It’s a Ritzy, Glitzy Christmas
Imperial Sugar Land Home Serves Up Sparkles And Glitter During 2015 CASA Holiday Home Tour
For 25 years Child Advocates of Fort Bend has been showcasing homes lavishly decorated for the holidays in Fort Bend County’s most beautiful neighborhoods as a way of raising money to support its programs. With the help of professional decorators and florists, five or six homeowners decorate their homes for Christmas and open them to the public each year during the second weekend in December. Guests tour the homes to glean holiday inspiration from the talents of the decorators and florists and the homeowners’ personal style. Volunteer hosts direct the visitors along a pre-arranged route through the home, and holiday cookies and refreshments are served at the exits of three of the homes.
The annual tour is one of Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s largest fundraising events as 94 percent of the proceeds go directly toward its services for children. In 2015, the event raised approximately $200,000 to help fund programs for abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County. This year’s tour is expected to top that goal.
The home featured in this issue of Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes is owned by Doug and Susie Goff, who participated in the 2015 tour. The Goffs are no strangers to philanthropy, custom homes, impeccable interiors and entertaining. So when they were invited to open their home for the CASA Holiday Home Tour, it was really nothing out of the norm for these fun-loving party people. And whether the Goffs are hosting their children and grandchildren, the close friends whose faces grace the “wall of fame” mural in the dining room or a group from one of the many charities they support, their home is designed for entertaining and lots of fun.
Doug is the COO of Johnson Development Company, and Susie, retired after 18 years as director of marketing at Johnson Development, now describes her position as collector of flamingos, which are glamorously on display throughout their home year round. This time of year, the flamingos — and the rest of the décor — exhibit a decidedly holiday flair, meaning more sparkles and glitter than normal.
The holiday tone begins in the front yard where Santa’s reindeer graze leisurely. The home’s walkway to the front door is a celebration of color with a living wall by Enchanted Garden on one side and a wall of windows on the other that offer a sneak peek of the fun awaiting inside. The door is a burst of silver, fuchsia, lime green and teal oversized Christmas ornaments and evergreen garland.
With the first step inside, the fun continues. The foyer is overseen by a glittering mirrored-tile ram’s head that sports a bright red nose and holiday tie as his Christmas adornment. To his right are a Limited Edition Texas Blue Dog by George Rodrigue and a ceramic Bengal tiger and snow white otter, both dressed in their holiday finest.
The dining room makes a statement all year-round with its distinctive color scheme, and during Christmas with all of the extra glitter. The large columns that define this space are wrapped in a silver-jeweled ribbon that both accentuate the sparkling wreath trio above the living room mantle and tie the two spaces together. A wall in the dining room features a colorful, life-size mural of the Goffs in party mode surrounded by all of their closest friends, and it was the colors in this mural (fuchsia, turquoise, lime green) that inspired the holiday color palette throughout the home.
Susie explained, “We visited Rocco’s in Austin about 10 years ago and saw a similar mural. When we built this home, we tracked down the artist and commissioned him to finish this wall.”
The couple showed the artist photographs and described the personalities of their friends. He then immortalized the group’s dynamic, their likenesses and their zest for life on this “wall of fame.”
For added interest at Christmastime, the dining table is set for the fantasy Christmas dinner party, including guests Barack Obama, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Donald Trump. Polar bears, snow-tipped pine needles and colorful china and glassware are the table-toppers. Zebra fabric chairs, glitzy reindeer on the mirrored buffet and a holiday jester-dressed monkey heighten the zoo-like party atmosphere.
The kitchen is a snowy white carnival of Christmastime festivity. Mark Roberts’ Santa figurines, elves and fairies enjoy a ferris wheel and merry-go-round, while more jeweled ribbon and an extensive collection of sterling silver and mercury glass provide lots of sparkle and shine. Pine cones, evergreen garland and bright red berries provide plenty of fresh Christmas color. A twig-style Vegas-themed tree displays a collection of mementos, each of which has a story that no doubt must “stay in Vegas.”
The bar is alive with whimsy and color. Susie designed and crafted the backsplash, which is a work of art featuring small red glass tiles interspersed with souvenir and sentimental tiles from special occasions and travels. The ceiling is comprised of 26,200 wine corks, and one wall is covered in Grand Wine and Food Affair posters, one of which is rumored to have been inspired by the Goffs and their dog, Scooter. The Christmas tree in this room is ornamented with the backsides of lots of Santa’s elves who are undoubtedly diving for the over-sized lollipops adorning the tree.
The centerpiece in the living room is the large Christmas tree that mirrors both the holiday décor and the colorful scene in the dining space. The arched alcoves on either side of the fireplace, as well as the archway leading to the outdoor living space are dressed in the same evergreen garland and colorful, oversized ornaments as the front door and entry. Inside the alcoves are art-deco-style wallpapers that match the dining room mural.
Just beyond, is the master bedroom, pretty in holiday pink. The flocked tree, bedecked with shiny hot pink Christmas balls, sparkly pink ribbon and bright pink tulips, matches the drapes and occasional chairs. The wrought-iron headboard is intertwined with evergreen garland and more Mark Roberts holiday figures. Between the bed and bath, sliding farm doors open to reveal a sparkling penguin and snowman in a bathtub full of shiny bubbles. On the vanity, a gold-themed tree and Father Christmas ornately dressed in a golden robe echo the glamour of the gold tone wash basins and hardware.
The Christmas Zoo theme extends into the grandkids’ room. The collection of stuffed animals here is embellished with holiday flair, and every grandchild has their very own miniature Christmas tree. The guest room is booked at the moment as Mrs. Claus has taken up residence. She enjoys her down-time and can be found reading her favorite book-of-the-moment — Frozen.
Outdoors, in the pool area, flamingos are dressed in their own version of Christmas finery, sporting Christmas toboggans and scarves.
Significant, too, is that this home is in the Imperial Sugar Land neighborhood, and Susie and Doug were the very first homeowners here. Because of Doug’s position as COO, he was instrumental in laying out the neighborhood design, including positioning of the lakes, Constellation Field, etc. “He hand-picked our lot,” said Susie. “From our backyard, we not only have a lovely view across the lake to the stadium, but we can also sit outside and see all the fireworks displays.”
The home’s location, along with every finish, accessory and piece of furniture, speaks to the cohesion, flow and fun that define this home. “We love our home,” said Susie. “It reflects this stage of our life and truly speaks to our love of family, friends and fun — our priorities.”
To enjoy the 2016 CASA Holiday Home Tour Dec. 9-10, purchase tickets online at cafb.org through Dec. 6. You may also purchase tickets the day of the tour at any of the tour homes.
Text by Cheryl Alexander | Photography by Pamela Photography | Construction by Partners in Building | Interiors by Susie Goff | Landscape and florals by Enhanted Garden
TOP IMAGE: The Goffs’ beloved dog, Scooter, is quite comfortable among the vibrant colors in the main living area. A limited edition Texas Blue Dog by George Rodrigue hangs right of the fireplace near the home’s entry. A Bengal tiger wearing a Santa hat, an otter crowned with Christmas decorations and pink-hued poinsettias keep the Blue Dog company.