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Nashua Garden Tours

1. Richard and Elizabeth Foemmel 51 Berkeley Street

This historic home was built by the owner of White Mountain Refrigerators, Isaac Frank Stevens, in 1902. One can imagine the six Stevens children running through the hallways of this elegant Edwardian home and the two young daughters with white stockings and pink ribbons in their hair. The Foemmels purchased the home about 10 years ago, and commenced a much needed renovation that respected the history of the house, including the beautiful woods found in the paneling, hand rails, pillars and flooring. Most of the eighteen rooms are open to guests and have been decorated by Barbara Sancone, a project she started in August. Visitors are greeted in the grand foyer with a massive floral display created by Lotus Designs, (www.lotusdesignsflowers.com) of Boston. The living room, with its massive antique hunt chest, has a flock of pheasants on the cocktail table place settings, along with the glitter of gold, also reflected on the tree. The dining room, in contrast, shines with a silver tree and ornaments. Each place setting has its own tiny Christmas tree. The remodeled kitchen is set up for holiday preparations. From the windows the Duck Pond can be see below. (After the Foemmels purchased the house, Elizabeth found a note written on the walls of a closet by the children of previous residents, "We hope you enjoy the Duck Pond House.") The Baby's Room is a soft wonderland of pastel pinks and blues on a white flocked tree, while historic Biedermeier furniture, including a sleighbed, can be seen in a guest bedroom. The third floor has a children's room, gift wrapping room and a poker room complete with a tree decorated with playing cards.

The Friends of the Nashua Symphony wish to thank:

Karen Ruder and Linda Evans Langdon Place of Nashua Retirement and Rehabilitation Center George Pelletier Donna Roberson Nashua Telegraph Carolyn Choate TV 13-Nashua New Hampshire Magazine Jean Hallstone New Hampshire Orchid Society Bill Lewis Williams & Camille Thom Glynn Karen Dzendolet Eyecatching Interiors Antoinette Drouart Ikebana Flower Melissa Swidler SWIDesigns Mayor Donnalee Louzeau Deb Store City Hall Stacy Hynes Nashua School District Jody Gage Fortin & Gage Florists Ginny Nedved Cook Jessica Brown Eric Valliere Nashua Symphony Office

The Friends of the Nashua Symphony have hosted Holiday House Tours for more than 20 years. All profits are given directly to the Nashua Symphony to help defray the costs of supporting a professional symphony in Nashua.

2. Mike and Diane Lo Ré

91 Concord Street

The "Painted Lady" at 91 Concord Street was built in 1891. Homeowners Diane and Michael Lo Ré purchased the house in 1992 and have spent the last eight years working on the renovation. Dropped ceilings were opened, dated carpeting was removed and a lovely kitchen by Sue Booth of Vintage Kitchens replaced a dreary 1960s version. Michael is a collector of Nashua memorabilia and his historic Nashua earthenware jugs will be on view atop the cherry cabinetry. A giant stain-glass window joins the two levels that will be open to tour-goers. Downstairs a grand piano is the focal point of the rounded room, part of a central tower that culminates in a turret, a hallmark of Queen Anne architecture. On the second floor, above the music room, is the ladies' dressing room. Here and about the house are collections of Diane's period Victoria millinery. Several other bedrooms are open for viewing. The Victorians loved orchids. A clutch of beautiful flowering plants has been brought in by the New Hampshire Orchid Society. The delicate and exotic blooms are framed by the Lo Rés' antiques and perfectly chosen wallpapers that set this home apart. Adding a festive touch to the décor will be Thom Glynn and Karen Dzendolet of Eye Catching interiors. New Hampshire Orchid Society www.nhorchids.org Eye Catching Interiors www.eyecatchinteriors.com

New Hampshire Orchid Society

The NH Orchid Society is pleased to announce its 20th Annual Show and Sale

Valentine's Weekend, February 11 through 13th at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua. In honor of its 20th orchid show, the Society has chosen the theme "Celebrate Orchids." visit www.nhorchids.org for more information.

EyE CatChing intEriors ...love coming home.

Complete Home Interiors Single Space Design Design Consultation

Thom Glynn and Karen Dzendolet

www.eyecatchinteriors.com

3. Kate Prolman

18 Berkeley Street

Hanukkuh will be celebrated at 18 Berkeley Street, the home of Kate Prolman. Silver menorahs will light the windows of this gracious home built in 1933. Presents will be wrapped for Hanukkuh and the traditional gelt will be on display. The family's art collection, including oils by N.H. artist Dennis Sheehan grace the wall and a portrait of Kate's grandfather hangs over the fireplace. The house has been updated, but with respect to the period in which it was built. The family room was expanded and a portico was added to the back entrance. The remodeled kitchen is painted in a faux leather technique, plus part of the table is painted in a realistic faux granite. Note the five-drawer locking silver chest that is used as a vanity in the powder room. Upstairs the master bath has a steam shower and waved glass for a maintenance-free shower surround. Most of the antique furniture upstairs has been in the family for generations. A few of the light fixtures are the old gas lamps that were converted to electricity years ago. Bill Lewis of Nashua will be adding the festive touches to this home while exotic Japanese flower displays in blue and white will be arranged by Antoinette Drouart of Ikebana Flower in Downtown Nashua while holiday design consultation is courtesy of Bill Lewis. Design: Bill Lewis, William and Camille Design Florals: Antoinette Drouart, ikebana flower

Ikebana Flower

local artisans Pottery, photography, brush Painting and More

Fresh Flowers boutique

Japanese Flower arranging Classes

by antoinette Drouart, certified sogetsu school designer 95 west Pearl st. (603) 594-8877, www.ikebanaflower.com

Bill lewis

william & Camille

CommerCial and residential interior design painted finishes for walls and furniture paintings and furniture design one c loc k tow e r P l a c e , ( 6 0 3 ) 9 3 0 -4 7 18 www. willia m a n d c a m i l l e d esi gn .c o m billle w i [email protected] o m c a st .n e t

4. Office of Mayor Donnalee Louzeau

City Hall, 229 Main Street

The Mayor's Office has been decorated for the season in style and Santa will be on hand to greet the children. Nashua school children will be singing holiday tunes and their decoration will hang on a giant tree in the rotunda. Mayor Donnalee Louzeau will be there all day to greet tour-goers. Floral display will be provided by Fortin-Gage located at 86 West Pearl St., in Nashua.

Upcoming Symphony eventS December 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm

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bring the kids for an afternoon of holiday cheer. traditional christmas carols and a swingin' set of holiday dance hits. tickets at nashuasymphony.org or the Symphony office at 6 church Street

5. Doug and Susan Chmura

16 Lansing Street

At 16 Lansing Drive, near Bicentennial Dr., the home of Doug and Susan Chmura will be decorated by Melissa Swidler of SWI Designs LLC. This contemporary Colonial will have a family-friendly casual decor in the family room while the living room takes on a Victorian air. The dining room sparkles with white roses, silver and crystal touches. Fresh garlands throughout the house add a natural touch. Design and Florals: Melissa Swidler

Melissa Swidler

SWI Designs LLC

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(603) 490-6864

[email protected] www.swidesigns.com

6. Langdon Place of Nashua Retirement

and Rehabilitation Center

319 East Dunstable Road

All tour-goers are invited to Langdon Place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for complimentary refreshments and to enjoy the performance of holiday choral music. A gift boutique on site is filled with the works of artisans, artists and gifts perfect for holiday giving.

Florals: Merrimack Flower shop and Greenhouse Design: Linda Evans and the Langdon Place Staff cider: Brookdale orchards

Boutique Holiday Music Refreshments

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