By Christine Lennon

“There’s no logical reason why I am so attracted to the American Southwest,” says Kirsten Blazek, who was born in Scotland and moved to the States in her early 20s when she was a self-described “fresh-faced know-nothing.” “It’s the opposite of where I grew up. Maybe that’s why I like it.”

Blazek tapped into her love of Western art, Aztec-inspired pattern, natural leather, and a dark neutral palette when she was furnishing the home for her own family. “I didn’t know how long I would live there, but I knew it would be a good investment,” she said.

When she first saw the house, just a couple of days before Thanksgiving 2017, it was a non-event in an otherwise chaotic real estate environment. The location was excellent, close to the Arroyo in a coveted Pasadena neighborhood near the Rose Bowl, but there were few takers.

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