Economy be darned, we’ll fantasize if we feel like it over rooms with walnut paneling and marble floors, boudoirs hung with crystal chandeliers and reading rooms furnished with silk-upholstered easy chairs. April 18 through May 16 marks the return of our annual fantasy-estate time, when the Pasadena Showcase House of Design is up and open so we plebes can see just what it would be like to have (this year) a landmark 50-room estate decorated inside and out by around 30 of our favorites designers.
To judge from photos taken while the showcase rooms were still under construction, we can tell you that one thing this Showcase House, the 1930 Cravens Estate, won’t be is minimalist. It was, after all, inspired by the French chateau that also inspired Versailles.
See the outdoor kitchen and kitchen-garden terrace by Yorkshire Kitchens, Inc. of Pasadena, the morning garden by Carson-Magness Landscapes of Glendale, the solarium and organ hallway by Parker West Interiors of South Pasadena, the upstairs retreat and balcony and mud room by Tocco Finale of San Marino, the eco kitchen by Cynthia Bennett and Associates of South Pasadena — and, as they say, much more.
Proceeds benefit 42 local music organizations. Awardees are honored at the Gifts and Grants reception at the Showcase House April 21.
Pasadena Showcase House of Design, April 18- May 16. Tickets for weekends and from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Tuesday through Friday afternoon tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For tickets, go to www.pasadenashowcase.org or call 714.442.3872, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free parking and shuttle from the Rose Bowl Lot 1 at 360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena except on April 18, 24 and May 15, when visitors should park at Parsons Corporation, 100 W. Walnut, Pasadena.