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Beautifully Renovated Mid Century Home on the Market in Pasadena has Serious Interior Design and Landscape Appeal – 1580 Sierra Madre Villa

Posted on April 9, 2010

Mid Century appropriate landscaping with gorgeous views from every room

I have a feeling that this post might be unpopular with Moms everywhere.  Before you string me up with the Bjorn, follow me for a minute…

This is the best example I’ve seen of how your home should look at an Open House when the homeowner still lives in the home, and has a child and nursery.  It doesn’t hurt that the homeowner is a talented Interior Designer herself, using classy materials like Kitchen Aid appliances, Bisazza Tile, Kohler fixtures, and some knockout Osborne and Little custom wall coverings.  It still reads like a How-To primer for anyone showing a home in the current market conditions: Well designed, de-cluttered, impeccably landscaped, and while displaying an artistic personality – it’s still easy to see how a new owner might live/work/use the space.

Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

Offset concrete pads with California native plants add character without consuming a ton of water

The walkway, driveway, fountain, and entry to the home give you an idea of what you might expect when you walk through the door – but it’s still a pleasant surprise to see the foxy entry bench and accent wall.

Did you know that having a bench at the entrance of your home can get you LEED credits? Not sure if the faux sheepskin counts for anything but design love...

Did you know that having a bench at the entrance of your home can get you LEED credits? Based on the idea that having a Shoeless Home keeps dirt from outside… well… outside.  Not sure if the faux sheepskin fluffy bench covering counts for anything but design love points… (we love!)

The home has a working fireplace, doubling as extra seating for parties - and man could you party here!

Everything about this home was clean, tidy, striking, and well appointed.   I also loved how each of the outdoor spaces around the home were open, well thought out, and had color and texture visible from every window and door.

One of my favorite spots - name a character on the window sill in the comments below for extra points

The light in this home has a magical quality about it, moody in some places and sunny in others.  You could so film a movie here…

Spotted: Inexpensive Design Brilliance.  Where, you ask? See below.   The three light sources in the hallway aren’t fixtures – they’re round skylights that can be installed in your roof with little fuss.   Solatube makes a good one. They bounce all the light around the reflective tube until it spills into your hall, brightening formerly dreary spaces.  More on Daylighting from me in another post.

Solatubes cast a very clean, white light during daylight hours

Love the patio.

Mid Century outdoor living room - clean lines, minimal furniture

Must say – this home was Catnip for my inner interior design kitty.

Stay tuned at the bottom to see more images from this Mid Century stunner in Pasadena.  If you find yourself coveting this home – I know just the guy to tell you more about it.  Darrell Done, the listing agent, told us it was fun to show such a memorable home.  We can see why!

drought resistant plants survive hot California Summers with low water useage


Sweet and quirky modern kids room has fun textures


I think this child might be destined for the stage


More magical light and subtle, small scale wallpaper make this Modern master bedroom a YES


  • Carley

    “Catnip for my inner interior design kitty.” LOL! This house is gorgeous! Children everywhere are drooling. :)

  • kimhalverson

    What a gorgeous home! i love the furry bench too

  • kimhalverson

    What a gorgeous home! i love the furry bench too

  • Tessarere

    wat a great house i dat it was my house
    i lyke everything :)

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