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The Pasadena Showcase House of Design has hosted a Design House in the Pasadena Area for over 45 years.  This year will mark their 48th year with the unveiling of the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

In 2010 MK and Company Interior Design and Decoration was proud to be part of this grand showcase in designing the 20 foot x 30 foot Dining Room, set in the historic house known as the Cravens Estate, which is presently, the headquarters of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. The 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design differed from past showcase homes because this historic estate had no homeowner and was truly a charity event in itself.

Designed by architect, Lewis Parson Hobart, the Cravens Estate was inspired by the baroque Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte in France, which was also the inspiration for Versailles.

Many people have asked us, what does it takes to design a room at Showcase? The following video will give you a bit of an insight.

It was truly a joy for MK and Company Interior Design and Decoration to take part in designing the Dining Room at the Cravens Estate.  Most people today do not have a Dining Room this grand in size and as designers we took the approach that the room would be set up for a birthday party – “just a moment in time.

Today the Cravens Estate besides being the headquarters of the American Red Cross is host to many functions, such as weddings, large corporate events and filming of the popular TV series “Glee”, starring Lea Michele and Jane Lynch. In the series the Cravens Estate is home of the Warbler Boys School. Another popular series “Mad Men”, staring Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Mossamong, uses the Cravens Estate dining room as New York City’s famous department store Bonwitt Teller.

As designers of the dining room, we felt that it was important to show how a very large room could become an intermit experience.  Keeping in mind that all the backgrounds are historical – items set within these backgrounds would be for today’s lifestyle. Different chairs and table top settings just added to the whimsical nature of a birthday party atmosphere, and the Ikea light fixtures set against the original chandeliers and wall sconces adds to it’s fun.

The following is a glimpse of the – before – during – after – process.

The 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design will open to the public on April 15, 2012 for 4 weeks. Closing date is set for May 13, 2012.  Located in the Pasadena, CA area, this years house is very different from the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House in that it is a privately owned home, was built-in 1927 and is a Spanish Colonial Revival designed by architect, John Winford Byers.

MK and Company Interior Design and Decoration would be happy to help you decorate your next party or event, design and decorate a room in your home, or your entire house from inside to outside. Small and large projects, always welcomed.