LOWC Holiday Home Tour boasts best of seasonal, year-round
by: submitted photos The French Provencal-inspired Wilson home features a hand-pressed, grand staircase with iron railings. The home also boasts many hand-painted murals.

Five of Lake Oswego's finest homes have been bedecked with a little extra holiday sparkle just in time for the 2011 Lake Oswego Women's Club's - formerly known as the Lake Oswego Junior Women's Club - Holiday Home Tour.

The tour, a benefit for eight local women's and children's charities, will be held Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; here's a sneak peek:

The Koshuba Home

The 7,400-square-foot, custom-built Koshuba home, built in 2009 by Street of Dreams and award-winning builder Andre Koshuba of Exceptional Homes by Andre for himself and his wife, Elena, features five bedrooms two dens, four full and two half bathrooms.

Exuding European elegance, the house boasts 24-karat-gold faucets in its main powder room and a natural stone fireplace imported from Italy. Its kitchen contains granite slab countertops, exposed ceiling beams, custom cabinetry and hand-scraped hardwood floors

The tour also takes visitors through the house's mother-in-law quarters - which include a Juliet balcony overlooking a creek - and is capped off with a fashionista's dream - a master closet with a marble-topped island for displaying jewels and accessories and custom-built wall to hold Elena's shoe collection.

The Koshuba home, which backs to the Oswego Lake Country Club, also features an outdoor living space anchored by stone, wood-burning fireplace and a plasma TV, which are protected from the elements so they can be enjoyed year round.

The Marriott Home

Nestled on a half-acre lot near downtown Lake Oswego, The Marriott home was built by Gösta and Mary Nilson, owners of Marquess of Granby Antiques, to look like a French Chateau.

The home is mixture of Old World, modern and whimsical touches and veritable museum of one-of-a-kind collectables and antiques, including Greek and Russian Orthodox icons, taxidermy trophies, quilts and life-sized dog statutes.

Enter through 300-year-old French front doors complete with antique hardware and a sliding bolt latch and note that the Nilsons have incorporated antique fixtures throughout the home as well, including antique chandeliers and shutters. There is even a Turkish sink in the utility room and 100-year-old Spanish tile backsplash in kitchen that depicts the story of Don Quixote.

The Marriott home's interior design carries over seamlessly into its outdoor entertaining centers, which offer access to a rose garden.

The Metke Home

Since they purchased this canal home, Jeff Metke, owner of Metke Remodeling and Woodworking, Inc., and his wife, Teresa, have spent the past decade renovating the space one with a modern, comfortable feel with a family-friendly open floor plan. A complete downstairs remodel of the home's kitchen, great room and powder room was just recently completed.

Step into the four-bedroom, four-bathroom house through a holiday-perfect red door and take in the hand-carved wood fireplace (completed by Jeff's firm) in the formal living room.

Its great room is decorated in a crisp, contemporary fashion with momochromatic tones of pewter and a gas fireplace built into a natural quartz wall.

Wide-plank walnut floors create a sense of continuity throughout.

The Shelton Home

When they moved to Lake Oswego from Kansas in 2010, Brienne and Jordan Shelton wanted to create an immediate 'lived-in' feel in their home away from home. They also wanted something large enough to host out-of-town family and friends, and they found the answer in their 3,600-square-foot five-bedroom, three-bath home in the Palisades neighborhood.

From plants to framed insects and even fossils, the Sheltons brought their favorite elements from nature into their home's interior design, including many pieces they've found on hikes or during their travels.

They've also accessorized the house with eclectic antiques they've compiled from throughout the United States.

Many of the Shelton's rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, which create a light, airy atmosphere and showcase the home's green surroundings.

The Wilson Home

Ravae and James Wilson said they always knew they'd end up living in Lake Oswego. James is a native Oregonian, and the pair moved here with its three children after two decades in the Bay Area.

Starting in 2007, they spent four years transforming a historic 7,000-square-foot lakefront home into the French Provencal-inspired home of their dreams.

The family blended artisan accents and antiques into the interior design of the four-bedroom, five-bath house, which still suits its active lifestyle.

Nearly every room features a hand-painted mural from Michael Smyth of Velvet Cicada, and its entryway contains a hand-pressed grand staircase with iron railings

With an outdoor infinity pool, a basketball court, a gazebo and elevators in the garage and inside the home, the Wilsons even made the home handicap accessible so estate can remain in the family for generations to come.

The 2011 LOWC Holiday Home Tour will benefit the Children's Center, Dinner and a Movie, Abby's Closet, Albertina Kerr, Bradley-Angle House, Human Solutions, William Temple House and the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department.

Tickets run at $30 apiece for tickets purchased in groups of one to three; $25 apiece for groups of four to nine; and $20 apiece for groups of 10 or more.

They can be purchased by credit card online at the organization's website or at The Grand Papery or by cash or check at The Grand Papery, Lamb's Palisades Market, R. Bloom's of Lake Oswego, Westlake Gifts, Wizer's Oswego Foods, Bridgeport Laser and Wellness Center, Market of Choice or Dragonfly Gifts.

On Dec. 8, The Grand Papery, Lucky Me Boutique, The Oilerie, Pasha Boutique, Pizza Schmizza, Five Spice, Blast Burger, Silkwood Boutique, Sixpence Antiques and Gifts and Spin Boutique will also give a portion of the day's revenues back to the charities benefited by the tour.

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