ASID 2009 Design Tour - Extended by Popular Demand Until May 22

The ASID 2009 Design Tour has just been extended. Due to popular demand to tour the 6 penthouses at Astoria, located in Central Park West, the Design Tour will now be open until May 22.

Sponsored by Orange Coast magazine, the event benefits the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

This year marks the first Tour of its kind for ASID. 37 designers created an urban, contemporary haven at Astoria. If you are looking for design ideas and want to be inspired, you MUST see this Tour.

LA Features ASID 2009 Design Tour!

Thanks to Lisa Boone and Craig Nakano at the always on trend - LA Times Home section. They recently posted a sneak peak slideshow of the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria to their website. Check it out the article "The American Society of Interior Designers’ annual Orange County home tour" here:,0,5766043.photogallery

Below are the designer's spaces that were featured in the article.

Bunny Sutherland -- Kitchen

Taylor LeClaire with Joan Wilson
Tak O Designs
Tamra Mundia - Master Bedroom
Tamara Shermer - Terrace
OC Interiors

Sue Rexroth - Master Bedroom
Sue Rexroth Interiors

Samantha Gorrell and Megan Myers - Study

Robert Esterley - Study
Esterley Designs

Rick Thompson - Guest Bedroom

Keir: Interior Design

Frank Pitman - Kitchen

Kimberly Franzen - Guest Bedroom

Joyce Elizabeth Byrd - Downstairs Bath
J. Elizabeth Interiors

Deirdre Eagles - Downstairs Bath
Deirdre Eagles Interior Design

Beverly Stadler - Dining Room

Barbara Coulter Phillips - Guest Bedroom

Fumiko Faiman - Master Bedroom

International Custom Designs

Sponored by Orange Coast magazine, the Design Tour benefits the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The event will run through May 22.

One2BOND's Room at The ASID Design Tour

Who doesn't love a "before" and "after"? I thought this room by One2BOND on the ASID 2009 Design Tour was fun to see with the "before" drawing and the "after" photo. Before


The One 2 BOND designers include: Jolene Ballard, Amanda Malson and David A. Romero.

Everyone who tours their room is crazy about the wood carved doors, the custom side tables with nail heads and the orange accent wall that was carried up onto the ceiling. My other favorite idea from this room are the framed wall paper panels -- that is an easy way to try the wall paper trend without committing to it fully.

Here are their tips on easy ways to freshen up your home:
1) Reupholster a piece that already exists in your collection at home. Cost effective AND green.
3) Light, neutral flooring with a darker accent rug will keep the room from feeling too heavy.
4) Reframe your existing artwork. It's easy and inexpensive.
The ASID Design Tour is open now and runs through May 17. It is sposored by Orange Coast and benefits Orange County Performing Arts Center.

ASID 2009 Design Tour - By The Numbers

What does it take to put on a Design Tour? From witnessing it first hand, it takes more than a village.

Here are some fun numbers from the ASID 2009 Design Tour at Astoria, which is sponsored by Orange Coast magazine and benefitting the Orange County Performing Arts Center.


4 penthouses
2 flats
40 designers
80 docents a day
4700 square feet of patio space
3 custom kitchens
38 floor material changes
467 gallons of Dunn Edwards paint
1 resin floor
9 wine chillers
3 Two-Way Mirror Flat Screens
16 pieces of found driftwood from local beaches
100’s of custom furniture pieces
2 crocodile embossed leather floor
1 $38,000 Lalique chandelier
Over $1 million of Lalique exclusive products
Dozens of faucets from Brizo and Fine Faucets
1 cutting-edge Green Energy electrical monitoring system from Pacific Digital Home
2 $10,000 chairs
$195,000 worth of audio from Audio Visions
15 Plasma TV’s
2 custom 8 foot mosaic murals
12 beds from Custom Comfort Mattress
2 pairs of designer shoes ruined
1 fabulous Super to get the job done!

The Design Tour is now open and runs through May 17th.

ASID 2009 Design Tour in OC Register!

Orange County Register just posted a story about the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria in their Home section called Tips From Loft-Style Living. It is a great story about living at the super-chic Astoria and the incredible design on the Tour, complete with tips from some of the designers and a 55-photo slide show.

The story will run in the paper tomorrow- April 25 - so be sure to get it.

Thanks Cindy McNatt, the fearless leader of the Home section at the Orange County Register!

Interior Design Tips from Rick Campos - A Designer Featured at The 2009 ASID Design Tour - Urban Living At Astoria

Rick Campos of Christopher Tracy Interiors proves that you don't need a big space to make a big impression.

He is responsible for three spaces (the foyer, the staircase and the landing at the top) at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria, all of which welcome you into the home. I love his choice of art for each space. It is bold, colorful and really makes a statement.

After spending some time with Rick on the Tour he was kind enough to give us some design tips to freshen up our own homes.

Rick Campos' landing on the ASID Design Tour

Tips from RICK CAMPOS – Christopher Tracy Interiors
1) Add reflective elements like a mirror or mercury glass
2) Art books, the bigger and chunkier the better, one or three, meticulously placed.
3) Rotate art to give new life to a space.

Rick Thompson of Keir Interior Design Featured In The Orange County Register

EXAMINER.COM Shares Design Tips from the ASID/OCC Designers of Easy Ways to Freshen Up Your Space!

Home and Living examiner Andrea Campbell of was so excited about all the fantastic tips offered up by the team of designers from the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour, she had to run them ALL!! Thanks so much Andrea for your support of the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour and in turn, the OCPAC educational programs. For anyone looking to bring a fresh feel a tired space - these tips will be your inspiration!!

To get more ideas, inspiration and expert advice visit the 2009 ASID Design Tour - April 21-May 17 at Astoria in Irvine, CA -

Orange County Register Features The ASID 2009 Design Tour

Thanks Cindy McNatt from the Orange County Register for including the ASID 2009 Design Tour in her wrap up about the area's latest home and garden tours.
The Design Tour is just around the corner and tickets are now on sale!
ABOUT THE 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour

The 2009 Design Tour – Urban Living @ Astoria will be the first of its kind for the ASID Orange County Chapter featuring contemporary design in an urban, high-rise setting. Open Sunday, April 21 to May 17 (Tuesday- Sunday from 10AM – 5PM, Fridays - 10AM-8PM, closed Mondays), the showcase will benefit the Orange County Performing Arts Center and will be highlighted by a Designer Living speaker series, “Meet the Designers” Friday Date Nights as well as other industry events. Incorporating cutting edge design - from green living to a full spectrum of this year’s hottest colors and furnishings, this year’s Design Tour features 37 of Orange County’s hottest designers.

2009 Design Tour Tickets, which are $30 per person, can be purchased online at, through the Orange County Performing Arts Center box office (714-556-2787) or at Whole Food at The District in Tustin. Tickets are also available at the door for $35.

The luxuriously appointed towers known as Astoria is located within Central Park West at 30 Rockefeller, Irvine, CA 92612

Deirdre Eagles Interior Design Brings Glamour to Space 25 At The ASID 2009 Design Tour

We got a chance to check in with Deirdre Eagles of Deirdre Eagles Interior Design about her space at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria.
Here is what she had to say about Space 25 - Bathroom:

Hollywood Regency meets Classic Contemporary in an elegant bathroom that’s both modern and glamorous. Beautiful Blue Chelsea Art Glass tile on the shower walls imitate the fluid qualities of water. A deep blue hand- blown glass sink sits atop a sleek wood vanity with a frosted glass front, mounted on a wall of translucent white glass. Glittery crystal sconces and a mirrored table complete this elegant space.
WHAT WILL MAKE PEOPLE SAY "OOH" WHEN THEY WALK IN YOUR SPACE? Contrasting colors of vibrant blue with bright white glass tiles open up a small space, while mica infused organic plaster forming a glittery circle motif on the walls and sparkling crystal sconces up the ante on glam.
More about Deidre Eagles Interior Design
Deirdre Eagles Interior Design is a full-service Interior Design firm specializing in Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels and Custom Homes throughout Southern California. Deirdre Eagles has a degree in Interior Design from Interior Designers Institute as well as an MBA from Loyola Marymount. Her work has been published in the Orange County Register, Orange County Home Magazine, Kitchen & Bath Business, and Kitchen & Bath Design News.
(714) 803-4784

David Kelley and Space Thirty One Host Reception at Joanne Artman Gallery Showcasing Art By Loius Longi and James Verbicky

Please join us for a
Private Champagne Reception
JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach
Thursday, March 26th from 5-7 pm
Please RSVP by March 24th: 949.510.5481 or
JoAnne Artman Gallery, (formerly SpaceOnSpurgeon) Presents in the Main Gallery:
Reboant: Featuring the New Sculptural Works of Louis Longi!
Additional New Works by James Verbicky will be showcased
along with LA Artist Colleen Flynn-Lawson in Arena 3!

Meet James Verbicky in person and get a sneak peak of his artwork
that will be displayed in Space Thirtyone at the 2009 ASID Design Tour.

Tickets for the Design Tour will be for sale at the Reception.

Exhibition continues through April 1, 2009

JoAnne Artman GalleryNew Location!326 N. Coast Highway , Laguna Beach, 92651
JoAnne ArtmanTelephone: 949-510-548

Sue Sanders of K Design Gives A Sneak Peak At Her 2009 Design Tour Space

The bathroom is one place that NEEDS to be updated. I love getting inspiration from designers who can really showcase the big impact you can have in a small room. Take a look at this "before" photo of the 2009 Design Tour space by Sue Sanders of K Design.

She says, "Calm green accents, shimmering slate, and a rare piece of granite from Madagascar come together to create a soft glamorous space with a feminine touch. I can't wait to see the sparkling crystal finials on the faucets and accessories along with the elegant sconces!"

More about K Design
Sue Sanders is the creative force behind K Design. She holds a Professional Level Certificate from the highly regarded UCLA Interior design program. She was honored to be selected as a designer for the upcoming 2009 ASID Urban Living Tour. She also has worked with Furnishing Hope in designing a home for Habitat for Humanity. Her design philosophy is "Interior design for your lifestyle" because a space should function well, be beautiful and enhance your lifestyle.

Think Design! Combines Sustainable with Eclectic At The ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria

Audrey Duncan and Tony Baldocchi of Think Design! say the secret to people saying "ooh" when they see their design is that they, "are not afraid to try something different. We put the attitude in our design not in the designer."

Some of the Hot Design Trends that you will be seeing in their space at this year's ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria are:
Eclectic styling: Mixing of different periods and styles: Contemporary and Art Deco
Sustainable: Use of Eco friendly products. e.g. Flooring, fabrics, pillows
Decorative pillows. Pops of color and unique high fashion detailing to add drama.
Art: Love your art! Pick things that set the mood you are looking to create.
Style Shock – Take something typical and create your own style: e.g. Take picture frames and make a door. Then insert music albums into the frames. Tadah... You have changed something typical into something unique.

I love these Recycled Coyote fur pillows! Audrey says, "Our fur is 100% reclaimed from clean vintage coats. All our fur has been professionally cleaned and inserts are new. The methods for reinforcing the fur have been done by using an environmentally safe, water-based hide glue and muslin. This pioneered construction is what will insure the longevity of this project."

More about Think Design!
Audrey Duncan and Tony Baldocchi are the design duo behind Think Design! Specializing in fine home and commercial design with styles ranging from modern to traditional to eclectic, they are a full-service interior design firm, offering space planning, construction documents in CAD, and the selection of high quality architectural details, finishes, furniture, and accessories. At Think Design! they believe in providing clients with the tools needed to implement their concept. Our intent is to take our clients vision to a higher level and surpass their expectations.

Interior Creations by Lana Featured at The 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living At Astoria

With the outdoor lifestyle so important here in California, I am thrilled that the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria will be featuring several outdoor spaces where designers like Lana Hamden of Interior Creations by Lana will be able to showcase their talents on creating an outdoor space that you could really live in and be inspired by. We can't wait to see it in person!

More about Interior Creations by Lana
Lana Hamdan, of Interior Creations by Lana is an ASID Allied Member. This is the third consecutive year that Lana brings her aesthetic to the Design Tour, but her first opportunity to bring the calm and comfort of indoor spaces to the outdoors. Lana has traveled extensively, and draws on her travel experiences and a myriad of other design philosophies in accomplishing her clients’ design objectives. Lana speaks fluent Arabic and was born in Amman, Jordan, she currently lives in and works out of San Juan Capistrano.

Megan Crane of Megan Crane Designs Showcases Sophistication At The 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria

"As one enters this penthouse they are immediately drawn in by drama and sophistication. Simple design in exquisite finishes," says Megan Crane of Megan Crane Designs of her space at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria. She continues, "This contemporary home focuses on a color palette of high contrasting warm and cool toned neutrals to create a harmonious balance. Bursts of varying shades of bold tangerine and an overall heavy metallic dusting all culminate in a sense of luxury."
More About Megan Crane Designs Inc.
Megan Crane Designs Inc. is a multi-award winning interior design firm led by Principal Designer Megan Crane offering unique and innovative designs to residential and hospitality clientele. Megan’s career began with The Walt Disney Company where she spent over 15 years in a creative capacity for the worldwide Theme Parks and Cruise Lines. Her experience and extensive international travels have allowed her to integrate many different cultural and architectural details into her work, lending a distinct perspective to her designs. Megan received her Associate of Arts degree from the Interior Designers Institute, a private FIDER accredited design school in Newport Beach, California. Megan’s designs have been featured in Coast Magazine, Orange County Home Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, Home and Outdoor Magazine and the Orange County Register.

Beverly Stadler of Design Focus Brings Hollywood Glamour To The 2009 Design Tour-Urban Living at Astoria

Beverly Stadler of Design Focus says her space, the Penthouse Suite, in the 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria, "is the epitome of contemporary luxury urban lifestyle, with a nod to Hollywood Glamour."

She continues, "The glitz of crystal chandeliers and pendants against warm woods and reflective mirrors provides a fabulous backdrop for the city view by day and the sparkling night lights. Almost every piece of furniture in the space has been custom designed specifically for the design tour by the designers, creating a totally unique and one of a kind space. Dark rich woods and wood veneers, gilded accents, stone and mirror all combine with rich textural upholstery to create unique pieces that will be found here alone. Adding to the richness of the space are specialty wall treatments by local artisans, an anniversary edition platinum Richard MacDonald sculpture and beautiful Baccarat and Lalique crystal accessory pieces."

More about Beverly Stadler of Design Focus
Design Focus is an award-winning, Orange County- based custom residential and commercial design firm comprised of an intimate team of design professionals, with Beverly Stadler, ASID, CID, at the helm. Beverly holds an AA in Interior Design from the California Institute of Applied Design, and has been working in the Southern California design community for 26 years. She has been honored by national design organizations and affiliations and is consistently recognized by her regional design community with numerous awards and publications, most recently this past fall when she won two platinum awards of excellence in living room and dining room design in the Orange County/ ASID Annual Design Awards. Known for her ability to create timeless designs of any type, Beverly prides herself in her unique talent to create individual and distinctive designs for each client, both residential and commercial. Her goal is to create designs that reflect and enhance her client’s lifestyles and passions no matter what the current trends may be.

We always love to see the "before" photos of the spaces. Here are some "before" photos of Beverly's space: