Friday, May 13, 2011
Pasadena Showcase House 2011
For the longest time, this event has been on my bucket list. Today I went!
I was told beforehand that this house "wasn't one of the grandest" and wasn't as "impressive" as some past homes. I asked what's the square footage? 7000 square feet! Wow, that alone impresses me, no worries there :)
Well, it was gorgeous. Built in 1920 and designed by Paul Williams, a very prominent California architect who designed many celebrity homes, estates, and iconic building here in LA area. The grounds ( 4 acres worth) were landscaped by several different landscape designers and went from the whimsical vegetable garden, the the elegant patio, to the floral woodland wonderland nestled by a natural stream that ran across the property.
Most of us in LA suffer through small lots and not a lot of privacy to enjoy perfect weather, but this home had it all: luscious grounds, grand rooms, history, elegance and space to spare.
There were a few rooms I wasn't crazy about design-wise, and the number of designers probably contributed to a little incontinuity bewteen rooms (one more "modern" one art deco, one traditional) But the color schemes (All Dunn-Edwards paints) were set ahead of time, so the rooms did flow in that respect.
website and the house is open until May 15. I do suggest going early (the crowds make it hard to see the rooms well) and planning on staying awhile...there is a lovely outdoor cafe set up in a beautiful tent and even a separate little "bar" on the grounds to get a glass of wine. There is also a shopping pavilion, with all sorts of homemade goodies ( the scones and key lime curd was sooo good--have a sample!) jewelry, clothing and lovely handmade handbags (I almost bought one of those but Dave Ramsey whispered in my ear again-- however, I have her card)
See the video of the homes transformation here.
Make it a Great Day!