Sac holiday home tour full of decorating tips

SPARK THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON and enjoy walking through homes in the “Fabulous Forties” in East Sacramento at the 37th annual Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour. Photo courtesy of The Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour

SPARK THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON and enjoy walking through homes in the "Fabulous Forties" in East Sacramento at the 37th annual Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour. Photo courtesy of The Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour

When taking a day trip to Sacramento it’s always fun to drive through the “Fabulous Forties.”

The upscale neighborhood of custom homes built in East Sacramento during the post World War II years is considered a jewel among architects, and the gardens that grow beneath the spreading ancient sycamore and elm trees are the stuff of garden magazines. To say that this neighborhood is an inspiration for the homes and gardens of El Dorado Hills and the region would be an understatement.

Once a year members of the community have the unique opportunity to experience the interiors of five homes in this neighborhood. Every year, for nearly four decades, the annual Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour has shared the rich architectural beauty of five historical homes and highlighted the talents of the area’s noted interior designers, who decorate each home on the tour to the hilt. This year’s tour is Dec. 3 through Dec. 5.

It’s a festive opportunity to really “kick off” your holiday season and to pick up some creative decorating ideas for your own home as you walk from home to home on the tour.

Every year some 5,000 patrons throughout Northern and Central California flock to East Sacramento. The homes showcase elaborate renovation while preserving historic design, custom interior design and creative holiday décor that is surely to ignite the spirit of the season.

Homes on the tour this year range in style from a quintessential craftsman bungalow to an illustrious colonial revival. In addition to the five beautifully decorated homes, the library at Sacred Heart Parish’s brand new “state-of-the-art” school will also be decorated and on display. Funds from the tour benefit the school’s scholarship program.

“We are very excited about the homes we have on the tour this year,” said Leslie Lopez, parent and one of the home tour co-chairs. “Not only do we have a wide variety of decorating and architectural styles, but the new school library will be open for viewing and themed after the classic novel, ‘The Secret Garden.’”

This year’s talented local interior and floral designers will include: Haus by David Randall, Twiggs Floral Design Gallery, East Sac Florist, Impressions Designs, Inspired Interiors and Holiday Home.

The Holiday Home Tour is one of Sacred Heart Parish School’s biggest fundraisers. Proceeds from the tour go directly to the school to offset tuition and provide financial support to families who might not otherwise be able to afford a Catholic education in this economy.

Tour dates are Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5. Tour tickets are $25 in advance, $30 after Dec. 2. Children younger than 1 are free, and photography is prohibited. Shoes must be removed prior to entering homes, so take along some festive, warm socks.

Tickets may be purchased online at shpsholidayhometour.com and are also available at Mercedes Benz of El Dorado Hills and other locations in the Sacramento area.

Visit the website or call the Holiday Home Tour Information Line at (916) 556-5050 for more information.

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