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On Saturday April 30, 2011 I had the pleasure of attending the 2011 Pasadena Showcase House of Design which was held this year at an elegant 1927 English Country Manor in La Canada Flintridge designed by renowned architect Paul Williams.

The Pasadena Showcase House of Design, in its 47thyear is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual event.

PSHA is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation.

The proceeds from The Pasadena Showcase House of Design fund three annual music programs, plus award gifts and grants to other nonprofit organizations.

Over the years, more than $17 million dollars in gifts and grants has been awarded.

Sitting on nearly 5 acres, the expansive equestrian estate features a 7,205 square foot main house, with a striking exterior of red brick veneer, gabled roof, all topped by decorative chimney pots.

The first floor of the home has cork flooring in the reception hall, a grand living room, gentleman’s lounge, lady’s room, great room and upstairs you will find five bedrooms, four bathrooms.


The rest of the estate features include numerous themed garden retreats:

Butterfly Garden

Caterpillar Pre Cocoon...

Caterpillar in Cocoon...

Tranquility Garden (w/ Designer Steven Selden in Foreground)

My Favorite Garden on the Property: Wanderland Tea Garden which overlooks the Pool

One of the Designers takes a moment for a photo opp

the pathway to the Pool Area...

a contemporary pool & bungalow, courtyard, tournament size tennis court, carriage house, stream crossings and guest cottage.

Outside of the main house & wanderland tea garden, the guest cottage was another favorite of mine as it was remarkably transformed from horse stables into a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom retreat with an outdoor kitchen and game room.


I am definitely looking forward to attending next year's Pasadena Showcase House of Design Home! 


Pasadena Showcase House of Design Tours are available through May 15, 2011. Ticket prices are $30 - $40. Special note: You can explore the gardens, restaurant, and shops at the property without a ticket.

For more information on PSHA visit


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