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Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2014

Walker Zanger is happy to be participating in the 50th Anniversary of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design this year. We have been a participating vendor for the Pasadena Showcase House of Design for more than 20 years, and look forward to working with some of the best designers in Los Angeles each year as they transform a residence in the Pasadena area into a magnificent show piece.

This year’s Showcase House, known as the Flint House, was originally built for Robert Philip Flint and his wife Margaret Gray Flint, in 1915, in the English Arts and Crafts style.   In 1915, the 8,200 square-foot house featured 17 rooms and was built at a cost of $28,000.  Today, the house features seven bedrooms, including a nursery, a nanny’s room and a traveler’s suite, ten baths, five fireplaces, a media room, oak floors, redwood wall paneling, and floor to ceiling leaded glass windows.  The 3.5 acre wooded grounds feature 300 trees, a lily pond, a river-rock artesian spring house, a variety of lovely gardens, a pool and dressing rooms with fire pit, a greenhouse, a gardener’s potting shed and an outdoor kitchen.   In addition, there is a chauffeur’s suite complete with sitting area and kitchenette located above the carriage house.

Organizers expect over 35,000 people to tour the Showcase House this year, making it the most popular of its kind in the country.

Below are details and photographs of the rooms that we supplied material for.  We think the spaces turned out just great!

Carriage House

The carriage house interior rooms were designed by Dona Dockendorf of Tocco Finale. They feature products from our Jet Set, Rue Pierre, Duquesa and AnTeak collections.



Detail of the weathered patina of the reclaimed  AnTeak Large Herringbone in Coffee



The kitchen backsplash features our new Duquesa hand-painted tile collection, in the Fatima Pattern.


The shower wall tile is Jet Set Starlet in Caffe Bruno and floor pattern is Jet Set Lounge in Cafe Bruno.

The shower wall tile is Jet Set Starlet in Caffe Bruno and floor pattern is Jet Set Lounge in Cafe Bruno. The Marble flooring and walls are Rue Pierre Blanc 12″x18″ tiles and the moldings were fabricated from Bianco Bello marble slabs.


Master Bathroom

The master bath is part of the Master Suite Wing, which was designed by Designs of the Interior (Genaro Lagdameo and Karen Shoener).  Featuring our just launched Tangent Collection, this space is a both dramatic and serene, a place where we would definitely love to start the day!


Tangent Collection patterns in this space are: Floor – Astral Nights, Shower – Zephyr, and the Tub Wall – Apex.



Tangent’s Astral Nights pattern adds repeating drama to the floor.



The shower is punctuated by a beautiful stripe of Cafe Bruno Marble.



The shower wall features Tangent “Zephyr” in Calacata.


Pool Dressing Rooms

The pool dressing rooms were designed by Robert Frank of Robert Frank Design. The design showcases products from our Shift and 6th Avenue collections to help create an airy and welcoming space.


The floor is Shift Collection White Stripe Mosaic, which is comprised of multiple stone textures.

The floor is Shift Collection White Stripe Mosaic, which is comprised of multiple stone textures.



If you live in the Los Angeles area, we strongly recommend that you visit this year’s beautiful show house, which is  open through May 11, 2014. For more information, check out www.pasadenashowcase.org.

To see more of the products featured, click here: Tangent, AnTeak, Jet Set, Rue Pierre, Shift, 6th Avenue.




Master Class in Master Bath Design

We always really enjoy working with Interior Designers on Showcase Houses, because it gives everyone involved a chance to pull out all the stops and create spaces that are showstoppers (pun intended).  I’d like to share one such great space that Walker Zanger recently worked on, the Master Bathroom of the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design . Created by Kathryne Designs, it is the highlight of a beautiful Spanish Style Villa in  La Canada, a wealthy suburb tucked into oak covered foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, a dozen or so miles east of downtown LA.  Beside being gorgeous, this space also a great example of how to work within an existing room footprint of  an older home, to create a space that is luxurious and  spacious.


Exterior of the home.

Kathryne Dahlman created a beautiful space combining several different patterns of Ceramic Tile and Mosaic against clean crisp background of white venetian plaster. The Moroccan Pattern above the vanity  references the Spanish them of the house, while the White and Brown Marble Octagon and Dot of the mosaic floor brings a classic traditional style into the mix.  The overall pallet of taupe, brown, white and silver lends a crisp contemporary edge to the design.

Vibe Morrocan Mosaic in Suede and Studio Moderne Regency Mosaic in Calacata and Cafe Bruno are featured.


Located on the second floor, the bathroom has east facing windows that bathe the space in clear morning light.


The vanity counters feature  Sequoia Brown, an amazing new marble  from Walker Zanger.  Notice the “leather” finish on the stone, which gives the surface a soft texture that feels amazing.  This would be a wonderful place to start you day!


Tuileries Collection Brick in Blanc, Arabesque Field in Blanc, Fedora and Choclocate. Floor is Studio Moderne Regency Mosiac in Calacata and Cafe Bruno.

The luxury continues with the generously proportioned shower highlighted by Tuileries Handmade Tiles in a brick pattern and a feature wall of  the Moroccan inspired Arabesque tile  in a blend of colors. I especially love the dark “Chocolate,” which looks good enough to eat!

Tuileries Collection Arabesque Field in Blanc, Fedora and Chocolate


In this close up of the ArabesqueTiles,  you can really appreciate the beautiful, soft undulation of the handmade surface.  The tiles literally comes to life as the reflections of light play across the brilliant, shiny glazes.  This is the result of an intensive handmade production process, in which each tile is rubbed by hand, creating an uneven surface that allows the glaze to pool in  wonderfully random ways, making each tile  a unique piece of ceramic art.


Vibe Moroccan Mosaic in Suede.

This parting shot shows the detail in the crackle surface of the Vibe Morrocan Mosaic.   I love how Kathryne Designs chose the stark white grout for this pattern, a daring choice, but one that ties in nicely to the white plaster, wall tiles and white marble on the floor.

Bravo to Kathryne Designs for creating such a lovely space! Walker Zanger was thrilled to be part of it and we are already looking forward to next year’s  Pasadena Showcase House.

All photos by Stuart Watson

All photo images and text are the property of Walker Zanger. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission. You are welcome to repost. copyright 2014.

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