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Kitchen up with trends

Annual tour shows the public six homes, benefiting interior design education.

September 13, 2008|By Joyce Rudolph

Visitors can take a peek at new trends in home design and ask interior designers questions during the 22nd annual Home & Kitchen Tour on Oct. 5.

This year, six homes — two in Glendale — are on the tour, which is sponsored by the American Society of Interior Designers, Pasadena Chapter. The nonprofit is made up of members who are qualified in interior design by education, testing and experience.

The tour allows the public to talk to the designers and find out the most updated trends in kitchen and home design, said Angela Reed, interior designer and member of the society.


“For the past 22 years, the Home & Kitchen Tour has entertained and satisfied the public each year by providing them venues to showcase ASID designers’ work,” Reed said.

The total gross from last year’s tour was more than $100,000, Reed said.

A portion of the proceeds goes to scholarships for interior design students at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Downtown Los Angeles, Reed said.

“We also are involved in a community project every year,” she said. “This past year’s project was the San Marino Girl Scout headquarters. We remodeled their kitchen and the appliances were paid for by the ASID, its industry partners.”

Proceeds also go back into the society’s budget for education for current designer members, she said.

They have monthly meetings and speakers come from all over the country to talk about trends in home design.

Members have to earn educational credits to keep up their memberships.

The two Glendale residences are a 1932 Spanish bungalow designed by architect Richard Kemp, featuring designs by society member Marlene Oliphant of Marlene Oliphant Interiors, and a 1948 Georgian Colonial, with interior upgrades by society member Melinda Schmidt of Fremdling Design Group LLC.

The society also gives the most outstanding homes on the tour the Golden Key Awards for those that display excellence in design work in more than 51% of the home, Reed said. Oliphant received the award in the Bungalow category.

“Marlene Oliphant’s client’s home was selected for the Golden Key Award in part for her excellent use of color and enhancing her client’s pottery collection,” Reed said.

Oliphant coordinated the remodel of the kitchen and two baths, and updated the remaining rooms with paint, upholstery and drapery, Oliphant said.

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