HEART OF THE HOME KITCHEN TOUR – PART ONE: This past Saturday the Yolo County Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted its 10th Annual Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour. But kitchens alone were not the only room on the day’s tour agenda. Six homes in Davis, El Macero and Woodland were featured in this celebrated fundraising effort. Numerous sponsors, local businesses, design-industry professionals and volunteers collaborated to showcase updated kitchens as well as remodels and updates of entire homes. Visitors were impressed with a range of design styles – traditional to contemporary. It was a welcome surprise to view more rooms than simply kitchens on this lovely weather day in Yolo County. Due to the number of exciting findings we will be featuring one residence at a time in the Welcome Home blog. I hope you will subscribe to Davis Life Magazine to ensure you get the updates on the other special homes featured at this year’s charity event.
The Heart of the Home committee clearly stepped up their efforts with food and wine offerings at each home site. The temperatures could not have been more perfect to enjoy a tasting from area wineries and local fare from participating restaurants and markets. The docents at each home made a noticeable effort to welcome and direct attendees throughout each home tour. Many homeowners, architects, designers and landscapers were available to talk with visitors about their projects and share their expertise. There was a casual nature to the day while visitors collected valuable design information, resources and contact information.
In Woodland an original early 19th century home on a 10 acre orchard of English walnuts has been lovingly remodeled with period reproductions and thoughtful improvements maintaining its original charm. The kitchen is compact and while it has been updated with chocolate and carmel honed granite slab countertops, a Wolf range and state of the art appliances, the country charm of its past remains. Many of the furniture pieces, collectibles and accessories in the home have their own histories.
For example, the black walnut dining table in the kitchen was hand-crafted by a family friend using wood from the property’s orchard. All of the interior doors and front door are original from 1916. Even the front entry light was salvaged and re-wired for use today. New Douglass Fir floors were laid exactly as the original which now serves as the sub-floor. A warm patina-effect from the sunlight has darkened the floors to the homeowners’ delight. This country home offered much more than its kitchen to its visitors. The gardens surrounding the home, the backyard pool and deck as well as the original outbuildings exude all the desirable characteristics of the good, country-life! Cheers to the homeowners for maintaining the integrity of their homestead.
Come visit Welcome Home again to read about more home design updates from the 10th Annual Yolo County Red Cross Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour.
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