Valdosta Daily Times


November 25, 2012

Stone Creek Holiday Tour of Homes

Annual event set for December 9

VALDOSTA — Christmas trees decorate almost every room in Dixon and Gigi Taylor’s home at 4858 Summit Ridge Road. There’s a large Nutcracker collection, as well as a Mark Roberts Fairy collection with some hidden in special places around the house.

The Taylor home is one of four on the Stone Creek Holiday Tour of Homes set for 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The event is hosted by the Stone Creek Home & Garden Club and the participating residents of Stone Creek.

This year’s beneficiary is the Pregnancy Support Clinic of Valdosta.

Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour at Stone Creek’s main gate. Tickets are being sold by City Cuts, Lemongrass Day Spa, Repeat Boutique, Stone Creek Golf Club Pro Shop, and Stone Creek Garden Club members.

“Ticket holders can visit the show houses, then enjoy refreshments and enter a drawing for fabulous prizes in the Stone Creek Club House immediately after the tour,” said Jackie Shoemaker of Stone Creek Home & Garden Club.

Drawing prizes include a weekend condo stay in Destin, Fla.; a $500 gift card from Steel’s Jewelry; a gift from Kaleidoscope Gallery and Emporium; gift cards from Southern Landing, Mom and Dad’s, 306 North and Two Friends Cafe; Lemongrass Day Spa treatments; and golf at Stone Creek’s Golf Club.

“Even if you are unable to attend the tour, please consider purchasing a ticket to support the Pregnancy Support Clinic and for a chance to win one of terrific prizes,” Shoemaker said.  

Other sponsors include Wal-Mart, City Cuts for discounted haircuts for all tourgoers (see the map given out the day of the tour) and Professional Printing.

Taylor home

Dixon Taylor Construction built the family’s Mediterranean-style home in 2008 on 3/4 acre. The 5,000-square-foot home was designed for a large family with children of all ages. It offers five bedrooms with adjoining baths. (There are seven baths total including a pool bath).

An office is located in the casita (small detached house at front of main house).

Entering the gate at the front of the house, a courtyard to the right features an herb garden. A small Juliette balcony was built over the entrance to the house while a large balcony at the back of the house overlooks the pool and golf course.

The home’s interior design is traditional European with lots of stone, wood, and marble. The study has a stone wall and gas fireplace. Some of the custom furniture pieces were designed and built by the owners.

“We like a lot of color and the children’s rooms are all decorated according to theirs tastes,” Gigi said.

The large kitchen features custom cabinetry and Cambria countertops, a butcher block top on a center island, and extra tall cabinets with glass doors to showcase some of Gigi’s European and Mexican pottery collection.

The kitchen, dining area, and family room are one big open area. The dining room has an extra large farm table from France. The family room is surrounded by five sets of French doors opening to the back of the house.

The master suite’s cozy browns, blues and ivories bring a sense of calm. The bed has a custom-made headboard, and the artwork includes several watercolors the owners have collected while traveling together. The spa-like master bath has a large soaking tub in the center of the room, stone shower and countertops.

A hidden room is located behind a bookcase upstairs. A game room with a large pool table, a television area, exercise area, and study area is also found upstairs.

An upstairs bedroom has a beachy feel, 20-foot ceilings and a large loft.

The entrance to the study has large distressed cypress beams and a stone wall with a gas fireplace that has a large beam as the mantel. An upstairs bedroom also has cypress beams on the ceiling.

The upstairs laundry room has a small antique-stained glass window.

The mud room has a custom cabinet to hold the children’s belongings as they enter from the garage, and a large message board. There is a built-in dog door and an automatic water bowl for the family pet.

The back porch has a custom-built summer kitchen.

A custom pool and raised stone spa with a waterfall in the back overlooks the golf course. A vine-covered pergola also runs along the back of the house.

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