Holiday Home Tour

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Holiday Home Tour held each year on the first weekend in December, is the Women’s Symphony League’s primary fundraiser.  In 2015, the Holiday Home Tour was held December 4 – 6 and featured the following homes:

2015 Featured Homes:


Denise Falco and Michael Nichols

7075 South Quantrill’s Pass

Evocative of the familiar childhood song “Over the River and Through the Woods,” the winding drive, down Denise and Michael’s private tree-lined lane and across the creek reveals a hidden neighborhood oasis of homes centered on two lovely lakes.

The French provincial architecture of this home features double mahogany doors through which one is welcomed to a contemporary interior. Marble flooring in the foyer offers access, via a spiral staircase, to the upper level while also leading to dining, kitchen and living areas. Two-story vaulted windows in the living room invite year-round enjoyment of the beautiful lake and forest beyond.

The gourmet kitchen features an eight foot island which is perfect for large functions as well as family living. A spacious lower level with pool table and wet bar provides access to the lake-side in-ground pool providing hours of entertainment for family and friends.

The family enjoys decorating for the holidays in a traditional style with a personal flair.

Denise and Michael wish you the best during this wonderful holiday season!

Lee and David Russell

3456 Woodrail Terrace

Located adjacent to the Country Club of Missouri golf course in southwest Columbia, this condominium with beautiful vistas has been completely updated and tastefully decorated. It provides ample opportunities to showcase artwork from the couple’s travels in the orient and Europe.

The Russells enjoy decorating and entertaining during the holidays. The living room with vaulted ceiling features a soaring nine-foot Christmas tree decorated in glittering gold, silver and crystal appointments. In almost every room, you will find a nativity scene from Lee’s extensive collection. Throughout the home four additional trees feature themed ornaments- – the inhabitants of the woodlands, the whimsical fantasy of children’s wonderland, the memorabilia of MU-Auburn sports, and the nostalgia of an old-fashioned Christmas. Holiday garlands, two decorated fireplace mantles, and nutcracker and Santa displays complete the warm inviting tone of this contemporary residence.

Happy Holidays from the Russells.

Ellen Swartz-Pappas and Ted Pappas

7020 South Lakota Ridge Lane

Reminiscent of their northern California home and lifestyle, Ellen and Ted’s new dream home in Columbia incorporates numerous ceiling high windows and French doors in the main living area, providing a light-filled interior and access to a large courtyard patio with hillside vistas beyond.

The beautiful design and gracious flow of this home reflect Ellen’s artistic creativity and Ted’s architectural background. Ted worked closely with the finish craftsmen to execute specific fine architectural details, including the use of arches, thus effecting an open and connected flow throughout the home.

A treasured collection of pewter flasks and a variety of unique foreign, military and police hats are creatively displayed for all to enjoy. The family ushers in the holiday season with a tall tree adorned with ornaments from Ellen’s students. Visitors are sure to enjoy the working post World War II Lionel train, a true family heirloom that encircles the base of the tree.

Ellen and Ted send you season’s greetings and the best for 2016.

Karen and Tom Weaver

3040 Arrowhead Lake Drive

This is a house to see!

Within the private beauty around Arrowhead Lake, this newly built home was cleverly designed to accommodate three generations in separate but blended harmony. The welcoming door opens to stunning, spacious rooms maximizing the view of the lake and woods through the massive window wall. In this home you will find Christmas from the whimsical to the traditional, old and new, purchased and handmade, all lovingly collected and displayed.

From the master suite at one end through to the kitchen and family room at the other all are elegantly furnished with great attention to detail. A walk-in pool and entertainment patio provide easy livability and family fun.

On the lower level the young professional family can be as independent as desired. The young boy exults in his own room with a private loft, while his artistic sister enjoys the craft room.

Through twists of stairs and an elevator, the third floor guest suite, exercise room, and a fully equipped home office complete this lovely home.

Merry Christmas from the Weavers!

The Village of Bedford Walk

415 Bailey Drive, SW corner of West Nifong Boulevard and Bethel Street

Open Saturday and Sunday only. The Village of Bedford Walk is just opening their facility which allows self-determined seniors an active lifestyle. They will have display apartments open for viewing.

Bake Sale: On Saturday, The Village of Bedford Walk will be the host of the Women’s Symphony League annual bake sale. Items perfect for your holiday entertaining.

Patti Doyle’s Miniature Scenes: An added attraction this year is the display of miniature environments designed and built by Patti Doyle. On display on Saturday and Sunday, the miniature landscapes feature several Victorian holiday scenes, the Rhine River, the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, Hong Kong and other venues. Last seen several years ago at Stephens College, this miniature collection has been in storage waiting for such an opportunity as the 2015 Home Tour offers.

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