CASA Christmas Home Tour

| December 1, 2017

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The 2016 home tour featured a Sugar Creek home decked out in Nordic Nouveau

Text by Cheryl Alexander
Photography by J Pamela Photography and Patrick Bertolino
Interiors by Ingela Barton, Kasta Design Company
Construction by Steve Gulledge, Gulledge & Company

For 26 years Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) has been showcasing homes lavishly decorated for the holidays in Fort Bend County’s most beautiful neighborhoods as a way of raising money to support its programs. With the help of professional decorators and florists, five or six homeowners decorate their homes for Christmas and open them to the public each year during the second weekend in December. Guests tour the homes to glean holiday inspiration from the talents of the decorators and florists and the homeowners’ personal style. Volunteers direct the visitors along a pre-arranged route through the home, and holiday cookies and refreshments are served at the exits of three of the homes.

Proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour help CAFB advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children in the community. Through its two programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), the agency touches the lives of more than 400 young victims each month. The annual Christmas tour is one of CAFB’s largest fundraising events as 94 percent of the proceeds go directly toward its services for children. Since the tour began, more than $1.7 million has been raised in unrestricted funding for services for children in Fort Bend County. In 2016, the event raised approximately $175,000. This year’s tour is expected to top that goal.

“By participating in the Christmas Home Tour, you can help us ensure that all child victims of abuse get the therapy and healing services they desperately need,” said Ruthanne Mefford, CEO of CAFB.

The home featured in this issue of Lifestyles & Homes is owned by Alan and Cathy Stubbs, who participated in the 2016 tour. This Sugar Land power couple – she leads a real estate team, the Cathy Stubbs Team at Keller Williams, and he is a director at Sonic Automotive – moved into this home in 2015 from another home in Sugar Creek.

“We needed more parking, if you can believe that,” said Cathy. “My husband really likes cars, and my kids will be driving soon, so finding a home on a half acre was really appealing from that perspective.”

The couple was also looking for enough space for themselves and their two kids to feel comfortable at home. “We like our children and their friends to want to be around the house whenever possible, so having kids’ spaces and adult spaces was also a priority.”

The home as the Stubbs found it did meet those requirements – enough square footage both inside and outside; however, the home’s 1980s layout needed some updating. The couple only really liked the great room. The rest of the house was closed-in, compartmentalized and dark, and the kitchen was galley style. They knew they wanted a fresh look and something timeless that they wouldn’t have to re-do in 10 years.

They went to work, enlisting the help of interior designer Ingela Barton, owner of Kasta Design Company, and Steve Gul­ledge, owner of Gulledge & Company. To begin with, they tore out walls and re­moved all the fixtures, opening up the common areas downstairs and enlarging and re-configuring the kitchen.

“Previously, it was dark and there was no focal point in this house,” said Barton. “In the 80s, homes were decorated with little contrast – everything matched. Today’s look is more crisp and clean.”

The new home incorporates open spaces, white walls and new colors and materials to add texture and depth. The fireplace, which was formerly exposed original brick, now has a stone finish. As well, the dining room boasts a new stone wall and a cook top made with reclaimed brick they found in the attic.

The couple also opted for new furniture and art when they moved. “We really wanted to start fresh,” said Cathy. “Our kids aren’t little any more, and it was time for a new vibe. We kept a few sentimental pieces of furniture, but other than that, we literally took one box from our old house with us.”

The result is a home with a blend of traditional and eclectic styles that incorporates a fresh, new aesthetic. There is plenty of light and space for everything and everyone who lives here.

When the time came to decorate the home for the 2016 CASA Christmas Home Tour, the Stubbs again called on Ingela for assistance.

“I was so enchanted by Ingela’s stories of growing up in Sweden that I asked her to incorporate the Nordic Christmas traditions into our holiday décor,” said Cathy.

Nordic Christmas traditions grew out of simplicity and resourcefulness, according to Barton. “We used what was on hand and made it special. For example, presents were wrapped in white or brown paper and decorated with twigs, yarn or twine. Fresh berries and small fir branches would add color. The message on the package, which was sometimes a poem, was more important than the wrapping.”

Throughout the Stubbs home, more simple touches inspired from the Swedish country landscape made a big impression. Sheepskin on chairs, strategically placed lanterns and lots of candles add warmth and softness. Cinnamon sticks and hints of snow sprinkled on pine cones whisper winter in an elegantly understated way. Barton, too, used snow inside of clear Christmas balls along with tiny, dainty white lights to add a bit of sparkle and magic to the scene. The use of nuts and greenery on the mantle, table and counters is a nod to Scandinavian tradition.

In each of the bedrooms, a small tree is decorated to reflect the person who lives in the room and in the game room, the theme of Americana enhances the year-round décor, keeping with the simplicity of the rest of the holiday decorations while also allowing the room to remain comfortable and functional for the family throughout the season.

“We love the ease of our holiday de­signs,” said Cathy. “Without too much fuss and a house that is overly done, we were able to dress things up for the season and still live and move in our home.”

 

The 2017 CASA Home Tour

Each home on the tour brings its own character and inspiration to the guests who visit, and this year’s tour has something a little extra.

“We have some exciting things planned for this year,” said CAFB Marketing Spe­cialist Lisa Moore. “We’re in new neighborhoods, and we have homes on both ends of the county from Long Meadow Farms to Kitty Hollow Park. We’re partnering with the Fort Bend History Association to showcase the DeWalt Heritage Center in turn-of-the-century style for the Christmas holiday.”

The historic Dew house, which was built as a farmhouse 1899-1900 and was luxuriously updated in the 1920s to reflect the family’s successful ranching and oil ventures, was moved in 2006 to its new location in Missouri City’s Kitty Hollow Park. From there, it was renovated and transformed into the DeWalt Heritage Center through a partnership of Fort Bend County and the Fort Bend History Association.

“It is an important piece of Fort Bend history and when the Fort Bend History Association approached us about participating, we thought it would make a great addition to the Tour,” said Moore. Dew family descendants have donated and loaned many historical items and priceless artifacts just for the Tour, including vintage décor, original china, silver and crystal, saddles and other items from the Dew house’s glory days. The Fort Bend History Association also will display rare collections items, including a horse-drawn buggy owned by the family, during the Tour.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Child Advocates of Fort Bend for this year’s Christmas Home Tour,” said Claire Rogers, executive director of the Fort Bend History Association. “Our ‘Dewcent’ volunteers and decorators can’t wait to deck the halls of the Dew House and share Texas history at the same time.”

CASA Christmas Home Tour hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 9 with a candlelight tour on Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. For more information, go to cafb.org or contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108. For updates on home locations and ticket sales, go to cafb.org.

TOP IMAGE: The custom-made wrought-iron railing, accented by fresh garland of eucalyptus and cypress, creates a welcoming effect in the foyer. Console table from Mitchell Gold+Bob WIlliams. Floor from Builderoutletusa.com NIDI Brillo Porcelain Tile HF 5920. Color on all main area walls is Sherwin Williams Accessible beige 7036.

Brightly lit, fresh Christmas trees surrounded by classic red poinsettias are framed beautifully against the classic brick wall behind them and accented by the dark wood French doors.

Brightly lit, fresh Christmas trees surrounded by classic red poinsettias are framed beautifully against the classic brick wall behind them and accented by the dark wood French doors.

Allan and Cathy Stubbs with their darling puppy, Cash, enjoy the bright, fresh winter-scape of their living room.

Allan and Cathy Stubbs with their darling puppy, Cash, enjoy the bright, fresh winter-scape of their living room.

A towering Christmas tree decked in white and gold and topped with hand-painted branches takes center-stage. Living room console table and fur-covered bench are from William Sonoma Home. White leather armchairs from Z-Gallerie.

A towering Christmas tree decked in white and gold and topped with hand-painted branches takes center-stage. Living room console table and fur-covered bench are from William Sonoma Home. White leather armchairs from Z-Gallerie.

Natural Birch branches and tree are lightly dusted in faux snow. Glass ornaments filled with snow and lights provide accents. Basket by Pottery Barn.

Natural Birch branches and tree are lightly dusted in faux snow. Glass ornaments filled with snow and lights provide accents. Basket by Pottery Barn.

Open spaces accented by a wall of natural stone set a stunning background to the dining area. Hardwood floors downstairs are Estate Collection by Bella Cara ECLV318 species Maple, color Lovell.

Open spaces accented by a wall of natural stone set a stunning background to the dining area. Hardwood floors downstairs are Estate Collection by Bella Cara ECLV318 species Maple, color Lovell.

In the dining room, ice-crystal inspired centerpieces, white fur accents, mirror-glass placemats and delicate roses make for an elegant winter table-scape reminiscent of the freshness of new-fallen snow. William Sonoma Home dishes, glassware and silverware. Hudson armchairs in Belgian linen from Restoration Hardware.

In the dining room, ice-crystal inspired centerpieces, white fur accents, mirror-glass placemats and delicate roses make for an elegant winter table-scape reminiscent of the freshness of new-fallen snow. William Sonoma Home dishes, glassware and silverware. Hudson armchairs in Belgian linen from Restoration Hardware.

Angel wings on the backs of dining chairs, highlighted by a touch of fir and pinecones, create a special, wholesome Christmas feeling.

Angel wings on the backs of dining chairs, highlighted by a touch of fir and pinecones, create a special, wholesome Christmas feeling.

A simple gold ring with fresh fir and pine cones has a coat of white faux snow.

A simple gold ring with fresh fir and pine cones has a coat of white faux snow.

Gorgeous granite countertops and reclaimed brick framing the vent-hood create a kitchen where old meets new. Kitchen cabinet color is Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White 7035. Granite on island is White Spring; granite on countertops is Antique Brown, leather finish. Berazzoni Black 48” stove. Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator. William Sonoma Home dishes, glassware and silverware.

Gorgeous granite countertops and reclaimed brick framing the vent-hood create a kitchen where old meets new. Kitchen cabinet color is Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White 7035. Granite on island is White Spring; granite on countertops is Antique Brown, leather finish. Berazzoni Black 48” stove. Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator. William Sonoma Home dishes, glassware and silverware.

Old-fashioned Santas, pinecones and deer antlers set the scene for a rustic, yet charming, young boy’s room. Bedding by Pottery Barn. Wall color is Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF 690.

Old-fashioned Santas, pinecones and deer antlers set the scene for a rustic, yet charming, young boy’s room. Bedding by Pottery Barn. Wall color is Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF 690.

An updated take on a classic Americana Christmas landscape, highlighted by beautiful wood floors and football jerseys in shadow boxes on the walls.

An updated take on a classic Americana Christmas landscape, highlighted by beautiful wood floors and football jerseys in shadow boxes on the walls.

Foraged branches with a soft coat of faux snow bring the whimsy of the outdoors into this elegant, classic master bedroom. Bedding by Potttery Barn.

Foraged branches with a soft coat of faux snow bring the whimsy of the outdoors into this elegant, classic master bedroom. Bedding by Potttery Barn.


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