Home & Garden: Homes for the Holidays


Last December, Margo Reid Brown and husband Rick Brown opened their stately Prairie-style home in the Fab Forties neigh-borhood of East Sacramento for the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour. Once people saw the living room, “they just wanted to sit down and stay, and that’s what we wanted,” Reid Brown says. 

But they didn’t linger for long. They had so much more to see.

Making Merry

The whole first floor was decked to the nines: what you might call holiday heaven for idea-seekers. In the living room, simple but striking trees rose from a glass table, and an angel, glorious in her simplicity, stood on a sideboard amid evergreens and fragrant white lilies. 

Across the wide entry in the dining room, the theme was undeniably romantic. “I really liked the feeling of Southern charm that was created,” Reid Brown says. “I think people could see themselves sitting down and having dinner.” At the back of the house in the kitchen, bright-red accessories were sprinkled across the tables and counters, and a collection of fun, food-themed glass ornaments on the island brought out the smiles. “There were so many things that appealed to so many people,” Reid Brown says. “It’s such a fun tour and so wonderful for the community.”

2011 Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour

Five spectacularly decked-out homes in the Fab Forties will put the talents of top interior and floral designers on display. Designers include Beyond the Garden Gate, East Sac Florist, Gary T. Johns and Associates Interior Design, Haus Home Décor/Specialty Gifts, Jill Dudensing and Twiggs FloralDesign Gallery. 

Tour hours:

Friday, Dec. 2: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Saturday, Dec. 3: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Sunday, Dec. 4: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Tour tickets are $25 through Dec. 1, $30 Dec. 2–4. Go to sacredhearthometour.com for a list of retail ticket locations or to buy tickets online.
Information also is available at (916) 556-5050. Tickets are not required for admission to the holiday cafe and gift shop open during the tour at Sacred Heart Parish School, 856 39th St.