Giant penguins, camels and life-size peacocks are immediate attention-grabbers in this unique Winter Wonderland. But take a closer look and you’ll find an abundance of hidden gems in each alcove and around every corner. An upside-down tree adds drama to the second story of her palatial abode as does the ornately decorated flocked garland that cascades down the staircase.
“I like things that are unique; that people wouldn’t normally buy,” said Sine, an interior designer. “My house looks completely different every year. I’m always getting new ideas and changing things up. It drives my husband crazy.”
On Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m., elaborately decorated homes and businesses, including Sine’s, will be on display during the third annual EducationWins Holiday Home Tour in Brentwood. The event concludes with a reception at Hannah Nicole Vineyards featuring live entertainment, refreshments, door prizes, a raffle and silent auction.
Auction items include Disneyland tickets; San Francisco 49ers box seats and parking; free event space at Brownstone Gardens; and a host of other lavish packages and goods.
Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door and include a complimentary glass of wine. All proceeds will be used to enhance and enrich the district’s educational programs for the benefit of all its students.
“I’ve got to say the best part about our tour is that because nearly everything is donated, all the proceeds raised by the event will go toward teacher grants – so you could say education definitely wins,” said Karen Rarey, event chair and Foundation president.
Rarey welcomes two Brentwood businesses to the tour this year – Exclusively Yours and Visions Home Consignments, both of which will donate part of their proceeds back to the Foundation.
Established in 1997, the Education Foundation is a community-based organization that provides resources, grants and partnerships to Liberty Union High School District teachers twice a year through a competitive application process. The Foundation actively fundraises throughout the year to provide the means to make a positive impact in the classroom and local community.
“The strength of the Foundation is it’s demonstrating to our classroom teachers that the community is behind them and is willing to support innovative ideas,” said Eric Volta, LUHSD superintendent and ex-officio to the Foundation. “Having personally experienced the home tour, this is an excellent way to get into the holiday spirit and help out the local community.”
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Holiday Home Tour or to learn more about the LUHSD Education Foundation, visit www.educationwins.org.
– Contributed by Jennifer Birkland