Monday, November 16, 2015

Yesterday I had a great day with my mom… We did a driving tour of beautiful Craftsman-style homes in Pasadena, California (where I discovered how much I LOVE my nav system). My mother loves design as much as I do. In fact, she studied to be an interior designer, but opt’d for teaching instead because it was more secure.

I’m presenting these photos in black and white so that you’re able to appreciate the architecture without any distraction from colors.

Craftsman House_Pasadena

This is my mom above (in the Birks), the most impatient person on the planet, patiently waiting to get a history of the first house on our tour.

The yearly event is organized by the Pasadena Heritage organization. It’s actually a three-day event with lectures and home tours, but we only attended the home tour on the last day. It’s great because you drive around to each home on your own schedule. There were six homes on the tour, so of course we stopped for lunch at Mi Piace in Old Town Pasadena after home TWO.

I found it very interesting to see the interior of homes and try to figure out what type of person(s) or family lived there. Like, what they did for profession, etc. Turns out, I’m really good at this game. I knew this home belonged to a single guy who was a designer. Luckily the owner was out back and open to chat, he is single, lived there for 15 years and he’s an art director! BOOM

Craftsman House_Pasadena

This house was not actually on the tour, but there are SO MANY beautiful homes in Pasadena (most of which are Craftsman) it was like a tour within a tour.

I had to take a picture of this one because while I love the architecture of Craftsman homes, both inside and out, I typically don’t like the color palettes. Most of the exteriors are green or brown, sometimes with deep red window frames. This home above was done in black finish with white trim windows! I am super on board with this palette, although the real Craftsman lovers would most likely slap me.

Now, when we buy a home one day and I notify my husband that I’m going to paint it black, he can visualize it and not freak out.

Craftsman House_Pasadena

This was the largest home on the tour, there was actually a foyer which is not common in Craftsman homes. I figured out very quickly that it was a family and the father was a lawyer. Toys hidden behind the sofa with political books and legal reference books in the library that, “the father built for himself”.

All six of the homes we saw were about 100 years old, built around 1910! They were all constructed for between $1,500 and $6,000! They’re now valued between $800K and $1Mill. How loud can you scream ‘appreciation’? Most of the owners who commissioned the builds were transplants from the East Coast looking for a more comfortable way of life with larger homes and more land. Some were built just to rent out as vacation homes during the Winter.

I highly recommend this tour if you have the chance…


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