The holiday season kicks off on Friday with over-the-top holiday decorations that sparkle and shine behind the doors of five homes in the “Fabulous Forties.” The 38th annual Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour welcomes thousands to tour arguably the most gorgeous homes in Sacramento to benefit the Sacred Heart Parish School.
“Our goal is for these homes to be like Christmas explosions. It just really ignites the spark for the holiday season,” said Leslie Wilson-Lopez, co-chair of the home tour and Sacred Heart school parent.
The homes on this year’s tour include four in the colonial style circa 1920 and one new home that has been added to a foundry (a factory that produces metal casings) dating back to 1915.
Each home is decorated by local designers and florists who start drafting their designs months in advance.
“No two houses are the same, and the designers have really gotten creative this year,” Wilson-Lopez said.
Co-designer of the foundry home on 44th Street and part owner of Beyond the Garden Gate, a home and garden store in Davis, Pat Stromberg, said that they got their design inspiration from the owner who spent much of her youth living in France.
“Rather than hanging stockings from the fireplace, we have European vintage shoes in the family room, which are traditional decorations in Provence, France,” Stromberg said. “We also have 13 beautiful desserts representing and honoring Christ and his 12 apostles, a tradition to eat at Christmas in France.”
In Provence, France the traditional Christmas meal consists mostly of vegetables and is followed by 13 desserts. Thirteen signifies the number of people at the last supper, the last meal Christ and the apostles shared together. The meal and desserts are eaten before going to midnight mass on Christmas.
The home will have three Christmas trees: two inside and one out front. One tree will be decorated with actual instruments and ornate ribbon that will complement the elegance of the living room, which has a baby grand piano.
“If you think of going to an opera or a symphony, that is what the living room is like,” Stromberg said. “We love the sparkle of the living room and the warmth of the family room.”
One of the five homes is designed by the homeowner herself, Jill Dudensing, who is an interior designer.
“She has a real eclectic contemporary minimalist style,” Wilson-Lopez said. “She likes a traditional Christmas, so it’s like Norman Rockwell meets Andy Warhol in her home.”
Each of the homes has been labored over by designers for months, and most started the installation process of the holiday décor weeks ago.
This year, in addition to the decorations on the bottom floor of each of the five homes, the backyards have been incorporated into the holiday design. Landscaping, lights, wreaths and flowers have been added to many of the backyards, Wilson-Lopez said.
In addition to viewing the homes and getting holiday decoration ideas, guests can actually purchase decorations from the local retailers who designed two of the homes.
Don Garcia from Haus Home Décor and Specialty Gift is the designer for one of the homes on the tour. Hand-blown German glass bird ornaments are decorating the Christmas tree in a bird-themed room at one of the colonial homes. An entire line of hand-blown German glass ornaments are sold locally at the store.
After the walking tour, visitors are encouraged to stop by the Holiday Cafe & Gift Shop located at the Sacred Heart Parish School, 856 39th St. The cafe will have warm beverages, champagne, wine and other holiday treats available. There will be vendors selling holiday gifts including home accessories, hostess gifts, holiday ornaments, candles, candy, jams and jellies, wreaths and more. No ticket is necessary for admittance to the cafe and gift shop.
The walking tour starts on 46th Street between J and M streets, and parking is available in front of all of the tour homes and at the Holiday Cafe & Boutique, located at the Sacred Heart Parish School. The tour should take approximately two hours to complete, and the homes can be viewed in any order.
The tour times are as follows:
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday
Tickets can be purchased for $30 at the Sacred Heart Parish School or at one of the tour homes located on 46th Street. To purchase tickets online visit the website here.
All proceeds go to support the Sacred Heart Parish School in East Sacramento. The entire home tour is organized and run by parent volunteers.
For more information about the Sacred Heart Holiday Home tour, visit the website here.