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Holiday Home Tours remembered

Lifestyles & Homes is delighted to share this retrospective of holiday tour standouts from years past, offering something unique in each special vignette. Follow along for inspiration and the joy of holidays past.



Just stepping through their door, Mary Jane and Robert Wakefield’s home transported hundreds of holiday spirited visitors to a New England Christmas during the 2004 Kappa Kappa Gamma pilgrimmage. The 1937 New England salt box style house was designed by John Rather and John Staub. The dining room’s rare, raised panel walls formerly graced another River Oaks house. Pomegranates share mantle with antique Japanese dishes, painting above is Scottish, 19th century. Dutch ball chandelier in brass, original with house, hung with gloriosa lilies and pine. Sheraton double pedestal table in solid mahogany, 19th century; Irish Chippendale chairs, c. 1760.



Fresh Williamsburg-inspired holiday lemon and blueberry topiaries dress up the kitchen and are displayed next to silver candelabras on the kitchen island for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Pilgrimage of 2006. The traditional house evoked a southern-plantation feel, merging with seasonal decor. Photography by Phoebe Rourke. Floral design by Mark Ruisinger, Mark Anthony Florist.


The Tim and Marianne Sulser home in the Heights reflects Marianne’s Louisiana roots with its French Quarter facade, wrapped and wreathed this time of year in fresh greenery, red ribbons and Christmas balls. Those who visited the Sulser home during the 2007 Historic Heights Home Tour were treated to “lagniappe,” or “a little something extra.” A grand Christmas tree  adorned with over 1,000 red balls brought celebration to the grand room. Photography by J. Pamela and Lakewood photography.



Scotty and Jana Arnoldy opened their home to the 2008 Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Home Tour in 2008, sharing seasonal decor repleat with iconic Christian themes and Old-World architecture. (Left) Medieval-inspired majesty and Old-World charm mix with Versace china, candle light and exquisite roses. The silver centerpiece is filled with Black Magic roses, leonotis (chocolate roses), Cherry Love roses, Charlotte roses, Gloriosa lilies and Cymbidium orchids. (Below center) Religious figures stand amidst glorious hydrangeas designed by Miriam Westmoreland and emphasize the Christian art already in place. (Below right) A focal point, Amaryllis adds to the castle-like backdrop in a spacious outdoor kitchen and living area enjoyed by the Arnoldy’s nearly year-round.

Floral underwriter: The Tellepsen Family. Photography by J. Pamela photography.


The 2009 Historic Heights Holiday Home Tour treated visitors to the Beardshall’s beautifully adorned dining table, complete with silk teal napkins and peacock feathers mixed with beaufiful Minton china. Photography: Bookwalter photography



A beautiful French Country Christmas awaited those who undertook the 2010 KAPPA Holiday Pilgrimage. The dining room in the Moncrief home featured hand-painted custom DeGourney silk wallpaper from London, Italian glass sconces and a delicate, yet commanding, crystal chandelier. Photography: Petr Poliak. Floral Design: Jerry Mason, Mason’s Flowers.

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