One of the perks about living in the Central Valley is that we’re just a few hours from it all; the art in San Francisco, the fashion and design in L.A., and the beauty of the coast. Every year, a number of visitors from Visalia and Tulare head down to Los Angeles to visit the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, one of the longest running and largest home and garden tours in the country.

Little do these visitors know that one of our very own Visalia natives, Samantha Williams, has been designing one of the rooms on the tour for three years now. This year, the firm she helped found, Ederra Design, had the privilege of creating a beautiful master suite inside a 16,000 sq. ft. Mission Revival estate.

“Each year designers compete to design different spaces in the house and if selected, take on a complete renovation,” said Samantha. “In our case with the master suite, we completely reconfigured the floor plan in the 1,500 sq. ft. space we were working with to have a formal sitting room, bedroom, a huge closet that is about 25 by 25 ft., and his and her bathrooms.”

Though different design firms renovate each room in the house, they are all given the same color palette to work with; this year it was rose, blues, and neutral.

“We decided to run with the blues and do something that felt soothing, very sophisticated and elegant, while still relaxing,” said Samantha. “The ironic thing is that the pantone colors of the year, blue and rose, happened to really fit the historic color palette of this house.”

Every year at the event, Samantha, a Redwood High School graduate, sees at least 20 people she knows from the Central Valley, as well as a few she doesn’t. Her mom, along with the Tulare County Symphony League, has been coming down to the showcase for close to 30 years to see the house and support its mission. The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is a nonprofit organization bringing music enrichment programs to Southern California, and through this fundraiser, they have been able to raise more than $20 million for a variety of causes.

In addition to the showcase, there will be an on-site restaurant, a bistro, and 40 different vendors, making it a great spot for a day trip.

“It’s a lot more than just a home tour, you could spend the whole day shopping and dining and having a glass of wine in the garden,” said Samantha. “Every year I see about 20 to 30 people from the Central Valley that I know and then I meet people from the Central Valley. It’s always really fun.”

The showcase will take place from April 17 through May 15, and tickets can be purchased at the door or online at pasadenashowcase.org. Check online for scheduling and parking information.