One of the most interesting, fun, and historical elements on the 3+ acre lot with the 1915 country estate, site of the 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, is the minute, partially submerged Creekside Spring House. It was built with river rock and actually pre-dates the house. We were told that farming used to be prevalent in the area, including dairy farms, and the spring water provided the neighborhood with water. The structure was built to keep the milk cool, as well as wheels of cheese.
Steven Sandalis and Shannon Ggem of Mystic Water Gardens had the challenge of re-purposing this structure. They thatched the interior ceiling, created a built-in wine rack, and installed a chandelier and leather armchair. A glass of Harlan Estate, anyone?
This year, the interior palate of the main house is rather muted with gentle golds, browns, greys, eggplant, and pastel blue. Except for the dining room; we’re not sure what the color is on the walls. The closest we can figure, if memory serves us, is Valspar’s Kiwi Splash. It’s a green with mustard or gold tones, very bold, and not a hue we want hovering over us as we eat. Obviously, Michael Berman of Michael Berman Limited who designed the room would fervently disagree with us. We did, however, enjoy and admire the silvery textured ceiling and the bulbous chandelier.
Rather than the art and knickknacks of Showcase houses, we’re always drawn to the fabrics used on couches, bedspreads, pillows, and even the walls; the elegant, fun, quirky, and classical lighting fixtures; and the tile work on floors, countertops, walls, and backspashes. Here’s a sneak peek to temp the senses. (If you’re tempted all ready, click here for ticket details.)
Showcase House is open to the public through May 11th.
Kitchen, pantry, breakfast nook, and seating area by Cynthia Bennett & Associates, Inc., South Pasadena. Designers Cynthia Bennett, Goli Karimi, and Carolien Fehmers.
John Cole of John Cole Interior Design in Beverly Hills attempts to raise the “wow” factor in the salon:
Kathryne Dahlman and Malissa Graham of Kathryne Designs took the vast Great Room and made it into a welcoming, cozy gathering place…
The Master Suite was quite a challenge for Karen Shoener, Genaro Lagdameo, and Carla Wening of Designs of the Interior: a narrow hall, His & Her minute bathrooms, and a rather small bedroom area. The “before” pictures and “after” results are impressive.
Fascinating tile work in the Young Woman’s Suite. Alicia Friedmann Interior Design.
The World Traveler’s Suite is something to behold. Amy De Vault Design, Inc.
Amy Peltier of A. Peltier Interiors in San Gabriel is a first-year designer at Showcase House and fashioned the nursery using Osborne & Little fabrics and wallpapers, Pillow Talk, Grueter Construction in Altadena, and Tap n’ Tile in Pasadena.
A wild back staircase, reminiscent of the 60s, designed by Jason Lai and Stephanie Leese of L2 Interiors.
And now, to the great outdoors:
The Botanical Retreat by Dolores Kroop of Padua-D. K. Designs in Alhambra:
Besides garden accessories, objects d’art, kitchen wares, and home décor, the Shops at Showcase offer linens, jewelry, clothing, and gourmet goods. Twenty-five percent of purchased items are tax deductible and previous guests may return at any time when Showcase is open to the public.
We’ve come full circle, back to the Creekside Spring House. This may have seemed like a lot of pictures and perhaps you think now that you don’t have see Showcase House 2014 for yourself. But it is accurate to say that we didn’t come close to revealing all the wonders: seeing the rooms as a whole, the twists and turns down hallways to reveal another designers vision, as well as wandering the grounds and seeing the outdoor kitchen, the swimming pool (don’t miss the before and after of the changing rooms), the terraced garden with Sacred Spaces‘ whimsical iron works and plant holders, the lily pond, and the carriage house, which has become a fan favorite. We’ve chosen not to include pictures from these quarters; we’re here to promote and entice, after all…
Whether or not one likes the designers’ choices (an irresistible conversation starter), Showcase House is a feast for the eyes and the senses.
There’s only two weeks left; enjoy.
Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2014
Runs through Sunday, May 11th, entry from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$40, details here
Parking: Rose Bowl Lot I, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. 91103
Flat shoes only, cell phones must be turned off, and no photography allowed
For complete info, visit PasadenaShowcase.org
For sustenance, Taste Buds Culinary is this year’s choice for the Restaurant at Showcase, which is called Table 50 in recognition of 2014 being Showcase’s 50th anniversary.
Hours: Saturday, Sunday, & Tuesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
For reservations, call 818.989.9944
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is offering $685,000 in gifts and grants this year. Following is a list of the 58 organizations that will receive monies for concerts, scholarships, instruments, music education and training programs, and music therapy:
Academy of Music for the Blind
Alhambra Educational Foundation
American Composers Forum of L.A.
Don Bosco Technical Institute
Dunsmore Elementary School Found.
Education Through Music-Los Angeles
Glendale Youth Orchestra
Hillsides – Music Education Program
Institute of Art, Music & Science
John Burroughs HS Vocal Music Assn.
KUSC – Classical KUSC
Los Angeles Opera Company
L. A. GOAL
L. A. Chamber Orchestra Society, Inc.
American Youth Symphony
Angelica Center for Arts and Music
Arcadia Music Club
Blair IB Magnet High School
Instruments and Concert
Burbank HS Instrumental Music Assn.
California Dance Institute
California State Summer School Arts Found.
Scholarships and Concerts
Culver City Education Foundation
Don Benito Fundamental School
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
L. A. County HS for the Arts Found.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
Pasadena Senior Center
Rio Hondo Music Department
Rio Hondo Symphony
San Gabriel Educational Foundation
Shumei Arts Council
South Pasadena Educational Fund
Southwest Chamber Music
Therapeutic Living Center for the Blind
Thomas Jefferson Elem. School Booster
Verdugo Young Musicians Association
Summer Camp and Concerts
Washington STEAM Magnet Academy
YOLA – Los Angeles Philharmonic
Young Musicians Foundation
Los Angeles Youth Orchestra
Marshall Music Boosters
Monrovia Unified School District
Monte Vista PTA
Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
Music Unlocks Success in Children (MUSIC)
Neighborhood Music School Association
Pasadena Community Orchestra Assn.
Pasadena Conservatory of Music
Pasadena HS Instrumental Music Club
Pasadena Master Chorale Association
Pasadena Opera Guild
Los Angeles Philharmonic Pasadena Arts Council
Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl Young Artist Award in Music Concerts at Walt Disney Hall