Tuscan home is holiday wonderland on Loomis tour

Five residences to be featured on Dec. 11 fundraiser for schools
By: Joyia Emard Home & Garden
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Stunning is the best word to describe a spacious Tuscan-style home featured on the Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour. Quintessa Farm glitters in an array of holiday decorations that include a living room area awash in sparkling silver and white decorations and a family room boasting traditional Christmas decor. Quintessa Farm is just one of five outstanding homes showcased on the Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 11. The tour is sponsored by the Loomis Basin Education Foundation and benefits the students of the Loomis Union School District. Homeowner Toni Pierce spends weeks decking out her 7,200-square-foot home in various themes. The kitchen has a candy theme, the living room area is winter wonderland, the master bedroom and bath feature peacock-inspired decorations. Other rooms are filled with holiday items that create the feeling of being under the sea or in a fairy-filled woodland. The office is decked in holly and ivy and a bedroom features Disney items. Twenty-two Christmas trees, including eight that are fully decorated, fill the home. Quintessa Farm is splendid, even without seasonal decorations. Indoors, the home boasts a frescoed dome ceiling, natural stone and walnut floors, hand-hewn ceiling beams, sculpted ceilings, custom-made iron stairwell railings, and granite and onyx countertops. The decorated outdoor loggia includes a cozy fireplace and entertainment area. Beyond the swimming pool, a two-bedroom guest-house, decorated in a rustic hunting lodge theme, offers a manly retreat for the big-game enthusiast. A wine cellar houses a number of vintage wines the family brings out for special occasions. The Pierces also raise American miniature horses on their 6-acre property. Pierce said it took 18 months to build the 3-year-old home. She said she and her husband, Dennis, found a floor plan they liked in a book and then personalized it. “I wanted to have a room large enough to hold my entire family for Christmas. We usually have about 20 people,” Pierce said. Her family includes grown children Matt, 30; Jeff, 29; Melisse Moran, 33; and adopted children Brielle, 15, a Del Oro High School sophomore, and Austin, 12. The Pierces have two granddaughters, Sophia and Layla, both age 2, and two more grandchildren due to be born this spring. Joan Nepa, Pierce’s mother, lives in Sun City Lincoln and also joins in family celebrations. The family room offers plenty of room for celebrating and boasts vaulted ceilings and lots of ledges and mantels that Pierce arrays in eye-popping decorations. Those decorations include a six-foot Christmas tree on the fireplace mantel and a 12-foot live Christmas tree bedecked in old-fashioned Christmas decorations. “I get ideas for my holiday decorating from local home stores. I check out the displays, buy the decorations and bring them home,” Pierce said. She said she then puts her own spin on them. The Pierce family owns J.R. Pierce Plumbing in Rocklin, which was originally located in the Bay Area. Pierce said her husband’s great grandfather won the business in a poker game in 1927. Along with Quintessa Farm, the other homes on the tour include a modern-day castle, a historic Victorian mansion, a charming country home and a Santa Barbara-inspired villa. ------------ Loomis Holiday Home Tour What: Self-guided tour of five Loomis Basin homes decorated for the holidays. Funds raised benefit the Loomis Basin Education Foundation When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 Tickets $25 in advance, $30 on tour day. Available in Loomis at Blue Goose Produce, High Hand Nursery and the Flower Farm; in Auburn at Eisley Nursery; in Rocklin at Pottery World; and in Roseville at California Backyard. More information: