Feel festive this week at the seventh annual Dallas Woman’s Forum Holiday Home Tour at the historic C. H. Alexander Mansion, just blocks from the Dallas Arts District. The tour is part of a month of fun at the mansion, called “One Enchanted Christmas,” which will continue later in the month with a European Tea Room.

Photo courtesy C. H. Alexander Mansion

Photo courtesy C. H. Alexander Mansion

The Holiday Home Tour, Dec. 4-7, will take visitors through the spectacular rooms of the first floor of the mansion, cheerfully decorated for Christmas. Upstairs, guests can shop among 20 merchants in a gift boutique, offering antiques, jewelry, handcrafted home decor, candles, chocolates, teas, jellies, stationery, and vintage clothing. There are also tasty treats to buy at the Bake Shoppe, and tickets are available in advance for lunch at a Holiday Bistro.

“One Enchanted Christmas” will continue with a European Tea Room in the mansion Dec. 11-14 and 17-20 at noon each day. A traditional three-course tea will begin with passed champagne and will include the Alexander Mansion private blend tea, Caramel Almond Bliss. Reservations are required. (more…)

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(Photo: 3500 Beverly Drive by Dan Piassick)

The four homes selected for the 2013 New Friends New Life Holiday Home Tour were unveiled Oct. 3, and boy, are they stunners! These amazing mansions will be featured on the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 8, and you do not want to miss out!

This year’s tour spans the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, including two homes on Highland Park’s famed Beverly Drive. New Friends New Life helps women reclaim their lives from the sex industry, become self-sufficient, and rescues trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and their children. The tour, now in its 14th year, is the organization’s chief fundraiser.

“On behalf of the women and children we serve, we are grateful for the Home Tour chairs, homeowners, sponsors, volunteers and participants for supporting this event,” said NFNL director Katie Pedigo. “Women’s lives are transformed and families are restored because of community support which is displayed through the Holiday Home Tour.”

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(Photo: 3501 Lindenwood Ave. by Dan Piassick)

Chaired by Tanya Wiggains, this year’s Holiday Home Tour will not disappoint. Patrons can walk through and admire the homes of honorary home tour chair Gina Ginsburg and her husband Scott at 3500 Beverly Drive, Jan and Jeffrey Rich at 3827 Beverly Drive, founder of Hard Night| Good Morning skincare line D’Andra Simmons at 3501 Lindenwood Ave., and Anne and Steve Stodghill at 10401 Lennox.

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(Photo: 10401 Lennox Lane by Dan Piassick)

The homes will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are available at select Tom Thumb stores on November 4, by visiting www.newfriendsnewlife.org or by phone 214-965-0935.

We’ll have a few pairs of tickets to give away here at CandysDirt.com as the home tour draws closer, too. Stay tuned!

 

Right here in my not-so-hot little hands. Now in case you did not do your duty to God and Texas this last weekend after you cleaned the turkey and made soup –that would be decorating the house for the holidays — I’ve got some holiday inspiration for you this weekend. It’s time for the 13th annual Holiday Home Tour presented by Gary Riggs Home benefiting New Friends, New Life,  on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

And I have Six lovely tickets.

Four GORGEOUS Park Cities homes will be open to the public for one of the most exciting home tours of the season. Proceeds go to a nonprofit organization that helps rescue and restore trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women: New Friends, New Life.

NFNL helps victims overcome abuse, addiction and poverty and obtain education, job training, interim financial assistance and spiritual support. For more information about New Friends New Life, visit the agency’s website.

On tap are the homes of Steve and Jennifer Houghton at 7070 Turtle Creek Lane, Patty O’Neil at 3905 Potomac, Tom and Lori Reiesenbichler at 3501 Caruth, and Phinn and Mersina Stubbs at 3500 Southwestern. Their generosity in opening up their gorgeous homes to strangers is what makes the magic work.

Katie Pedigo, Executive Director of NFNL says, “On behalf of the women and children we serve, we are grateful for the Home Tour chairs, homeowners, sponsors, volunteers and participants for supporting this event. Women’s lives are transformed and families are restored because of community support which is displayed through the Holiday Home Tour.”

The homes will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 in advance, and $40 advance VIP tickets include transportation between homes. Tickets are available at select Tom Thumb stores, by visiting www.newfriendsnewlife.org or by phone 214-965-0935. General admission tickets will be available for $25 on the day of the tour and VIP tickets will be $50.

And of course, I have six tickets we will be giving away starting this very minute with set one: tell me the address of the home on Lupton Lakehurst (hint hint) that Kathy Ireland transformed on Tuesday night’s Million Dollar Decorator.