Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2012 to open


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Show houses are often more about aspiration than inspiration, more an exercise in overindulgence than in practicality. This year’s installment of the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, however, does contain ideas that could translate in the real world.

When the stunning 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival home in La Cañada Flintridge opens Sunday, tour-goers will see the work of 21 interior designers and seven landscape designers who transformed the property with tattoo-like wall designs, distinctive ceiling applications, hand-painted floors and ideas for outdoor living spaces too. Even the most jaded critic of design houses may fall for the Spanish arches and ironwork, ornate vintage doors, Moroccan-influenced tile and breathtaking view of the San Gabriel Mountains.


The Times got a sneak peek of the house as decorators were putting finishing touches on the rooms ...

The guest bedroom’s daybed and vintage suzani from Turkey served as the room’s starting point. The choice of a daybed with trundle allowed more room to move in the small space. Copper Gyer installed a cork wall covering on the ceiling and painted the wood floor to resemble Moorish tile.

Designer Mark Cutler gave the guest cottage, the Casita, bold bursts of color by painting the wood floors blue and by substituting an orange barn door for the old slider.

Paul Devine layered artworks using a rail, rope and sailing knots.

Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, through May 13. A restaurant and small marketplace also are on site. Tour-goers can park at the Rose Bowl and ride a shuttle to the house. Tickets are $30 to $40, depending on the time of day. (714) 442-3872.



Photo gallery: 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

-- Lisa Boone