Long before Decor Revolution, and before I became an interior designer, I have visited the Pasadena Showcase House for close to thirty years now (I’m dating myself). I may have missed a couple of years, but I’ve been to most of them, so it’s become a tradition for me and something I look forward to. This is the 50th Annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, featuring the work of twenty-five designers and the dates are April 13 – May 11, 2014. Just to lay some ground work, the color palette for the house was influenced by English country architecture and updates to the early California lifestyle. It’s based on Dunn Edwards Paints and includes lots of warm, earthy colors; some browns, deep corals, greens, golds, teals, soft blues and creams. As far as the architecture. the house was designed in 1915, by Stiles O. Clemens, a prominent Southern architect, who was a key figure in the 1920’s Art Deco movement. It is an English country estate sitting on 3.5 wooded acres with seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, pool, tennis and badminton courts and a carriage house with a one-bedroom suite above. The house cost $28,000 when it was originally built.
Although I’ve been going for many years, this year I’m going to share my observations with my readers, which is a first. I won’t be able to discuss every room, or the blog would be a book instead of a post, so I will just talk about my favorites. And since I tend to be more interested in interiors than I am in gardens, (sorry, all you wonderful landscape architects), I’m not going to talk about those either, although they were spectacular. So tune in to my blog next week for my impressions on a few of the rooms in the house.
For more information or to order tickets for the house, visit http://www.pasadenashowcase.org/index.php#.
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