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The Pasadena Showcase House of Design enjoys an almost fifty year legacy of excellence in design and philanthropy. This event is thought of as  “one of the largest, most successful and oldest house and garden tours in the United States.” It is organized and produced by the all-volunteer Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. All  proceeds from the House are used to fund  a variety of non-profit organizations that focus on musically oriented programs, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Needless to say, A.J. Brauer and its unique Texas limestone blocks was pleased to be a part of all this.

Materials Marketing, a sister company to AJ. Brauer Stone, had been previously involved in the production of this great effort, and in the 2013 version, MML collaborated with David Reaume of Reaume Construction and Design. As one of the finest home builders in Pasadena, Mr. Reaume has great experience  in the market and acts  as the Design Liaison for the project  working “side by side with the featured designers and the Showcase board”. This is meant to “ensure that the quality of design complies with the integrity and style of the house”. Of course, Materials Marketing was also proud to be in such fine design company and to be flying such high cultural air!

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Given all of this history, Kristen Shuma and Chuck Carstensen, two experienced  sales and design professionals from the Materials Marketing showroom  in Newport Beach, CA. joined the project with a great sense of pride and passion . Ms. Shuma said, “Chuck and I drove to the house to check out the space and the plan for the overall house- we met with David and his designers and took a few pictures and measurements of the existing conditions”. After much deliberation, a Texas Cream limestone from A.J. Brauer was chosen for the master bedroom. This particular fireplace  was a modification of Material Marketing fireplace #640 and the stone was naturally produced from Texas limestone blocks.

The 2013 Pasadena Showcase House of Design was open from April 21st to May 19th and according to media sources was very well attended. As contributors to this charitable effort, A. J. Brauer and Materials Marketing hope that the fine attendance translated into excellent funding for the causes it is meant to benefit.

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Materials Marketing has ten showrooms around the USA that feature A.J. Brauer stone, produced from Texas limestone blocks.. Visit with the design professionals there. Ask them to show you the material used in the Pasadena Showcase House!