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?!


Pasadena Holiday Party


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.


Pasadena Holiday Party


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

Peltier Homes - a design studio in Pasadena

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

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.

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?

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

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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Looking for design Inspiration?  Check out our design portfolio which is always being edited and added to!

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"?

Stop into Peltier Home, a design studio on Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.

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.

Archipelago Brings Beauty from Nature to You


Natural skin care brands

Every time someone inquires about my profession and I reveal that I'm a designer I always get a response along the lines of "Oh you must love your job!"  But nothing tops my love for interior design like shopping for inventory for the store.  Christmas always comes early for us as we have to think several months in advance to make sure we are stocked and ready to go for the most wonderful time of the year.  Of course, as part of our buying process, we look back to last year and review what sold well, what didn't, and what we would like to change.  This year we have decided to dive a little deeper into gifting items that fall just outside the norm for us.  I am still trying to decide if I actually based this decision on what was right for business or if it was because I have been waiting for the right moment to stock EVEN MORE Archipelgo products.  

So you are hearing it first right here - we now carry Archipelgo skin care products!!!!  (I can hear you cheering from here...)

The Archipelago Story

If you're not familiar with the line, you must stop in to smell their amazing candles.  Archipelago Botanicals was founded humbly in a garage by Gregg Corzine and David Klass in 1988. Their mission was to create natural fragrances, bath products, and wellness products that allowed people to relax and truly take a break from their busy lives. With this goal in mind, they chose the name Archipelago which is a common way of referring to a large group of islands. We chose Archiplego because of the Excursion line which boasts simple packaging and scents that evoke your favorite far away places like Santorini and Kashmir (just to name a few).

By 2012, Gregg and David ditched the garage. Their dream had become a rapidly growing reality. So much so that Archipelago was becoming one of the most sought-after names in luxury bath, body, and aromatherapy products.

Natural Ingredients for Skin Care

I'm not going to bore you with the details of why you should go natural, everyone knows that natural, natural, natural is where it's at, ESPECIALLY when it comes to skin care.  That’s one of the reasons I love Archipelago and choose to carry several of their lines at Peltier Home.  These products are perfect for spoiling yourself and even better for gift giving.

So which ones are our favorites?  


Milk is an award-winning Archipelago collection featuring dried milk solids and natural proteins. This product is perfect for soothing the skin and leaving it naturally soft and supple. Milk is available individually in soy or oat proteins or a combination blends of the two.

Black Honey

The Black Honey collection is produced by some of the world’s largest bees in tropical rainforest regions. The gluconic acid found in the dark, mineral-rich honey is perfect for extra moisture and complexion balancing.

Best body productsCoconut

The benefits of coconut oil are no secret. It’s one of the healthiest oils on earth. The Coconut collection contains coconut oil, blended with coconut water, natural extracts, and jojoba esters to create an elegant bath collection. If you’re experiencing any redness or dry patches, the alpha hydroxy acids found in this collection will help to tame and heal your skin keeping it looking young and hydrated.

Just in case your wondering, I am NOT being paid for this blog post.  No joke, I truly LOVE this line, especially the winter frost fragrance we have coming in November.

There is only one downfall to the brand - I can never spell it correctly!  But then again no one can ever spell my business name either:)


Ready to shop the Archipelago Bath & Body collection? Stop into  Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.