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Elegant Holiday Decor: The Inside Story

Elegant Holiday Decor: The Inside Story

Florist Margit Holakoui designed this table display for one of the homes on last year’s tour. Photos Courtesy of Holiday Look In Tour A festive decorative arrangement overlooking a garden was created last year by Ixora Floral Studio. 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 […]

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