Decking the halls for holiday home tour
The unique character of the six homes featured on Saturday’s Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour represent the personalities of the homeowners who have artfully decorated them.
The annual fundraiser is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., this Saturday, Dec. 8, and benefits the Loomis Basin Education Foundation and the children of the Loomis Union School District.
Guests may think they’re in a Christmas wonderland when visiting Kim and Rich Boone’s seven-bedroom, three-story Mediterranean style home in Roseville. Designed to accommodate a large family with five children, including two sets of twins ranging in age from 16- to 20-years-old, and Kim’s father, the 6,700-square-foot home features travertine floors, a dream kitchen and a half-circular, free-standing staircase.
The home boasts holiday décor that Kim Boone has collected or hand-crafted over 27 years, both personally and professionally as an interior designer. The 26 Christmas trees are decorated by theme, such as fairies, nutcrackers, religious, family, wine and peacocks.
“I probably have about a hundred trees, but I only count them if they’re at least four feet tall,” she said. “And I think I could decorate 20 more trees with all the stuff left in the attic.”
Also on display are many collectibles from designers Christopher Radko, Woof and Poof and Mark Roberts.
Another home in Loomis was designed and built by Stephanie and Bill Freed and includes a private courtyard, natural stone floors and custom cabinetry. The 4,400-square-foot house has five Christmas trees, homemade stockings and natural greenery with pine cones and red accents hung over the three fireplaces, wine cellar and from light fixtures.
The Storybook Victorian home was inspired by The Apple Farm Inn, in San Luis Obispo, and many visits to other home tours, said owner Fonda Davis. She and husband, Marc, built their 4,000-square-foot home in 2005 to create a comfortable gathering place for their four married children and 14 grandchildren.
Reminiscent of old-fashioned Christmas in a Dickens novel, the three-bedroom, four-bathroom home is traditionally decorated throughout with garland-draped fireplaces, natural wreaths and seven Christmas trees with ornaments collected over decades.
“Every year, all the women in our family get together for a Christmas tea and cookie and ornament exchange when we have a contest to find the most unusual ornament. I write the year on the back of each ornament and every one brings me a memory,” Davis said.
The house features a gourmet kitchen and family room with different types of painted, glazed and stained wood flooring and cabinetry, a game room displaying hunting trophies and an office with boxwood ceiling. Upstairs are three bedrooms, including the grandkids’ room and loft, two bathrooms and laundry room.
The backyard includes a pool, spa and grotto with waterfalls and a separate 850-foot cottage.
The Lake View Manse, designed by owners Parmis and Kevin Freels, was inspired by ancient Italian towns and Old World castles. The three-story stone structure includes a tower, lots of brick barrel vaulted ceilings, wrought iron, custom designed furnishings and a great view of Folsom Lake.
Hacienda at Sierra de Montserrat was designed with spacious living, cooking and entertaining spaces. The Spanish Mediterranean property is decorated with antique gold and muted green decorations and poinsettias to complement the authentic Saltillo floor tiles, whitewashed walls, dark woodwork and metals.
The Loomis Hills Retreat is a two-story, 6,000-square-foot stone home that feels like a cottage. Remodeled to create a bed and breakfast feeling for friends and family, the four-bedroom home is decorated in natural greenery, blossoms and berries collected from the yard.
For tickets to the home tour or more information visit the Loomis Basin Education Foundation Web site at www.lbef.net.
Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour
What: Tour six, holiday-decorated homes
Benefits: Loomis Basin Education Foundation
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8
Price: $25 in advance; $30 event day.
What: Holiday boutique featuring student art, crafts, vendors
When: Boutique 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8
Where: H. Clarke Powers Elementary School, 3296 Humphrey Road
Price: Free admission
In Loomis at Foothill Feed & Gift, High Hand Nursery, Blue Goose Produce and Flower Farm Nursery; in Rocklin at Pottery World; in Roseville at California Backyard; in Auburn at Eisley Nursery; or online at www.lbef.net