2017 finished on a high note for Design Shop as we were one of six amazing designers chosen to be part of the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour!
The Sacred Heart Tour has been an East Sacramento event for the last 44 years that thousands look forward to each year. Families volunteer to have their homes decorated by local interior designers for the Holiday season. The homes are then open to the public to walk through and enjoy seeing historic East Sacramento homes decked out in festive, beautiful decor while raising money to benefit the Sacred Heart Parish School.
After accepting the invitation to be part of such an amazing Sacramento Holiday tradition, interior designers are assigned to their respective home that they will decorate for Christmas.
We first met with Kristy, our homeowner back in August. Well, the day we stepped foot into her home, we walked into a full home renovation that was just in the framing stages. The timeline was for everything to be complete by October, just one month before our install! Talk about cutting it close!
When we revisited our home in October, the renovation was indeed complete and Kristy had begun moving things out of storage back into the house. Come to find out, many of her belongings had been ruined after remaining in storage for a year.
Sooo here comes the plot twist, not only did we have to decorate the home for Christmas, but almost the entire home had to be completely furnished for our install with just one month to spare!
Enter panic, uncertainty, and our FAVORITE girls at West Elm in Roseville!
We have developed an amazing relationship with our local West Elm so Leyla decided to give them a call. She explained our situation and the amazing team at West Elm gave her the go ahead to come out to the store and pick out any furniture that she needed.
We also sourced rugs from Overstock and brought in some vintage, ravaged our studio, and that beautiful buffalo check chair you see below came straight from our Design Shop showroom!
Our strategy? We decided to beg, borrow and buy our way to a furnished home! And it worked!
Inspired by the quintessential East Sacramento bones of this home from 1910, Whitney and Ashlee designed a true Boho Christmas which gave us, #DSIBoHoHo shared across our social media by those who toured the homes!
The girls love natural, organic elements in the form of greenery and florals mixed with a little bit of sparkle which they say is the perfect recipe for a “California Christmas.”
Note: You may or may not notice the shameless plug in these photos of our very own Whitney’s home featured in the December issue of Sacramento Magazine!
Not only did we furnish and decorate the inside of this home, but we also had the chance to bring some holiday spirit to the exterior!
Whitney’s husband actually welded the AMAZING, over-sized wreath you see below for their wedding day. It just so happened to be the perfect showstopper for our Holiday home as well.
Our front porch came complete with a s’mores bar cart and fire pit area. And because we know that there is always a story behind the install, check out some behind the scenes from the week leading up, including:
- a serious wrapping station where 4 of us wrapped presents for almost 6 hours straight
- Whitney and Ashlee hard at work as the brains of this whole operation
- Mom’s on greenery duty! We were lucky enough to drag Pen (Whit’s mom) and Sharon (Leyla’s mom) in to help us with the florals and greenery. Pen and Whit are both floral wizards.
Installs are nothing short of chaos, but it all came together beautifully so we hope you enjoy this behind the scenes peek!
After months of preparation, designing, and scrambling to furnish the space…our Holiday Home Tour was a complete success!! We had so much fun touring all of the homes ourselves and seeing all of the amazing talent here in Sacramento. Kristy was such a joy to work with and in the end, she kept most of what we sourced from West Elm and some of the other items we brought in as well.
We are so grateful to Sacred Heart for having us!
Photos by: Nicole Dianne Photography