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Pasadena Showcase House of Design

Spring always seems to be a busy time of year and that’s particularly true for the design industry. The internet is currently all the buzz with coverage of various different showcase house events across the country but given that I live in Southern California I admit to being partial to the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design. This year marks the 54th annual Pasadena Showcase House which makes it one of the country’s oldest and largest showcase house events. I was invited to attend the press preview but was really disappointed that I couldn’t attend. The upside is that when I visit with my mother on Mother’s Day (our annual tradition), it will be great seeing the house and grounds for the first time with fresh eyes. If you haven’t bought your own mom a gift yet for Mother’s Day, this would be a fun event to take her to. Plus, Mom will probably appreciate you spending time with her more than a bouquet of flowers (although flowers are always a good idea!). The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is open to the public from now through May 20, 2018. It’s a great way to spend a day out while supporting the arts. If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you can purchase them here.

Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s house, a beautiful 11,000 square foot home built in 1915 that’s decked out in modern flair, which is something very different than from year’s past. There’s also a guest house and even tree house on the property.

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Photos by Peter Christiansen Valli courtesy of the Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts and Photos via Pasadena Star-News and Visit Pasadena.

Inside the home of Joshua Schulman, President & CEO of Coach

I remember receiving my first Coach purse about 20 years ago. It was gifted to me from a group of coworkers as a going away gift after quitting my job. It was chocolate brown with brass hardware. I was a mere intern and the staff’s generosity made an impression on me. I used it throughout that entire summer. It’s funny how you never forget some things.

And speaking of Coach…in June 2017 Joshua Schulman is named the new President and CEO of the company. He comes with quite an impressive resume including stints at Bergdorf Goodman, Jimmy Choo, Gap, Gucci, and Yves St. Laurent. Three years ago he and his spouse Jim Conley, formerly with YouTube, moved to a traditional townhouse near Gramercy Park in New York. The home has a humble vibe to it and offers modern simplicity designed with many vintage pieces from notable furniture designers. There are quite a few leather pieces in the home which seem completely appropriate for an executive at a venerable U.S. fashion firm that originally started as leather goods company.

Joshua Schulman (left) and Jim Conley (right) at their New York townhome.

all images via Architectural Digest

The Malibu Home designed by Scott Mitchell Studio and Denise Kuriger

I was thrilled to read on Interior Designer Denise Kuriger’s Instagram that EST Magazine recently published pictures of the home she designed along with architects Scott Mitchell Studio in Malibu, California. This Malibu, Calfornia property is one of my favorites and if it looks familiar it may be because: (1) I previously visited the home and shared aspects of it here, here and here; or (2) you may have seen it highlighted in Nocturnal Animals, the film written and directed by Tom Ford that was released last year. I never get enough of this beautiful home and I am glad to see there are some additional photos in the magazine that I haven’t shared before. Let me lead you on a proper tour…follow me, please.

As you pull off Pacific Coast Highway, the driveway curves and you enter the property through this main entrance. The focal point of this area is a stunning waterfall feature straight ahead. denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 13 Take a right at the waterfall and go down a couple of stairs to reach the front door. rappaport malibu home denise kuriger scott mitchell studioA large entry table greets you as you enter the main entrance to the home.  denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 1This is another view of the entry table as you continue to walk into the home. When I was at the property this table was set up with the most wonderful sweet champagne to greet guests as they arrived and held goodie bags for people to take as they departed. The opening in the wall to the left is the expansive kitchen. We’ll get to that in a minute…
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Continue straight and you enter a comfortable seating area. I was intrigued at how the television was suspended from the ceiling by a custom metal bracket. There is a patio area immediately outside to the right of the photo and a dining area to the left of the photo.  denise-kuriger-design-malibu-houseThe dining area has seating to accommodate 10, but this particular area doesn’t feel as grand as many of the other spaces in the house and it isn’t its own dedicated room. It’s a space tucked between the corridor that runs the length of the home and the adjacent seating area. At the event I attended, the dining table was actually used as tasting area to try various Italian cheeses.denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 4The large kitchen is situated directly across from the dining area. To give you a better perspective of its location, the picture above is taken from the entrance into the kitchen.  denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 3Let’s go back to that entry table (photo 3). This time, take a right and you will enter into the main living room of the home. The windows on the left look out onto beautiful exterior views. The windows to the right look out onto the garden areas facing the driveway. denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 6The house is very linear and in the main areas you pass through one room to get to the next. One of the wonderful things about the design of the house is that it takes full advantage of the views so there are lots of windows to frame the beautiful yard, gorgeous pool, and the Pacific Ocean beyond. I highlighted those areas this post.denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 7If you continue walking straight ahead you will ultimately head into the master bedroom suite. The bed faces the garden and ocean and I can imagine what a wonderful feeling it would be to wake up to such stunning views. Walk through the doorway to the right of the fireplace and you enter the master bathroom.
denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 11I love a great bathroom so naturally, this master bathroom was one of my favorite rooms of the house. The deep soaking tub, fabulous shower and a vanity that goes on for miles are wonderful features of the space. The shower, just behind the tub, is as large as a room and walk in closets are accessible from the bathroom through the doors on the right beyond the expansive vanity.
denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 10Let’s venture downstairs now, shall we? Watch your step! Take a right at the bottom of the stairs and you enter the media lounge. Take a left and you enter the game room. The gallery of artwork you see on the wall are actually frames albums in the game room.
scott mitchell studio malibu houseThis is another view of the game room. This room has everything you need for a fun time entertaining a group of friends: pool table, chess table, bar, refrigerator, and wine chillers. Another fun thing about this room was looking at all the sports memorabilia and personal photographs on the bookshelves in this space. To the far left of the picture off a short hallway is a powder room.

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denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 8Venture outside and you will find some beautiful spots tucked away, including this intimate seating area next to one of two fireplaces located outdoors. denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 12This is the backside of the house facing the yard, pool, and ocean. The patio is a great area for entertaining.
denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 9There you have it, another look inside the beautiful Malibu home photographed by Steve Shaw. Hopefully, I was a great tour guide and you loved your virtual visit to this beautiful Malibu home. Tips $$$ not required, but always appreciated…ha!

Photos via Est Magazine, Denise Kuriger, and Scott Mitchell Studio.