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Dina Bandman Does It Again

If the name Dina Bandman sounds familiar, it’s because I featured a laundry room she designed for last year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase House. With showhouse season currently in full swing across the country, one of my favorite rooms from this year’s San Francisco showcase house is yet another room by Dina Bandman: a nursery affectionately known as “Lemondrop Lullaby”. Her inspiration was drawn from the lemon trees of California. It’s a sophisticated twist on traditional nursery design and is a welcome deviation from traditional pink and blue. With a little alteration, this space could easily be converted into a grown-up space. Let’s take a look at the details…

From concept…

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To reality…

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The wallpaper is handpainted and sequined by famed wallpaper house, de Gournay. In conjunction with Dina Bandmand, this new beading technique is something de Gournay introduced at this year’s showhouse. Their wallpaper is nothing short of a work of art. Not surprisingly, their wallpaper is pricely but I’ve been hoping to one day find a panel, just one panel of wallpaper, that I could frame and hang on display.

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I’ve been seeing a lot of lattice as wall treatment lately. Here it’s used on the ceiling and is a playful touch to the “fifth wall”.

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The closet doors were originally a solid panel. A bit of molding, mirror, and great door hardware create a custom look that even the novice DIY’er can tackle. However, in this case, California Closets came to the rescue.

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If you want to visit the San Francisco Decorator Showcase House you can purchase tickets here. It would be another great excuse to visit San Francisco. But, hurry…you can only tour the house now through May 28, 2018.

If you are curious about the vendors Dina Bandman used to create this space then check out this post on Dina Bandman’s website.

Images via Dina Bandman by photographer Christopher Stark, de Gournay,

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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.


Each year I attend the Pasadena Showcase House of Design in Southern California with my mother. It has turned into our Mother’s Day tradition and this year will be no different. After all, isn’t spending time with those you love really the best gift of all! It is a wonderful “girls day out” and touring the home and gardens as well as eating and shopping on the Showcase grounds always makes for a lovely day. If you’re looking for something to do on Mother’s Day how about purchasing tickets and starting your very own tradition! If you already have plans, be sure to stop by between now and May 15, 2016 to check out the beautiful estate for yourself. I look forward to visiting in person because photos just never to the real thing justice!

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This year, we will be revisiting a Mission Revival estate that exudes stately elegance and pervades a sense of early California style. “Thought” to be designed by Myron Hunt for restaurateur Leon C. Riggs, and once known as Dryborough Hall, this glamorous home has maintained a good state of preservation since it was built in 1918 and has contributed to the architectural and historical context of La Cañada Flintridge. The main residence boasts 16,000 square feet and is complemented by a 2,032 square foot guest house. Situated on a 2-acre property, the estate includes mature trees, an outdoor barbecue area, pool and spa, and several gardens. Another essential part of Showcase is visiting The Shops at Showcase and dining at The Restaurant, (this year, it’s called The Berkshire) or grabbing a drink at the Saffron Lounge.

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This year Pasadena Showcase House of Design celebrates its 52nd year. This fundraising event is visited by approximately 30,000 guests annually and helps support various community music and art programs. Be sure to visit by May 15, 2016 and make it an annual tradition just like I have! Tickets are available here.

Images and quote courtesy of Pasadena Showcase House for the ArtsImages 6, 8, and 10 via Pasadena Star News.


Pasadena Showcase House 2015: The Writers Room

I have made it tradition to tour the Pasadena Showcase House each year. The homes selected and the designer updates never seem to disappoint. This year one of my favorite rooms was designed by Robert Frank Design of San Marino, California. It was probably one of the smallest rooms in this 9,600 square foot home (plus a 2,600 carriage house) but it was one that was most memorable to me. I think one of the many reasons I connected with it was because of its serene ocean vibe and the coziness of the space.

“Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s oceanside villa, we created a timeless design that is both beautiful and comfortable. Serving double duty as a home office and guest room, this space also offers a peaceful retreat.” 

I think Robert Frank did an exquisite job of capturing the essence of a seaside retreat by incorporating a crisp white, navy, and citron.  The floral fabric used for the draperies is known as “Alexander Indigo” and is available through Calico Corners.  A good testament to the fact that many wonderful interior design resources are available to the general public!

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Fabric detail. Yardage is available to the public through Calico Corners.

Photos via houzz, Cozy Stylish Chic and Calico Corners