The 2024 Floral Designers

Each of the four talented floral designers brings a different perspective to our tour. Several of them have participated multiple times during the past years and continue to bring new designs and unique, innovative looks to their holiday arrangements and decorations. As every home is different, each designer finds a way to bring the holidays to life in a manner that complements each home’s distinctive elements.

The Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association is so thankful for the participation of these talented florists. We encourage you to visit their establishments and patronize their services. See what they can do for your home!

Ixora Floral Studio

Lisa Cardella founded Ixora Floral Studio, named after an unforgettable dark orange tropical flower, in 2000. Presenting floral décor that is as unforgettable as the studio’s namesake, Lisa believes that flowers make all the difference, creating the story you want to tell. In over 20 years in floral design and event production, Lisa continues to be at the forefront of current trends. With locations in Sierra Madre and downtown Los Angeles inside the Jonathan Club, Ixora has built a reputation for catering to a clientele who seek a sophisticated touch, a distinctive look, and an experienced hand. Lisa’s floral creations have long been a Holiday Look In favorite. Please join us at the Holiday Look In 2023 to enjoy Lisa’s creations.






Jacob Maarse Floral Design 

Jacob Maarse Floral Design has been a cornerstone of Pasadena’s floral industry since 1966. Now in its second generation of leadership under Hank Maarse, this full-service florist continues to be the gold standard in floral innovation and artistry. Located in Pasadena’s historic Playhouse District, Jacob Maarse is a world-class florist that transforms flowers from all over the world into tasteful creations of beauty for both commercial and individual clients. Jacob Maarse Floral Design has participated in the Holiday Look In home tour since its inception. The Women’s Committee and the Pasadena Symphony Association are grateful for the support from Hank and the Jacob Maarse Floral Design family.







Margit Holakoui Florist

Margit Holakoui Florist opened in 1984 in Monrovia. Realizing she immediately needed more space, Margit and her husband, Ali, bought a commercial corner on Foothill Boulevard in Arcadia where the store is still located. Margit is from Pasadena and attended local schools, graduating from CSULA with a degree in Art with an emphasis in Art History. This deep understanding of both art and history influences Margit’s elegant designs. And, now the second generation, Aleah Holakoui, is joining her mother in the business. Creating is Aleah’s passion and taking organic European design to the next level. The Holakoui family has provided wonderful holiday décor for many years for the Holiday Look In home tour. Come see what 2023 brings!






Southern Roots Floral Design

A “gifty, florally, homey, botantical kind of place” whimsically describes Tillie Burke’s Southern Roots Floral Design, new to the Holiday Look In last year. Beautifully designed florals, custom arrangements, gifts, and more are all available in the Southern Roots Boutique, located at the Shops on Hill in East Pasadena. This is where all things beautiful come together in a feel-good environment. From curated home décor items to hand-crafted art by local artisans, treasures abound. We know you will enjoy visiting the 2023 Holiday Look In tour and Tillie’s amazing talent in achieving our mission to support the Pasadena Symphony.