Day 119- Visit the Pasadena Showcase House

#52, Visit the Pasadena Showcase House

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My friend Stacy and I attended the Pasadena Showcase House of Design tonight. Have you been? I was surprised when I took a quick poll of my friends and found that several had never been before or even heard of the event which has been returning to Pasadena each year since 1948.

The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) is a volunteer organization that produces the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design.  The annual event is a benefit which provides funding to music programs in Pasadena. In fact, the original name of the organization was The Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee.

Each year the PSHA chooses a home in the area to showcase. This year the PSHA chose a Mission Revival style home in La Canada. The main residence is three stories and has over 15,000 square feet of living space. There is also a 2500 square foot guest cottage. The home is settled on 2 acres and has beautiful gardens and lush landscaping.

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We parked at the Rose Bowl and were shuttled to the property. There are no photos allowed in the house, so I can’t share too much here with you. You can see more on their Facebook page.


Everywhere you look, the scenes are staged and lovely.

A designer (or team of designers) is assigned to each room and they bring their own magic to it. The PSHA puts out a companion program so that you can read about the designers, their design choices, and have contact information for them.

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After you view the house, you can visit one of the pop up shops at the showcase house. This year The Shops at Showcase featured 18 different boutiques including BedHead Pajamas, Lavender Blue (French provincial linens and accessories and gifts), Louise’s Hats (straw and fabric hats and totes), and Model Metalworks (handmade pine baskets, pewter, and hospitality items).

We hit the boutiques pretty hard and I was excited to see Lavender Blue was present at the event. I chatted with Catherine Giraud’s beautiful daughter and I felt like pulling up a truck and taking everything home in their shop home with me.

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There was a restaurant on the property, but we decided to leave and go somewhere where we could eat steaks and linger over cocktails.

The showcase house runs for about a month each April/May. It’s a nice place to take your mom for Mother’s Day. It’s also the perfect place to get inspired to spruce up your own home.

217 days to go!

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