Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Barclay Butera's "Regal Retreat" for the Pasadena Showcase House was featured in the LA Times at Home blog. Check out the article below.

This year's 47th annual Pasadena Showcase House and Garden Tour features many great rooms, but no modern Great Room, as in a sprawling space for simultaneous TV watching, cooking and entertaining.

Instead, the designers who worked on this year's property, a 1927 Paul Williams English Revival, preserved those bygone bones of relatively small bedrooms, lots of tiny nooks and a downright minuscule kitchen compared with today's food-court-sized culinary zones.

Jan Ledgard of Yorkshire Kitchens Inc. kept the kitchen's original footprint intact, hid most of the modern-day appliances behind era-appropriate facades, and even reused the original jewel-green crystal knobs.

With a total of 7,400 square feet, the home's biggest spaces include a regally proportioned dining room (done by Amy Devault) and a truly sprawling reception hall by George Massar Design. (Don't forget to check on the telephone closet off the front door, also done by Massar, who incorporated the original wall-mounted candlestick phone into the look).

Yes, there is a huge, high-ceilinged great room designed by David Dalton, with some of the ground floor's only bursts of vibrant color, but don't look for massive flat screens or easy kitchen access here. This is about a pre-digital, pre-Snackwells age of relaxation, in which the decor gets people into fireplace- and garden-viewing mode.

Upstairs, more big-name SoCal designers worked on various rooms, including Kristi Nelson of KMNelson Design, who did the lady-in-waiting bedroom and bathroom; Barclay Butera, who created an exotic looking bedroom/bathroom called the Regal Retreat; and Tamara Kaye-Honey, who imagined a retro chic rumpus room.

Unlike previous Pasadena tours, this one includes a renovated garage by Jaime Dietenhofer and Scott Siler of Garage Envy and a once dirt-floored horse stable that has been converted into the guest cottage by Joshua Cain and Jeff Godbold of Saxony Design Built.

Also new to the tour: a butterfly garden/habitat by David Snow, a pub area in the restaurant tent, and a before-and-after video that will be shown in the shuttle that ferries visitors from the Rose Bowl parking lot to the house (about a 12-minute ride, according to organizers).

From April 17-May 15; tickets $30-40. Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Closed Mondays.

--Alexandria Abramian Mott

Lower photo: The house's Regal Retreat. Credit: Barclay Butera & Mark Lohman

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Barclay Butera Bedding Collection Launch Party With Elle Decor and Eastern Accents

The ELLE DECOR - BARCLAY BUTERA LIFESTYLE - EASTERN ACCENTS party at Highpoint Market Spring 2011 celebrating the launch of the Barclay Butera Bedding line, was a huge success. Check out the pics from the party!


Barclay and the gang from Eastern Accents

Barclay with Editor in Chief of Elle Décor magazine Michael Boodro

Ray Langhammer with the lovelies from Eastern Accents

Barbara Friedmann, Karen Marx, and Michael Boodro from Elle Décor with Christine Phillips of Viola!~ and Christian Leone of Gilt

Barbara Friedmann, Jason Nixon, John Loecke, and Michael Boodro

Terri Johnson, Cass Key, and Rachelle Roth from Urban Country

Ridvan Tatargil from Eastern Accents, Sam Slater from Barclay Butera, and Steve Moniz from Zodax

Friends and partners from Bradburn with Ridvan from Eastern Accents

Karen Marx from Elle Décor and Christine Phillips with Viola!~ entertain Richard Forsyth from Wendover Art Group

Friday, April 15, 2011

{MUST-SEE} Barclay Butera-Featured Designer at the Pasadena Showcase House & Garden Tour


This year for the annual Pasadena Showcase House and Garden Tour, my team and I transformed one of the 25 spaces into a modern-day Morrocan inspired oasis. Sunday marks the first day of the tour so get your tickets here and get ready to be amazed at all the historical architechture, interior design and 8 gardens (oh yes, I said 8 gardens).

Who: Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

What: Tour highlights architech, Paul R. William's designs that boast Old World charm and masterful detail. The estate features a 7,200SF + home, 1,800SF guest house, 8 gardens, tennis court, oversized swimming pool and accompanying pool house on 4.5 acres.

Where: La Canada Flintridge, California

When: April 17-May 15, 2011

Photographer: Mark Lohman

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gilt City Los Angeles Jumps on Board with Barclay Butera's Mad Men Book Signing Event

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

We are proud to be involved with Gilt City Los Angeles for our MAD MEN BOOK SIGNING WITH COSTUME DESIGNER JANIE BRYANT. Here's your chance to get a copy of Janie Bryant's new book The Fashion File. For more details click on the image below and reserve your copy now. Offer end's soon so hurry and get over to Gilt City Los Angeles.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Barclay Butera's L'auberge Del Mar Project featured on "FIRESTONE SISTERS" Blog

L’Auberge Del Mar– our absolute favorite new escape from Los Angeles

We pride ourselves on being the Queens of Weekend Getaways– especially from Los Angeles where we have both lived for several years– so we are hard pressed to hear of somewhere fantastic we haven’t already been. Until last week. Scrambling to find a luxe yet fun and somewhat affordable hotel in a beach town south of LA for a mini-celebration for one of our friends who is a bride to be, we stumbled upon L’Auberge Del Mar. It looked beautiful, chic and vibrant but we didn’t know much about Del Mar, aside from the fact that a race track is located there — which at the time was not a major selling point…


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mad Men Book Signing w/ Costume Designer Janie Bryant

Hey there,

I cannot believe it is already April. What an incredibly busy couple of weeks with High Point, the release of my Bedding and Candle Collection and all of the industry parties!

To top the cake, I am excited to announce a book signing event with Janie Bryant and her new book; The Fashion File: Advice, Tips and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men at our West Hollywood Showroom on Thursday, April 21st 6-9p.m.

R.S.V.P. with Leo at

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Barclay Butera Featured on "HABITUALLY CHIC" Blog for Highpoint 2011

Check out the article on Highpoint Highlights featured today on "HABITUALLY CHIC".

Barclay Butera Home ~ Textile Collection Now Online

Well hello,

After many requests, we finally uploaded all (over 300 textiles) from our Home Textile Collection on to our website at Feel free to roam around the site as we have plenty of new products that will keep you excited for days!