Saddleback Interiors Chosen to Design Model Homes for Standard Pacific in Sacramento Area Called Whitney Ranch

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Saddleback Interiors, the high-end model home design firm whose spinoff Pal + Smith designs private luxury houses, has just signed a contract to merchandise model homes for Standard Pacific. The model homes, which are in the Saratoga development in Whitney Ranch near Sacramento, will debut in May 2010.

Saddleback Interiors, which is recognized regionally and internationally for designing high-end home models, has signed a contract to merchandise model homes for a Standard Pacific development in Northern California called Saratoga, located in Whitney Ranch near Sacramento.

Standard Pacific is one of the nation's largest homebuilders, having built houses for more than 108,000 families during its more than 40-year history. Saddleback, which recently celebrated its 40th year in business, has completed a long string of projects with Standard Pacific dating back to the 1980s. Both companies are based in Orange County, California.

The two-story models, which will have a down-home American aesthetic, will be designed by Saddleback principals Marc and Melissa Palazzo. Ranging from 3,250 to 3,619 square feet, the model homes will debut in May 2010.

The new contract comes after a dry spell in the local homebuilding market, during which Saddleback’s residential spinoff, Pal + Smith, was busy designing high-end custom private homes. During the past year, Saddleback adapted to changes in the market by securing work abroad. In December, the Meilu Development Company in China commissioned Saddleback to specify and merchandise chalet models adjacent to a luxury boutique hotel in an exclusive neighborhood in Hangzhou, an area known in China for its beauty and prestige. The four-story houses are huge for that part of the world, at almost 10,000 square feet each, and contain 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, indoor pool/sauna/spa, home theater, wine cellar and maids quarters. Imperial Palace and Luxurious are the two design schemes that Saddleback is creating. Last year, Saddleback created the overall interior design concept for the huge Mivida development in New Cairo, Egypt, which consists of large single family homes, move-up single family homes, entry-level single family homes, apartments and multi-use/commercial buildings.

For four decades Saddleback Interiors has created and built upon a model-home portfolio that is recognized in California and abroad. Saddleback is known for design that takes a fresh approach to styles ranging from classic to modern. In addition to working with Standard Pacific, Saddleback also has designed models for Christopher Homes, Capital Pacific, EMAAR, Granite Homes, the Irvine Company, J.M. Peters, John Laing, Lewis Homes, Peters Hover, Summerhill and Shea Homes.

Pal + Smith is a boutique, high-end interior design and furniture company founded by Saddleback owners Marc and Melissa Palazzo in 2008 as a spin-off of Saddleback Interiors. Pal + Smith has a strong local presence and a decidedly international perspective. Interior design clients include Orange County residents like the Penske family, fashion designers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and contemporary art collectors. In 2009, Pal + Smith completed 7 large-scale interior design projects. Since the fall of 2008, Pal + Smith has introduced 42 pieces of furniture, 5 lights and 9 rugs to the marketplace. The complete home furnishings collection is showcased in the ground-floor showroom at the company's design studio, online at and at the hip Michael Tavano home furnishings showroom in the prestigious New York Design Center in Manhattan.

Pal + Smith and its work have been featured in national and local magazines, including Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home and California Home + Design. On Feb. 3 Melissa Palazzo received California Home + Design’s 2010 Award for Best Residential Interior Design over 3,000 square feet. The Palazzo residence is featured in the magazine's February issue. Metropolitan Home magazine also featured the Palazzo residence in its December issue.

For more information on Saddleback Interiors, visit For Pal + Smith,


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