasadena area, had been professionally designed for 'real living' by ASID designers. The tour will go on public display for two days' Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, 2006. We found the tour, as always to be very inspiring, giving us great ideas and a greater appreciation of what we could learn to use in our homes. We are even planning on getting bids from some of the talented designers when we remodel our home later this year! I very highly recommend you go to this tour if you have any interest or appreciation of home architecture, you will be exposed to many ideas and much talent, ideas you can use in your own homes, now or in the future. The general admission for the festival is only $35 on the day of the event, or $30 for advance purchase via phone order: (800) 237-2634 or online: www.asidpasadena.org. Tickets include a map and the address of each home on the tour.

1923 Colonial Revival in San Marino, renovated in 2004 by Christine Santana of Santana Interiors (shown in kitchen), displays an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings in a grand manor. A state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen is the highlight of this renovation. It includes a full sub-zero commercial style refrigerator and freezer, butler’s pantry, separate prep area, custom copper farmhouse sink and every convenience imaginable

What makes the ASID Distinctive Homes Tour unique is that unlike showcase homes, the homes are inhabited and were specifically designed' some through new construction and extensive remodeling' with real living in mind. Each of the homes has been transformed with the use of color, furnishings, drapery treatments, art and accessories to accommodate the homeowners' lifestyle needs. Real Living requires beautiful, serene spaces for family, pets, hobbies, entertaining, leisure time and even working from home.

A charming “couples” home in Pasadena built in the 60p’s and remodeled by Diane Bedford of Bridge Design studio includes a soft colors, an extensive art collection, elegant draperies and romantic landscaping by James Yoch

During the weekend festival, October 7 & 8, the public will enjoy self-guided tours where they will meet the designers and be inspired by practical ideas for their own homes; shoppers will peruse a large outdoor garden marketplace of boutiques and 'secret designer sources' tabletop displays; design aficionados can hear about the latest trends in home decor from on-site designer lectures; and for dining throughout the weekend, restaurants recommended for the tour include the Ritz Carlton and Gale's in Pasadena, Mike & Anne's and Nicole's in South Pasadena, Julienne in San Marino, and Dish in La Canada, (maps and location information will be provided to tour participants).  

A Victorian Normandy revival home in Pasadena transformed by Greg Parker of Parker/West Interiors into a modern Arts and Crafts marvel featuring custom furniture, newly added guest house, gardens, pool and river rock landscaping

'The Tour has always been an excellent way for designers to showcase their talents,' says Kathleen Formanack, ASID Pasadena Chapter President, 2006.  'But this year it's more about getting creative with the spaces ' letting the homeowners' personalities and lifestyle needs set the tone without sacrificing good design,' says Formanack.

This year's self-guided tour features six homes selected by committee, each with signature features and a special set of design challenges.  The homes include a 1920 California Spanish home and 1923 Colonial Revival Home in San Marino; a 2003 Georgian Colonial home in La Canada; and a 1907 Victorian Normandy Revival home, a 1924 English Cross Timber, and a 1960 Mid-century Traditional home in Pasadena. Featured designers are: Christine Santana, Santana Interiors; Diane Bedford, Bridge Design Studio; Ross Farrell, Ross Farrell Design; Robin Dorman, Design Concepts, Greg Parker, Parker West Interiors; and Carla Quinn with the design team of David Reaume Construction & Design.

An elegant 7,500 sq. ft. Georgian Colonial nestled in the heart of La Canada-Flintridge. Designed by Robin Dorman of Design Concepts. This home features dramatic yet practical interiors for family and formal entertaining

The prestigious Pasadena Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has offered its own take on the tour for 20 years. What started in 1986 as a 'Kitchen Tour' expanded by popular demand in 1995 to include interiors. This year, the public will also have an additional day to view and enjoy the tour, shop boutiques and experience the charm of Pasadena. For more information on the ASID Distinctive Homes Tour, please call Ross Farrell (626) 403-6522 or Shirli Yazaki (626) 477-5370.

All photos by Lawrence Davis

An English cross-timber home in Pasadena, neighbors the Ritz Carlton, and features a master suite wing, custom kitchen, laundry, breakfast room, attached den, mud room, and custom-tiled bathrooms. Warm woods, stone fireplace and custom detailing evoke an old world English country style. The home is surrounded by lush park-like grounds with lily ponds and rose beds


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