Pasadena Contemporary House - CODAworx

Pasadena Contemporary House

Submitted by SentireDesign

Client: Tina and her family

Location: Pasadena, CA, United States

Completion date: 2013

Project Team

Interior Designer

Francesca Cavallin Mead


Industry Resource

J & J Building Company Inc.

J & J Building Company Inc.


Among meandering roads, in the tranquil and picturesque neighborhood of the Langham-Huntington Hotel, Tina and her husband found their dream home. Plenty of natural sunlight filled the 2,800 square feet house, but the monotonous white walls lacked the character and personality that in this vibrant family of four abounds.
While re-roofing and landscape remodeling were undergoing, the owners of this house turned to SentireDesign for help space planning, selecting paint colors, choosing appropriate window treatments, furniture and accessories. The couple’s modern traditionalist taste made for a perfect match with my contemporary and rustic style.


The inspiration for the living room color scheme came from a Greek Island painting that I found in the Clients’ previous residence. That same painting is, in fact, the focus point of the current living room.


In approaching this project, I made a point of incorporating as many of the Clients’ existing furniture and accessories into the new design scheme. When new furniture was needed, I selected locally and sustainably made pieces, such as the sofa and the library in the living room. Zero VOC water based paint was used throughout the house.
The coffee table in the living room is partially recycled from a furniture piece made by Tina’s father-in-law, and partially new. I had the table top refinished and replaced the legs with more modern hairpin steel legs. All of a sudden we had a beautifully refurbished one-of-a-kind table that looks like new.
In this project I was very excited to be able to find inspiration and ideas in something that my Clients already owned. Being able to keep and prominently display a family heirloom was particularly meaningful. Besides, reusing is also one of the many ways of promoting sustainability.