Elegant Holiday Decor: The Inside Story

If you’ve ever driven past some of Pasadena’s finest homes during the holidays and wondered what they look like on the inside, now’s your chance to find out.

On Dec. 7 and 8, the 2019 Holiday Look In Tour will feature four lovely homes that have opened their doors for the holidays to showcase their beautifully decorated interiors. Each property will be decked out for the holidays by a prominent florist, and there will be live music performances in addition to guided walkthroughs of each home.

“The homes this year are an architectural treat,” said Marlene Konnar, home historian for the tour. “All four were designed between 1916 and 1926, and three were by renowned Southern California architect Roland E. Coate. Though each of the homes has undergone exquisite remodeling, their magnificent original features have been maintained.”

This year’s homes will include a 1924 Spanish Colonial Revival, a 1922 Classic California Carriage House, a 1916 French Provincial and a 1926 Monterey Colonial Revival home. The featured florists are Drew Domenghini of Patterson’s Topiaries, Pots and Teas; Margit Holakoui of Margit Holakoui Florist; Lisa Cardella of Ixora Floral Studio; and Hank Maarse of Jacob Maarse Floral Design.

Now in its 52nd year, the Holiday Look In Tour debuted in 1968 by the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association, with decorations provided by the Pasadena Chapter of the American Institute of Decorators. In 1970, Pasadena florist Jacob Maarse offered to help with the decorations, creating a tradition joined since then by other prominent local florists.

“It’s like an enchanted garden in every home,” said Marsha Willhite, Holiday Look In chairperson. “The Holiday Look In Committee is working hard to make this year’s event better than ever.”

Proceeds from the event support the Pasadena Symphony and POPS annual concert series, as well as music education and community programs in the San Gabriel Valley.

“Since the Holiday Look In was first initiated, the group has earned over $3.7 million for the symphony and its outreach programs,” said Drusie Taylor, Women’s Committee President.

The event includes a popular two-day boutique, which will be held in the auditorium of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena. It will feature notable Los Angeles arts and haute couture designers, crafts, holiday treats, hostess gifts and more. There is no admission charge for the boutique, snacks will be available and parking is free.

“The Women’s Committee has always been a perfect partner for the local florists, musicians and generous home owners in Pasadena who work together to create the Holiday Look In to support the Pasadena Symphony,” said Willhite. “Our goals are the same: our shared love of music and providing a musical experience for our community and youth.”

The 2019 Holiday Look In Tour will take place on Dec. 7 & 8. The boutique is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral at 150 N. Madison Ave. Tickets cost $40 before the event and $45 the day of. They can be purchased from The French Hand Laundry at 606 S. Lake Avenue in Pasadena, from the Pasadena Symphony Association at 626-793-7172, or online at www.pasadenaholidaylookin.org.