This year’s home, a 1917 Italian Renaissance revival style, is being renovated and redecorated by 22 interior designers and 10 exterior, or landscape, designers. Every year, the committee chooses a different home for the tour.
Glendale resident Mangassarian, who owns Interiors by Aida in Glendale, was asked to participate in the event, and she agreed because of the challenge of designing a space in the prestigious home tour and to support the arts, she said.
“It’s a way to give back to the community,” she said. “We attend the symphony concerts and operas at the Music Center and Hollywood Bowl during the summer.”
Mangassarian worked on the tour’s house as a member of a student design team years ago while attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, but this is her first time working solo on the project as a professional designer, she said.
The Glendale High School grad was assigned to the upstairs laundry room with an adjoining sewing room in the former maid’s quarters of the home. The family wanted to add a laundry room to the second floor for convenience, so plumbing had to be added for the sink and clothes washer as well as a gas line for the dryer, she said. There was also a bonus room adjourning the space.
“And I thought, ‘What would go with a laundry room but a sewing room to do the sewing and the mending?’” she said.
The laundry room now has a washer and dryer in a platinum finish as well as built-in cabinetry concealing a pull-out ironing board and tall drawers fit with clothing hampers, she said. The cabinets are hand-finished in a soft antique wash with a platinum green wash over it. The counter tops are done in quartz slab.
The walls have a decorative faux finish with multiple layers of a metallic glazed wash technique.