Each year I attend the Pasadena Showcase House of Design in Southern California with my mother. It has turned into our Mother’s Day tradition and this year will be no different. After all, isn’t spending time with those you love really the best gift of all! It is a wonderful “girls day out” and touring the home and gardens as well as eating and shopping on the Showcase grounds always makes for a lovely day. If you’re looking for something to do on Mother’s Day how about purchasing tickets and starting your very own tradition! If you already have plans, be sure to stop by between now and May 15, 2016 to check out the beautiful estate for yourself. I look forward to visiting in person because photos just never to the real thing justice!

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This year, we will be revisiting a Mission Revival estate that exudes stately elegance and pervades a sense of early California style. “Thought” to be designed by Myron Hunt for restaurateur Leon C. Riggs, and once known as Dryborough Hall, this glamorous home has maintained a good state of preservation since it was built in 1918 and has contributed to the architectural and historical context of La Cañada Flintridge. The main residence boasts 16,000 square feet and is complemented by a 2,032 square foot guest house. Situated on a 2-acre property, the estate includes mature trees, an outdoor barbecue area, pool and spa, and several gardens. Another essential part of Showcase is visiting The Shops at Showcase and dining at The Restaurant, (this year, it’s called The Berkshire) or grabbing a drink at the Saffron Lounge.

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This year Pasadena Showcase House of Design celebrates its 52nd year. This fundraising event is visited by approximately 30,000 guests annually and helps support various community music and art programs. Be sure to visit by May 15, 2016 and make it an annual tradition just like I have! Tickets are available here.

Images and quote courtesy of Pasadena Showcase House for the ArtsImages 6, 8, and 10 via Pasadena Star News.



  1. Karen B. says:

    What a wonderful tradition for Mother’s Day. I used to go to this even each year with girlfriends. I was never disappointed. You’re right, it makes for a lovely day!
    Enjoy your outing.

  2. Style*Mind*Chic Life says:

    What a fantastic tradition you have created with your mom. This house is simply stunning! I taught school in La Canada from 1987-1991 so Pasadena was my old ‘stompin ground’. I love seeing these swoon worthy images. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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