James Hernandez is sitting in his recently finished sunroom at the 2022 Pasadena Showcase Home of Structure, held this calendar year in the 1905 English Tudor recognised as Oaklawn Manor in South Pasadena. Currently being a South Pasadenan for the past 18 years, this return to the Showcase Home after sixteen years, is specifically significant. “It’s normally an honor to be picked – it usually means you’ve been invited by the Pasadena Showcase House layout committee, that you’re regarded by the docents, by fellow designers ” explains Hernandez. “It’s a privilege to be identified by the Pasadena Showcase Dwelling for your determination to interior structure and the contribution you are supplying to the arts and community.”
Hernandez exudes enthusiasm and his passion for design and style emanates from him as he displays us the sunroom he has created for this year’s Showcase Residence. “I’m below each working day. I get so fired up – I’m enhancing and fine tuning my area,” he suggests. “Today I went out and obtained residing grey willows to compliment the grey stem that’s in the lotus wall covering.” The area is also peppered through with stunning succulent arrangements and he clarify that, “You will by no means see faux flowers in the Showcase Household. It is element of the official rules.”
He goes on to say, “I choose so significantly satisfaction in my get the job done. I do not rest at night simply because I’m wondering of what I can do to improve my place. And sometimes I notice that less is extra. I enjoy the simplicity of the silouhette of the sofa” he states gesturing toward a piece in the sunroom. “I enjoy the neutrality of this swivel chair.” His individual private touches are scattered throughout the place like a portray of his doggy, Barnaby, done by a client’s 11 12 months-aged daughter and commissioned summary artwork accomplished by Dr. Frank Flowers.
“My target listed here is to catch the attention of both equally the regular and the non-classic. For example, some points in this space browse as mid-century fashionable – the sofa strains are Italian mid-century modern day – I’ve applied Cubism in the fabrics, and then a common stripe – that to me is the place you choose contemporary and regular and make it get the job done collectively,” he states. He also factors to the cell-like light-weight fixture made use of in place of a chandelier to show additional modernity.
This is Hernandez’s fourth Showcase Property and his 1st time back again in sixteen several years. “It’s a great deal of commitment and hard get the job done – folks think designers just occur in and adorn – no” he says. In addition to planning the notion, designers use their personal suppliers, source all furnishings and décor, anything from A-Z in creating the space. “Because of Covid delays, I obtained furniture from showrooms months in advance and experienced every thing reupholstered,” he describes. “That white furniture? You might believe, “oh I never ever want white furniture”. That is Crypton. I could spill some thing on it and it would bead up. And these chairs are fake leather. So as an alternative of your typical brown, man’s leather – I’m exhibiting you an interpretation of a man’s club chair. You could get in touch with it a sensitive, women’s channel back again chair or a handsome channel again men’s chair. It is functional. I really don’t want you to not sit on my furniture – I want persons to are living in my function – I want it to perform. I want it to be substantial functionality but even now have magnificence.”
Hernandez has an enviable vitality and states that though he’s developed his layout design and style about the several years by his considerable journey, type has always been a portion of his life. “I’ve often been substantial energy and I imagine that you have to have some innate sense of layout. I feel you can study the formalities of style but you have to have a feeling of type. I’ve usually had that.”
Hernandez commenced his foray into interior layout numerous yrs back working with a distinguished interior designer in Santa Monica. It was although doing the job for her, they identified Pasadena Showcase House. “It’s an honor to be selected to do the Showcase and we were chosen for the to start with time in 2000 for the dwelling in Arcadia. We did a minor girl’s place and that lit a fireplace in us and the following 12 months we did the Walgreens Estate in the vicinity of Annandale Golf Club.”
Immediately after a 12 months of residing abroad in Barcelona, Spain, he settled in South Pasadena in 2004 and branched out on his have. Soon later on he started operating with a very well acknowledged Supermodel/Tv temperament, developing her mother’s home among other projects which led to more large profile purchasers through the Los Angeles metro location like Kimora Lee Simmons. His perform was featured on her truth exhibit “Life in the Fab Lane” and he designed the interiors of Caitlyn Jenner’s residence in Malibu which is featured in Vanity Truthful. He has labored all above Los Angeles but is delighted to be doing the job much more domestically. “I under no circumstances thought I’d be operating in Pasadena but I get the job done a ton below now and I enjoy it. I are living in South Pasadena and I’m now making function the place I’m with the very same spouse and children various instances via multiple generations. They consider me along with them,” he laughs. “I’ve turn out to be aspect of their life! I continue to keep developing with these families and now my clientele children are in college or university and I’m still functioning with their dad and mom.”
Possessing the Showcase Household in South Pasadena has afforded him a very limited commute and an possibility to get the job done in the town he’s arrive to enjoy. “Living in South Pasadena provides charm and tranquility to a pretty frantic and active design and style existence,” muses Hernandez. “Having lived on the west side, I come across a particular tranquil and peace right after a prolonged days’ operate, which carries me all all-around LA, Manhattan Seaside, Calabasas, and recently a job in South Carolina. I seem ahead to the community Farmers Market place and evenings at Garfield Park with my pet, Barnaby, neighborhood eating and dinners with mates and neighbors.”
It is in fact an remarkable and difficult lifetime, a single he has large gratitude for, introducing reflectively, “I’m grateful that I get appreciated for the operate that I’ve accomplished – to make people’s life brighter, happier – to elevate people’s perception of style.”
The 2022 Pasadena Showcase Home of Style and design will be open through May perhaps 22 (property tours are closed on Mondays). Tickets ($40-$50) are on sale now. For a lot more data or to purchase tickets, visit pasadenashowcase.org. Use code Hernandez to save $10 off on tickets right after 1:30pm.
Pasadena Showcase Dwelling for the Arts, an all-volunteer, nonprofit firm, has been supporting regional songs and arts plans considering that 1948. With the difficult operate and devotion of its 200+ associates, the corporation raises cash from its key gain, the Pasadena Showcase Property of Structure—one of the oldest, major, and most prosperous residence and backyard garden tours in the region.