TOUR OF HOMES: FABULOUSLY FESTIVE

 

Welcome to Ron & Linda Turner’s Show Stopping Holiday Home.
Once again, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For some, getting into the holiday spirit means listening to festive music, being extra generous, hitting the stores for last-minute shopping, or baking delicious treats. For others, it’s a chance to show off their individual style with over-the-top holiday decorations. If you’ve driven down Chinoe Road in the past month, chances are you’ve spotted a house that made you do a double take. For the last 25 years, Ron and Linda Turner’s lavishly decorated home has brought joy and amazement to all who see it. 
The Turner home wouldn’t look out of place on the Las Vegas strip – in the best possible way. It boasts over 50,000 twinkling lights, 20 recessed floodlights highlighting the home, life size (and larger) wreaths, candy canes, angels, toy soldiers, a Nativity scene and of course, Santa Claus, complete with a sleigh and reindeer. Ron Turner, who is the founder of the engineering and electrical contracting company Amteck, had dozens of extra outlets installed under the eaves especially for their holiday embellishments. Ron designs the layout for the outside lighting and décor. Then his brother-in-law, Louis Mullins of Mullins Construction, oversees the execution of the job. “There is a lot of trial and error in order to make this holiday home perfect,” said Ron. All the lights are on timers so they stay on from dusk until dawn. It takes a crew of his men about 4 weeks to install the display from start to finish. In the off-season, Mr. Mullins organizes and stores the decorations in a 55-foot trailer. 
Upon entering the home, an oversized chandelier from Brechers Lighting sets the tone for this magnificent entrance. The landing for their grand double staircase displays a life-size Santa Claus that can be seen from the outside through large glass double doors. On either side of the staircase are two elaborately decorated, nine-foot Christmas trees. The handrails and banister are wrapped with garland, ribbons and lights. Each room of the house has a Christmas tree that Linda has specifically designed to complement the space.
Throughout the home, recessed ceilings are illuminated with rope lights. Columns and pedestals add dashes of drama. And ceiling-level platforms offer places to display plants and other decorative items. The Turners purchased most of the furnishings from Norwalk and Lexington Furniture, while the accent and holiday décor pieces are mostly from Frontgate. Linda plans to make some changes in the near future, including painting many of the interior walls white. She’ll work with designer Cherie Gains on the update. 
The land that the Turner home sits on is bordered in the rear by a small, idyllic lake. The location holds special memories for the couple. Linda said, “My husband and I got married right out of high school, and have been married for 53 years. When we started dating, this was just a big farm, and we’d go fishing on this lake. We bought the land because we had so many memories here, and built a house on it.” Linda is the first to tell you that she was not interested in a large backyard. “I never wanted land. It’s too much work. I’d rather be surrounded by water, and I love having the lake and the pool.” 
The home is also a place of relaxation and refuge for the Turners’ three children and eleven grandchildren. After speaking to Linda for just a few minutes, it’s clear that family is her top priority. She loves hosting, entertaining and spending quality time with the people she loves most. 
Near the front of the home is Linda’s “devotional room” – a place of peace and quiet with no television, phone or computer. The octagonal room is decorated in a rich color palette of gold and beige, the illuminated recessed ceiling is accented with an ornate medallion and opulent yet comfortable furniture lines the room. 
Off the devotional room is a chic guest bathroom finished in black and gold, with coordinating leopard print wallpaper. The quilted ceiling and chandelier adds unique and luxurious touch. 
The kitchen is outfitted in glowing while granite and matching cabinetry. Sparkling silver placemats and oversized ornaments decorate the island, while a built-in television screen adds a convenient touch. A roaring fireplace and twin armchairs create a cozy nook, perfect for enjoying mugs of hot cocoa and good conversation.
Off the kitchen is what Linda refers to as the “green room”. This is a place where the children and grandchildren gather after a day in the pool. “This was actually the former bathhouse,” she explained. “It used to be a large patio, but we had it enclosed. As our family grew, we realized that we needed more space, and a place for the kids to come in from the pool or the lake.” Two sets of doors lead to the pool area and a full bath and shower are attached. A plush sectional sofa is arranged in a semicircle in front of a large flat-screen television. “After they’ve had enough sun, they love to relax in here and play video games,” Linda said. 
Centrally located on the second level is a large, sitting and gift wrapping room—complete with fireplace, mini kitchenette, and a view overlooking the water. Finished with a whimsical painted ceiling reminiscent of a circus tent, it’s easy to imagine the room as a fun place where presents are lovingly prepared for birthdays, Christmas and all the holidays in between.
In the master bedroom, we see more raised platforms, columns, neo-classical furniture and a soft peachy-gold color palette. A variety of plants are displayed throughout the home, but the bedroom is outfitted with palm trees strung with holiday lights. The Turners are getting ready to update their master suite, and Linda and Cherie will work together to create a fresh, new look. Linda’s vision for the room includes white marbleized walls and columns, new lighting, two crystal chandeliers over their bed, crown molding finished in silver and gold tones, and sheer, floor-to-ceiling drapes to enhance their view of the pool.
On the second level are two bedroom suites separated by a large sitting room. One room, primarily used by the granddaughters, is painted a bold, fashionable shade of lilac. To the left is a built-in bed with a wall-mounted chalkboard and chandelier–a perfect sleepover nook. The adjoining bathroom is painted a lighter, coordinating shade of lavender. Over time, Linda wanted to update the room without replacing all of the fixtures. Over the double sinks is a large light fixture made from glass rods. Instead of replacing it, Linda just had the gold-toned hardware painted silver. The fixture was purchased over 20 years ago, but still looks fresh and contemporary. 
In the second upstairs bedroom, mainly used by the grandsons, we see the return of the safari theme – gold toned animal sculptures, leopard print textiles and wallpaper, and a fabulous black and tan adjoining bathroom. All of the showers in the Turner home are fitted with full benches for reclining – the ultimate in relaxation. 
Linda refers to the basement as the “winter room” because that’s the only time it’s used. “In the summer, everyone likes to be outside by the pool, but we love relaxing down here during the holidays,” she said. Amenities include a full kitchen, workout room with infrared sauna and steam room, a home theater area with a 72” television screen and a row of recliners, a combination pool/ping-pong table and bar area.
The Turners certainly love their home, but they also love the joy it brings to other people. “We’ve really enjoyed all the folks who have stopped by over the years,” Ron said, adding that he and his wife host many local organizations during the holidays. Some visits are more bittersweet than others. Ron recalls, “One night, at about 7 pm, there was a knock on the door. When I answered, a woman with a cane asked if she could take a picture with us on the steps. It was late, but we agreed, and afterward, we offered her a Christmas teddy bear. She accepted it, saying, ‘I’d like to be buried with this.’ We learned that she had cancer, and with only a few days to live, her last wish was to see the inside of the ‘Christmas house’.” 
The bright, festive lights of the Turner home truly draw attention to the reason for season. Their goal is to bring families together with their children – to laugh, hug one another, take family pictures, sing along with their outdoor holiday music in hopes that everyone will join them in celebrating the season. 
Now, with three generations of people who come to see the Turner home each year, the tradition shows no signs of slowing down. “We still keep those same traditions we grew up with, and now our children are continuing them,” said Linda. “Not a day goes by that I don’t see one of my children or grandchildren. Our home keeps us all together.”


Posted on 2015-12-22 by Michelle Aiello
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