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A Southern California Sassy Townhouse Tour

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 I get weak in the knees when I see a stunning townhouse. I’m always on the hunt for design ideas for our townhouse and, it looks like I’ve found the perfect inspiration! 

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Who lives here: A couple and their dog
Location: Pasadena, California
Designer: Charmean Neithart
Size: 1,603 square feet (149 square meters); 2 bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms
That’s interesting: Their dining room chairs were made from a neighborhood tree that had fallen during a major windstorm in 2011.

If I could emulate every inch of this townhouse I would! Queue the Pasadena real estate listings.  I have a penchant for townhouses as it is, so when I saw this beauty my heart went a flutter! Want some sassy townhouse inspiration? Come walk with me as we scroll down and take a private peek into this stunning California Townhouse.

As you walk in, you are greeted by a totally chic entryway filled with pops color as well as a colorful custom pagoda-style pendant light foreshadows some of the more transitional and eclectic touches seen throughout the house. You can see how they used persimmon to spice things up. 

Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
 
Wall paint: Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore; staircase railing pattern and paint: custom, Ken Moffatt; pagoda lantern: Chameleon Lighting, via Thomas Lavin
 
Below, we see how persimmon found it’s way into this simple yet chic dining room. 
 
Some of the details you cannot see are the radiant heating in the quiet flooring, the soundproofing, the organic insulation composed of shredded blue jeans and the hand-milled moldings.
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
Pops of persimmon are joined together in a wedding of soothing color and romance in the living area. 
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
A central theme runs throughout this sassy townhouse delivering quality workmanship and a flair for the dramatic in the decor. Custom craftsmanship is what makes a room really special and unique! 
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
The subtle worldliness of the home continues with vegetable-dyed Persian rugs grounding most of the rooms. Vegetable-dyed rugs have natural colors. They are very earthy and look like watercolors, the designer says.
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
French doors lead to a lush and private backyard space. A beautiful limestone fountain serves as a calming focal point.
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
A kitchen peninsula provides a spot for prepping and serving. I just adore how using color ties this townhouse together. 
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
When they spotted a vintage 19th-century butcher block table they knew they’d found their island.
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
The butcher block table is a great contrast to the elegant cabinets and Carrara marble countertops. The neutral tones in the kitchen area seem to create a calm and relaxing environment for the daily rush of kitchen drama. 
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
Not using window treatments seems like a scary idea but, they used shutters in the bedrooms for privacy and translucent glass in the bathrooms where needed. Brilliant outcome! 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors

Here’s a great tip from the designer! 

Do whatever you want in a powder room. A closed-door can keep it from distracting from the rest of your home’s design. My clients were a little worried this would be too busy, but I told them, That’s the point! Neithart says.

Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
The bathrooms are just as chic as the rest of the house. 
Calming marble and clear glass help make the space feel larger than it is.
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
OK, a glass of wine and some suds please and thank you! 
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors

Yes, I can get used to this – me, my desk, a computer – and that view! 

Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
The sofa is a sleeper for guests. The reproduction Chinese table has a stone top and adds another transitional touch. Neithart composed a small gallery wall of paintings the homeowners purchased in Carmel.
 
The tall cabinets serve as extra closets for the couple, who have only one modest closet in the master suite.
 
Traditional Entry by South Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors
 
OK, time to awaken from this dream now. I hope you were able to get as inspired as I did. I’ve got my bulleted list of to do’s and a plan for some upcoming changes to our townhouse. 
 
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27 Comments

  1. That is gorgeous! It’s so sophisticated but simple. I love the pops of colors with those soothing neutrals. I feel calmer just looking at this!

  2. The entryway light is a delight. I have been dreaming of a little built in seating area in our kitchen like this townhouse has for a few years. I also like the calming bedroom and bath and will remember the advice to do whatever you want in a powder room!

  3. Everything in this townhouse is very well pulled together with color. Orange can be a hard color to work with, because too much can elicit memories of the ugly decor of the 70’s. But it’s used well here. I love the large colorful art. The only thing I didn’t like was the powder room. The pattern is a bit too much for me, I think it would look lovely if the wall was broken up with half-wall paneling of some sort. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love the subtle Asian accents fused throughout the house. I’m swooning over those French doors between the dining and entry hall.

  5. Hi Jessica, oh yes. I love getting ideas and inspiration from beautifully decorated homes. I love the thought that went into this design. Thanks much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  6. Oh wow, I didn’t think about that great point! I agree about the powder room. That wallpaper didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the house. I do love this townhouse though…it’s so romantic and chic at the same time. Have a great weekend and thanks much for stopping by.

  7. And I just have to tell you I love your website…the homes are amazing I’m having a ball looking through them. If you ever want to me to feature any homes in a post just let me know I’d love to!

  8. Oh Sue I would love one too. And I love exactly how that one is done. If we do that, the dining room would have to go. What hard choices to make. We have similar taste that’s for sure!

  9. What an exceptionally gorgeous townhouse! It makes me want to move to a big city where I could move into a smaller place like this. It is so unique with all of the decorations that it really feels like a home, not a house. My favorite part is the mix of modern art pieces with more traditional furniture. It has a really elegant feel to it.

  10. Hi Laurel, I love that townhouse too! Townhome living is the best especially if you are fortunate enough to own one like the Cali townhouse. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. have a great weekend.
    Carolann

  11. What a spacious little townhouse. I really love the marble in the bathrooms and the bathtub that’s free-standing. There’s even a door straight to the yard in there! I could definitely see myself spending a lot of time in that bathroom since it feels so cozy and open.

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