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HOt HOliday HOmes 2012 was this November 9th and 10th. Two homes were  designed by Home at Last Interiors with the assistance of the CATO design students.
 We are excited to be working on 2 wildly contrasting homes this year. The first of which is a Craftsman style heritage home and B&B. The second home is a Contemporary styled B&B.
Descriptions of the homes below:
Mission Creek Country Inn
A Heritage Christmas with all the trimmings.
For Mark Haley, restoring his 1909 craftsman style heritage home is a continual labour of love.  Mark saved this period home from certain destruction when he purchased and moved it from it’s Long street location in the Pandosy area to it’s current country farm setting on Speirs rd. At present Mark uses this house as his personal residence; “It has always been a family home;” says Mark. but also opens his doors to bed and breakfast guests. This historic treasure is packed with period details such as original douglas fir trim, frames and doors, stair railings and panelling. The different floor and ceiling heights are attributed to the original builders career on a sailing ship. What is now washrooms was once servants quarters. Mark exclaims proudly that the house remains predominantly original with minimal modifications to the original design. There is still much work to be done . Mark’s plans include making the attic into additional living space. I think you will find that this time honoured home is worthy of a “wow” reaction.
Decor: Country Cottage Gifts and Decor
Q: What is your favourite Christmas memory?
Serenity Stay B&B
Serene Winter White Retreat Winter white year round. Jaime and Zach Ruvinsky adopted a DIY attitude when renovating and decorating their traditional home, come contemporary Bed and Breakfast. Together, using clever design tricks and a creative approach, they have created a fresh and modern white on white oasis in the city. Small invigorating splashes of colour in artwork and accessories on the blank canvas walls, are in sharp contrast to the monochromatic pallet that continues throughout the home; allowing them to take the spotlight. The combination of different shades and tones of white and minimal furnishings give the illusion of wide open spaces flooded with light. Everywhere you look is refreshing. Varying textures and materials and a touch of whimsy create a peaceful and calm vibe.
Q: When was the last time you played in the snow?
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Picture Perfect
Hot holiday homes can be seen in all their decorated splendour
Saturday, 03 November 2012  Glenna Turnbull
Debbie MacMillan and her dog Jesse get ready for the holidays.
Tired of putting the same old Rudolf, holly branches and Santa up every year? Tired of the same old tree? Well, if you're looking for some new ideas to spark your holiday decorating imagination, Hot Holiday Homes may prove to be the answer.
This is the second year for the event, which doubles as a fundraiser for Ballet Kelowna, and organizer Debbie MacMillan hopes to build on the success of last year.
"We have a great line up of homes," she said, "that span from heritage to modern to one with a Mediterranean feeling,"
Tickets come in the form of a booklet, which includes a map to each of the six houses on the tour, as well as a write up about each home, its decorator and what you can expect to find there.
Those with tickets then have five hours in which to complete the tour, going in whichever order they prefer as it's a completely self-guided affair.
New to the tour this year, is partnering up with the interior design students at Centre for Arts and Technology to help with two of the homes.
"We're really excited about the relationship we've developed with CATO," said MacMillan. "We have 11 interior design students who will be working with (designer) Tina Knooihuizen."
Knooihuizen was involved in the tour last year, designing and decorating some of everyone's favourite rooms.
This year, Knooihuizen has two different homes, which MacMillan describes as being 'polar opposites' in that one is an old heritage home and the second is one of the bed and breakfast homes being featured.
"Tina will be mentoring the CATO students and each of the students will have their own room to design, which will form a big part of their class mark and also be under supervision by their class instructor," said MacMillan.
There are actually two bed and breakfast locations on the tour, along with an old country inn and homes span from the Okanagan Mission area out to June Springs Road.
MacMillan admitted, initially she wondered if the June Springs property might be too far out, but said, not only is the house worth the drive, but "it's a really nice route that sort of leads you there and with five hours to complete the tour, people will have plenty of time to get around."
Harmony Honda and Harmony Acura have come on board this year as the new title sponsor and interior designers include Knooihuizen of Home at Last Interiors, Laura Barmentloo of Rafters Home Store, Sandi Sideris of Inspired Design, Colleen Skawronik and Denise Nielson of Artistic Designs as well as one of the homeowners.
Each of the six Christmas trees featured will also be specially decorated by professionals and after the tour ends, will be put up for auction. The trees will be on display at Orchard Park Mall to attract more attention with the auction happening online in December.
Once again, Fortis has come onboard to provide energy efficient lights to the homeowners.
In addition to touring the homes, there will be a chance to have taste samples and sips along the way. "Quails Gate will be pouring at one of the homes and Urban Distilleries will be at another; Mr. D's Cheesecakes will have some samples and Okanagan Street Food will have their truck out again for those who want to purchase something," said MacMillan. You'll also find cookbook curator Jennifer Schell dishing up samples from her new book The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker, plus chocolate and oils and vinegars.
Many of the homes will feature art to view as well as professional designed floral arrangements, and you'll also find complimentary gifts,and entertainment along the way too.
Ballet Kelowna dancers will be on hand at selected homes to meet and greet people and also to serve as a reminder as to what the fundraiser is for.
You don't have to love Christmas to enjoy the tour, said MacMillan, adding, "anyone who's a fan of interior decor or architecture will also enjoy themselves."
Funds raised by the tour help to keep Ballet Kelowna dancers 'on their toes.' With each pair of pointe shoes costing about $100 and dancers able to wear out a pair in just one performance, pointe shoes are a huge part of the professional dance company's budget.
Speaking of shoes, MacMillan recommends people wear slip-ons. A bag will be provided to each ticket holder so they can carry their footwear as they tour the homes.
So, whether looking for new ways to deck your halls, ideas on interior design or just hoping to get into the holiday spirit, Hot Holiday Homes has got your covered.
The show was a grand success! We are now looking for homes for the 2013 season
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