The 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design opened to the public yesterday and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be participating – this year as a designer! I’ve done Pasadena Showcase House previews in past years on my blog, but this is my first time on the other side of the fence. Don’t fret though, as my mission is still to spread the word of great design, and this year’s house is chock full of great design, ideas and inspiration.
Below is my favorite picture of the home, which was snapped at the beginning of April from below the wisteria arch, while it was in full bloom. Even though the purple blooms will not return until next year, the main restaurant at the Showcase House, Wisteria, was inspired and named after this beautiful vine that graces the property.
This year’s home is a 7479 sq. ft. English Tudor Revival built in 1916 by Marston & Van Pelt for then-lawyer Samuel Hinds, one of the founders of a well-loved Pasadena cultural institution, the Pasadena Playhouse. After the stock market crash of 1929, Hinds fell upon hard times and left law to pursue acting full time and in his lifetime appeared in more than 200 films. He is probably best known for his role as Peter Bailey, the father of Jimmy Stewart’s character in It’s a Wonderful Life. [Read more…]