It’s known as Casa de las Puertas or the “House of Doors.” Designed by architect John Winford Byers in 1927, this opulent Spanish Colonial Revival home will open its many doors—wood, metal, and leather alike—for the 48th Annual Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts on April, 15th. The approximately 10,000-square-foot estate features a guesthouse, pool, greenhouse and extensive gardens that will be beautified by over 30 Southern California interior decorators and landscape designers.
South Pasadena’s Gregory Parker is re-envisioning the kitchen, pantry and breakfast room with a mahogany island and “oasis green” stone countertops anchored by a show-stopping geometric-patterned floor. “I think people are going to flip when they see that,” says Parker. The master suite, meanwhile, is the work of Kathryne Dahlman, who creates an inviting atmosphere with a Colonial four-poster canopy bed, gentle blue accents and Spanish-influenced cream and taupe tiles. Dahlman also includes glamorous touches such as a quilted chaise, stand-alone bathtub and a vanity set with his-and-her cabinets.
Don’t forget to stop by the “writer’s retreat” designed by Cynthia Bennett, also from South Pasadena. These luxurious quarters incorporate a powder room, fireplace, mirror-paneled wall and pair of chandeliers, as well as a sleek, wood-topped writing desk. Proceeds from the Showcase House tours benefit youth music education and The Los Angeles Philharmonic, so visitors can stroll through the property as equal parts guest and patron of the arts.
April 15- May 13. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. For more information visit pasadenashowcase.org or call 626-578-8500.