Annual Christmas tour showcases Bossier family’s holiday traditions
Seven-year-old Baylor Bass has an important job this time of year.
She is tasked with precisely placing ornaments on her family’s 9-foot-tall Christmas tree. It’s one of her favorite things to do and she will excitedly tell you all about it.
If you look closely at the Bass family Christmas tree, you’ll see these are no ordinary ornaments. Adam and Britney Bass began a tradition of purchasing special ornaments long before they had children.
Now, their tree is adorned with life’s biggest moments.
“For every special time in our life, we have an ornament to represent that,” Britney explained.
There’s an ornament for the day they got married, one of the dream home Britney always wanted, and ornaments for the births of their three children – Baylor, Bear and Beckett.
This tradition is one Adam and Britney cherish and proudly display in their home each year. The Bass family of Bossier City will welcome the public into their home Sunday for the annual Quota Club Tour of Homes. This self-guided tour is in its 24th year and has helped raise funds for many of the Quota Club’s service initiatives throughout the community.
One thing the Bass family wants tour goers to notice is how much their family plays a role in the décor.
“My family was really big on celebrating Christmas when I was growing up,” Britney said. “We are continuing that tradition now with our children.”
Each room is uniquely decorated with touches of family spread throughout. One of her favorite pieces, Britney said, is her grandmother’s hutch, which was passed down to her and now sits in the family’s formal dining space.
“I remember how beautifully it was decorated for Christmas,” Britney recalled. “I really try to make it a focal point when we decorate our home.”
Then there are the Christmas plates her mother passed down. They, too, are featured in their holiday decorations.
Most of the décor in their house fits into the red, green and silver color scheme that Britney envisioned. Still, there are surprises spread throughout the home.
Adam said he wants people to feel like their home is well-lived in.
“We decorate together as a family,” he said. “My favorite part is to sit back and see how it all comes together at the end.”
When they agreed to be on the tour this year, Adam and Britney had one small request.
“We want to stay and welcome people as they come into our home,” Adam said. “We hope to see not only the people we know, but to meet new people as well. We would love to see everyone.”
The Bass’ extend their sincerest thanks to Jennifer Gatti and Cori Baril for helping them prepare their home for the tour.
The 24th annual Bossier City Quota Club Tour of Homes will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket-holders are invited to stop by the homes of five Bossier City and Benton residents, located in Tiburon and Lakewood in Bossier City and Woodlake South in Benton.
Participating homes include Brittany & Adam Bass of Bossier City, Jerry & Sherry Matthews of Bossier City, David & Nancy McDow of Bossier City, Bill & Jennifer Morgan of Benton and Jim &Alicia Phillips of Benton.
Tickets are $20 and come with a program that includes a map, along with pictures and descriptions of the homes. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the Tour.
Raffle tickets will also be sold at each home on the tour for a basket full of treats. Raffle
Tickets will be $1 each or six for $5. You do not have to be present to win.
The Annual Christmas Tour of Homes enables the Quota Club to continue its local and International
Service work. The Quota Club awards scholarships to students in the Speech-Language Pathology master’s program at LSUHSC, Shreveport-Mollie Webb Speech and Hearing Center, provides books for students at Plantation Park Elementary and Bossier Elementary on their birthday, supports the Operation Blessing food program, The Arc of Caddo-Bossier, and others listed in the tour program.
To purchase tickets in advance or to answer any questions, contact Marlene Harner at (318) 470-4116, Donna Cherry at (318) 746-2971 or Jeanette Edmiston at (318) 746-2710.
TOUR GUIDE: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE 24TH ANNUAL QUOTA CLUB TOUR OF HOMES
Welcome to the home of David & Nancy McDow!
Located in the desirable Tiburon subdivision in North Bossier just off Swan Lake Road, this custom built home has tradition and rustic design combined with a touch of sparkle. The home was built in 2013 by Chip Mackey on a hand-picked lot that backs up to a pond. All Interior design was a vision by Nancy McDow, the home owner. She had an extensive search for the special touches through-out to show the style. From the unique chandeliers to the rustic doors hanging in the living room and the large décor pieces, the style is very much their style. Exposed brick is a feature of the home that contributes to its style. The large granite island that is used daily for serving or family time opens to the warm living space with exposed beams. The kitchen has oversized latches and a custom pantry door made especially for this home. Beautiful wood floors with so much character and tall ceilings to give an open unified feel. One of the favorite features of the home is the large windows along the back that open to the pond with a variety of wild life. All Doorways and entry ways are made to be handicap accessible without the look. “We built the home to stay for the rest of our lives and we love the feel of it and location “
The McDow family wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2016. We thank God every day for many blessings and we are happy to welcome you in our home.
Welcome to the home of Jerry & Sherry Matthews!
After living in a home for over 20 years we decided it was time to move.
We had a plan to take our time and visit all the neighborhoods in Bossier that we might be interested in. We had not yet talked to any realtors or builders. We set out on a leisurely Sunday before a Memorial Day holiday. We drove first to the Tiburon subdivision that neither of us were very familiar with. With no appointments or specific intentions, but we noticed an open house on Brompton Lane that was unlocked and with no salesperson present. When we entered, the spacious feel of the floor plan had an immediate appeal. It was perfect for the large family events that historically meet at our home.
As pleased as we were with the Brompton house, you just don’t buy the first and only house that you happen upon. So we spent the next month or so looking at other Bossier subdivisions that we felt might interest us. No other home struck us like that first house on that first day. Our search only confirmed that that first house was the one we were meant to own.
With three bedrooms and 3 ½ baths we have ample room for the overnight guests that we frequently entertain. The upstairs bonus room has become my husband’s retreat where he indulges his visual art and musical inspirations in near seclusion.
The house feels like it has more square footage than it actually has by virtue of the open floor plan.
Welcome to the home of Jim & Alicia Phillips!
With the help of architect, Bruce Bamburg and builder, R. L. Smithey Homes, the Phillips’ vision became a reality when construction was complete in 2014. The interior and exterior design of the home was derived from Modern French inspiration. As you enter the home, the living room welcomes you with rich dark hardwood flooring and intricate ceiling, fireplace and trim detail. At once you will notice you are surrounded by the color palette of a white, tape and grey hues. A long marble covered island anchors the kitchen and a cozy dining area, complete with fireplace, overlooks the backyard. Throughout the home you will find touches of vintage flair mixed with modern luxury. The carefully picked blend of white subway tile, polished chrome fixtures, Carrara marble and antique finished lighting make this home truly unique.
Bing Crosby’s classic, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”, was all the inspiration needed to transform this home into a white winter wonderland. Christmas is a very special time of the year for the Phillips’ family and they are honored to share their home with you during this holiday season.
Welcome to the home of Bill & Jenna Morgan!
We are honored and thrilled to be a part of the Quota Club’s Annual Christmas Tour of Homes. The Christmas season is one of our favorite times of year to reflect and celebrate with friends and family the joy of the holiday season.
After almost twenty years living in Dallas, Texas and a two-year stint in Europe, my husband decided to move this native Texan to his hometown. We picked out the perfect location in Woodlake South II with a large oversized lot and big trees. Taking inspiration from South Louisiana Acadian mixed with old world charms and features of Europe we devised our design and floor plan. We knew we wanted to fuse this Louisiana French heritage with modern design elements, and created a “Rustic Modern” feel to our home, in both the flow of the home and in the details of the materials we chose. With both my husband and I coming from a career in design, we enlisted creative architect Bruce Bamburg to transform our concept in to our dream.
With our love for entertaining and cooking, we knew the kitchen would be our focal point and serve as our gathering area for years and years to come. Features include gourmet kitchen with custom wine room. We used exposed interior brick, hand-scrapped hardwood flooring and wood ceiling treatments throughout the home. In our hearth room, we took inspiration from our turn of the century Chalet in Tavannes, Switzerland where we called home while in Europe. Old wooded beams are inlayed with wood slates to encompass the entire ceiling. The hearth room is our go between from indoor to outdoor living spaces and flows seamlessly with open brick arches from kitchen to hearth, and French doors from hearth to patio.
Our home is our retreat, the place that we laugh, love and share life with those we hold dear. Christmas is such a magical time of year to reflect on the blessings we are grated and the true meaning of the season. We welcome you to our home and wish you and yours a joyous holiday season.
Welcome to the home of Adam & Britney Bass!
There are so many aspects that we love about our home. We love the calming colors and being surrounded by the things that make us happy. Our home was built in 2008. It is by no means new, but we continue to love it. We enjoy the open floor plan and the French doors leading to our backyard where the view is nothing but trees. We love living in a neighborhood, but it’s refreshing to be surrounded by nature. By far, our favorite thing about our home is those we share it with. My husband and I are blessed with three, amazing children (Baylor-7, Bear-4, Beckett-2). Needless to say, our home is not quiet, but that’s one of the things we adore. We rejoice in celebrating the birth of Jesus each year with our family; therefore, Christmas is a special event! Our family wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!