Design Q&A with Scott Shelley of Frank Pennino & Associates

Design Q&A with Scott Shelley of Frank Pennino & Associates

Abby Stone
Apr 29, 2013

Frank Pennino and Scott Shelley (left) bring a lot of experience to the table — they've worked together on countless projects for over 25 years; they've been cited on Architectural Digest's 100 Best Designers List; and their interiors have frequently appeared in Architectural Digest, Town & Country and House & Garden, among others. While through the years they have worked with the finest materials, the best fabrics, and the choicest furniture, when it comes right down to it, their design philosophy is very straightforward and simple.  It all begins with listening to the client and understanding their taste, their needs and their lifestyle.  A home, as they put it, is "a machine for living".  

Though their interiors vary — they've done traditional, period and contemporary — they are all beautiful, comfortable and functional environments that are created to support the lives of those who live within their walls.  For really, after all, isn't that the whole point of home design?  I think so.    

What is your favorite design moment (house, restaurant, building, public space) in Los Angeles?

The former Jack Warner estate which is now owned by David Geffen.  

Let’s pretend you have $400 to update a 250 square foot space, how do you spend it?

Splurge on Farrow and Ball paint for the walls and, if there's any $ left over, spend it on great lighting.


Tell us a little bit about your window for LCDQ's (La Cienega Design Quarter) Legends of La Cienega event. (Their design will be in the window of Szalon Antiques.)

Our thought was to visually create the "Disconnect" between people and the age of technology we live in. It will be presented as part of the "Big Brother" era.....we hope!

What 5 things would you put in a time capsule?  (NOTE: The theme of this year's LCDQ event is Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design).

My Anglo Indian bed, a Hermes cashmere car coat, a Rolex, my iPhone, and, perhaps, most importantly, my friends and family photo collage.   


What period of history would you most like to have lived in?

The second quarter of the 20th century


What would you bring with you if you were time traveling?

A good insurance policy!  :)


What 5 things do you recommend keeping on hand for unexpected guests? Fresh linens and towels, fresh flowers, fresh fruit, a selection of current magazines and their own door key and alarm code!   


What's your biggest home or design-related indulgence?

A personal at-home theater. 


What's your favorite home from a movie or tv show?

Manderly, Maxim de Winter's house — estate really — from Hitchcock's Rebecca.  


What's your favorite thing about LA?

The generally sunny skies we get to wake up to every day!  


What's your favorite design tip or trick?

Adding some thickness to the exterior wall surrounding the front door. This gives the illusion of thicker walls throughout the house and gives the front door, whatever the style, a little presence, thereby adding to what we call "The Celebration of Entrance".  

To learn more about Scott Shelley and Frank Pennino and to see a portfolio of some of the interiors they've designed, click here; to learn more about the LCDQ La Cienega Design Quarter Legends of La Cienega event and to make reservations for the lectures, click here.


(Image: Scott Shelley)

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