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Lamparter home
The Cambria Allied Arts Holiday Home Classic Tour
Photos courtesy of Photography by Sam Peck
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Lamparter home The Cambria Allied Arts Holiday Home Classic Tour Photos courtesy of Photography by Sam Peck Home 11-24-10

The Allied Arts Association of Cambria was formed to support artists of every genre. In December, this will include the art of crafting a beautiful home.

After taking a two-year break, the organization is resurrecting its Holiday Home Classic Tour on Dec. 4.

The tour will feature six homes, all decked out for the holidays. Tour chairperson Doreen Minick describes them as a “wonderful blend of ocean and hillside homes” offering a broad scope of residential settings that inspired their owners to develop homes in a distinctive manner.”Here is a look at three of the six homes on the tour.

Lamparter Home

The craftsman-style home of Gene and Kit Lamparter showcases their artistic talents — as well as a flair for the dramatic.

The house was built in 1979 and remodeled by the Lamparters when they purchased it in 2000. They enlarged the home and altered the roofline — but didn’t stop there.

Kit, who studied art and interior design at Brigham Young University and was once a floral designer and muralist, handcrafted many of its artistic flourishes. She sewed bedding and reupholstered furniture. She painted faux wall finishes and murals, and created elegant and abundant faux floral arrangements.

A skilled do-it-yourselfer, Gene added his own talents to the mix, building a granite bar in the living room and laying faux cobblestone in the driveway. His landscaping projects include the backyard patio, waterfall, stream and gazebo.

The home is a showcase for Asian décor collected by Kit while she lived in Japan and Indonesia for five years. The couple’s favorite pieces include an Okinawan burial urn, a Chinese buffet, and a table made from a ship’s hatch cover retrieved from a beach in Okinawa.

Kasper Home

The 4,300-square-foot Cape Cod-style residence of Bob and Maureen Kasper contains more activity than the average home. The couple has two energetic boys, aged 6 and 7.

Maureen is a senior director for Cisco Systems and works out of a home office. Bob, a property manager and realtor for Breen Realty, also works partly from home. Two Siberian huskies and numerous houseguests add to the lively mix.

The family makes it all work under one roof — and they do it in style.

They have decorated in a traditional vein, keeping adult spaces simple and uncluttered by incorporating plenty of separate, kid-friendly spaces. Their 800-square-foot basement has a pool table and is wrapped in a mural of the coastline from Morro Bay to San Simeon by local artist Jayne Koontz. The kids have a playroom that opens up to the backyard that is equipped with a play structure and sandbox.

“(The playroom) is entirely their space and if it’s messy, I can close the doors and the rest of the house is ‘adult,’ ” noted Maureen.

The house also offers plenty of spots for grownups to enjoy, such as the front deck where Bob and Maureen can sit at the end of a busy day and enjoy their spectacular ocean view.

Dunn Home

Ken and Linda Dunn developed an affection for European country homes during their travels to France and Italy.

“We loved the sundrenched colors in both the French and Italian countryside,” said Linda, who as a painter is uniquely tuned-in to color.

When their shingled bungalow was built in 2003, they wanted a style that combined Cambria woodsy appeal with European charm. Its charcoal-hued shingles echo the surrounding forest and reinforce the tree house feel of the home. In contrast, the blue front door is reminiscent of homes in the French countryside.

The interior pays homage to European design, with an overall clean, contemporary aesthetic. All of the fabrics are Pierre Deux, in a colorful mix of French country motifs. Most furnishings are French country, including some custom-made pieces. Walls in the main living areas are a rich gold that evoke the sunshine of Italy and the South of France.

The Dunns have collected art and pottery over the years, as well as holiday collectibles that will be on display for the home tour. This includes their assemblage of over 30 nutcrackers, and their beloved Spode Christmas plates. Even their Christmas ornaments are carefully hand-picked mementoes from their travels.

Also on the tour:

Lemming Home: The eclectic, artistic home of Runo and Roberta Lemming features a piano-shaped bar and new-age trompe l’oeil murals.

Lyons-Morris Home: The Craftsman-style home of Mike Lyons and Dick Morris pays homage to Frank Lloyd Wright and features finely crafted woodwork and Stickley furniture.

Kennedy Home: The charming 1,500-square-foot cottage of Bob and Faye Kennedy is warm and inviting, as well as a showcase for local art and photography.

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