Designers, Dreamers, Masterminds Behind the Pasadena Showcase House

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 10:30 pm

Photo courtesy Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

This April 19, the 51st Pasadena Showcase House will be finally unveiled, much to the anticipation of Showcase House regulars and design fans who have been wondering: how will the designers tackle this year’s home?

This year’s Showcase House is around 9,400 square feet, with a carriage house that’s a little over 2,600 square feet. An acre and a half of grounds will also be landscaped and beautified.

Over the past few weeks, we have given you an idea on the look and style of the rooms courtesy of the participating designers themselves, but like you, we cannot wait to see the real thing!

Lynn Mehl, Benefit Chair for the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, is excited herself…not just for the finished design of the house but also for the overall process it takes to create their masterpiece. She is simply bowled over by all the designers coming together to restore a distinguished establishment and transform it into something more beautiful.

“I think the uniqueness of having so many designers work together…I’m in awe of that. Designers have their own ideas,” she reminds us, which we’d expect to create chaos as opposed to the harmony the Showcase House delivers.

While the Showcase House interior designers are independent of each other, they get to collaborate when it comes to dealing with the combined areas of the house.

“For example, there is a designer and her area are the stairs and the hallways, so the stairs go through a variety of the design spaces. A hallway obviously goes through all of them upstairs. And so to see the designers work together creatively but also very respectful of each other’s opinions… that’s something that I don’t think public really sees,” she reveals.

Overlooking the colors to be used all over the Showcase House is the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts’ (PSHA) interior advisers Jennifer Bevan and Denise Rannali of Jennifer Bevan Interiors. “We work with them to create the aspect of color, and we work with Dunn-Edwards in terms of making those colors happen,” says Mehl.

Every 10 years, Dunn-Edwards releases additional paint colors, and early January, they added 300 new hues! Mehl proudly announces that six of those paints will be incorporated into the showcase.

One of the colors? “Pasadena Rose,” Mehl beams.

Over all, there are 500 people working on the Showcase House, including 25 volunteer groups like the Pasadena Playhouse and Trojan Affiliates. “It’s a ‘win-win’ situation. We need them, we clearly need them but we also try to pick only organizations that have a mission with PSHA,” says Mehl.

So many brilliant minds behind this Showcase House, so many ideas at play. Get access to finished product and book your tickets here.

For more information, call Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts at (626) 578-8500 or visit



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