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Bossier City resident Jane Smith’s Christmas in Louisiana themed home is one of the stops on the 22nd annual Bossier City Quota Club Tour of Homes.

Quota Club’s annual tour shows insides of holiday homes

A Bossier City couple has taken their love for Louisiana and turned their home into a Cajun Christmas to remember.

Scott and Jane Smith will be welcoming guests to their 2,000-square-foot home in the Oak Alley neighborhood this Sunday for the annual Quota Club Tour of Homes. Five Bossier City homes, each with its own look or theme, will be featured along the self-guided tour.

Although it may not be the biggest home on the tour, they have packed in quite a bit of holiday cheer in a very unique way.

The décor of the Smith’s home is inspired by all things Louisiana, incorporating Scott’s job as Assistant Superintendent of Bossier Parish Schools and Jane’s history as a former state representative and current work with the state of Louisiana. Their positions played a big role in deciding how to decorate for the holidays.

IMG_4784Other personal touches, such as antiques from the family grocery store, memorabilia from the state legislature and family photos, fill each room with warm memories of years past.

When tour guests arrive, they will enter through the front iron gates to the courtyard before entering the front door. The interior of the home was built in a New Orleans style, featuring an open kitchen and living room space with adjacent bedrooms, bathrooms and a master suite.

In the living room stands a floor-to-ceiling Christmas tree, adorned with red burlap poinsettias, screech owls and cotton picked fresh from a field in Dixie. The intricate details in each room – from alligator napkin holders to the Cajun Night Before Christmas storybook on the coffee table – capture the essence of a Louisiana Christmas.

The creative minds behind their home are Liz Ferguson and Dihana Ragsdall from Chinaberry’s Interiors Florist Boutique in Bossier City. Ferguson said they were inspired by both Scott and Jane’s history in Louisiana, as representatives of the state and with the Bossier school system.

IMG_4782Jane called them “the most creative people” and said she was shocked to see the finished product.

“They basically came in, asked what we liked and said they would make it work,” she said. “I have never seen anything like this before. We absolutely love it.”

The 22nd annual Bossier City Quota Club Tour of Homes will be held this Sunday, Dec. 8. Ticket-holders are invited to stop by the five Bossier City homes, located in Stonebridge, Carriage Oaks, Oak Alley and River Bluff neighborhoods, from 1-5 p.m.

Tickets are $20, which includes a program a map of the tour as well as photos and descriptions of the homes. They can be found at Barrett’s Home Appliance on Swan Lake Road in Bossier City.

Tour tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door on the day of the tour. Raffle tickets for a basket full of treats can also be purchased at each home, ranging from $1 each or $5 for six tickets. The winner does not have to be present to win.

The Annual Christmas Tour of Homes enables the Quota Club to continue their local and international service work. Money raised form the Tour of Homes provides scholarships for graduate students majoring in speech and hearing pathology, birthday books for Bossier Elementary and Plantation Park, Bossier Parish Food Bank and a sign language interpreter for Camp Joy.

The Quota Club extends their appreciation for continued community support during this annual project.

To purchase tickets in advance, contact Marlene Harner at 470-4116, Donna Cherry at 742-2971 or Jeanette Edmiston at 746-2710.