The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the oldest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation, dating back to 1948. And it's that time of year again when dozens of interior designers take on the challenge of transforming a Pasadena home into a tour of gorgeous furnishings and innovative landscaping to raise money for music education.

"LA Times Today" was invited in for a sneak peek before the doors open on April 21 to the public.

The Potter Daniels manor is the 2024 Pennsylvania Showcase House of Design. Dotty Ewing, benefit chair of the 2024 showcase, explained how it was transformed for the event.

"We have 27 designers in 29 spaces. These are the best designers in the Los Angeles area, and many of them live right here in Pasadena. The work we do here is done in a matter of weeks. We generally have what's called an empty house party about the middle of January, and then we want every room to be ready for photography by the last week in March," Ewing said. "The dining room is going to be in the style of Italian Empire. It is very ornate. Very, colorful. We have a sunroom adjacent to that dining room, which is just lovely. It's like a little jewel box."

Rachel Scheff designed the foyer of the home. She explained her process.

"The entryway was the space that left the biggest impression on me. I felt like I was whisked away to another time and place, and I just felt this fairy tale essence. My focus was going to be on the walls because our ceilings are 24 feet tall. We have 12 feet of paneling, so we had 12 feet above that paneling to truly make a statement," Scheff said. "We designed these gorgeous murals to tie in the ceiling design and the new wall design with the existing paneling.”

Elisa Read, owner of Studio Pappaterra, talked about transforming the garden outside the home. 

"Some of the things that we thought immediately when we arrived here were the beautiful views of the Arroyo Seco, the fact that we are in the edge of the wild urban interface, and the botanical richness of Pasadena and historic [nature] of this house. We wanted to still have water in the garden. Water is very important for habitat. And we wanted to be responsible for the amount of water," she said.

Proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design go toward music programs in LA. Visitors will be able to tour the home, as well as eat, shop and listen to live music when they visit. 

"I hope that anyone who comes to visit the property can really appreciate all the exquisite detail of the large-scale installation, or even the smallest designer touch. You have to look for that," Ewing said.

The Pasadena Showcase tours take place April 21 through May 19. Regular admission tickets cost $40. For other ticket prices, like the Mother's Day brunch package, go to

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