Pasadena Showcase House of Design Revealed

ABC 7. By Adrienne Alpert: A cactus older than the villa stands at the entrance of the Robbins House, a Spanish-style retreat built in 1927 for a family that traced its roots to colonial times. Only the third owner lives there now.

It’s this year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design for the Arts, bringing in dozens of designers who show off their very best ideas. (Clicking to watch will launch ABC sound.)

Garden Features Beyond the Gnome

eHow. March 7, 2012. By Kendra Osburn: No green thumb? Check out these fun, no-grow garden features.

Consider something other than the traditional hardscape patio. “Permeable patios and walkways require less maintenance and can add to the sensory experience of seeing, smelling and walking through your garden,” Aoyagi says. “Striking permeable materials include criba, mulch, gravel, decomposed granite, and reclaimed tumbled glass.”

Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2012 to Open

Los Angeles Times. April 13, 2012. Show houses are often more about aspiration than inspiration, more an exercise in overindulgence than in practicality. This year’s installment of the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, however, does contain ideas that could translate in the real world.

When the stunning 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival home in La Cañada Flintridge opens Sunday…