In Case You Missed the Show...
Per usual, there are a lot of opinions about each space, the designers talent, and the overall finished look. Well, here's another, but a little more open minded and maybe a little less harsh. Or at least I like to think so.
Every year we file in to view the latest home to be added to the showcase parade. It starts off with a typical ride in a shuttle bus up to the home, that releases you onto a typical looking driveway for the hills of Pasadena/La Canada. Little do you know of what's to come.
We are greeted by a two-story Mediterranean home with the typical Spanish accents, smooth white exterior, coffered door, and cast iron window grates. After passing through a gorgeous front door, I find myself in a two story entryway, and I have to say it was one of my favorites spaces of the home. It kept with the style of the architecture and feel of the landscape. And unfortunately, was one of the few that did.
As I was ushered through the home, while architecturally undeniably stunning, I have to say some of the decor left something to be desired. I felt confused when surrounded by very traditional elements in a space that is begging for some spanish flair.
There's an on-going debate between whether the designers should design cohesively as a unit, or as they do now, which is more or less, showing the designers own personal style for the space. I felt confused as I wandered from a room of traditional desert colors, to a room of soft french pastels. But I guess it's all about your interpretation of the space.
Another one of my favorite spaces was a bathroom that was done in a cobalt blue, but wasn't overwhelmingly modern. It tied in nicely with the tile that was throughout the home, and kept with the bones of the home.
Without a doubt, a common favorite space and topic of conversation were the lush grounds, complete with 2 waterfalls, pool, spa, bar area, fountain, and green house. This yard was made to entertain! (I'm not green with envy, nope, not-at-all.)
Take a look at some additional photos here
. Browse through, I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the space.
Like what you see? It's not to late!
Hey, I see some of my photos here - sorry you didn't like the decor. Yes, we encourage designer's to interpret their own spaces and each brings their own perspective. They are given a color palette but are not restricted as to style, resources used or changes made, except that the owner has a say in permanent changes. It is - after all - a showcase of design, not "Extreme Makeover."
This is our annual fundraiser - we are all volunteers - even the designer's donate their time - and through thei
Please don't misunderstand, the photos are of things I loved! I had a great experience, and don't mean to come off as a complainer, to which I know the showcase gets a ton of! I wanted to see the creativity show off the house more than the designers personal style.