Holiday Homes Tour
The 34th Holiday Homes Tour took place virtually in 2020 and was a great success thanks to all of our supporters!
We were excited to continue out annual tradition by, virtually, taking you inside 5 beautiful North County homes decorated by professional designers with views to amaze. Our tour included exclusive tips, tricks, holiday baskets, and more from December 13th – 20th.
Stay tuned for tour news for 2021!
With an online venue, viewers of all ages and locations were able to participate. The tour will was available from December 13-December 20, and all proceeds benefitted the clinic’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund, securing community access to quality health and wellness care during the time it’s needed most.
A team of professional designers gave their time and talents to create elegant holiday displays in five beautiful residences across San Diego County. Viewers took a narrated journey through each home alongside the designer responsible for the décor, bringing all of the special details to life. The tour also featured a silent auction filled with holiday baskets and beautiful one-of-a-kind items, and the option to support small business through an online boutique.
We are excited to present to you the five stunning homes that featured on the 2020 Holiday Homes Tour. Special thank you to the homeowners for allowing our tour into their homes:
Owners Allison and Lenny Comma have put a lot of love into this home; “we wanted a house we could put our own personal touch on. A house to make into our forever home. What we ended up with was a snowball of repairs well beyond what we anticipated, but we used it as an opportunity to customize it beyond what we originally anticipated.”
The journey to this storybook ending was not easy, but it was well worth the trip; the basement was gutted; new floors were put in; a new kitchen island, lighting, front doors, retractable dining room doors, all new balconies, staircases, railings, and fireplaces were added. The home is set up high with amazing views of both the ocean and mountains, giving it the fitting nickname the couple likes to call it - “the treehouse.” To complete their home’s transformation, they began work on the backyard, modeling it after their fondest vacation memories, and what you'll find they came up with is a resort and spa-style backyard and pool you won't soon forget.
On the Edge
The Branons built this home from the ground up from 1999-2000, making every design decision themselves as they went; “we wanted it to be nice, but most of all, we wanted it to be open and livable.” With comfort in mind, Mr. and Mrs. Branon successfully created a space that they’ve used for years to make the most wonderful family memories; raising their own children, hosting wedding receptions, family reunions, and more.
Not without plenty of its own bells and whistles, this home has especially detailed design inside and out. The gorgeous front door is custom-designed by glass artist Jay Curtis, while the entry gate and fountain sculpture are all custom artwork pieces by Carl Glowienke of Lakeside Sculpture. Also outside is a custom-built stone river featuring rocks from the canyon behind the home and a “zero-edge” pool that gives 180-degree views of the canyon and its creek that runs year-round. When you’re not in the pool or admiring the view from one of the 8 decks/outdoor living areas, you can get warm by the outdoor fireplace or practice your putt on the green. Once inside, you'll notice the 21-foot ceilings in the living room that offer views all the way down to La Jolla, and artwork from coastal countries like Brazil, Bali, and the Na Pali Coast. You're sure to find countless details in this home that beautiful inside and out.
Something New and Something Olde
This home was perfect for owners Mr. and Mrs. Lambell as they approached retirement, and wanted to find something that combined their laid back beachy style with a desire for unique architecture. After much looking, they finally found their forever home in Olde Carlsbad. The home, with a rich history, was originally built in 1944 by an Oregon lumber baron and has gone through many transformations throughout the years, but Mr. and Mrs. Lambell have managed to put the finishing touches on what has become a dream home for both of them. An expanded kitchen, remodeled outdoor storage with a laundry room, and fully redone landscaping are some of the personal touches the Lambell’s have put on this piece of Carlsbad history. The indoor space also includes a peppering of personalized artwork, some copper plate etchings from a family friend, a bronze statue by native artist Kim Orbzut, family-made paintings passed down, and needlepoint done by the lady of the house, her mother, and her grandmother. The outdoor space is most notable with an expanded patio space complete with handicap accommodations for friends of the couple, and a full-length bocce court. The “park” they’ve created is full of life from the growing flowers, birds, butterflies, and squirrels that take refuge there. Every piece on this property is surrounded by love and intention and the Lambell's are overjoyed to be able to share it with you.
In the Hills of Rancho Santa Fe
Mr. and Mrs.Toth purchased this home in 2016. After living in Fallbrook for 20 years, they were able to find a home in Rancho Santa Fe that still allowed them to feel like they were out in nature. With far-reaching views and open spaces you'd be pressed to guess you're still in San Diego; on a clear day, you can see for miles ahead through rolling hills and blue skies. The home features several bi-fold doors that make it the ideal space for entertaining, something they try to do often. You'll notice the beautiful front door, designed by the happy couple with a combination of old-world glass and rustic wood. Once you get inside, you'll see personal items from the owners’ lives, past and present, featured all around; items that tell the story of a long life together.
Since COVID-19 hit, the Toths have taken on their own quarantine project with the addition of a vineyard that grows table grapes of different varieties. When they're finally able to entertain large groups of guests again, this time around they’ll have new homemade snacks to offer, straight from the vine.
Tradition Meets Elegance
Homeowners Cristine Clark and Steve Jackson built this home in 1989 with the intention of trying to capture some of the beautiful views that the city of Vista, aptly named, has to offer. Visitors will take note of the large collection of hand-blown glass both inside and outside of the home, all done by local artist Steve Bedford. And family antiques, from both sides, can also be spotted spread throughout. The dining glassware belonged to Ms. Clark’s family at the turn of the 20th century, and at every Christmas, they bring out small display trees that are now over 60 years old. As you tour the home, what's clear is the importance of tradition and family; rooms are filled with memories and items that hold stories that will be passed on for years.
Once you step outside though, you’ll find a whole new world on this nearly 5-acre plot of land. With newly updated entertaining spaces and two water features, this is a great place to sit and relax next to water-wise landscaping with just a touch of island palms and plumerias, bringing the best of both worlds together. If you’re up for some exercise, you can try your luck at pickleball on one of their three courts, or take a hike on one of the trails that the lot opens up to. The possibilities end only where your imagination does.
Bazaar & Opportunity Drawings
Are you looking for something special for your loved ones this holiday season? The Holiday Gift Bazaar, featuring the work of local artisans, is the perfect opportunity to buy unique, handmade gifts. Visitors can browse through dozens of vendor booths and shop for jewelry, handbags, chocolate and more! There will be a raffle of spectacular gift baskets featuring wine, gourmet food, hotel packages, jewelry and tickets to San Diego attractions.
2019 Holiday Bazaar Vendors:
- Origami & Succulents
- Wood Pens
- Jewelry Holder
- Holiday Jewelry
- Antique Home Decor
- Typewriter Transformations
- Little Baby Bumble Designs
- Wall Hangings
- Pop Up Cards
- Kitchen Supplies
- Lip Sense
- Clay Jewelry
- Fingernail Artwork
- Up in Smoke Food Truck
- VCC holiday booth
There are many ways to lend your support to the Holiday Homes Tour including event sponsorship, joining the Holiday Gift Bazaar as a vendor and donating to the gift basket raffle. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Betsy Heightman at 760. 631.5000, x1139 or email@example.com.
2019 Supporting Sponsors
We would like to give a big thank you to our 2019 Holiday Home Tour sponsors for their support!
Ashley Howard Goltz
Betsy and AJ Heightman
M Bar C Construction
Ned Vander Pol
Proforma Promotional Products
Richard and Debi Llata
Rouse Sign and Graphics
Women’s Club of Vista
Workplace Services, Inc.