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    The Parlour was transformed by Jon Jahr of Jon Jahr and Associates. Its updated styling incorporates color while retaining its classic detailing. Photo: ©2011 John Coute, ADimagination.

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    Tamara Kaye-Honey (of House of Honey) used bold colors and eclectic furnishings to define the "Rumpus Room" on the estate. Photo: Eron Rauch.

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    A pleasing combination of balance, symmetry and proportion distinguish the "Master Chambers" designed by Hal Swanson & Dan Ollis of Swanson-Ollis Interiors. Photo: Swanson-Ollis Interiors.

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    The beauty is in the details in the "Maiden's Bath" designed by Eileen Atwood for Sierra Custom Kitchens, Inc. Photo: Eileen Atwood.

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    Outdoor spaces are as important as interior ones in this Showcase Home. The "English Courtyard" was designed by Steven & Lesa Logoluso of Logoluso Design Studio. Photo: Logoluso Design Studio.

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Outdoor spaces are as important as interior ones in this Showcase Home. The "English Courtyard" was designed by Steven & Lesa Logoluso of Logoluso Design Studio. Photo: Logoluso Design Studio.


About the PSHA

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, which supports outstanding music and arts programs throughout the communities of the greater Pasadena areas of Southern California.


In its 47th year, Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the largest, most successful and oldest house and garden tours in the United States.


Proceeds from Pasadena Showcase House of Design and the donations PSHA receives go to the funding of three annual music programs and awarding gifts and grants to other nonprofit organizations that provide musically oriented programs including music therapy, music education, scholarships and the underwriting of concerts.


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  • Behind the Scenes at a Showcase Home

    An inside look at the trend-setting designs featured in the Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

    by Trisha McBride Ferguson

    There's no better place to get design and decorating ideas than a showcase home, and the Pasadena Showcase House of Design is the best of the best. In its 47th year, the event is one of the largest, most successful and oldest house and garden tours in the United States. Each spring it attracts more than 35,000 paying visitors anxious to see the work of California's finest high-end interior and exterior designers.



    This Year's House

    The 2011 showcase home is a 7,200-square-foot English Period Revival estate located in La Canada Flintridge, California. Rich with history, the house was designed in 1927 by celebrated architect Paul R. Williams.

    The estate is a classic illustration of English Period Revival at its best and boasts many of its original features and structures. Upon entering the expansive grounds, the home’s exterior comes into view with its striking red brick and hipped and gabled roof. Its two distinctive chimneys are topped with decorative chimney pots, as was popular in the old English style.

    The interior is just as inspiring, with cork flooring and a unique ceiling made of plaster-of-Paris and burlap. The grand living room displays a prominent fireplace and dark, stained paneling. The beautiful glass casement windows throughout the home and the inlay crests add architectural significance. Upstairs, a pitched hallway leads to four bedrooms, four bathrooms and enchanting alcoves.


    The Challenge

    For 25 high-end interior and exterior designers in Southern California, the challenge was to turn this classic home into an inspiring, must-see destination. Here's a look at the designers by region, and the rooms they transformed:  


    Burbank / Sun Valley

    • Burbank: Joshua Cain & Jeff Godbold, Saxony Design Build for The Guest Cottage
    • La Crescenta: Terry Morrill, Pacific Outdoor Living for The Pool Area
    • Sun Valley: Jaime Dietenhofer, Garage Envy, Inc. for The Carriage House 


    Orange County / Newport Beach

    • Jon Jahr, Jon Jahr and Associates for The Parlour


    Los Angeles

    • Barclay Butera, Barclay Butera Interiors for The Regal Retreat
    • David Dalton, David Dalton, Inc. for The Great Room
    • George Massar, George Massar Design for The Reception Hall
    • Hal Swanson & Dan Ollis, Swanson-Ollis Interiors for The Master Chambers
    • Katharine Parra, Bottom of the Porch Landscape Design (with Alastair Boase Landscape Design) for The Kitchen Garden
    • Kristi Nelson, KMNelson Design, LLC for The Lady in Waiting
    • Larry Rizkowsky, Lawrence J Rizkowsky Design for The Gentlemen’s Lounge



    • David Reaume, David Reaume Construction & Design for The Pool Bungalow
    • Eileen Atwood, Sierra Custom Kitchens, Inc. for The Maiden’s Bath
    • Jan Ledgard, Yorkshire Kitchens, Inc. for The Indoor and Outdoor Kitchens


    South Pasadena

    • Tamara Kaye-Honey, House of Honey for The Rumpus Room


    San Fernando Valley

    • Chatsworth: Damon Mori, Mel-O-Dee Garden Center (with Mystic Water Gardens) for The Stream Crossing
    • Encino: Steve Sandalis, Mystic Water Gardens (with Mel-O-Dee Garden Center) for The Stream Crossing
    • Sherman Oaks: Alastair Boase, Alastair Boase Landscape Design (with Bottom of the Porch Landscape Design) for The Kitchen Garden
    • Studio City: Steven & Lesa Logoluso, Logoluso Design Studio for The English Courtyard
    • Thousand Oaks: David Snow, David Snow Garden Design for The Flight of the Monarchs
    • Tujunga: Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi, FormLA Landscaping, Inc. for The Wanderland Tea Garden



    • Beverly Hills: Jill Kollmar, Jill Kollmar Design for The Littlest Princess
    • Pacific Palisades: Julie Trewhitt Kays, Julie Kays Design, Inc. for The Lady ’s Study
    • Venice: Amy DeVault, Amy DeVault Interior Design, Inc. for The Banquet Room