Our Favorite Moments of 2017

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It’s officially 2018, and as you know, a lot of people use this time of the year to reflect and set goals for the new year. At Peltier Home, we’re no exception! When we looked back at 2017, it’s almost unbelievable. In just a few short years of business in Pasadena, we’ve felt so welcomed and supported by this incredible community. For that, we can’t thank you enough!

Without further adieu, here are just a few highlights and fun moments from this past year!

A Theme Emerges

As we reviewed client projects and updates we’ve made at the store, we noticed a theme. That theme was wallpaper! For all the design lovers out there, this may come as no surprise. Wallpaper has the power to bring a visual (and sometimes actual) texture to any room. There’s been so much wallpaper in 2017, but who doesn’t love a good pattern?

 

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More On Patterns

Speaking of patterns, we love the statement a bold pattern makes in a room. It’s the foundation of many of our redesign projects. Even for those clients who were not pattern lovers like us, we were able to find elegant and subtle patterns that worked in the space and our clients loved!

 

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Designing For Clients And…

Their furry friends! See how excited this one is — definitely a fan of our work!

 

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Finding Inspiration

This past year, I decided to attend the High Point Market. For those of you unfamiliar with this event, it’s a must for interior designers. It’s the largest home furnishing event in the world! I took full advantage of my time at market and returned feeling more inspired and bursting new ideas for future projects.

 

 

But that wasn’t the only place we found inspiration…

 

 

There was stunning design right under our feet!

Joining In On The Festivities

Although this wasn’t our first year participating, Festival of the Trees is something we look forward to every year. Not only do we have the opportunity to share our passion for design with the community, but this event also benefits the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. There’s something about giving back that brings out the holiday spirit!

 

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Connecting With The Community

I mentioned above how supportive the Pasadena community has been, and there are two distinct moments in 2017 that showcased the encouragement and welcoming attitude of our neighbors, clients, and friends.

 

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. My team and I still cannot get over this honor. This motivated us so much to bring our very best selves to the studio each and every day.

 

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Beyond being recognized by the Pasadena community, we’ve also seen our online community grow substantially! We recently surpassed 2,000 followers on Instagram. Although this might not seem like a much, it’s a significant milestone for us, and it’s a testament to the support and recognition we've received. Social media is personal, and we appreciate each and every follower who’s invited us into their social sphere and who takes the time out of their day to Like or follow our posts! Thank you for engaging!

 

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Oh, what a year it’s been! 2017 has most definitely been a memorable year. We would like to thank you not only for reading here, but also for subscribing to updates, stopping by the store, and inviting us into your home as your trusted interior designers. It’s an honor to do business in this community!

Looking Forward

We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2018 by expanding our business; designing more simple, happy, homes;  and bringing new designers to the studio. Here's to another great year! 

We hope to see you soon and thank you in person!

Stop into Peltier Home, a design studio on Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA  and tell us about your 2017 or plans for 2018!

 


Festival of Trees Pasadena

Designing to Give Back

Festival of Trees Pasadena

 

If you’re a Pasadena local, you’ve likely heard of a wonderful charity event benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills called Festival of Trees. For the last two years, Peltier Home has participated in this annual event. As a third-time tree designer in 2017, it’s safe to say we take our tree decorating very seriously! By Halloween, we’ve planned our theme and we shortly after, we begin our shopping!

 

Festival of Trees Pasadena

 

Festival of Trees 2017

This year, there were 33 decorated trees (17 full-size trees and 16 table top trees)and a handful of wreaths available for auction. Festival attendees have the option to purchase raffle tickets and bit on their favorite trees. But it’s not just the tree they are bidding on — it’s also the presents underneath.

 

 

We love this event not only for its beauty and holiday spirit but also because of the creativity demonstrated by each participant. It’s true, the tree designers can get a bit carried away, but it’s all for a good cause. This year, one team even auctioned off a puppy!

 

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Peltier Home Tree Theme

There are few queens in history as iconic as Marie Antoinette, and she served as our inspiration for our tree this year. We choose the theme “Let Them Eat Cake!” We filled our tree with gorgeous hues inspired by the French queen. Even our nutcrackers flowed smoothly into the design. To accent, we added white feathers reminiscent of an 18th-century headdress.

 

 

The gifts underneath also followed our theme. We included gift cards to restaurants, spas, and the Langham Hotel along with pink candles from Archipelago, and fresh macaroons.

We’re sure the queen herself would have been quite pleased!

This event is a highlight for us each year. We have so much fun seeing our tree concept come to fruition, bidding on other trees, dressing up, enjoying dinner, and dancing afterward — all for a great local cause that’s raised nearly 1 million dollars in it's 7 years!

It’s not too late to get your tree decorations and holiday gifts!

Stop by Peltier Home, a design studio located at 1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, California.


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Memorable Holiday Gifts Under $50

 

Do you feel it?

The holidays are almost here! Of course, you know that as you’ve been busy trying to figure out exactly what to get each and every person on your list. You want it to be special, memorable, show them that you’ve put thought into finding their gift. But, let's be honest, you have a lot of people on your list! While you want to give a heartfelt present, you don’t want to spend a fortune.

That’s where we come in! At Peltier Home, we’ve hand-selected the perfect collection of holiday gifts. The best part is that we have items to fit every budget! If you think you can’t find something special for under $50, think again! Every item on this list meets a $50 budget.

 

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Peltier Home Curated Gifts

In the recent post on bespoke gift suggestions, I mentioned one of my favorite holiday gift items — a magnifying glass! I love this idea because it always creates a conversation. A magnifying glass is classy, elegant and works in a variety of well-designed spaces. We have four you can purchase right online, or stop by the store to browse the full selection.

  1. Knobby Wood Magnifying Glass
  2. Black & White Magnifying Glass
  3. Black & Tan Wooden Magnifying Glass
  4. Carved Bone Magnifying Glass

The fourth item is my personal favorite!

 

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Candles may feel a bit cold, but there are ways to make this holiday gift thoughtful! Pick out a scent the recipient would love (I highly recommend Winter Frost) and pair with a classy candle holder and candle snuffer. This Gold Rimmed Spotted Glass is an excellent choice for a candle holder. The simplicity of it allows it to fit in with most interior design concepts.

 

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Another often overlooked item is the trinket box. Here are two I absolutely adore.

  1. Hand Painted Bone Box
  2. Hand Painted Bone Box (octagonal)

Like the candle mentioned above, these are simple to personalize. Write a heartfelt letter to the recipient and place inside the box. Or, fill the box with their favorite chocolates or candies. Whatever you decide to do, you aren’t just limited to giving the box! Add your own touch here that shows the recipient you put extra thought and care into their gift.

 

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In another recent post, I discussed my must-have home accessory — vases! This item also makes a great holiday gift. There is so much to do with a vase.  When giving as a gift, pair with flowers or purchase a vase in a pattern you know will fit perfectly into a room at the recipient's home. I love this Blown Bubble Glass Vase for its unique shape and versatility. This vase can be used in the winter or any other season. The look of this vase can be completely transformed by the arrangement that goes along with it.  

If you have not yet found the perfect holiday gift, stop and see us at 1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, we’d be happy to help find the ultimate present for everyone on your list.


Christmas Home Decor

A Holiday-Ready Home

Christmas Home Decor

 

When you think about the holiday season, what’s your favorite thing? I know for me, one of my favorites is just how beautiful it is this time of year. During the holidays, people change up their usual style, they fill their home with twinkling lights, and find inspiration in unexpected places. While creating the perfect Christmas home decor should be a fun experience, it can also be overwhelming.

I love this time of the year because I love helping my clients pull it all together. Each year, my team and I are asked to help some of our clients design the perfect holiday home.

 

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The Wish List

This family of four was ready for the holidays, but their living room was not quite there. They wanted a place to entertain and enjoy the season with their loved ones. They gravitated towards modern style and wanted a bit of edginess in their home, but they didn’t want to sacrifice the warm, comfortable feelings often associated with a living room.

The Must-Haves

  • Comfortable upholstery pieces
  • Bar cart for entertaining
  • Minimal patterns
  • Custom artwork
  • Modern, edgy design

 

 

Design Inspiration

Restoration Hardware served as the base inspiration for this client. The walls throughout the house are pure white by Benjamin Moore. The vaulted ceilings and brick fireplace already existed, giving us a balanced foundation to use when planning the design. The symmetry of the room played a significant role in the simplicity of the space. These elements all came together to inspire the final interior design plan. 

To create the desired effect, we used bold, custom artwork as the focal point of the room. Behind the sofa, we incorporated a series of maps. The client was not big on patterns, the graphic design on the pair of stools was a no-brainer. It complimented the room perfectly.

We pulled the room together with a large rug to accent the space and added a hint of glam with the mirrored coffee table. Of course, we wouldn’t leave out the bar cart! We found the perfect cart and accessorized to match the feel of the room.

 

 

Preparing the Home for Christmas

The final part of this project was to get the home ready for Christmas! We added a large Christmas tree to the corner of the room. We designed the tree around the room itself. To create texture and interest, we collected large and small ornaments made with different materials. In the tree, we mixed glass, icicle, and feathered ornaments. We filled the tree with white lights and sat back to admire the final design. Formal, elegant, and timeless just in time for Christmas!

Ready to decorate your tree with style?

Stop by Peltier Home, a design studio at 1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.


Best Holiday Fragrance

The Fragrance of Holiday Cheer

Best Holiday Fragrance

 

If you’ve stopped into Peltier Home or read this blog regularly, you know how much I adore Archipelago products and fragrances. Every holiday season, Archipelago releases the best-scented candle and fragrance — Winter Frost.

 

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A Peltier Home Favorite

Here at the store, it’s become our signature scent! Every year Archipelago goes out of stock of this luxurious fragrance. By mid-November, we've stocked up on Winter Frost. During our annual Peltier Home holiday party, we launch our sale and display our favorite holiday essence. Winter Frost can be purchased as a candle, diffuser, or as pinecone potpourri.

I love when November first rolls around, we light a candle in the store and everyone notices. Our days are filled with questions about what smells SO good. Every time I light a Winter Frost candle, I’m reminded of the fresh hint of pinecone trees on a perfect snow-coated day.

 

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Not Just Any Other Winter Fragrance

The fragrance is not overly strong like many other winter scents; instead, it’s light and fresh as if your breathing cold air in the woods. It has a subtle earthy undertone keeping it very natural.

 

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Stunning Details

But the packaging is what makes Winter Frost genuinely extraordinary. You can choose from glass jar candles, the classic diffuser bottle, and this year, Archipelago also introduced holiday glass containers in many different sizes.

Give one as a gift, it won't disappoint, but don’t forget to stock up for yourself, once our inventory is gone, you won't be able to get it until November of next year!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift?

Stop by Peltier Home, a design studio at 1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.


Pasadena Holiday Party

Happy Holidays From Peltier Home

Pasadena Holiday Party

You know the saying, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” After our annual holiday party, I couldn’t agree more! We know the holiday season is busy and jam-packed with events, so instead of waiting until December, we opt to treat our holiday party as a festive holiday kick-off.

 

 

The Peltier Home holiday party is open to the public. We encourage our South Pasadena neighbors to stop in, meet our team, and see what our store is all about.

 

 

It wouldn’t be a holiday party without seasonal decorations. We made sure our tree was ready. How cute are the bells we used here?!

 

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At the store, we pride ourselves on curating some of the most unique holiday gifts in town. We have something for everyone on your list. During the holiday party, we showcased some of our favorite presents, but if you’re still shopping, take a look at this list for inspiration.

 

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without the food and drinks!

 

Pasadena Holiday Party

 

All of those highlights aside, what makes this event truly special and important to myself and my team is the opportunity to thank all of our vendors, clients, and neighbors. We have had an exceptional 2017, and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the people I’ve had the opportunity to work with this year.

 

Thank you for making this a year we’ll never forget and happy holidays!

Didn’t make it to the party? Say hello!

Stop by Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.


The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Your List

Have you ever walked into a holiday party with the perfect gift, only to find three other people also thought it was the perfect gift? Finding a unique holiday gift can feel like an impossible task. You want it to be special, memorable, and something the recipient loves, but the holidays always seem to sneak up. Before you know it, your shopping list has tripled in size and the list of names of family, friends, and coworkers never seems to stop growing. In this post, I give you my favorite gift suggestions that are sure to make a lasting impression.

The Person Who Has It All

We all know one person who has everything. The latest cell phone, the hottest accessories, and the trendiest clothes. It can feel impossible to pick out a gift. For this person, consider this monogrammed leather charger roll up from Mark and Graham. The monogram makes it one of a kind and the high-quality design will leave a lasting impression on the person who has everything.

The  Chef or Foodie

When you really think about it, who doesn’t love food? There’s likely a foodie or chef on your list. The person who adores cooking. Someone who’s always experimenting, taking recipes to the next level, and packs you a to-go container after every dinner date at their house. Feed their culinary love with this Artajo Olie Oil Gift Set from Williams Sonoma, or if they prefer sugar over spice, the Bobbette & Belle: Classic Recipes from the Celebrated Pastry Shop cookbook is sure to satisfy their sweet tooth.

The Entertainer

The best hosts are the ones who pay attention to every detail. Show the party planner on your list that you appreciate the time and effort they put into planning the perfect evening by giving them a gift that’s equally as thoughtful. For this person, I have two suggested gifts. One is one of my favorite books,  Flair. It’s small but cheerful and full of beautiful images. The second is this gorgeous domino set that comes in the most beautiful marble case.

The Homemaker

A well-made throw is a gift that keeps giving! The recipient will think of you each time they use it, and it’s perfect for the cooler winter months.  The Fabio Wool Throw Blanket comes in three neutral colors, is reversible, and made of durable fabric.

 

1) Fabio Wool Throw Blanket 2) 28 Pc Blanc Domino Set Covered Storage Box - Marble 3) Zanzibar Bone Handle Candle Snuffer 4) Laxmi Vilas Palace Set of 3 Black and White Mosaic Bone Boxes 5) Woven Set of 2 Grey Photo Frames 6) Leather Charger Roll Up

Stocking Stuffers And Other Small Items

A thoughtful gift doesn’t have to be big and expensive. Meaningful gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Find your favorite photo of you and the recipient and place in this woven picture frame.

If you’re looking for a more casual, but thoughtful gift, a lot of people give candles, but you can make this more personal by including a candle snuffer. The recipient will feel fancy and pampered, and the snuffer will last long after the candle burns out. Archipelago makes some of my favorite candles and these Zanzibar bone candle snuffers always make a lasting impression.

Another idea is to purchase a unique box, like these hand-painted bone boxes, and include a thoughtful note and chocolates or other candies inside. My other go-to accessory gift for clients is a magnifying glass.  You can place it almost anywhere, and everyone will ask about it!

Looking for more gift suggestions?

Start your holiday shopping today!

Stop by Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.


Coastal Accents in a Serene Master Bedroom

 

More often than not, when you find your dream home, it isn’t exactly perfect. There’s usually a space or two that you wish you could change, update, redesign, or even move. This master bedroom was no exception. The bones were there, but to create the client’s ideal master suite, we needed a full remodel.

The Wish List

This client was looking for cohesion between rooms and a true master suite. The design inspiration was classic and timeless, but the client also loved the beach! To create serenity and the perfect master bedroom, we selected colors and accents with  influences from the ocean and incorporated traditional furniture pieces to achieve the perfect blend of coastal and classic style.

The Must-Haves

  • Traditional elegance
  • Transition into a full master suite — including master bedroom, closet, and bath

 

 

Interior Design Dilemma

When I began this master bedroom project, it was immediately evident that the individual rooms were not going to work in their current state. The most prominent challenge we faced on this project was reconfiguring the individual rooms to use the space better and maximize storage options.

Design Solutions

To make the most use of the space, we had a few custom pieces created. Both the rug and the bed were constructed specifically for this room. By doing this, we were able to use the rug and the bed as focal pieces that perfectly blended into the layout of the room.

 

Design Highlight

For an interior designer, one of the most rewarding moments is when a client gives the green light on an idea that has the power to change the space entirely. As the designer, this shows that the client trusts you, but for the client, this can be scary! For the master bedroom, the bold idea my team and I came up with was to relocate the shower.

By moving the shower, this allowed my team and I to create the details that set this suite apart. We added inset tile, a gorgeous shower seat, more than one shower head, and glass on two sides of the shower to open the space up and add complimentary luxury to the room.

 

Team Favorites

The shower wasn’t the only highlight. My favorite item in the master bedroom was the lamps (pictured above) we used on the nightstands. I knew these would be a hit with the client. Not only were they elegant, but they also reminded me of the sea!

Start your home transformation today!

Stop by Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.


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2017 Annual Holiday Party

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The Peltier Home annual holiday celebration is here again and we can't wait to commemorate another amazing year!

A Reason to Celebrate

We opened the retail studio, Peltier Home on Mission Street in South Pasadena, two years ago and continue to build our reputation in the community as an excellent source for interior design, but also as a go-to destination for home décor and furniture.

In two short years, we have been voted Best of Pasadena in two categories, grown as a team, and become more involved in the Pasadena community. We are excited to reflect on 2017 and celebrate another fantastic year of business.

 

 

Your Invited

Each year we invite clients, vendors, family, and friends to join us for our anniversary celebration. It’s a great way to recap on the year, catch up with clients, kick off the holidays, and showcase our favorite holiday gifts.

This year, the Peltier Home holiday celebration will take place on November 15 from 5-8 pm at the retail studio located at 1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena.

 

Gift Inspiration

To get into the holiday spirit, we decorate our front window and showroom for the season and stock up on gifts for everyone. You'll find unique gifts for each person on your list; from boxes, frames, vases and our favorite holiday scent Winter Frost. Enjoy music, small bites, desserts, and champagne while you start your holiday shopping. Whether you’ve been before or this is your first time in our showroom, celebrate with us!

Join us on November 15 from 5-8 pm. For more information about our holiday party or to RSVP, contact Delilah at home@peltierinteriors.com


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!

Stop by Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.