2013 Holiday Home Tour

2013 Holiday Home Tour

By Catherine Lansdowne – Executive Director of the Abilene Philharmonic

 

 

 

Come tour Saddle Creek-area homes on Saturday, November 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Abilene Philharmonic Board of Governors invites enthusiasts to stroll through five homes brimming with holiday décor and featuring live music performances. Tickets are $20, available by calling the Abilene Philharmonic at 677-6710. Tickets may also be purchased at each home on the tour during the event. This year’s self-guided tour includes the following homes: 8133 Drover’s Lane Home of Steve and Joy Ellinger Steve and Joy Ellinger have an appreciation of mid-century modern design and their home reflects their style and personality. As an architect, Steve was able to incorporate many unique features in their family home while keeping the integrity of the design. Those entering the home are greeted by original art work by local artists such as Nancy Capra and Emily Jennings which helps create a gallery feel. One of the most unique pieces in the entry way is a 400-pound lime stone cutting board hanging from the exposed beams. Once in the family room downstairs, you can peer outside and see the large back yard which provided endless hours of play for their now adult sons. All the built-in units were custom designed for each space as well as the two beds. When friends and family are over the favorite hangout is the kitchen. Steve purposefully designed the area to accommodate up to 25 people standing as well as a good flow pattern for serving meals. The kitchen space is intentionally closed off to the family area to give sense of privacy when preparing and cleaning, yet the partial wall allows for full conversation with those in the next room. Photo by Mandy Gollihar{{more}}1302 Saddle Lakes DriveHome of Candice and Forrest McCray Candice and Forrest McCray’s home was built by one of the original developers of The Lakes of Saddle Creek and was completed in 2002. The McCrays purchased it in 2007. They were drawn to the house because of the beautiful pond in the backyard. Since they purchased their home, they have made considerable changes: new paint inside of the house with unique painting techniques throughout; installation of top of the line appliances; new carpet with beautiful patterned designs, skimstone and tile flooring; completely remodeled three of four bathrooms with granite and soapstone counters and vessels sinks; custom created concrete countertops in kitchen to look like patina – each counter is a piece of art to include the bronzed concrete backsplash; new lighting fixtures throughout the house; custom plantation shutters; custom designed front and back doors; new roof with copper accent; and new state of the art air conditioner and alarm systems that can be controlled via cell phone. Candice McCray is the sole decorator of their home. She has picked every paint color, every fabric, designed and made all the curtains throughout the house, as well as designed and directed construction of several pieces of furniture. The home is filled with eclectic treasures from the McCrays’ travels from the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead paintings to ornate Thai Kalagas, gilded Egyptian Papyrus, and hand-sewn silk and wool Persian rugs from Saudi Arabia. Photo by Mandy Gollihar1202 Saddle Lakes Drive Home of Dr. and Mrs. Nic Patel Featuring breathtaking sunrises and views overlooking the two Lakes of Saddle Creek, Dr. and Mrs. Nic Patel’s gorgeous two-story home is full of interesting details. The house was built in 2009 by Reeve Scott. The outside architecture resembles a Mediterranean villa with arches and a tile roof. The inside consists of details with Spanish Moorish architecture with tall rounded arches. The living room welcomes you with an endless view including the infinity edge pool overlooking the lake and a one-of-a-kind fireplace mantel designed by Dina Patel to match the Moorish Arches. Across from the fireplace you will find an Indian Silk Art, “The Procession.” The dining room is dressed with a table from Italy, a Phillip Langdon buffet and a big hand-carved wall mirror. A cozy and functional study has two desk spaces with a giant arched window overlooking the beautiful manicured front yard with fountains. This home features an extensive outdoor resort living space complete with a two-tiered putting green and a complete outdoor all-season kitchen and a pool shower, with a separate south side gate leading to a Zen courtyard. Photo by Mandy Gollihar8709 Saddle Lake Spur Home of Dr. and Mrs. Ash Patel Originally, Ashish and Archana Patel had no intentions of building a home. They were happy living in Fairway Oaks with their two daughters, where Ashish was able to walk the golf course every single day. One day, however, while they were visiting their friends in Lakes of Saddle Creek, they walked to an empty lot on a nearby cul-de-sac. As they walked to the deep end of the lot, they were in awe of the unique combination of 180 degree views of water, plains and rolling hills. They immediately bought the lot, and began planning their dream home. The house’s theme was inspired by the designs of Mediterranean/Tuscan and Far East style architecture. However, its open and flowing plan of the first floor, designed to maximize the input of sun rays shining inside the house, is a good blend of the floor plan of a traditional Indian home with modern luxuries. Because the landscape perfectly complemented the home’s architecture, the Patels wanted their beautiful view to be seen clearly from every location in their home. All of the bedrooms were strategically placed facing the back, the fencing was lowered so that the view could be enjoyed uninterrupted, and tall windows were installed to capture the view from every angle, including the magnificent view of the full moon rising over the lake. Also, they built an edgeless swimming pool with a seamless glass wall that looks endless because of the lake. The kitchen was also placed facing the view. It opens up to a large family room where Patels spend most of their day. To augment to Archana’s love for cooking, a fully equipped prep kitchen was built behind it. Over the years, the Patels acquired furnishing and artwork during their various visits to India and other countries. To make the house their home, they added personal touches such as ceramic tiles made by their girls inset in the pool shower walls. Photo by Mandy Gollihar8725 Saddle Lake Spur Home of Dr. Mark Maberry The beautiful home of Dr. Mark Maberry sits overlooking the Lakes of Saddle Creek. Built in 2005 by Jeff Luther Construction, this stunning two-story home consists of heavy warm woods appointing the floors, windows and doors. Stone walls in the entrance hall and fireplaces accompanied with heavy wrought iron light fixtures add texture. Dark, dramatic draperies cover the large windows which provide a feeling of sanctuary in this large home. Natural colors of terracotta tiles and granite invite you into a gourmet kitchen with a large island for gathering and visiting with friends. Dr. Maberry’s home has all of the amenities for his favorite pastimes. Several libraries accommodate his passion for reading, a media room for movies on the big screen, and, as a wine enthusiast, a room displaying his impressive collection of wines from around the world. His collection of art and sculpture are displayed throughout the house. His home is filled with beautiful furniture and rugs that were thoughtfully chosen by his dear friend and designer, the late Donna Fowler. Photo by Mandy GolliharDuring the tour, tickets will be available for purchase for a chance to win one of five donated items. These include a Konstantino bracelet valued at $300 donated by Busch Jewelers, a basket of homemade breads and goods donated by Mrs. Gay Beitscher, a Brighton necklace and earrings valued at $104 donated by Casa Authentique, a holiday wreath valued at $500 donated by J. Cruse Christmas Gallery, and a Nest candle each month for six months total value $210 donated by Collections II Ladies Boutique. Tickets for a chance to win are $5 or five tickets for $20. This annual fundraising event is organized and produced by the Abilene Philharmonic Board of Governors.In its 63rd year, the Abilene Philharmonic is one of Abilene’s most established performing arts organizations. Led by Music Director and Conductor David Itkin, the Philharmonic is the only professional orchestra within 80 miles of Abilene and draws audiences from more than 50 Texas cities. Information concerning the Abilene Philharmonic’s 2013-14 Season and donor opportunities may be found by visiting www.abilenephilharmonic.org. The mission of the Abilene Philharmonic is to entertain, educate and inspire current and potential audiences through live symphonic music and community engagement.