Enjoy Beautiful Homes Decked Out in Holiday Decorations and Festive Music at the Holiday Look-In Tour for the Pasadena Symphony – Pasadena Now

Four homes, decorated professionally by floral designers, will showcase festive interiors, unique architecture and musical accompaniment during this year’s Holiday Look-In Tour.

Organized by the Pasadena Symphony Association’s Women’s Committee, the 55th edition of the Holiday Look-In Tour will be held in-person on Dec. 3 and 4 to help raise funds for the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, among the city’s most significant cultural nonprofits.

“What you can expect is to be imbued with the holiday spirit when you visit [and] walk through the homes,” said Marsha Willhite, who chairs the Holiday Look-In Tour event.

“We have musicians that will be playing holiday music as you walk through, and it’ll put you right in the holiday spirit. This is the beginning of the holiday season in Pasadena.”

The Women’s Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers that has celebrated and supported the musicians of the Pasadena Symphony Association through the annual Holiday Look-In Tour.

Over the past 55 years, the Women’s Committee has donated excess of $4 million to the Pasadena Symphony Association. In 2020 and 2021, the Women’s Committee donated $160,000 in proceeds from virtual Holiday Look-In Home Tours.

“This year, we are back live and in person, and it consists of four separate homes – architectural beauties – from our Pasadena Heritage,” Willhite said.

“We have four local florists, floral designers who decorate those homes for the holidays. They always do a Christmas tree and they do some outdoor decor as well as indoor Christmas decor. When you purchase your ticket, you receive the addresses of these homes and you drive yourself from house to house at your leisure.”

The homes included in this year’s Holiday Look-In Home Tour are a historic craftsman estate on Grand Ave., an original Myron Hunt and Elmer Gray design dating back to 1905 built for Mary Givens, the successful proprietor of La Solana Inn; the Harris House, a Colonial Revival Estate whose construction was announced in October 1915, and represents the work of A. Douglas Hill, who also designed a second home on the same street; the Wisteria and Crafts Bungalow, a 6,342 square-foot Arts and Crafts estate located in the prestigious Langham Hotel district of Pasadena and initially built by the Milwaukee Building Company in 1911; and a secluded Stimson Colonial, a home on a tree-lined street in Pasadena designed in 1919 in the Colonial Revival style by prominent local architect George L. Stimson.

Four talented floral designers decorated the homes, bringing a different perspective to the tour. They are Ixora Floral Studio, which Lisa Cardella founded in 2000; Jacob Maarse Floral Design, which has been a cornerstone of Pasadena’s floral industry since 1966; Margit Holakoui Florist which opened in 1984 in Monrovia and later relocated to Arcadia on Foothill Blvd.; and Tillie Burke’s Southern Roots Floral Design, new to the Holiday Look-In this year.

A live in-person Holiday Look-In Boutique also returns Dec. 3 and 4 at the Scottish Rite Center, at 150 N. Madison Ave. in Pasadena.

The boutique runs from 9 am to 5 pm and features an assortment of gift items, accessories, sophisticated jewelry, hostess gifts, table linens, and more, much of which is not available in retail stores. Twenty-five percent of vendor proceeds will benefit the Pasadena Symphony and POPS and its education and outreach services.

“Most people do two houses, then go to the boutique and look at all the fine Christmas gifts and regular things that they have there,” Willhite said. “And then they go back and do two other houses and stick lunch somewhere in there to make a day of it.”

A full list of the stores selling their wares at the Holiday Look-In Boutique is found at www.pasadenaholidaylookin.org/live-holiday-boutique.

To learn more about the Holiday Look-In Home Tour, visit www.pasadenaholidaylookin.org.

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