ASID 19th Annual Kitchens & Interiors Tour

Photo by Paul Yalnezian

Five state-of-the-art kitchens throughout {Pasadena and San Marino go on public display for one day-Sunday, October 9, 2005-during the 19th Annual Pasadena Kitchens & Interiors Tour.

Photo by Paul Yalnezian

Photo by Paul Yalnezian

The tour started in 1986 as a "Celebration of Kitchens," and was expanded by popular demand in 1995. "The kitchen is usually the first room a homeowner wants to remodel," explains Christine Santana, president of the prestigious Pasadena Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). "The Kitchen Tour has been an excellent way for our designers to showcase their talents."

Photo by Paul Yalnezian

Photo by Paul Yalnezian

It is also a good way for the public to see design trends and get ideas-for more than just kitchens. According to the National Association of Home Builders, people view housing as a good place to put their money because of low interest rates and solid house-price performance. A well-planned and executed improvement can add thousands of dollars to a home's appraised value, and anywhere from 80-100% of the cost can be recouped at sale. It is no wonder that kitchens, bathrooms and family rooms are getting overhauled one-third faster than a decade ago.

Designers Jessica Cooley & Lee Mink Barr - Photo by Paul Yalnezian

Photo by Paul Yalnezian

This year's self-guided ASID tour features five unique homes throughout Pasadena and San Marino (all within a nine-mile radius). Their architecture spans the first half of the 20th century, with 21st century interiors professionally designed by experienced ASID designers. The homes, which were selected by a committee, include Lion House, a 1926 French Normandy-style home in Pasadena designed by George B. Brigham, Jr.; an Alfred E. Freeman/Wallace Neff designed 1929 Italian Revival Estate in Pasadena; a 1932 Spanish Revival home in San Marino; and two diverse Pasadena ranch homes (1941 and 1953). Featured designers are: Jennifer Bevan-Montoya (Jennifer Bevan Interiors, Inc), Michele Hughes Hayes (Michele Hughes Designs); and Lori Sitz-Teacher (L. Teacher & Associates).

Photo by Paul Yalnezian

Photo by Lawrence Davis

What makes the ASID Kitchens & Interiors Tour unique is that the homes are inhabited. "These aren't showcase houses," explains event chair Shirli Yazaki. "Real people live here and the spaces were designed for specific needs. The designers had to take into account existing possessions."

Designer Janie Fain - Photo by Lawrence Davis

Photo by Paul Yalnezian

"These homes represent successful cooperation and communication between designers and their clients," says co-chair Celeste Day-Drake. "The tour gives the public a chance to meet different ASID designers and talk to them about trends and design challenges."

Photo by Lawrence Davis

Designer Jennifer Bevan-Montoya and Associate - Photo by Paul Yalnezian

Shopping for treasures is and added benefit of the tour. Nineteen retail design boutiques will be featured on the street outside one of the homes.

Photo by Lawrence Davis

Photo by Paul Yalnezian

Tickets to the 2005 ASID Kitchen & Interior Tour -- $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour -are available by calling 800.237.2634. All proceeds benefit the Pasadena chapter of ASID. Tickets are also available at Anthony's Art & Frames, 2466 Huntington Drive, San Marino 626.614.8340; Carousel Custom Floors, 676 E. Green Street, Pasadena 626.795.8085; Contessa, 380 S. Lake Avenue, Arcadia 626.446.0450; and Pzazz Beauty Salon, 840 Foothill Blvd., La Canada 818.790.1334.

Visit www.asidpasadena.org for more information. Tickets for the self-guided tour, which goes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will include a map and the address of each home on the tour.

Photo by Lawrence Davis

Designer Lori Sitz - Photo by Lawrence Davis

The Platinum sponsor of the 2005 ASID Kitchen & Interior Tour is Wells Fargo. Sterling sponsors are Caesarstone Quartz Surfaces; Dunn Edwards; and Wickwire, Gavin, LLP. Gold sponsors to date include Bang & Olufsen; California Kitchens, Inc.; Danmer Custom Shutters; Foothill Tile & Stone; George's Pipe & supply; Kravet/Lee Jopfa; Pasadena Lighting, and Sewelson's carpets International.

Designer Michele Hughes - Photo by Lawrence Davis

A non-profit organization, ASID is the design profession's oldest and largest association, with members qualified by education, testing and experience. The ASID Pasadena Chapter, formed in 1964, has a history of community involvement in its quest to be the definitive resource for professional education and knowledge sharing. Its mission is to define excellence in the practice of interior design; to improve the value of the profession to the public and to work for a favorable environment for members' right to practice interior design.

For more information on the 2005 ASID Kitchen & Interior Tour, call Shirli Yazaki 818.621.1041.

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