Design Inspiration

15 Feb 2017

Design Inspiration February 2017: Design Transformation of a Historic Home

The interior design team at Designs of the Interior had the honor of renovating the Grand Salon in a 1918 Mission Revival mansion, as part of the 2016 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. We wanted to respect the historical elements of the home decor, but transform the cavernous, ill-lit, uninviting space into a comfortable room with the style demanded by today’s design client.

Architectural Elements for Interior Design

To preserve the architectural elements of craftsmanship and materials, irreplaceable rare walnut wainscoting was updated by subtly changing its mottled, reddish finish to warm, cocoa tones. The original perimeter ceiling molding was widened to a more impactful width, to encompass new recessed lighting for a more inviting, cheerful mood. The crowning touch was our bronze and hand blown glass chandelier from Portugal.

Historic Home Decor

Design Inspiration

Custom window treatments shimmer with crystals on the pleats and hang on acrylic hardware to brightened the room and softened the copious wainscoting. Our custom furnishings created separate vignettes to accommodate any size gathering with inviting comfort. We designed a vast, 12’ sofa with a partially lowered back, to avoid blocking the window, with two iron cocktail tables with floating glass tops. Tete-a-tete chairs with a tufted ottoman made conversation in front of the fireplace a pleasure. Our partners’ writing desk with sleek nickel details, flanked with custom upholstered chairs and bold, contemporary art created a chic work space. Lastly, a sofa with wooden base, with a mid-century modern walnut coffee table and antique side tables, made an impactful statement. A massive, custom-cut wool rug grounded the space and dramatically softened sound.


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