The Home Accessory You’re Missing

Accessories are everything to completing the perfect space.  Accessorizing is often the service that many of our clients request because it's one of the hardest parts of the design process.  So, which accessory do I include in EVERY room?  The vase!  And with the holiday shopping season about to take off, this is also the gift I recommend getting just about anyone on your list!

Why Decorate with Vases

A vase can act like a piece of art, bringing shape, volume, pattern, and color to a space. When buying inventory for the Peltier Home showroom floor, I stock up on different sizes, price points, and functions. Here are just a few ways to use them in any room of your home:

  1. Fill them with flowers.
  2. Sit them on their own or with a match in a smaller size.  
  3. A pretty way to collect small odds and ends around the house.
  4. The right vase can make a bold statement, add contrast, or create cohesion in a room.
  5. Pu them in a high visibility spot and create a focal point.

Decorating Your Home with Vases

When people think of vases, they most commonly think of fresh flowers, and for a good reason — fresh flowers pair perfectly with vases! When opting for fresh flowers, look for seasonal foliage at your local farmer’s market, floral store, or the best spot - Trader Joe's. Doing so helps incorporate more of the seasonal change into your home. Flowers also provide an opportunity for you to test different accent colors and shapes to see what works best in your home.


Although fresh flowers are beautiful, they don’t have the longest shelf life. Fortunately, vases can be filled with almost anything, so get creative.

Don’t be afraid to go bare! Vases on their own are beautiful! You aren’t required to fill your vase just to fill it. Skip the filler by opting for a vase with a unique shape, color, or pattern instead.  


Now, if you’re a person who loves crafts, the possibilities are endless. Vases make a fun DIY project. You can complete simple crafts at home with your little ones, friends, or on your own at a pottery class in your neighborhood. Try painting your vase, adding glitter, using a stencil, or even making your own. Color Me Mine in Pasadena offers classes where you can choose your pottery and paint it right on site. This post from Craving Some Creativity provides 30 DIY vase projects.


Placing Your Vases

One vase or ten vases? No problem. Vases can be grouped or displayed individually. If you have several small vases, create a still life on an end table or an entry table. Group your vases in odd numbers, and aim for a variety of shapes and sizes. Fill a few vases and leave several empty, so the still life does not appear too cluttered or chaotic.


Go beyond basic vase placement on tables and arrange vases on top of kitchen cabinets, on open shelving, on a mantel, or in any other free nook around your home.


Vases as a Holiday Gift

Versatile, fashionable, and functional; vases make the perfect holiday gift. Try one of the DIY projects linked above to create a more personalized gift, or buy a vase in a stylish color or pattern. With all the options available, this is one gift idea your family and friends are sure to love.

Start your holiday shopping today!

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Market Recap: Fall’s Most Inspiring Event

In the world of interior design, every April and October there’s one must-attend event, and that’s the High Point Market. The Market is to home furnishings what fashion week is to clothing. The energy, excitement, and inspiration of the trade show draw more than 75,000 people to each event. It’s actually the largest home furnishing event in the world.

Although this is a high-profile event for interior designers, October 2017 was my first time back to Market in over a decade. Admittedly, not much has changed. Each year the event takes place in more than 180 buildings, taking up 11.5 million square feet of show space. There are more than 2,000 exhibitors, and the large furniture companies still have a dominating presence.

However, there was one distinct change since my last Market attendance. This year, designer-centric lines were abundant with bold statement pieces and intense looks. This trend has definitely taken root at Market and won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

How I Spent My Time At Market

This fall, Market ran from October 14-18 with the showrooms open daily from 8 am - 7 pm. My goal was to fit in as much as possible. There are so many showrooms, seminars, and expert panels taking place during Market.  I filled my schedule to the brim with designer panels and premier seminars while squeezing in as many showrooms as possible. To make the most of the experience, I looked for new, trending product lines, but also toured lines I’ve used forever to see how others were incorporating my favorite designs and materials in new and interesting ways.

Market Favorites

Although there were so many inspiring new products and trends, my favorite new introduction and product line at Market was William Yeoward for Jonathan Charles. I was also happy to see another one of my favorites, Blue & White, still going strong. Williamsburg introduced a modern look that I can’t wait to incorporate into future interior design projects.

Market Trend To Try

You don’t have to wait for the Market furniture and products lines to become available to make a few trendy changes in your home. There are a many Market-inspired options you can try today. Decorative books are a hot item to have, and Intaglio's  stripes and florals are seemingly everywhere.

Although Market is not open to the public, you can stop by Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA, to learn more about the latest trends and newest lines from Market.

The Most Glamorous Master Bath in Redondo Beach

Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, and Laurence Olivier — what do these timeless actresses and actors have to do with a Redondo Beach home? That’s just it, they are all regarded as classic icons of old Hollywood glamour,  and that’s exactly what one young couple with a small child from Northern California was seeking when they bought their first home just south of Los Angeles.


The Wish List

With any home renovation, there’s a need and desire to improve the look of the space, but with this home, the renovation went beyond aesthetics. The functionality of the space was also a top priority. As you can see from the before photos (below), the master bathroom was in need of a major overhaul. Not only was room outdated, but it desperately needed space and practicality planning.


Redondo Beach master bath renovation


Main Client Requests

  • Classic, vintage look with a hint of old Hollywood glamour
  • Complete renovation of master bath
  • Functionality in each room

Master Bath Floorplan

Interior Design Dilemma

Some interior designers let things like walls and windows dictate their plan. But, not my team and I! For this home, we even moved and replaced the window. This proved to be more of a challenge than we initially anticipated with historical district regulations standing in our way. The end result was utterly stunning and flowed perfectly with the home’s architecture.

Design Highlight

Take another look at this before picture…

Redondo Beach master bath renovation

And the after…

Redondo Beach master bath renovation

Can you tell my favorite part of this Redondo Beach home?!

It’s, of course, the flooring in the master bath! This exquisite tile is from Cement Tile Shop. What I love the most about this look is the way it perfectly blended classic and vintage.  We also used plumbing fixtures by Ginger for a similar effect.

Are you ready to transform your home?

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Pasadena’s Favorite for Furniture, Accessories, and Interior Design

We have something to celebrate here at both A. Peltier Interiors and Peltier home!  I've been keeping this secret for weeks and am so excited to finally share that we have won "Best of Pasadena for not one, but TWO categories!!

In 2017, Peltier Home was recognized as the best furniture and accessories store in Pasadena, and the design studio was recognized as the best interior designer in Pasadena.

This news means so much to me and the Peltier Home team. It’s been amazing to see what we’ve made possible in just two short years and how supportive the Pasadena community has been!

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Thank You For Your Support

Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!

Thank you for the stopping by the store, hiring our team for your interior design services, and welcoming us into the Pasadena community!

We look forward to continue our mission of creating your simple, happy, home!

Winner Selection

Voting for The Best of Pasadena Awards is open to all people, places, and businesses located within Pasadena Weekly’s circulation area of Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, Eagle Rock, Glendale, Alhambra, Sierra Madre, La Canada, Montrose, and San Marino. The voting period began on Thursday, July 27 and voting closed on Aug. 27, 2017.

Ready to be inspired by the "Best in Pasadena"?

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Welcome Fall into Your Home

Fall interior design tips

Fall is finally here! Even though it might not seem like it in Southern California, fall is the opportune season to give your home a refresh. You don’t have to do a household overhaul to bring the spirit of the seasonal shift into your home. A few quick swaps and thoughtfully-selected accents can leave you and your home interior feeling festive and ready to host guests, carve pumpkins, bake pumpkin seeds, and go apple picking!

Summer Swaps

Fall interior design tips

To give your interiors a dramatic transition start by swapping out your summer accessories with fall substitutes. Instead of light, airy blankets and linens, opt for thicker alternatives. Look for fabrics with a richer texture or heavier weaves. For more inspiration, read this post on the most durable fabrics for your home. Pillows are another easy-to-update item, buy one or two new pillow covers and store the old ones away until spring rolls around. This will make your home feel fresh and updated without completely redecorating.  

You can bring the outdoors inside by incorporating seasonal plants. Visit the South Pasadena Farmers Market or your local market for fall plants and fresh flowers that you can use in any room of your home. The other thing I love about fall is that you can go beyond foliage. Decorate with gourds and pumpkins for a similar effect, they will even last longer than fresh flowers.  For a modern look, use all white pumpkins across your mantel or down the center of your dining table.

Fall interior design tips

If live plants aren’t your thing, look for a high-quality faux options.  We prefer succulents as they look the most realistic, and of course require not one drop of maintenance.  There are also several indoor plants that are very easy to take care of even if you don't have a green thumb.  One of my favorite flowers are Alstroemeria (see them on the coffee table above).  Buy a few bunches at the grocery store, cut them to the right height and enjoy them for 1-2 weeks.  You just need to give them fresh water every few days.

Fall interior design tips

Decorate for Warmth

Fall interior design tips

As the seasons change, daylight starts to dwindle, but what’s cozier than ambient lighting? Decorate your interior with elements of warmth like candles and amber lighting. If you have overhead lighting or a chandelier in your dining room, accent with branches and twigs to create a nature-friendly atmosphere and a fun lighting enhancement.

Use Rich Colors


For a drastic fall transition, incorporate seasonal colors. Deep rich colors like green, navy, and burgundy are fall favorites, but oranges, purples, and blush tones can create a similar effect. Do away with your fresh whites and opt for off-white tones this time of year.

Seasonal Scents

Fall interior design tips

For finishing touches, make your home smell like autumn! Fall scents like pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, sandalwood, orange, rosemary, frankincense, and ginger can be found in candles or diffusers. Nothing quite says welcome home like the aromatic coziness of the fall season!

Looking for more fall-inspired interior design? Stop into  Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.