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Designers give up a home run

May 04, 2005

Joyce Rudolph

For those who love to see how others live, the Pasadena Showcase

House is the granddaddy of looky-loo heaven.

Members of the home tour's organizing committee, the Pasadena

Showcase House for the Arts, have had a lot of practice getting it

right, said this year's chairwoman, Jennifer Johnson.

"It is a much-anticipated event in the community," she said. "We

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have successfully been putting on a Showcase House for 40 years. This

is our 41st year."

And it's a win-win proposition for everyone involved, Johnson

said.

It raises funds for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and for youth

music programs, offers designers a chance to show their expertise in

the home and garden and lets the public see the most modern ideas in

home remodeling, she said.

The committee selects a different estate each year in the

Pasadena, San Marino or La Canada Flintridge areas to serve as a

backdrop for the ideas of some 30 Southern California designers.

This year's choice is a 10,000-square-foot Italian Revival-style

house constructed in 1929 in San Marino. It was designed by Wallace

Neff, who is often referred to as the architect of California's

Golden Age, Johnson said.

Having a design included in the showcase is a great marketing

opportunity for the designers, Johnson said. When working with

clients, designers stay true to the wants and needs of the homeowner.

But at Showcase House, they have an opportunity to design without any

outside influences, so it's pure designer input.

"I think we have a wonderful team of 22 interior-design teams and

12 exterior-design teams," she said.

Take the Traveler's Suite, a guest bedroom with bath, decorated by

Maria Videla-Juniel and Marcus Juniel of MV Design Group in Burbank.

The room is cast with a soothing palette of calming greens and blues

against rich chocolates. The colors are drawn into the bathroom,

which offers a serene spa feel, Johnson said.

For the space, Videla-Juniel said she wanted to create amenities

just like a five-star hotel in the middle of this lush Mediterranean

estate.

"Most of the furniture is custom made," she said. "It's done in

clean, tailored lines, which is my style. The room really reflects

what our style is all about."

On either side of the bed are nightstands in Ebony Macassar, an

exotic wood. One nightstand is round with just a top drawer, while

the other is a square chest of drawers.

"The comments we've been hearing are how cool it is to have two

different nightstands," she said, adding that they are the same

height and in the same wood.

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