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Monday, July 30, 2012

Casita Style


Although Casa de las Puertas, or the House of Doors estate featured as this year's Pasadena Showcase House was a triumph of style and design, in many ways, it was the charming, eclectic decor of the property's adjacent guest house, or Casita, that stole my heart.

Designed by Mark Cutler and Alexis Roohani, of Mark Cutler Design, the team focused on the "luxury of simplicity" to create a four-room suite that merged traditional and modern elements in unexpected ways. 

In a nutshell, it looked like a cool place to stay and the only flaw I could see was the potential problem of getting the guests to leave...


 Turquoise painted floors throughout the Casita served to unify the rooms and make the space appear larger. The bold, orange sliding barn door by JW Custom Woodworks offers a clever solution for privacy without sacrificing space and style.

I also loved the artwork the team chose for the suite and how it influenced the creative color palette throughout. Cutler and Roohani describe the look as capturing "the feeling of early California and the curated eye of a collector."


The main bedroom features a vintage bobbin bed flanked by mismatched bedside tables and an industrial inspired desk (pictured above) made from aged iron and antique wood.


In the second bedroom, a hand-forged iron and glass screen by artist Philip Nimmo provides the focal point for a room loaded with personality.

And check out the night table that looks as though it has been re-purposed from the garden...great idea!

In fact, I found several ideas that would work in real life whether one owns their own multi-million dollar estate or not: a large artist's easel held the flat screen TV, mis-matched prints and patterns worked as long as the colors were complementary, supporting local artists is always a good idea, and mixing vintage with modern is not only possible -it's brilliant. Homey, updated, chic and comfortable.

Flowers by Harumi Design.

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