TOUR FEATURES MARRIAGE IN ABSENTIA HOMEOWNERS READY FOR FUNDRAISER.
SANTA CLARITA - When finished, the house will be the setting for a Spanish wedding at Christmas, full of red poinsettias and tea lights, just minus the bride and groom.
The beloved couple will never show, because they're only a concept for the evening at one of four houses on display for the annual Holiday Home Tour. Now in its 25th year, the event raises money for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
This week, professional designers traipsed through the front doors of these tour homes, pointing at everyday kitchen sets and living rooms, and pictured a world beyond the ordinary that they'll whip up for the two-day showing.
Families who volunteered their homes for the event and get to keep the goods through the holidays heeded closely as the interior decorators described their visions: The Armani nativity set will go here; the Asian apothecary table can go over there; a 12-foot tree can sit in the entry way.
Some designers will cart in furniture to set the mood. All will bring decorations to set the stage. Some ornaments come from the families, created by children and grandkids.
Judy Cory, who will have the Spanish Christmas wedding theme at her house, said her busy job as a hairstylist for the motion picture industry always stopped her participating in the tour in the past.
But after the 64-year-old Canyon Country woman and her husband, Phil, who did special effects for the movie industry, retired in July, they signed right up. Some of the ornaments on display come from Australia, Italy, Mexico and other countries around the world where their jobs have taken them.
``I love Christmas,'' Judy Cory said. ``After I retired, I said I can do this now.''
Their daughter, Reva Hawk, a professional pastry chef, will even whip up some desserts to have on display as decorations for the wedding.
A few miles away, John and Sheryl Geraci walked designers through their two-story home in Robinson Ranch. The two moved there in March and have been working on it ever since. The timing, they said, was right to get involved with the tour.
With the theme ``Romance From Around the World,'' the Geracis' designer will use furniture pieces from Asia, France and other countries to accentuate the mood. Color schemes will tie the theme together across their 4,600-square-foot home.
Plastic tubs of holiday lights sat outside the front door to Donna Norman's Peachland Estates home in Newhall. She's already been gearing up for the holiday and has even bought some gifts.
The theme for her home is Christmas opulence and calls for a formal setting with ice crystals in the living room and purple- and gold-color items throughout the house.
Adults and children 12 and older can walk through the homes from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Tour tickets cost $20 in advance and are $25 if bought on the event day.
There will also be a black-tie gala Dec. 2 at the Hyatt Valencia that will include a preview of the homes.
Proceeds will go toward equipment for the hospital's women's unit.
Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254
For information or to buy tickets, call the hospital's health foundation office at (661) 253-8082.
2 photos, box
(1 -- color) Sue Neiberger, Donna Norman and Colleen Henriques prepare Neiberger's house for the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital home tour, set for the first weekend in December.
(2) Homeowner Judy Cory, left, and decorator Jackie Morin work on Cory's home for the hospital's tour fundraiser.
David Crane/Staff Photographer
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|Date:||Nov 19, 2005|
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