Originally created 11/30/03

Garden club sponsors West Lake tour



The Far East meets the Southwestern United States at the West Lake home of Jim and Sandie Ball.

Custom built by previous owners, the Western stucco exterior home has taken on a new, Oriental flavor inside since the Balls purchased it about a year ago.

The Ball home is one of five featured on the West Lake Garden Club Christmas Home Tour, which will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

"I went to elementary and high school in Japan. My husband was in the service. We've been to Japan, Korea and the Philippines and made many trips to China," Mrs. Ball said.

Each room is decorated for the holidays.

There are several trees in the 3,400-square-foot home, including a children's tree with Disney and Looney Tunes character ornaments on it. A tree in the formal dining room is decorated with hand-crafted ornaments made from eggs.

The Balls have lived in West Lake since 1985. They moved from a Pebble Beach Drive home after Mr. Ball retired as the director of Health Central. This is the first year they've had their home on the tour.

The garden club has sponsored the tour for about 12 years, said Karen Goodell, the tour's chairwoman. Each tour has a mix of different styles of homes, she said.

Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit area charities including the Columbia County Foundation for Children.

HOLIDAY TOUR

WHAT: West Lake Garden Club Christmas Home Tour

WHEN: 1-5 p.m. Saturday

COST: $10, benefits area charities; tickets are available at Carpenter's Art Gallery, 3830 Washington Road in Martinez; Weinberger's Furniture Showcase, 3137 Washington Road; Shear Southern Hair & Day Spa, 426 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez; and Persnickety, 2021 Walton Way; the fund-raiser also features a raffle of a botanical print donated by Carpenter's Art Gallery with tickets for sale at $2 each or three for $5.

TOUR STOPS: Home of David and Tiffany Faircloth, 3767 West Lake Drive, a brick two-story house with a hanging fountain in the entryway; Kip and Tina Plowman's Georgian home, 606 West Lake Circle, which has been remodeled from floor to ceiling; Ron and Jeriann Benton's home at 607 Brae Burn Drive, which features hand-painted details by local artists; Tom and Leslie Manley's home at 3815 Honors Way, a European stucco with themed trees throughout the home; and Jim and Sandie Ball's home, 3873 Inverness Way in West Lake.