Started in 1965, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design has become one of the most successful and prestigious home and garden tours in the country. A yearly event put on by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the House of Design brings together the best landscape designers and interior decorators to completely renovate a home of historical significance. Proceeds from the ticket sales give funding to music programs and charities such as The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Walt Disney Concert Hall and educational programs for youth.
For the 14th year in a row, Pacific Outdoor Living has been chosen as a featured designer for the House of Design. The home they selected this year is a 1941 estate in Arcadia. It was designed by an acclaimed local architect and done in a Monterey Colonial style. It’s a 10,000 square-foot, two-story home featuring 15 rooms, 6 bathrooms, a guesthouse and a four-car garage.
14 years ago, Pacific Outdoor Living designed and installed the paving stone path that runs across a portion of the lawn. For the 2013 showcase we were asked to completely redesign the front yard and driveway, making our design the first thing you see when you pull up to the property.
We tore out the original asphalt driveway (which definitely needed an upgrade) and completely repaved it. We added 2500 square feet of the same antique cobble paving stones that we originally installed.
What’s really amazing is that you can hardly tell the difference between the paving stones we installed 14 years ago and the ones we recently laid. This goes to show just how durable and long-lasting these stones are.
The font yard was in good shape but quite ordinary, so we completely removed and resoiled it. Then we got to work digging and channeling out the stream along the Eastern perimeter of the house. It’s 80 feet long and features rushing water, beautiful stones and a variety of plant life. We even put a grass bridge in place, similar to the one used on the famous Augusta golf course. The grass we used is the Elite Model from A-G Sod. It’s a blend of improved fescue and bluegrass, has a year-round dark green hue and will look great for years to come.
Two noted Los Angeles artists will have their works displayed in the front yard as well. There will be a sculpture by Galai Linn between the Sycamore and Oak trees, and a glass sculpture by Cha-Rie Tang. Both works can be purchased directly from the artists.
Tours of the home will start April 21st and go until May 19th. Click Here to purchase tickets.