A Very Moorish Christmas

    moorish home is part of this year's holiday home tour

    One of the city’s most distinctive historic houses will be open to the public as part of this year’s Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour on the first weekend in December. The David Lubin House, a Moorish mansion on 39th Street at the edge of East Sac’s Fabulous 40s, is one of  five homes that will be decorated for the holidays for the long-running tour.

    The house was built in 1924 for the son of pioneer businessman David Lubin, who founded a mail-order business that later became known as the Weinstock-Lubin Company. The house—a fantasia of arabesque design, with a spire, domes and lots of elaborate metal grillwork—stands out in a sea of classic colonials, Tudors and Craftsman bungalows.

    “It’s a unique home,” says interior designer and stager Taige Clark, who’s decorating the house for the tour with her business partner, Deborah Flye-Goto of SquareOne Staging and Design. One of the most unique features is an interior wooden slide that runs from an orchestra balcony to a ballroom below. Simon Lubin, the original homeowner, built the slide for his three kids; it is reputed to be so fast that the children had to sit on pillows to safely use it. The designers plan to place pillows covered in Moroccan textiles at the slide’s bottom. And in a nod to the house’s history, they’ll display historic photos and parts of an 1891 Weinstock-Lubin catalog. Their holiday décor will rely on lavish jewel tones, maps of Moroccan and, in the kitchen, a display of Moroccan spices. “We’re going over the top,” Clark promises.

    The Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour takes place Dec. 2–4. Tickets are $30. For tickets or more information, go to sacredhearthometour.com/tickets.

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    Tips To Steal

    Holiday tours are great sources of holiday décor ideas. Several of the designers on this year’s Sacred Heart home tour shared their top tips for decorating for the holidays:

    *Don’t decorate your tree with a mishmash of unrelated ornaments, says Taige Clark. Instead, invest in an assortment of baubles in various sizes but the same shape (balls, perhaps, or maybe tear drops). And use lots of them for big impact.

    *Place greenery in unexpected places, like tucked into a bookshelf or behind a wall sconce. “You can make a really big impact without breaking the bank by using a lot of greenery,” says interior designer Katrina Stumbos. Don’t limit yourself to traditional evergreens; Stumbos likes to use magnolia leaves and olive branches.

    *For a rustic twist on Christmas, designer Lauren Williams of Revive Design Co. suggests decorating your tree and mantel with wood bead garlands. To save a bit of money, she likes to weave faux greens into real evergreen garlands. And for a timeless holiday look, she says you can’t lose with lots of candles and all-white lights on the tree.

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