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 October 20, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--The American Society of Interior Designers’ self-guided Kitchen Tour, set for Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will showcase 14 beautifully remodeled kitchens in San Diego County -- including several in East County and San Diego's inland regions.  designed by some of the region’s own design stars.

 “This is an unprecedented opportunity to tour 14 astonishingly different kitchens and meet the ASID designers who created these magical transformations,” said Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Allied Member ASID, event chair. 
She added, “These kitchens represent the entire gamut of up-to-the-minute design:  European minimalism, nostalgic Arts & Crafts, authentic Tuscan, sleek Mid-Century and opulent Country, plus plenty of transitional and contemporary styles. Colors range from cool neutrals to eye-popping brights.” 

“And, since kitchens are located throughout the county – along the coast and in East County – ticket holders can visit a few projects close to home or spend the whole day exploring the breadth of design taking place locally,” Machado-Rosas added.

Stylish projects range from expansive great room renovations to cost-conscious tract home remodels. The designers show how to transform dated, dark and inefficient areas into open, spacious and multifunctional showplaces. These kitchens display the latest trends in sustainability, space planning, appliances, surfaces, and storage solutions.

“The ASID kitchen tour provides an excellent opportunity to see actual kitchen installations and speak to kitchen design experts in a casual setting,” said Mary Kellejian, San Diego ASID chapter president, who is participating on the tour. “This is a great, non-threatening way to explore the benefits of hiring a professional designer.”

Tour sites are located in Point Loma, Bay Park, La Jolla, Del Mar, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Tierrasanta, Del Cerro, College area, Kensington, El Cajon and Jamul. Individual tickets are $25 each and discounted group tickets are available. For information, call the ASID Information Line at (858) 646-9896 or visit Tickets will be available at all tour sites; addresses are published on the ASID website. The tickets feature directions to all homes.

Participating designers include:  Enid Arckless, ASID, John Mills Davies, ASID, Dawn Harrison, Allied Member ASID, Kelly Hendricks, Allied Member ASID, Bertha Hernandez, Allied Member ASID, Marlene Holmquist, ASID, Mary Kellejian, ASID, Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Allied Member ASID, Linda Medina, Allied Member ASID, Lynn Morris, Allied Member ASID, Kathy Novo-Shumate, ASID, Suzette Olea, Allied Member ASID, Kelly Smiar, ASID, and Carol Spong, ASID.

The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers has more than 500 professional and allied members and is part of the oldest and largest organization of professional interior designers in the world. Professional membership is earned through accredited education, years of qualifying experience and postgraduate examinations. ASID helps protect the health, safety, and welfare of consumers by encouraging and requiring members to keep abreast of evolving technologies, regulations and safety issues.