The 2017 Pasadena Showcase House came and went in a flash this past spring, with twenty-five interior and exterior designers pulling off one of the most cohesive houses in recent years. Throughout the month that the house was open to the public, visitors from around Southern California and beyond made their annual trek to visit the Pasadena Showcase House and this time being on the “inside”, having designed the Guest Bedroom, I took in lots of insights from those who stopped by. Among the comments I heard:
- This year’s house was more cohesive than ever
- This was my favorite house in recent years.
- The house was smaller than usual, but it was fresher and more exciting than ever.
- The average visitor to the Pasadena Showcase House has been coming annually for years (32 years for me!)
- There are bus loads of groups from San Diego and Orange County that make the trek to experience the day at Showcase
- There were many small groups of friends (some of which have moved away from the area) that make the point to tour Showcase together every year, and they purchase their tickets months in advance.
The 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design
This year’s home was a 1916 English Tudor designed by Marston & Van Pelt and consisted of 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Much of the home had not been updated in quite some time – the kitchen since the 1950s and having recently watched the 1988 movie, “Beaches” the main staircase and hallways had not been updated since at least then, as the walls, ceilings, and woodwork were still sporting the same mint green as in the movie (yes, that means from floor to ceiling in solid mint)
The Designer Spaces of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House
The Front Entrance Garden – Haynes Landscape Design
Upon stepping foot off the shuttle bus and through the bright red painted gate, visitors were greeted by a rotating garden that featured an assortment of plantings, giving visitors a warm welcome to the property.