Old but re­newed Tu­dor

The first thing vis­i­tors will no­tice upon en­ter­ing the lat­est Pasadena Show­case House of De­sign is a his­toric fire­place framed by emer­ald green tile. The bril­liant wall bright­ens the dark en­try­way in a dis­tinctly mod­ern way, yet the Grueby tile is orig­ina

Los Angeles Times - - SATURDAY - BY LISA BOONE lisa.boone@la­times.com Twit­ter: @lis­a­boone19

This union of old and new res­onates through­out the rooms of the 1910 Tu­dor es­tate, where 26 de­sign­ers have trans­formed the in­te­ri­ors and land­scape, touch­ing on ev­ery­thing from industrial in­spired dé­cor to rustic Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern de­signs.

The Eliot House, which opens Sun­day, was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Fer­nand Par­men­tier. The 9,400-square-foot English Tu­dor home fea­tures many Arts and Crafts touches, in­clud­ing Hon­duras ma­hogany beams and mold­ings and el­e­gant cast plas­ter ceil­ings. The home’s Crafts­man in­flu­ences are re­flected in con­tem­po­rary ways, such as the sub­way tile de­signed by ar­chi­tect Robert A.M. Stern for Walker Zanger in the bright new kitchen and clas­sic mo­saic floor tile in the mas­ter bath­room in a turn-of-the-cen­tury pat­tern.

As al­ways, there are light­hearted and un­ex­pected touches. In the boy’s suite, Nancy Del Santo and Don Bo­line de­signed an en­gag­ing suspended bed with a 15-year-old in mind. The de­sign­ers said the room is in­spired by the re­cent book “Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page” and in­cludes an industrial pa­per-cut­ter ta­ble (which has wisely been welded shut) and large adapt­able bed cush­ions that can be used as a head­board against the wall or as floor cush­ions to cre­ate an im­pro­vised mat­tress.

Show houses are a venue for de­sign­ers to show off and have fun, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t take­aways for home­own­ers. In the fam­ily room, Stephanie Laney in­stalled 3-D com­pos­ite pan­els on the ceil­ing to give the room a feel­ing of “con­stant move­ment.” In the 2,600-square­foot car­riage house, orig­i­nally home to the es­tate’s coach­man and chauf­feur, L2 In­te­ri­ors placed high-end-look­ing industrial light­ing in the guest bed­room and bath — sourced from Lamps Plus. Also in the car­riage house, or­ganic wood de­signs from G.H. Wood De­sign — in­clud­ing a wal­nut van­ity, a pal­ette dining room ta­ble built from an ex­ist­ing hutch, re­claimed wood shelves in the kitchen and a ping­pong ta­ble com­posed of ex­otic woods — are some­thing of a sur­prise.

Even when the de­signs are over the top, they’re fun. What 5year-old girl wouldn’t want to in­habit Gail Sedigh’s young girl’s suite? The room is a girl­ish fan­tasy with a lilac silk vel­vet up­hol­stered Josephine Em­pire bed, linen-lined walls, a Mu­rano glass bath­room mir­ror and a pair of chan­de­liers in the closet.

Pho­to­graphs by Wally Skalij Los An­ge­les Times

IN A LIVING ROOM at the Pasadena Show­case House of De­sign, 3-D pan­els were in­stalled on the ceil­ing to give the room move­ment.

THE KITCHEN in the prop­erty’s 2,600-square-foot car­riage house fea­tures vivid blue walls, re­claimed wood shelves from G.H. Wood De­sign and the home’s orig­i­nal Heart­land stove.

A HOME OF­FICE in the English Tu­dor fea­tures tex­tu­ral grass­cloth wall­cov­er­ings, sea­grass f loor­ing and a built-in daybed.

VIS­I­TORS WILL BE greeted by a his­toric fire­place framed by emer­ald green Grueby tile, which is orig­i­nal to the house.

IN THE BOY’S SUITE, a suspended bed with adapt­able bed cush­ions, right, was de­signed with a 15-year-old in mind.

THE DE­SIGN­ERS cre­ated a sim­ple, in­ex­pen­sive lamp with help from an an­tique jug.

THE BED­SIDE TA­BLE in the guest bed­room evokes an­other time pe­riod.

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