Three unique homes and one senior day center, each beautifully decorated for the winter holidays, are set for touring Sunday, Dec. 13, for the Lompoc Hospital Foundation’s annual Holiday Home Tour and Candlelight Tea.

The self-guided tour takes place from 1 to 5 p.m., and encompasses homes in Lompoc and Vandenberg Village.

A traditional holiday tea, featuring a scrumptious array of Lompoc Valley Medical Center Chef Michael Despres’ finest foods, includes his traditional gingerbread house. The tea will be held at the Ocean’s Seven Café, 1515 E. Ocean Ave.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at: The Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau; Union Bank of California; CVS Pharmacy in Lompoc; Lompoc Valley Medical Center Administration and CoastHills Federal Credit Union.

For mail order, send check to: Lompoc Hospital Foundation, PO Box 833, Lompoc, CA 93438.

Proceeds from the Holiday Home Tour and Candlelight Tea will be used toward the renovation of patient rooms at the Comprehensive Care Center.

The featured Vandenberg Village home this year entices visitors with a French country décor and European flair. A distinct element of the home is a chance to see a magnificent doll room, where more than 90 dolls handmade by the homeowner are displayed on one wall. The owner hand-crafts the doll bodies, clothing and molds each individual face.

Elsewhere in the home, dolls are arrayed amid decorations and are dressed in Christmas frocks. The home’s kitchen includes a collection of Santa Claus figures and the Three Kings, as well as a display of angels and nutcrackers. In the living room, caroling dolls are set around a Martha Stewart tree, with dresses designed and sewn by the homeowner’s sister.

In addition to doll-making, the homeowner creates gorgeous linens, which will be featured in each bathroom. The blue-themed master bedroom is the site of a tree decorated with holiday elves. Throughout the layout, the homeowner’s talents are on display.

The other two homes on the hour are situated next to one another in a neighborhood on the southeast part of town.

The first is a 1960s ranch-style home designed by architect Pierre Claeyssens, with undeniably one of the most magnificent views of the Lompoc Valley from its backyard.

Inside, the living room features a Texas creamstone fireplace set off with wide ceiling beams. Decorating features include references to the Bogota, Columbia homeland of the homeowner’s wife. Unusual features include a hidden bar surrounded by dark leather furniture and a kitchen with cherry wood cabinets overlooking a sheltered patio. Outdoors, a painted brick fence depicts a strumming guitarist.

The master bedroom is a reflection of the homeowners’ fascination with Disney, as well as photographs of Bogota in the suite and throughout the living spaces.

A neighboring home on the tour is an antique collector’s dream. Glass cabinets in the kitchen are filled with a collection of Stratford dogs while nearby, an antique light fixture features an image of soldiers returning from war. In the living room, visitors can view a collection of international dolls, many more than 50 to 80 years old.

A stunning 1893 Steinway piano is a centerpiece of the room, and a pianist will play Bach renditions during the home tour. A collection of Russian carved wooden Santa dolls will grace the top of the piano, while a nearby cabinet houses an inherited inkwell collection.

Another Steinway piano, this one from 1916, is situated in the sun room, where visitors can see views of the valley and a manicured garden. A doll room is a collector’s paradise, with hundreds of antique dolls, many with their own writing desks.

The fourth locale for the tour is Valley Haven Day Care Center. The California bungalow-style home was built in 1920 and once served as a birthing center. Situated on one-third of an acre, the exterior grounds have been extensively renovated with pergolas, patios and walkways. Valley Haven, the only day care center for seniors, will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. Decorator Linda Zivich is organizing the effort to turn Valley Haven into a Christmas wonderland for the tour.

The Lompoc Hospital District Foundation raises funds for the development, operation and maintenance of Lompoc Healthcare District facilities, programs and services.

For more information, Contact Alice Milligan, 736-4005

About the Author

Author: Alice Milligan, Foundation President

Alice is a founding member of the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation, helping garner the passage of a hospital bond to build LVMC and raising several million dollars for the hospital’s capital improvements and needs.

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