Santa Baby Christmas Ornament Cluster is used for table top decor

Pasadena Holiday Lookin Home Tour and Boutique

Santa Baby Christmas Ornament Cluster is used for table top decor~ Pasadena Holiday Lookin Home Tour and Boutique ~

December 3-4, 2022

Boutique: Scottish Rite Center

150 N. Madison Avenue, Pasadena

9 am – 5 pm

Pearl & Maude is going home! Come join us on December 3 and 4 for the 55th Annual Pasadena Holiday Lookin Home Tour and Boutique. This enormously popular event has become a community celebration, offering visitors a chance to view four historic homes in Pasadena, decorated for the holiday season by prominent floral designers. Enjoy a feast for the eyes and ears as you leisurely stroll through the homes and gardens while docents point out interesting features and musicians provide holiday music in the background.

Then come visit Pearl & Maude at the Holiday Look In Boutique where you can mingle with friends and check off some of your Christmas shopping list. I’m so excited to be vending along-side some of Pasadena’s finest retailers.

Wallpaper and pillows in reds pinks and peaches combine for a layered fall interior design look

Favorite Fall Patterns for the Home

Eva is a square, blue and grey art print. The design was inspired by Art Deco architecture.

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Henry David Thoreau

Ouch. I’m afraid Thoreau may have missed the boat on this one. Pumpkin season is my hands-down favorite season. Every season is my favorite season, but right now, for sure it’s Fall. Southern California has had a beautiful one too! It’s the stuff that apple cider dreams are made of. But sitting on a pumpkin rather than a velvet cushion surrounded by friends?!? Hard pass.

Unless we’re talking pumpkin colors, Henry. Give me all the oranges and browns and reds and bits of olive green! Throw in your pinks and your greys and a little of that clear sky blue. I’ve been dancing circles with these colors for the last couple weeks and they never cease to fill me with comforting thoughts.

One of the great benefits of doing regular, live events with your products (come find me at the legendary Rosebowl Flea Market, HH82) is the need to repeatedly set up your goods. Every time, it’s a little different. And as I’ve settled my soul into the changing seasons, I’ve discovered new combinations of Pearl & Maude patterns that spring to life in full harmony. I thought you might enjoy seeing two of my favorite fall pattern combinations.

turquoise and coral hand painted patio umbrella in the garden with trees and hanging lanterns

My First Hand Painted Patio Umbrella

the hand of the artist painting blue lines onto a canvas umbrella

~ My First Hand Painted Patio Umbrella ~

As my mind begins to turn to the promise of Spring, I start planning to make hand painted patio umbrellas.

This year, outdoor spaces and alfresco entertaining are more important than ever. My hand painted garden umbrellas add a festive quality to any outdoor space. (So start pondering that right now.) While digging through past projects a few days ago, I came across photos of my first painted umbrella. So today, I thought I’d share that story and some Pro Tips with you. (It hard to believe how far phone cameras have come since this umbrella was painted!)