Monday, December 1, 2014

The Summit League Holiday Home Tour 2014

The Friday before Thanksgiving I had the pleasure to tour the lovely homes on the Summit League Home for the Holidays 2014 house tour. Since the homes were Christmas themed and holiday decor, I thought I'd share with you after Thanksgiving. 

It was my first time doing this tour and it did not disappoint! Three homes were featured, and the beneficiaries were the Child Advocates of Silicon Valley Transitioning Teen  program, which helps kids who are aging out of the foster care system become independent and successful. It is a great cause and so many wonderful people worked to make this tour something special.

I'm showing just a few of the best displays and rooms. 

This lovely and natural hallway vignette was done by Scarlett Fiona Reed of Saffron & Genevieve as was the entry below. I immediately was in love with the greens, the books and old chests which were gorgeous.

Saffron & Genevieve is a shop in Santa Cruz and you can read more about the owner, her home design business, and her shop on her fun blog

This pretty home may look familiar to readers, as it belongs to my friend Leasa, who I featured on here last Christmas with her Christmas in Paris lunch and an Easter lunch as well. Leasa is a local mom and friend who entertains beautifully and generously offered her home to be opened for the tour. It was interesting to see what the designers did in each room, as I already loved her home decor.

In her kitchen by Studio Ziffer, they placed these large mercury glass vases with manzanita branches. A big swath of black paper makes a fun writing surface for a party on her island.

The festive dining room was styled by Julie Dal Porto of J Home, one of my very favorite shops in in Los Gatos. Located on West Main Street, it's always inspiring and I want to buy everything!
 I especially liked this mix of big vases, lacy votives, golds, wicker and mossy greens.

In Leasa's guest room, Karen Giordano, of Liv La Vie, another beautiful Los Gatos shop, did a Chanel themed black and white room.  Karen curates the most lovely collection of clothes and finds and you have to pop in if you are in Los Gatos.

What a perfect idea to mix the checks and Chanel!

The women crowded into here and of course the Chanel feather tree was a big hit!

A fun holiday look was filling Leasa's gorgeous tub with glass and mercury ornaments, to evoke a bubble bath. How cute! This was done by Rebbecca Wolf Interiors and Timbers & Textiles.

Leasa's bedroom was given wreaths and swags and a silver bed.
 Love the furry throw and metallic plaid pillow. Leasa's chic grasscloth wallpaper looked fab with everything the designers did.

Her powder room was charming with succulents, wrapped soaps and ephemera. 
Many of you may be familiar with The Creeping Fig who decorated this. Check out her Facebook Page where she shares great home and garden inspiration and videos too. Love her style.

 I'm standing by Leasa's staircase walk out to her yard where a pretty mural by Cameleon Design was painted. 

Leasa's loggia was given the holiday treatment as well.

We also were crazy for her husband's detached office which has fois bois wallpaper. They added a  red bar cart and this deer. Just perfect for a man's space. This was done by David Stonesifer, a local plein air painter and designer. He envisioned it as an artist's 'studio.'  No idea if Leasa's husband will keep that vibe or not, but it's very handsome!

The next home on the tour was a Mediterranean built not long ago that really takes advantage of the local lush hills and landscape with amazing views and luxe finishes.

This master bedroom shows the beautiful casement windows and soft colors that made this house so warm and inviting by Barbara D'Ercole Design.

There were many ( yes at least 6!) outdoor patios and terraces. We loved this one off the family's main room with a two-sided fireplace.

Pretty swags and florals by Bloomsters were used throughout. 

 The family even had a pool house used for more entertaining and it was decorated in a more exuberant palette than the main home.

How gorgeous is this table? 

This magical melange of color was by Dana Black Design.

Even the bocce ball space at this home had a view and sitting area!

 The owners of the last and largest home are world travelers and have lived many places, which showed in the rooms and eclectic feel of this house.

Tucked in the entry were swags, lanterns and gilded pinecones by Barbara's Floral Design.

 No guest would want to leave this bedroom swathed in a winter white Christmas. The holiday vignette was by The Maid's Quarters in Los Gatos, another wonderful Los Gatos boutique.

How darling is this Eiffel Tower turned into a Christmas tree?

The homeowner also had a beautiful blue china collection and a media room with one of my favorite wallpapers, Schumacher's Ming Dragon. Behind that curved door was another little kitchen for this fun room with more charming wallpaper.

It was a delight to get a peak into these impressive homes and also see what these talented designers did to style them for the holidays. I hope you enjoyed this small bit and please visit these designers' pages and the wonderful Summit League. They are a group of generous, hard-working and giving people who choose great causes to help in our Bay Area.

Thank you designers and Summit League!



  1. You did a great job with the story & photos! Thanks, Kim!

    1. Thank you Vicki for letting me share your great ideas. Loved that cute powder room! x

  2. What a treat of photos! I seriously heart that kitchen! And the tub! But deer with glasses? Best thing ever!

    1. Wendy her kitchen is beautiful. Not enough pictures to show all the pretty woodwork and fabulous island she has too. That deer is pretty cute no?

  3. Pretty decor pics! I bet that was a fun tour!
    Dawn Lucy

    1. Thank you Dawn. Was such fun I look forward to the next year!

  4. Very nice all the way around...especially the loggia and casement window!

    1. Thank you GSL! Those details are what made these homes stand out I think.

  5. How fun. I love home tours. Great ideas and inspiration. I'm w/ Wendy-sunglasses on the deer - l want one for my office ;-)

    1. Julie, This was my first one and I'm wishing I did more. They are really a holiday season thing I guess. The Summit League really does a spectacular job! I guess we could all use a deer. Love them for hats and purses too!

  6. Good morning darling Kim! I saw this post pop up yesterday and am so glad I waited until this morning, with coffee, to truly absorb it. I remember the beautiful home of your friend. The designers have done a spectacular job. What fun to have a 'showcase house' for the season! I just had to pin that bathtub filled with Christmas balls. You're images really captured the beauty, and whimsy, of the spaces. I love that pretty photo of you in your smashing coat. Be sure and stop by for the giveaway on my blog. A gift card and another fabulous Savvy Sleeper are in the mix! Happy Tuesday and I hope we are able to get together while I'm in the city during the holidays.
    xx, Heather

  7. Wow Kim! So many beautiful holiday homes here today! I love all the greenery and the natural elements. It's also fun to include the glitzy, girly Chanel items too. These events are always so much fun and we always come away with some fun ideas.

    I hope your December is off to a great start. I'm trying to stay focused on my holiday to do list as construction crew is in and out .. this too will pass.


  8. Well, you have started the SEASON right!Always fun to PEEK inside other homes.................
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS...............we have 23 DAYS to BE READY!
    On your MARK get SET......................GO!!!!!

  9. Such a festive house tour! I love that bathtub overflowing with all the ornaments - so fun! Thanks for the highlights, Kim. Hope you had wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy December~

  10. So fun. I loved them all but the tub with "bubbles"!! Oh my. You know how much I love bubble baths. Happy December Kim!!

  11. I have never heard of this type of event, but how fun! I love seeing other people's homes and the decor especially during the holidays. We have no Christmas decorations but now I'm inspired. :)

    Love the Chanel feather tree, I can see why it was a fan favorite, I want one year round in my room lol. Hope you and your fam had a great Thanksgiving!!


  12. Kim our local tour was actually modeled after this one! I would love to come up some time and see it for myself. Your friend's home is lovely. It is always so fun to see what everyone comes up with! Loved that kitchen island!! Thanks for the tour!

  13. Hello dear! Lovely holiday post that has me leaving here wanting to make some wreaths and garlands!

    Sending you big hugs!


  14. Hi Kim:
    It was nice to meet you at troop hut . That was very fun to make wreath together .
    Thanks for share your blog to me. It's full of inspiration, thanks! Already loving lots of those images and ideas..... . I really want to decorate my house, but barely have any ideas. Recently, I'd like to get a new dining table, but I am stuck on the style.I could't make a decision. I am wondering if you can help me a little bit.

  15. I’m so behind on my blog reading (and my posts!) after a long weekend away and all the Christmas preparations! This post is full of festive inspiration and I especially like all the natural elements too. The greenery is so lovely. The bath filled with the giant baubles to evoke a bubble bath is fun. I've bought several mercury baubles this year which really sparkle on the tree.

  16. These homes are so lovely. Really pretty.