Meet the 2018 Holiday Home Tour Designers

Each year the Ojai Holiday Home Tour welcomes designers and florists, each of whom are assigned a home and tasked with bringing their own vision of décor and the holidays to life. This year (November 10-11), we have lined up the following designers Bruce Abbott, Angela’s Flowers, Carolyn Bennett of cdb gardens, Laurel Crary, Brooke Giannetti of Giannetti Home, and Ojai Blooms. If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, call our box office at 805 646 2053, or go online here >>

Ojai Musicians Perform at the Ojai Holiday Home Tour

Helping get guests into the festive mood at the Ojai Holiday Home Tour will be performances by Ojai’s talented artists and ensembles, who have generously donated their time during the annual fundraising event. Enjoy music from a mix of performers during the weekend of November 10-11 at all the four homes throughout the day.

Saturday, November 10

Patina Farms
10 AM George Lemire, guitar
12 PM Pamela Romani & Cathy Newman, flute duet
2 PM Fern Barishman, piano

Love Nest
10 AM Licity Collins, guitar & vocal
12 PM Celtic Nut with Byle Family
2 PM  Celtic Nut with Byle Family

Saddle Mountain Sanctuary
10 AM Ruby Skye, acoustic duo
12 PM Lizzy Gilbert, flute
2 PM Louis Grace, oboe

Ojai Serenity
10 AM Karen Nelson, violin
11 AM Christine Weber & Alan Ferentz, ukelele
12 PM Kerri Climer & Jess Wayne, guitar & vocal
2 PM Madrigali

Sunday, November 11

Patina Farms
10 AM George Lemire, guitar
12 PM Fern Barishman, piano
2 PM Zed Fries, guitar

Love Nest
10 AM David Cosby, guitar
12 PM Bonnie Griffin & Dori Riggs, flute duet
2 PM Paul Harkins, guitar & vocal

Saddle Mountain Sanctuary
10 AM Ray Sullivan, guitar
12 PM Lizzy Gilbert, flute
2 PM Ruby Skye, acoustic duo

Ojai Serenity
10 AM Madrigali
12 PM Lorraine MacDonald, shamisen
2 PM Fred Beerstein Trio, oboe, violin, cello

**Schedule and artists subject to change **

Meet the 2017 Holiday Home Designers

Liz Samia Cohn, Forage Ojai

Elizabeth Samia Cohn is new to Ojai but not new to floral design. For the past 20 years, east coast to west coast, Elizabeth has been designing florals and event venues, and homes ranging from mountain bungalows to coastal interiors. She moved from Boston to Ventura County just three years ago and fell in love with Ojai. She recently purchased the floral design shop formerly known as Digs, and has transformed it into Forage, a beautiful juxtaposition of interior design and florals. 

Her work has been seen in Martha Stewart Weddings, Elle Décor, Style Me Pretty and many others. Some of her past clients have included Niche Media, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and Neiman Marcus. Her design approach is to create a full experience for her clients using responsibly sourced florals and design elements, which has given her the opportunity to work in interior and exterior landscape construction, and design for luxury homes and commercial buildings.
Address: 25 Baldwin Road, Ojai, CA; Phone: (805) 646-3447; Web: forageojai.com

Louesa Roebeck, Foraged Flora

Louesa was born in the middle of Ohio in the middle of the 1960s. She grew up there and Kentucky. After studying printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design she moved to California and began working at Chez Panisse, where she learned Californian culture and its beauty working closely with Erica Tanov. Louesa then went on to open August, a seminal fashion, art, and community hub which became an early proponent of the intersection of luxury apparel and green socially responsible textile practices. In 200, she returned to her lifelong love of foraged and gleaned floral work. 

She divides her time between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and currently lived in Ojai. She has created floral installations for Vivienne Westwood, John Baldesarri, Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, and Carolyn Murphy for Vogue and House Beautiful. Her floral work has been featured in a number of national and international magazines and media, including Vogue, C magazine, Sunset, and Martha Stewart Living. Her latest venture, Foraged Flora (Ten Speed Press/Random House) is now available for purchase. 
Web: LouesaRoebuck.com

 

Janelle Kandziora, Janelle Interiors Design Showroom

Janelle is the owner and lead designer at Janelle Interiors Design Showroom in Ojai. She specializes in construction design, color consulting, custom furniture, lighting and much more. Janelle has a successful design career furnishing homes all over the greater Los Angeles area, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs Desert communities.

Janelle received her BA from Metropolitan State University of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her degree concentrations were specifically in Fine Arts, Art History and Psychology. Her career began with 550 Design of Minneapolis where she trained under a senior staff of highly experienced designers. Specializing in residential and hospitality design, her experience quickly brought her to Palm Desert, California in early 2004. Her desert career began with Ambiance Unlimited where she refined her residential design skills and completed the model homes for PGA West’s Greg Norman Estates Country Club. With an interest in construction design she then joined the luxurious Andalusia Country Club design team and assisted owners in the creation of their dream homes. In 2009 she then opened Janelle Interiors as an independent design corporation and has since designed homes in some of the desert’s premier clubs.

Relocating to Ojai in 2012 she opened up her design showroom where clients can view the extensive home furnishing resources. Janelle’s design approach is, “Simple but Elegant,” with attention to the planning of space and style. She prides herself in creating a look and feel that coincides with her clients
dream or vision in any project. 
Showroom: (805) 640-0194; Web: JanelleInteriors.com

Irma C. Murrillo, Angela’s Flowers

Angela’s Flowers was originally started by Angela Mc Elroy in Ventura. She decided to move to beautiful Ojai Valley, where she continued to live until recently. Angela then sold the business to Joanne Moore approximately in 1989, who owned it until about 2006, until she decided to sell it to friend Laurie Barnett who then sold it to Irma. Irma began working for Angela’s Flowers when she was just a sophomore at the local high school. It was her first job and honestly believes it will be her last. She loves what she does so much it doesn’t seem like work, and has been with the business for over 20 years. 
Address: 226 W Ojai Ave #102, Ojai; Phone: (805) 646-5404; Web: AngelasFlowersOjai.com

 

Be Prepared: Read The HHTM Fact Sheet

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Here are several reminders to make your tour experience more enjoyable!

  • Your ticket is valid for either or both days (November 12-13) to visit each house once. Hours are 10am-4pm. 
  • Shuttle transportation will be provided to all homes. Shuttles will depart from Ojai Valley School (723 El Paseo Rd.) and San Antonio Elementary School (650 Carne Rd.) approximately every 20 minutes. Your ticket will have the locations of the shuttle stops. Last shuttle is 3:30pm. 
  • Homes may be visited in any order. Please keep in mind that the last shuttle will depart at 3:30pm and if you begin the tour in the late afternoon you may not be able to visit all the homes. 
  • The homes are not wheelchair accessible. If you have special needs, please contact Sherry at the Ojai Music Festival office for further information: 805-646-2094.
  •  Flat shoes are required and closed-toe shoes recommended. If you wear high-heeled shoes, you will be asked to remove your shoes. Booties will be distributed at the homes. 
  • Public restrooms will be available at the Holiday Marketplace at 703 El Paseo Rd. 
  • Children under the age of 12 will not be admitted into the homes
  • Docents will help guide the tour and answer any questions about the homes.
  •  There will be entertainment at various homes provided by students and Ojai musicians. 
  • Tickets will be sold during the weekend of the event at the Holiday Marketplace, located at 703 El Paseo Road and at the homes. Tickets will be $45 the day of the event. 
  • Please join us at the Holiday Marketplace, rain or shine! Admission is free and open to the public. Hours are Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 10:00am-4:30pm. 
  • There are no refunds on tickets. But if you turn your tickets back, we will issue a receipt to you for a tax-deductible donation in the amount of the value of your tickets.
  • In case of heavy rain, the event will be canceled. Your ticket will be considered a donation to the Ojai Music Festival.

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Meet the 2016 Ojai Holiday Home Designers

An essential part of the annual Ojai Holiday Home Tour is the festive inspirations created by the select floral designers who work with each homeowner. Meet the 2017 designers: 

Angela’s Flowers
Irma Murillo, owner 
Home: Carroll House 
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Since 2010, Irma Murillo has been the proud owner of Angela’s Flowers although she had been working at the shop when she was just a sophomore attending Nordhoff High School. At that time, she learned from the original owner Joanne Moore. Irma has made Angela’s Flowers a continued success, nominated Best Florist in Ojai for several years in a row. She is a proud resident of the valley with her husband Juan Murillo, her children Carlos, Natali and Gabriel as well as her “adopted children,” her chinchilla Chinch and her cat Lulu.

Address: 226 W Ojai Ave #102
Phone: (805) 646-5404
Web: angelasflowersojai.com


Digs Design
Lynn Malone, owner
Home: El Toro 
lynn-malone-10-6-14_0013-correctedWith over 20 years managing fundraising events for various Ojai nonprofits including the Ojai Music Festival, Lynn Malone, owner and lead designer at Digs, has made an art of creating exquisite event designs on a budget, a befitting skill to help benefit the annual Holiday Home Look In fundraiser.

For the past three years, Digs has strived to bring joyous Holiday designs to showcased homes on the tour much to the delight of guests who were excited and inspired by creative décor for the holidays. This year, Lynn and her team look forward to embellishing a historic Spanish revival home steeped in rich memories of bygone eras. 

The Digs team is excited to work with the homeowners of the El Toro house to create holiday designs honoring the home’s historic significance, as well as the many fond memories of Christmases past as shared by the homeowner and the design team. Don’t be surprised to see a few that you grew up with too.  Departing from traditional reds and greens, however, this year’s designs will incorporate winter whites, and the bountiful fruits and greens of the season and of the property itself. You’ll see many of the lush landscape elements found on the property incorporated into the Holiday floral designs.

As has come to be expected of Team Digs, you’ll also be treated to a bit of whimsy and some modern holiday touches too, including, of course, “Grace,” our signature holiday mannequin who, once again, will be dressed in her finest Holiday greenery for the season. As always, Digs hopes to inspire excitement to decorate your home for the upcoming holidays. However, if time runs short for DIY decorating or gifting, we are always happy to help.  Some of the creations you’ll see on the tour will be available at Digs throughout the holiday season. 

Address: On the corner of Baldwin Road and Highway 33
Phone: (805) 646-3447
Web: YourDigsDesigns.com


Janelle Interiors Design Showroom
Janelle Kandziora, owner
Home: Ladera Ranch Home
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Janelle is the owner and lead designer at Janelle Interiors Design Showroom in Ojai. She specializes in construction design, color consulting, custom furniture, lighting and much more. Janelle has a successful design career furnishing homes all over the greater Los Angeles area, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs Desert communities. 

Her career began with 550 Design of Minneapolis where she trained under a senior staff of highly experienced designers. Specializing in residential and hospitality design, her experience quickly brought her to Palm Desert, California in early 2004. Her desert career began with Ambiance Unlimited where she refined her residential design skills and completed the model homes for PGA West’s Greg Norman Estates Country Club.  With an interest in construction design she then joined the luxurious Andalusia Country Club design team and assisted owners in the creation of their dream homes. In 2009 she then opened Janelle Interiors as an independent design corporation and has since designed homes in some of the desert’s premier clubs.

Relocating to Ojai in 2012 she opened up her design showroom where clients can view the extensive home furnishing resources. Janelle’s design approach is, “Simple but Elegant,” with attention to the planning of space and style. She prides herself in creating a look and feel that coincides with her clients dream or vision in any project.

Address: 987 W Ojai Ave
Showroom: (805) 640-0194
Email: janelle@janelleinteriors.com
Web: janelleinteriors.com


Passion Flowers
Michelle Rein, owner 
Home: Libbey House 

passion-flowersFounder and entrepreneur of Passion Flowers Ventura Michelle Rein has been passionate about flowers her whole life. In business for over 35 years, Michelle still loves creating with the gift of nature and all its colors and elements. Her shop is open daily and one of the great enjoyments is her customers. Besides the daily routine of the floral shop, Michelle loves working with clients for special events, celebrations, and tributes. Every piece is created heartfelt.

Address: 920 E Main St., Ventura
Phone: (805)641-1076
Web: passionflowersventura.com

 

Meet The 2015 Holiday Home Look In Designers

Each year the Holiday Home Look In welcomes local designers and florists, each of whom are assigned a home on the tour and tasked with bringing their own vision of décor and the holidays to life. This year, designers Digs Floral and Botanical Designs, Angela’s Flowers, Kitty Bartholomew, and Teri Formanek and Sandy Sylslack will be showcased. And if you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, you can do so online here >>

2015 Holiday Home Look In Musician Schedule

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14


Oak View Sanctuary
10am – David Henderson, piano
12pm – Fern Barishman, piano and vocal
2pm – Ray Powers, keyboard

Rancho Sunset
10am – Rachel Holdt, vocal and ukelele
11am – Smitty and Julija, piano and vocal
1pm – David Cosby, guitar
3pm – Hatter’s Tea, guitar and vocal

Blue Heron

10am – Ray Sullivan, guitar
12pm – Bonnie Griffin, flute
2pm – Audrey McPherson and Dori Riggs, flute duet

Team Digs At Work

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Lynn Malone and the design team at Digs Floral and Botanic Designs in Ojai is thrilled to once again put their talents and imagination to work for the Holiday Home Look In.  New to the tour last year, Digs went all out to create masterful holiday floral designs for a Rancho Matilija home. This year, the Digs design team returns by popular demand, to embellish  Blue Heron, another beautiful home in Rancho Matilija – this time with an array of multicultural holiday decor. When asked which holiday they would like to focus on, Digs’ designers agreed that they are truly inspired by them all. The florals throughout the home will honor several holiday traditions, some of which have roots in other parts of the world. The homeowner’s travels, experiences and interior design aesthetic have also inspired the floral décor.

Once again, Digs designers hope to inspire guests with unique decorating ideas for the upcoming holidays. And, if DIY is not your idea of holiday fun, their designers are always happy to be of assistance. Some of the creations you’ll see on the tour will be available at Digs throughout the Holiday Season.

Purchase tickets to the 19th Holiday Home Look In >>

Learn more about the houses featured on the tour >>

Thank You For Another Successful Holiday Home Look In & Marketplace!

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With beautiful houses, incredible weather, and a record number of attendees, this year’s Holiday Home Look In and Marketplace weekend looks to be one of the most successful yet! Thank you to everyone who joined us to tour distinctive Ojai homes and supported the Festival and its BRAVO! music education program.

And special congratulations and thanks to the countless volunteers, and members of the Ojai Festivals Women’s Committee, who planned and produced the event:

Holiday Home Look In Committee

Event Chair:  Sharon McClung
Holiday Marketplace:  Joyce Greene, Lynn Munnikhuis
Creative Liaison: Susan Scott
House Acquisitions: Barbara Hirsch, Susan Scott, Aryna Swope
House Hostesses: Mary McConnel, Terry Royce
Docents:  Cheree Edwards, Shirley McClung, Joyce Robinson
Sponsorships: Susan Scott
Publicity:  Laura Reynolds
Marketing:  Merrill Williams
Editor and Treasurer: Rena Randall
Holiday Marketplace Ambiance: Christine Drucker
Advertising: Lynn Munnikhuis
Transportation: Don Law