On April 27-28, the Heart of the Home tour will celebrate its 30th anniversary with five distinctive houses in Piedmont and Oakland.
Lunch and a pop-up boutique at Piedmont Community Center will also be featured, as will a special-anniversary VIP ticket and another chance for the community to support the work of Children’s Support League by raising money for at-risk children in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
The bold and varied patterns used in this bedroom are just a part of the eclectic mix of furnishings and decor that define this newly built Mediterranean home. (Treve Johnson Photography)
Though not official, the tour’s theme is “this is more than a home tour; it’s all about the kids,” which has resulted in Children’s Support League donating more than $3.6 million to more than 100 agencies in the last 29 years.
This year the tour homes include a Piedmont Classic; an expanded, renovated Jacobean Tudor; a Spanish Revival; a remodeled traditional contemporary and a newly built Mediterranean.
“Each of the houses is different this year, which I think is really nice,” said Melanie Wallace, one of the tour’s co-chairs. “I think the tour shows people who have a variety of tastes what they can do.”
The homes also share one important element, a gesture to tradition while creating modern, livable, family-oriented, indoor-outdoor spaces. The Piedmont Classic, designed in 1904, is a multigenerational house. The owner grew up there, bought it from his mother and is raising his own family there, making it into a new house with all the old features.
“It’s a juxtaposition of modern, a bit of Craftsman and the family’s own taste,” said Brooke Hauch, another tour co-chair. “There’s an extensive enormous kitchen remodel that accesses the beautiful outdoors.”
The Jacobean Tudor, also in Piedmont, reflects the family’s lifestyle and interests. Understated colors and furnishings serve as a backdrop for mementos of travel, love of art and music. The modern kitchen and cozy family room are surrounded by windows into the garden.
Central Piedmont’s Spanish Revival retains ironwork, tile details and other fixture of the 1925 home that blend with the comfortable, family-friendly furnishings. The kitchen, the heart of the home, has direct access to a walled front garden.
“It shows how to take something that has a period look and make it more comfortable, livable for today’s lifestyle,” Wallace said.
The remodeled traditional contemporary in upper Rockridge has sweeping bay views and an open feel with clean lines …
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