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A Classic Christmas
December, 2008 - Issue #50
The Slones purchased the dining room
The Slones purchased the dining room's ceiling fixture in Sedona. Handpainted by a 70-year-old artist, the piece's shades of black, green and gold inspired the design of the rest of the room. The space is joined to the wine cellar, which holds 1,400
Candy canes, reindeer, Santa Claus and snowmen are the traditional icons of an American Christmas. Wrap them in shades of red and green and you have a holiday palate that can easily be found in 95 percent of decorated spaces across the nation.

But the home of Terri and David Slone and their dogs, Snowey and Foxey, is different. Their Mediterranean abode found on Tournament Players Club's 18th green called for a markedly more elegant take.

Designer Lisa Duncan was up for the challenge; she needed to transform the 8,200-square-foot home and its five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, game room, media room, gym, office, formal dining room and more into a elegant equivalent of a winter wonderland.

Stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinetry and Italian decor define the kitchen.
Stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinetry and Italian decor define the kitchen.
"I didn't want to do the traditional red and green with Santa," she recalls. "Their house was much more suited for an elegant Christmas, with colors of bronze, sage green, mink brown, gold, and touches of black. I used mink glitter poinsettias, berries, hand-blown glass ornaments, and beaded strands for the garland to give their house a sophisticated Christmas." The result is nothing less than stunning, which serves the homeowners well.

The Slones are perpetual entertainers and the home was designed, in part, with future get-togethers in mind. David was especially excited about the layout of the upstairs bar area. "He always wanted a bar that was like one found in a restaurant. This one has everything; a fridge, ice maker, a dishwasher... We don't need to travel downstairs for anything," reflects Terri.

The home
The home's second master bedroom, found upstairs, features a relaxing shade of olive paint that serves as a backdrop to the dual-chromatic pairing of black and white. The window coverings were custom created for the space by Debbie's Sewing & Interio
The ability for the two-story home to function well without constant trips up and down stairs is an important asset. "David always wanted to live on a golf course, and we always wanted to custom build a house. Now we have our dream house, which will also be our retirement home, so we made sure that everything we need as we age can be found on the first floor. The master bedroom, the gym, the laundry room, it's all there," says Terri.

"It was a chore to have a very active role in the building of the home. We were involved right down to the details about where to place the electrical outlets. But we are very excited about how it turned out!," she says.

The master bath includes a 6-foot tub, separate sinks, a vanity, tile floor, two walk-in closets and a urinal.
The master bath includes a 6-foot tub, separate sinks, a vanity, tile floor, two walk-in closets and a urinal.
That intense attention to detail can also be found in Duncan's tiniest of decor touches. "No details were spared. Even the gifts under the tree were wrapped in beautiful paper, satin ribbons, and berries to coordinate with each tree," she says.

Work this fine could not be created overnight. "To be able to pull off a Christmas with a home this large, I started purchasing and decorating back in August for it to all come together!," she shares.
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