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Home Tour to benefit NICU

Three SCV homes are decked out to ‘surprise and delight’ for fundraiser

Posted: November 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Homeowner Sharon Higgins and Home Tour League President Jo Ann Vindigni examine the table decor in Higgins' Westridge home. The Higgins home is decorated by students from the College of the Canyons architecture and interior design program.

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The 32nd annual Holiday Home Tour will benefit the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.

This year’s event will open with a gala “first look” evening on Friday, followed by public tours of the home on Saturday and a gift boutique at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

Three homes are featured on this year’s tour and are located in Westridge and Placerita Canyon.

The tour is organized by the Henry Mayo Newhall Health Foundation Home Tour League.

Jo Ann Vindigni, president of the Home Tour League, coordinated the introduction of a new feature this year. One of the homes in Westridge will be decorated by a team of students from the architecture and interior design program at College of the Canyons who will be on hand during the tour to answer any questions from visitors.

“This promises to be a great year for the Home Tour,” Vindigni said. “All three homes will have their own special twists. We have the new home in Placerita Canyon which we are very excited about. And the COC design students will be using sustainable design elements for their holiday home. The third home should prove to be quite the showcase with all its custom-carved wood touches. It will all be very interesting.”

The three homes include the Westridge home of Michael and Sharon Higgins, designed by the COC design students; the Westridge home of Thomas and Paula Nichols, designed by Brenda Miller; and the Placerita Canyon home of Chris Davis, designed by Patrick Tremblay.

Higgins Home

The Higgins’ Westridge home was built in 2004.

COC design students who worked on the Higgins home and the room they were responsible for include: Amanda Richardson (piano room); Angela Lara, Carrie Steele and Tami Agovino (family room); Anna Lok (office); Britta Minkoff and Matthew Fry (kitchen and butler’s pantry); Amy Bello (guest bedroom); Jackie Vega (game room); Jolene Lain (master bedroom suit); Jonathan Martinez and Brianna Sanchez (interior courtyard); Julie Zamundio (front courtyard); Michelle Duque Gottlieb and Avana Grayr (dining room); Tari Lendsey, Jessie Bayze, Kristin Sanchez, Demitta Jo Govan and Mireya Avitia (living room).

Davis home

Patrick Tremblay, a professional designer and design teacher at COC, will incorporate holiday themes into the newly constructed 3,500-square-foot Spanish restoration-style home of Davis in Placerita Canyon.

“When I talked to Chris he wanted to stay with a traditional style, using green and red and a Spanish style,” Tremblay said of his Home Tour design. “We kept it as natural and evergreen as possible.”

The Davis home has only been finished three months, said Davis.

“I spent a lot of time picking out the tiles for the home,” Davis said. “Most of these hand-painted tiles were purchased near the border, between San Diego and Mexico.”

Davis said it took longer to find the tiles than he expected.

“I wanted to find the right tiles to fit the style of the house,” he said.

Nichols home

The Nichols built their Westridge home in 2008 shortly after touring Italy, where they fell in love with the rich colors, textures and styles of country. Guests can see the strong influence of Italy both inside and out.

Designer Brenda Miller designed “Nature’s Noel” as the theme for the Home Tour decor.

“We utilized what they already had in the home,” Miller said. “The Nichols family loves animals, so that was our inspiration.”

Giving back

Homeowners said they were happy to open their homes to the public to benefit the community hospital.

“We like to donate where we can and give back,” said Higgins.

Higgins allowed the COC design students to work on her home because of her experience as a design student at COC.

“I’ve gotten to know many of the students and seen great design,” she said. “I’m overall very happy with it.”

Davis said he designed to open his new home to Home Tour after his brother participated in the event two years ago.

“My brother had a good experience with Home Tour, and it’s a great opportunity to help the hospital and the neonatal unit,” he said. “It’s an honor.”

Over the years the Holiday Home Tour League has generated more than $750,000 for Henry Mayo. Proceeds from this year’s events will benefit Henry Mayo’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which opened in June.

“It’s all for our tiny new citizens,” Vindigni said.

Home Tour Boutique

Holiday shoppers looking for unique gifts can visit the Home Tour’s indoor holiday gift boutique at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Saturday, the day of the tour. The boutique is open to the public 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A lunch special at the Vines restaurant at the Hyatt is available for Home Tour ticketholders.

Home Tour Gala

The Preview Gala on Friday will include an exclusive first look at the homes from 6 to 9 p.m. and a buffet dinner at the Oaks Grill at TPC, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Gala tickets are available for $100 per person.

Home Tour Saturday

Tickets for the tour are available at a special price of $25 until Nov. 30, and $30 on the day of the Tour.

Advance tickets are available online or from the hospital’s volunteer Services office and area retailers. Tickets are available for purchase at each home and at the boutique at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on the day of the tour.

The tour is open to all adults and children over 12 years of age. Guests are requested to wear flat shoes only. Tours of the homes will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For information about the holiday events or to purchase tickets, contact the hospital’s Volunteer Services office at 661-253-8051 or visit




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