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Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2012 – an inside view and review

Photo by Karol Franks.

Exquisite detail and luxe touches – this year the legions of designers have truly outdone themselves. For several months numerous teams of dedicated interior designers, as well as countless workers and volunteers, have been enthusiastically laboring to transform and restore a magnificent estate to its former glory with a gorgeous and modern makeover.

The result is breathtakingly spectacular.

Finally, the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be open to the public, from this Sunday through Sunday, May 13, 2012 (from Tax Day to Mother’s Day).

*** See visiting information section below for special parking instruction for opening day visitors ***

Selected for the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design is a magnificent 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival estate, originally designed by architect John Winford Byers.

The estate is known as ‘Casa de las Puertas’ or ‘House of Doors’ because of the many splendid, ornately carved wooden doors, along with custom leather-tufted and metal clad interior doors.  “While it’s a Showcase tradition to remove the interior doors to allow for more design space and room for guests, this Showcase will retain some of the unique doors for the tour,” says Interior Co-Chair Karol Franks.

Photo by Karol Franks.

“This really is a family home,” added Franks. Thanks to all the additions, the estate can now comfortably house twenty guests.

When visitors explore this year’s Showcase House, resting in the heart of La Canada Flintridge, California, they will enjoy a stunning domain transformed by 31 designers from Southern California, comprised of 25 interior designers and 6 exterior designers.

I spoke with a handful of the interior designers to understand how their complex and artistic decisions were made.  There’s so much to cover – you will simply have to visit to see it all – so here follows a glimpse behind the scenes of this year’s gorgeous Showcase House.

 

Photo by Karol Franks.

Designer Greg Parker, South Pasadena – Breakfast Room/Kitchen/Butler’s Pantry/Pantry.

Greg Parker, from Parker West Interiors, explains that the kitchen and breakfast room was originally an outdoor space, until a remodel in the 1970s. For the Showcase remodel, the entryway to the kitchen was widened and corbel detail added to the ceiling. Parker says he strove to create a “more contemporary usage for the kitchen.” The parquet wooden floor of the breakfast room was over-stenciled to make it look “less busy.”

Because a formal dining room exists elsewhere in the home, Parker placed two square dining tables next to each other to encourage a more intimate dining experience for the small family in residence. In fact, Parker took input from the family on color and material choices, as well as treatment ideas, to shape his design. “They wanted a lot of color,” he confides, adding he made sure to tie the kitchen in with the entryway. Fabric covered padded stools were added to a new kitchen island. Parker’s most dramatic flourish is the installation of a stunning, hand-built, French La Cornue range, gleaming with a Portuguese blue front. Says Parker, “It’s a work of art and also a supreme cooking machine. You too can be Julia Child!” A special surprise for the family is a decorative mural on back splash above the range. Parker had a black and white photo of the home transferred onto six marble tiles.

Photo by Karol Franks.

Off the kitchen is a capacious pantry, that you pass through to get to the “Butler’s Pantry” – an intimate, sunny mini kitchen space, finished with the same exquisite detail.

 

Designer David Reaume, Pasadena – Hallway/Executive Bathroom/Card Room

David Reaume, from David Reaume Construction & Design, added cabinetry, including a cigar humidor and chilled wine storage, to match the original doors and mahogany counters, plus a German silver sink. While the original octagon-shaped terracotta tile floor remained, the wood floors were redone with old and new wood.

Reaume describes the Card Room as a “destination room, designed to invite long hours of comfortable entertaining and relaxing.  State of the art wine and cigar storage at the ready and warm comfortable elegant furnishings will keep guests playing cards all night.”

Photo by Karol Franks.

Designer Paul Devine, Pasadena – Traveler’s Room/Hallway and Staircase

Paul Devine, from Interior Devine, employed a nautical theme and used hand-painted faux trompe l’oeil design to give the impression of wood carving detail on the doors.

Devine notes that the Sleeping Porch “…with its three Murphy beds, each decorated with ships, was used to house spill-over guests, so the idea of travel and the high seas will be used as a theme…artwork will be hung from custom art rails…and includes original Captain Cook sailing charts, nautical views, star maps and sea monsters, ranging in date from the 17th century to contemporary works.”

 

 

Designer Debra Lynn Henno, Solvang – Boy’s Bedroom

Debra Lynn Henno, from DLH Design, turned the boy’s bedroom into a ‘beach cabana,’ employing beach-inspired playful touches such as a “sand-like” carpet and a rug that suggests “beach foam.” Henno emphasised teal and blue tones for the color palette, which was drawn from the unique Bali Boat Wood, hand painted in Indonesia, available from Indo Teak Designs.

 

Maya Williams - Girl's Bedroom. Photo by Karol Franks.

Designer Maya Williams, Woodland Hills Girl’s Bedroom

New to the Showcase is Maya Williams, from Maya Williams Design, who was tasked with making the smallest room in the house cozy and livable. Her first decision was to remove the two twin beds dominating the room and set a twin bed against the window to create more “hang out space.”

Williams says she wanted to create a young girl’s room that was “relaxing and fun” and would make the occupant “happy, confident and want to stay home or hang out with her friends.” As the intimate room is at the back of the home and faces out to the pool area, Williams took her inspiration from the pool’s peacock tile mosaic, adding butterflies, birds and subtle feminine details to the room’s décor that were “not too girly.” Custom bedding, draperies and fabric treatments on the pillows and chair all add to the peacock-inspired design theme of turquoise, lilac and pale green. A hand-painted ceiling design by Jeff Rohm with crystal detail, reproduction Venetian mirrors and custom sconces of real turquoise, jade and Swarovski crystals all add to the deluxe yet comfortable room.

 

Kristi Nelson – Lady’s Office. Photo by Karol Franks.

Designer Kristi Nelson, Los Angeles – Lady’s Office

Kristi Nelson, of KMNelson Design, LLC decided her occupant was a “well-travelled, cosmopolitan woman, who understands art and fashion,” and added feminine and global touches to the petite study. Nelson says she wanted to create an “edgy and current retreat for the lady of the house. Somewhere she could call ‘her space.’” Furniture includes an upholstered St. Simone silhouette chair and a round marble-topped table. Luxe and dramatically graphic details such as the haute couture fashion designer Christian Lacroix’s fabric on the pin board, metallic paper on the ceiling with a subtle ‘stingray’ pattern and a stunning round mirror trimmed with reclaimed porcupine quills all contribute to the global theme, as does a vintage zebra hide (the latter two items are on loan from the designer). The animal theme is echoed in the python print fabric on the throw pillows, the zebra-striped velvet on the ottoman and the snakeskin print on the couch bolster. The window treatments are striped silks of silver, grey and pale light blue.

Smiles Nelson, “This room now feels so much brighter, airy, soft and feminine, without being sweet.”

 

Cynthia Bennett – Writer’s Retreat. Photo by Karol Franks.

Designer Cynthia Bennett, South Pasadena – Writer’s / Artist’s Retreat

Designer Cynthia Bennett, of Cynthia Bennett & Associates, Inc, took on a space with bare walls, open beams and an incomplete fireplace. Says Interior Co-Chair Karol Franks, “It was basically a garage.” The beautifully appointed room looks out to the back garden through two large doors, and is now inviting with its two swivel arm chairs and lounge at window. Matt Sullivan added a plaster relief of tree branches above the large fireplace. A hefty work desk made from a polished slice from a huge redwood tree adds to the rustic retreat flavor. There’s even a practical little kitchenette with a small sink, an espresso machine and a small microwave oven. In the small powder room Bennett added ‘inspirational quotes’ wallpaper.

Bennett describes the Writer’s Retreat as “…a true getaway from the rest of the house, a serene space. One Wall features an electronic ‘inspiration wall’ which displays multiple images on a large screen…two chairs by the fireplace create a cozy sitting area.”

 

Photo by Karol Franks.

As designers Cassy Aoyagi and Kirk Aoyagi, Tujunga, describe it, “The Andalusian Courtyard is a destination with Old World charm, offering a multitude of experiences for guests and residents to seamlessly connect the indoors and outdoors…it also features a dramatic backdrop of the Angeles Forest, and architectural features such as the fountain, tile bench and pizza oven.” The garden adjoining the Andalusian Courtyard was designed by FormLA Landscaping.

As designer Laramee Haynes notes, “The beautiful existing Greenhouse will be furnished with displays to show visitors how to grow their own plants from cuttings, divisions, seeds and grafts. A short video will demonstrate plant propagation. Live demonstrations will also be periodically offered during the tour.”

 Background:

This year, as in the past, over 30,000 guests are expected to visit Showcase House, the Restaurant at Showcase and the Shops at Showcase.

This year’s Showcase home is a magnificent 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival estate, known as ‘Casa de las Puertas’ or ‘House of Doors.’ It was conceived by noted architect John Winford Byers, a serious self-trained architect who was fascinated with native California architecture and its Mexican and Spanish roots.  Many of his houses attracted the attention of critics and were regularly featured in such publications as Architectural Digest.  As his fame spread, Byers attracted such celebrity clients as Shirley Temple, Norma Shearer, Joel McCrea and J. Paul Getty.

The house was built as the winter home for Hunter Savidge Robbins, his wife Margaret K. Robbins and their four children.  There have been two additional owners of the estate, plus the current owners, who purchased the property in 1996.

In 1927, The Los Angeles Times announced the construction of the Robbins house as “a beautiful Spanish home,” a “sixteen-room villa…which will grace a site of approximately two acres.”

A whimsical tribute to Pop Artist Andy Warhol, pictured here, can be seen in the Casita, courtesy of Mark Cutler Design.

Photo by Karol Franks.

Full list of designers, by region:

Pasadena

  • David Reaume, David Reaume Construction & Design for Hallway/Executive Bathroom/Card Room
  • Debra Rabb, Debra Rabb Landscape Architecture, Exterior Advisor
  • Laramee Haynes, Haynes Landscape Design for Greenhouse
  • Albert Janz and Sherry Stein, Henry Johnstone & Co. for Living Room
  • Paul Devine, Interior Devine for Traveler’s Room/Hallway and Staircase
  • Mario Saverino and Kenn Myers, MK & Company, Interior Advisors
  • Walter Hubert, Silver Birches for Restaurant

South Pasadena

  • Cynthia Bennett, Cynthia Bennett & Associates, Inc., for Writer’s / Artist’s Retreat
  • Gregory Parker, Parker West Interiors for Kitchen/Butler’s Pantry/Pantry/Breakfast Room

San Gabriel Valley

  • Alhambra: Phillip W. Cohen, Studio of Phillip W. Cohen, for Telephone Room
  • La Canada:  Traci Larsen, Traci Larsen Interiors for Reading Room

Burbank / Glendale / Tujunga / Sun Valley

  • Burbank: Joshua Cain, Saxony Design Build for Guest Suite/Laundry Room/Bath/Library/ Family Office
  • Chino: Phill Vonk, D Christjan Fine Cabinetry Design & Mfg. for Family Library
  • Glendale: Melissa Carson and Barry Magness, Carson-Magness Landscapes, Inc., for Pool and BBQ / Pool Dressing Area and Shower
  • Sun Valley: Terry Morrill, California Waterscapes Inc. for Waterfall
  • Sun Valley:  Jaime Dietenhofer, Garage Envy, Inc.  for Connoisseur Ca
  • Sun Valley: Jaime Dietenhofer and Erna Miranda, Storage Envy for Master His/Hers Closet
  • Tujunga:  Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi, FORM LA Landscaping Inc., for Andalusian Courtyard

Los Angeles

  • Kristi Nelson, KMNelson Design, LLC for Lady’s Office
  • Stephanie Leese and Jason Lai, L2 Interiors for Breezeway
  • Mark Cutler, Mark Cutler Design for Casita

San Fernando Valley

  • Calabasas:  Christina Lauren, for Entrada/Main Staircase/Upstairs Gallery/Powder Room
  • Encino:  Steve Sandalis, Mystic Water Gardens for Guesthouse Pond
  • Studio City: Kathryne Dahlman, Kathryne Designs, Inc., for Master Suite/Sitting Room/Balcony/Master Bath
  • Tarzana:  John Lauterbach, Lauterbach, Inc., for Guesthouse Pond
  • Van Nuys:  Anne Phillips, Go Green Gardeners for Front Walkway/Rose Garden & Fountain
  • Woodland Hills:  Maya Williams Maya Williams Design for Girl’s Bedroom

Santa Monica

  • Copper Gyer, Copper Gyer Design, for Guest Bedroom
  • Karina Oldemans, Karina Oldemans Interior Design for Dining Room

Long Beach

  • Kristin Pipal and Ann Kneedler, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc., for Vestibule/Balcony

Orange County / Newport Beach

  • Jon Jahr, Jon Jahr and Associates for Gentleman’s Study

Solvang

  • Debra Lynn Henno, DLH Design for Boy’s Bedroom

Westlake Village

  • Genaro Lagdemeo, Designs of the Interior for Family Room/Bath

 

Dunn-Edwards Paints donated paint for the house exterior and all design areas at the Showcase House.

 All photos were taken by Karol Franks.

 

All photos taken by Karol Franks.

The 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

Visiting Information:

*** Special parking instruction for opening day visitors ***

The public is advised that for opening day, Sunday, April 15th and the following Saturday, April 21st, complimentary parking and shuttle service for the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be at Parsons parking lot, located at 100 W. Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91124, at the corner of Walnut and Fair Oaks.

For all other Showcase House dates, the parking will remain at Rose Bowl Parking Lot I.

Open to the public Sunday, April 15 through Sunday, May 13, 2012, excluding Mondays.

HOURS:

Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

The Showcase is closed on Mondays.

*** Unfortunately, the Showcase property is not handicap accessible, nor a child safe venue.  Infants and children under the age of 12 will not be permitted on the premises.

Complimentary parking is available at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, Lot I.

Guests will be shuttled to the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House where they can tour the estate and its magnificent gardens, dine at The Restaurant at Showcase designed by Silver Birches and shop at the Shops at Showcase.

*** The gardens, restaurant, and shops may be visited without a ticket. ***

Additionally, the 2012 Gifts and Grants Reception honoring this year’s recipients will be held in the Pasadena Showcase House Restaurant on April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to attend without a ticket.

 

TICKETS:

Showcase House tickets ordered in advance are:

$35.00 for Prime Time (Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

$30.00 for Weekday Matinee (Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays through Fridays from 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.).

Tickets are available to purchase online through Admit One Products.

Or you can order by phone at (714) 442-3872

For recorded Showcase information, please call 626-578-8500.

You can now follow them on twitter – @ShowcaseHouse

 

 

About the Pasadena Showcase House of Design:

PSHA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design.  For the last 47 years, PSHA has raised funds to promote youth music education and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  To date, PSHA has donated over $18 million in proceeds to these programs.  Funds have also provided opportunities for over 350,000 children to discover, enjoy and study classical music.  Proceeds from the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design generated $750,000 which was distributed during the Gifts and Grants Reception at the 2011 Pasadena Showcase House of Design last spring.

For more information about PSHA, either becoming a member or about the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, please visit their official site or call 626-578-8500.

Mission Statement:

Thanks to a significant commitment on the part of the members of PSHA who volunteer their time, the talent and financial commitment on the part of designers and the many others who donate their time, products and money – The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is now one of the largest, most successful and oldest house and garden tours in the United States. PSHA’s tradition of volunteerism has continued to make the Pasadena Showcase House such a tremendous success.

Company Overview

An all-volunteer organization, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) is a non-profit California Corporation whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Founded in 1948, and formerly known as The Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee, they adopted the Pasadena Showcase House of Design as their annual benefit in 1965. It is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation.

 

 

 

 

Last Days to see Pasadena Showcase – 2011

English Courtyard and Knot Garden 2

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Over the past few months several teams of designers, as well as countless workers and volunteers, have been feverishly laboring to transform and restore a magnificent estate to its former glory with a gorgeous and modern makeover.

Selected for the 2011 Pasadena Showcase House of Design is a distinguished estate in the English Period Revival style, designed by renowned Los Angeles architect, Paul R. Williams, and built in 1927. It features ample ‘old world’ charm and masterful detail.

Photos and review by Pauline Adamek

Resting in the heart of La Canada Flintridge, California, the handsome estate is comprised of a 7,200 square foot home, a championship-sized tennis court, a large pool and a delightful barn area with stables, all residing on 4.5 acres. The high-class design re-model was completed mid-April, 2011 and the estate is now open to visitors through Sunday, May 15, 2011.

House Exterior

Paul R. William is a renowned architect, well known for his LAX Theme Building, Beverly Hills Hotel, Saks Beverly Hills, as well as his designs of 2,000+ private homes. This remodeling project boasts a roster of high-end designers including Barclay Butera, Garage Envy and David Dalton, Inc. Over the past three months, small teams totaling twenty-four acclaimed interior and exterior designers from all over Southern California have transformed this English Period Revival-style estate. The grand home has been given its glamorous makeover and is now an inspiring, must-see destination for design enthusiasts and industry professionals.

Assigned the dining room, or ‘Banquet Room’ is Amy DeVault of Amy DeVault Interior Design Inc., who commented, “It’s nice to do because it is on a smaller scale,” and observing wistfully, “The grounds are so beautiful!”

David Dalton of David Dalton Inc. was assigned the living area, or ‘The Great Room.’ He commented that Paul Williams was a noted architect who designed “palatially-scaled public rooms, while the private quarters are much smaller. Dalton and his team welcomed the opportunity to give this English Country manor a fresh, updated style by selecting striking florals, chintzes and glazed linens, which have a slightly shiny finish to them. They selected their fabrics from fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s collection as they fell in love with the bright colors of hot pinks and oranges as well as the enlarged scale of the prints. Hilariously, Mizrahi himself calls his silks, chintz and linen’s “mega chintz.” Dalton says they added a matelassé embroidered with green crickets and a white chaise longue that is so super-glazed, the fabric suggests patent leather.

Importantly — none of the designers are given a budget. As Dalton points out, everybody is on their own. “If you are clever, you get loans or donated pieces. Everything is for sale,” he adds, everything, that is except for the original pieces that belong to the house.

Dramatically featuring in ‘The Great Room’ are the custom-made lacquered cabinets and secretariat with their brightly colored interiors. Also there are star-burst chandeliers, selected, as Dalton says, because, “this room reminded me of a cathedral, so it was fitting to have something celestial.” Reproductions of lamps by Tony Duquette echo this theme.

Lady in Waiting Room designer Kristi Nelson

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In contrast to the grand, impressive and richly detailed public rooms, upstairs are the more quirky, odd-shaped and smallish secondary rooms.

Lady in Waiting Room 1

Assigned to the ‘Lady in Waiting’ room was Kristi Nelson of KMNelson Design, LLC. “We like to refer to it as ‘flight of fantasy’ and indeed there is a definite woodland and bird-life theme to this feminine and pretty room. Thanks to a lovely green aspect of treetops and woods seen through the windows, Nelson was keen to bring some of that “magic in the woods inside.” Nelson combined antiques with contemporary and custom-made pieces to create “a place to really relax, daydream or create. Indeed, the ‘Lady in Waiting’ room has been transformed into a mini sanctuary. Nelson’s used of sumptuous fabrics created a contrast of elegance with the raw and natural elements in her design.

Lady in Waiting Room tassels

One special touch is the use of custom tassels on the draperies that are edged with real feathers.

Nelson’s colleague Francesca assisted with the bathroom attached to this small room, adding an elegant mirror on the ceiling to give the illusion of more space and light and touches of metallic paint to add glamor. For the white tile surrounding the refinished bathtub they employed a new technique of etching through sandblasting the white tile made from Thassos marble, which is very white.

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For the bathroom of a girl’s bedroom, dubbed ‘The Littlest Princess’ and designed by Jill Kollmar of Jill Kollmar Design and her team, Eileen Atwood of Sierra Custom Kitchens, Inc. knocked down a wall that split the bathroom in half and installed a bathtub. Complementing the existing dark colors of the house, they chose an ornate molding and used an acanthus theme (a stylized leaf) on the tile. They selected classic, neutral colors – such as beige, creams, a lovely celadon-like green called “olive martini” – and these were chosen to work for a little girl’s room even as she ages. They added pretty, green stenciling on the walls and iridescent pink to give it a ‘pop.’  The resulting bathroom, and its adorable bedroom, is whimsical and charming.

Littlest Princess - Maiden's bathroom

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Outside is the ‘English Courtyard and Knot Garden,’ designed by husband-and-wife team Steven and Lesa Logoluso of Logoluso Design Studio. Initially a “sea of red cement, a broken birdbath and lava rock with no plants,” the enclosed English Courtyard was transformed into a comfortable outdoor living area, with the formality of its ‘Englishness’ softened by their more relaxed, Californian take. An added central feature is the white limestone trough which is a solid piece brought over from India. This striking water feature was filled with bog plants and a cheery bubbling fountain.  The outdoor furniture uses sustainable Birchwood frames and robust, anti-mold and mildew fabrics that resemble lush velvet. Comments Lesa, “It’s amazing to have this property here in L.A.” The result is an English Country home meets Southern Californian outdoor lifestyle.

English Courtyard and Knot Garden 1

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Working with Terry Morrill and his company Pacific Outdoor Living, Svetlana and John transformed a boring pool area with lush landscaping, an elegant, pergola-covered lounge area and even a creek with a natural-looking pond that appears to cascade into the swimming pool.

Pool landscaping

Pool Area

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‘The Kitchen Garden’ was designed by Katherine Parra and Alastair Boase, from Alastair Boase Landscape Design. Says Katherine, “It was a weedy patch before we started.” Referring to PSHA Benefit Chairman Kathryn Hofgaarden, Alastair told me, “Kathryn, the queen chairwoman, thought nobody would take it. But I thought it would be fun and afford a lot of creativity.” They added a wine theme to the garden to lend the sense of conviviality, including whimsically lining the vegetable garden and herb beds with upside-down wine bottles. Adds Katherine, “Most everything has been re-purposed for this job.”

Kitchen Garden

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I head back upstairs to the main bedroom or ‘Master Chambers’ to view the stunning design work from Hal Swanson and Dan Ollis of Swanson-Ollis Interiors. The pair, who joined forces over twenty years ago, are trained interior designers and interior architects. With no client to direct them, their design skills were given free reign. Beginning with the context of the magnificent English manor home, their intent was to remain as classical as possible with their choices. Mature, calm and respite were their driving themes. Says Swanson, “Elegant but casual, sophisticated and understated.” They set the room on brown sisal flooring to ground the space and selected a pale celadon green for the walls and ceiling, to add softness and light. The fluted four-posted bed has a beautiful canopy and gilt scalloped detail around the frame. The bed is swathed in luxurious lines from Hermes of Paris, who have brought out a brand new line of bedding and linens.

Master Chambers 1

The bathroom was left relatively intact as it features gorgeous pink tile from the 1920s and glass on the shower stall is etched with a rendition of the good ship Mayflower. A bit kitschy, but clearly of the period and better left untouched. An antique rug from Turkmenistan hints to the blush rose hues of the bathroom and they added a vintage gilt bamboo lounge chair, covered with amethyst silk upholstery.

Master Chambers bathroom

As Ollis notes, the bedrooms are not very large and this was never intended to be a primary residence.

Indeed, this distinguished estate in the English Period Revival style, designed by architect Paul R. Williams, was likely a country residence and almost 100 years later it has been splendidly restored and updated to beyond its former glory.

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Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, supporting outstanding music and arts programs throughout the greater Pasadena-area community. The group held its Empty House Party recently, drawing more than 600 guests. The visually exciting and gastronomically satisfying event unveiled the 47th Pasadena Showcase House of Design prior to renovation and kicked-off the organization’s annual fundraising efforts.

The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the United States. The 47th Annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be open to the public from April 17 – May 15, 2011.

All photos and text by Pauline Adamek

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Supporting the Arts throughout our community, proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design are used to support the programs of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

Gifts and Grants – More than $17 million in Gifts and Grants has been awarded to support the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall and local symphonic, cultural and educational programs for youth.

Pasadena Showcase House Music MobileTM – Created by PSHA in 1971, and now in partnership with the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, the Music MobileTM van equipped with musical instruments has visited over 115,000 third graders in their classrooms introducing them to the sounds and magic of a symphony orchestra with a hands-on experience.

Pasadena Showcase House Youth Concert – Begun in 1953, over 215,000 fourth grade students have attended this annual youth oriented concert with performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium or Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition – Promising young musicians between the ages of 16-24 have been competing annually for monetary awards in the categories of woodwinds, brass and strings. To date, nearly $500,000 in prize money has been awarded.

Empty House Party – Pasadena – 2011

Empty House painting 2011

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The 47th Annual Pasadena Showcase House Of Design Empty House Party recently drew quite a crowd. Situated in La Canada Flintridge, California, a handsome estate designed in 1927 by celebrated Architect Paul R. Williams is the recipient of this year’s high-class design makeover. The re-model is scheduled for completion mid-April, 2011 and open to visitors through mid-May, 2011.

The attractive city of La Canada Flintridge, California is bordered by the Angeles National Forest on the North and the cities of Pasadena and Glendale on the East and South.

Paul R. William is a renowned architect, well known for his LAX Theme Building, Beverly Hills Hotel, Saks Beverly Hills, as well as his designs of 2,000+ private homes. This remodeling project boasts a roster of high-end designers including Barclay Butera, Garage Envy and David Dalton, Inc. Over the next three months, a team of twenty-four acclaimed interior and exterior designers from all over Southern California will transform this English Period Revival-style estate and by April it will be transformed into an inspiring, must-see destination for design enthusiasts and industry professionals.

Empty House - PSHA Group

[Pictured:  PSHA GROUP from left to right: Assistant to the Benefit Chairman Eileen Reilly, Benefit Chairman Kathryn Hofgaarden, Interior Chairman Susanne Abbott, Exterior Chairman Linda Jenkins, President Marti Farley, Exterior Chairman Cindy Steffen, Exterior Chairman Brigett Guitron.]

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, supporting outstanding music and arts programs throughout the greater Pasadena-area community. The group held its Empty House Party recently, drawing more than 600 guests. The visually exciting and gastronomically satisfying event unveiled the 47th Pasadena Showcase House of Design prior to renovation and kicked-off the organization’s annual fundraising efforts.

“We are most fortunate to be in partnership with some superb designers this year,” said PSHA Benefit Chairman Kathryn Hofgaarden. “Their plans for the renovation are remarkably innovative and will undoubtedly offer every visitor inspiration and enjoyment as well as practical information.”

Empty House - PSHA - KDMB

[Pictured: KDMB from left to right: Benefit Chairman Kathryn Hofgaarden, Empty House Party Chairman Delise Menik, President Marti Farley, Empty House Party Chairman Beverly Marksbury.]

Walking past expansive pastoral grounds, guests gathered inside this elegantly designed, architecturally detailed house while viewing illustrations and descriptions of the designers’ concepts. An extraordinary selection of culinary delights were offered to guests at gourmet stations located throughout the house. The menu, created by Peggy Dark of The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, included savory seafood, farm fresh grilled seasonal vegetables, delectable hors d’oeuvres and sumptuous desserts.

Empty House - designer Jon Jahr

Showcase 2011 highlights one of Williams’ earlier designs that boasts Old World charm and masterful detail. Built in 1927, Williams borrowed ideas from the past without using excessive ornamentation and married traditional architectural styles with smart, stylized looks. Resting in the heart of La Canada Flintridge, California, the estate features a 7,200+ square foot home, 1,800 square foot guesthouse, eight gardens, championship concrete tennis court, oversized swimming pool and accompanying pool house on 4.5 acres.

Empty House - garden design

In addition, the Showcase will feature – for the first time in 47 years – a three-car garage as a design space. Outfitted with hefty design elements, such as custom-light fixtures made from welding tanks, this ‘man cave’ will also house a wine refrigerator, beer tap and flat screen TV for the ultimate hangout.

One of the oldest house and garden tours, the 2011 Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be open from April 17 – May 15, 2011. The proceeds from the Showcase support music and arts enrichment programs throughout the community. Since its inception, the Showcase has helped raised over 17 million dollars and brought music programs to hundreds of thousands of school kids throughout Southern California.

Empty House - girl's room by Jill Kollmar

Every year, volunteers come together to make the Showcase possible and this year is no exception. “I am inspired and amazed by the tireless efforts of our devoted volunteers working to transform this property into the 2011 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. I am really proud to be part of the organization,” said PSHA President Marti Farley.

Approximately 35,000 guests will visit the Showcase House this Spring to view the results of the time and dedication invested by the designers and the PSHA volunteers. For more information visit their official site.

Empty House - Eileen Atwood and Alice Sin

Empty House - Eileen Atwood and Alice Sin's design

Tickets cost between $30-$40 and can be ordered by mail,

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Report by Pauline Adamek

Pasadena Showcase House of Design, 2010 – Cravens Estate

Pasadena Showcase Watercolor 2010Each year, roughly 40,000 visitors from throughout Southern California, and beyond, step through the front door of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, one of largest, most successful and oldest house and garden tours in the nation.

Tickets for the Pasadena Showcase House of Design – which includes not only the house and garden tour, but also the Shops at Showcase, with more than 25 vendors, a restaurant and bar – are currently on sale.

Access to this year”™s Showcase Home will take place Tuesday through Sunday, April 18th through May 16th 2010.

This year the venue selected for restoration is The Cravens Estate, in Pasadena, a French Chateau-style home that was built in the late 1920s at a cost of $1,000,000.

The San Gabriel Pomona Valley American Red Cross acquired the Estate in the early-1960s.

Incidentally, certain rooms of this mansion are also available to rent for special events such as weddings. An elegant lobby, dining room and living room are available. French doors in the living room open onto a large patio and beautiful gardens. The site can accommodate up to 250 people.

“We expect attendance to be very high this year because this year”™s House is such a unique project,” says Beverly Marksbury, Benefit Chairman. “It”™s the historic Cravens Estate, which was designated a Pasadena Cultural Landmark by the Pasadena Heritage Society and a Landmark of Historical Significance by the city of Pasadena. So we like to say that our designers are bringing the estate back to life rather than transforming it. While each space will reflect the latest design trends and innovations, you”™ll also see how we worked diligently with architectural historians and experts to respect the property”™s past.”

(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

Each room or space throughout the nearly 20,000 sq ft Cravens Estate will be transformed by a different designer or design team. Altogether over thirty designers will participate in this year”™s effort.

Designers taking part in the 46th Pasadena Showcase House of Design are: Michael Berman Limited and Santana Interiors (Interior Advisors); Linda Allen Designs, Inc. (Morning Room); Cynthia Bennett and Associates (Kitchen); Jennifer Bevan Interiors (Mr. Cravens”™ Dressing Room); Blakeley-Bazeley, Ltd. (Powder Room); Saxony Design Group (Drawing Room and Alcove); John Cole Interior Design, Inc. (Guest Sitting Room); Amy DeVault Interior Design (Grand Staircase and Landing); Tocco Finale (Back Hallway/Reception Area); Jeneration Interiors (Lady”™s Office and Bathroom); Henry Johnstone & Co. (Mrs. Cravens”™ Sitting Room); Julie Kays Design Incorporated (Master Bedroom); Ammie Kim Interior Design (Sewing Room/Linen Room); Padua & DK Designs (Main Entrance/Galleria/Alcoves);  Lechman-Testa & Associates (Guest Bedroom and Bathroom); Roberta Martin Interiors, LLC (Mrs. Cravens”™ Dressing Room/Bathroom); Karina Oldemans Interior Design (Mrs. Cravens”™ Sunroom); Parker West Interiors (Solarium and Organ Alcove – 1st floor); Reaume Construction and Design (Breakfast Room); Lawrence J. Rizkowsky Design (Library/Hallway and Bathroom); MK and Company Interior Design and Decoration (Dining Room); Designs of the Interior (Media Room); Setting the Stage Interior Design (Sitting Room Hallway); and DChristjan (Gentleman”™s Bathroom).

The grounds around the estate will be transformed as well, thanks to help from the following exterior designers:  Verne Arnold Landscape Designs, LLC (Exterior Advisor); Form LA Landscaping, Inc. (Strolling Garden); Canterbury Landscaping, Inc. (Formal Terrace Area with Urns); Carson-Magness Landscape (Morning Garden); and Pacific Outdoor Living (Entrance Garden and Terrace).

Those who visit the nearly 20,000 square foot estate should plan to make a day of it, Marksbury adds. The Pasadena Showcase House of Design includes The Shops at Showcase – with linens, clothing, accessories, gourmet foods and housewares supplied by over 30 vendors – and The Restaurant and Bar at Showcase, staffed by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Tickets for the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design are available online, or by phone, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (714) 442-3872.

Prime time tickets for all day Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, may be purchased for $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Weekday matinee tickets (Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to closing) are available for $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

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FURTHER READING:
The project is also the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts”™ second collaboration with another nonprofit. In 2007, PSHA worked with Descanso Gardens to revitalize the historic Boddy House. The Cravens Estate, meanwhile, has been the home of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter of the American Red Cross ever since the property”™s last owner, the industrialist Simon Zervos, donated it to the Red Cross in 1962.
“Mrs. Cravens served on the Board of the American Red Cross of Pasadena as well as many other philanthropic organizations,” says Marksbury. “So we think she would wholeheartedly approve of this undertaking since PSHA shares her belief in helping others.”

Monies raised from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design fund a wide array of musical arts organizations, from world-renowned ensembles like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Opera to local high school band and music therapy programs. PSHA also supports three programs of its own: the Pasadena Showcase House Music Mobile TM, an award-winning program introducing 3rd graders throughout the San Gabriel Valley to the instruments of the orchestra; The Pasadena Showcase House Youth Concert, a free performance by the LA Philharmonic for 4th grade students at Walt Disney Concert Hall; and the Instrumental Competition, where exceptionally talented musicians, aged 16 to 24, compete for over $30,000 in monetary prizes to further their music education.
“To date, we”™ve donated over $17 million to the arts,” says Delise Menik, President of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. “And, with the support of the community this year, we hope to make that amount much, much higher and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.”

For more information about the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, visit their website or call 626.578.8500. Those interested in becoming members of the PSHA committee are urged to contact the organization”™s Membership Chair via email.

Again, tickets for the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design are available online, or by phone, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (714) 442-3872. Prime time tickets for all day Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, may be purchased for $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Weekday matinee tickets (Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to closing) are available for $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Report by Pauline Adamek