ASID Fall Home Tour This Weekend Beckons Your Inner Interior Designer

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By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor

4:33 pm | October 5, 2018

Whether your tastes in interior design run from the functional to the truly fabulous, the Pasadena Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Fall Home Tour has a tour this weekend that may be perfect for you.

According to the ASID, the typical home tour has changed due to changes in technology and people’s ability to conduct research themselves. The upcoming tour will provide an opportunity to make face-to-face contacts, and meet the vendors that traditional interior designers used to keep secret.

The one-day, semi-guided house and garden tour on October 7, features three private distinguished houses and their accompanying gardens, and puts a spotlight on Pasadena’s varied architecture and interior design. The tour will also feature designers Jennifer Bevan, Rozalynn Woods, and Christine Santana.

As Susan Sawasy, president-elect for Pasadena’s ASID Chapter, describes the afternoon: “You go through the houses, and you’ll have the opportunity to see some samples of construction work. There’ll be contractors and such there and it’s a way to answer the question, ‘How do you go about finding the professionals that you want to work with on your project?’”

The semi-guided tour will give design enthusiasts a glimpse into Pasadena’s rich culture, showcasing three diverse home and garden styles. As a personal take on a designer showcase house, this tour takes guests inside real properties throughout Pasadena and South Pasadena. In addition, a pop-up market dubbed “First Stop,” will feature local shops, food trucks, designers’ vendors, and free design consultations.

Highlighting the intimate nature of the tour, Sawasy added, “We’re showing both sides of the apple, so to speak, and I think a lot of people are going to home tours and all of that, because they’ve got projects in them, and they’re afraid of the scope, they’re afraid of how much money it’s going to cost them. And the more of that that we put to bed, the more realistic your project becomes.”

As Sawasy explains the tour homes further, “The homes are all very different, which was very important for us. We felt that you need to have a house that’s a little bit out of most of our reach to make it kind of exciting. And so we ended up with these three different styles that couldn’t be more different.

“One house is almost a Midcentury,” Sawasy continued. “It’s kind of a primitive modern. So it very much takes advantage of that indoor-outdoor (feel) with walls that just disappear. The walls of glass just go away and you’d walk into a little forest of ancient oak, so it’s a very creative use of space.”

The tour also features a home designed by noted Southern California designer Wallace Neff, considered by many to be largely responsible for developing the region’s distinct architectural style known as “California” style. He drew heavily from the architectural styles of both Spain and the Mediterranean and gained recognition from a number of celebrity commissions, notably Pickfair, the elaborate Hollywood home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.

“It’s a home that on a major estate property,” said Sawasy. “And the owner, Jennifer Bevin, is opening her home to the tour, which is really fabulous. And this is, a house that just decorated to the nines. Everything is in place. It’s elegant. It’s over the top. It’s what we all want. It’s very fragile looking interior. Very, very beautiful formal gardens.”

The third house, explains Sawasy, is on La Loma Road and is a house that’s owned by a couple who have working with the same designer, Christine Santana, for 15 years.

Said Sawasy, “It really shows the evolution of their relationship. They started out 15, 20 years ago and now they’ve evolved and they’ve added onto the front of the house and it’s really quite an estate, and it’s a lot more fun. It’s kind of like Las Vegas and the South. It’s sort of ‘Tara goes to Las Vegas.’ It’s super colorful, very innovative and really large. It’s over 10,000 square feet.”

Added Sawasy, “So you have this kind of mansion that they end the tour with, with a lot of color. The couple is heavily connected to USC,” said Sawasy. “They do a lot of fundraising there, and so the house is just perfect for those types of parties.”

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Fall Home Tour takes place Sunday, October 07, 2018. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Your first stop is at 1020 El Centro Street in to catch the shuttle to see these beautiful homes and the designers that created them. For more information call (626) 795-6898 or visit