The Luces have been busy filling their house to the brim with Christmas decorations.
A bright green, pink and blue wreath hangs on the front door, matching the garlands draped above the frame. The door opens to twin Christmas trees hugging a bench.
“Every year for Christmas I get a Christopher Radko ornament, and so I put them on these trees with white snowflakes,” Lacey Luce said.
The room to the right of the entryway belongs to Luce’s 3-year-old son, Griffin. His Christmas tree matches his room’s wildlife theme, with fishing lures and antlers hanging from the branches.
Griffin’s full bed has a wooden headboard, and a stainless steel light hangs above. His initials are spelled out in big tin letters that hang on a brick wallpapered wall. Bookshelves are made out of plumbing pipes and boards. Armed with more plumbing pipes, Luce created handles on his dresser to match. Plumbing pipe serves as the curtain hanger as well.
A Jack and Jill bathroom connects Griffin’s room to the room of his 9-month-old sister, Emma Jane. The bathroom has granite sink countertops, bathtub with white tile, and faux-concrete tile on the floor.
“This bathroom used to be a laundry room, but we needed a bedroom in here, so we remodeled,” Luce said. “We actually remodeled almost the entire house. When we bought the house a year ago, it had been vacant for about eight years, really run down.”
The 3,000-square-foot house was built in 1988. Luce said she and her husband had to fix it “from top to bottom” before the family moved in six months ago, but she has always enjoyed fixing things up.
“We did all new everything in the house — floors, painting,” she said. “We ripped all the kitchen and bathrooms out.”
In Emma Jane’s room, Luce started with flower wallpaper, and a decorator helped introduce pinks and golds. Above the white crib is a gold-framed mirror, and the room is filled with all things fluffy, from fuzzy white ottomans to a tiny pink chair.
Adorned with lollipops, ice cream cones and sparkly balls, Emma Jane’s Christmas tree is a sweet one. Long pink black-out curtains hide French doors that lead out to the balcony and wooden deck.
The backyard has a swing set, a picnic bench, a table and chair, a grill, a trampoline and brightly color tires halfway buried in the dirt.
Hickory hardwood floors line the entryway past a half-bathroom and lead to the family room. With a triangle roof standing at 20 feet tall, it’s the perfect place for a 13-foot Christmas tree. The tree has sparkly pink, blue, purple and green ornaments. Decorator Barbie Luce helped Luce with the Christmas tree as well as other decorations throughout the house.
Near the tree, two wingback chairs hold bright pink pillows that match the Christmas tree. Luce’s Snowbaby collection from her godmother rests on a glass side table.
Two leather brown recliners and two gray couches sit around a wooden coffee table. In front is a stacked stone fireplace trailing up the ceiling. A homemade wreath and matching garland garnish the fireplace.
“I got ribbon from Hobby Lobby, tied a knot with the first ball and strung the balls on,” Luce said. “To make the wreath, I used two pool noodles taped together and glued plastic balls all around.”
Also featured in the family room is Luce’s Christmas village, which includes pieces Luce’s mother gave her. The village includes a bank because her husband, Chase, is a banker, and a doctor’s office because Luce is a nurse.
Modern artwork pieces and deer horns hang on the wall, adding a dash of color and texture.
Two sets of French doors open up to the outside porch and let light in, warming up the Repose Gray painted walls.
The kitchen, across from the family room, is modern with stainless steel appliances, a farmhouse sink, white backsplash, granite countertops and gray cupboards. Luce’s pride and joy of the kitchen is the 8-foot granite-topped island with plenty of drawers and four wooden chairs.
“This was the one thing I really, really wanted,” she said, adding that the drawers keep the counters free from clutter. “I also like that we have a pull-out cutting board over the trash can, so I can cut and just wipe the ends into the garbage. Another thing is I have pots that are hanging up inside a cabinet on Glideware. You can pull the Glideware to easily access the pots.”
To the left of the kitchen is the 13-by-13-foot dining room that contains an 8-foot wooden dining table with cowhide chairs.
Windows line the walls on both sides of the dining room, letting in sunlight to shine on the Luces’ “Alumni Purple” tree. The tree is decorated with purple ornaments because Luce attended Texas Christian University and her husband attended Stephen F. Austin State University.
Past the dining room is the master bedroom with a gold and white tree.
“I wanted to do something sophisticated in the master bedroom to match with the white, gold and peacock blue walls,” Luce said.
The room has an industrial chandelier and a king-size upholster platform bed with gold buttons. Luce’s love of color comes in with bright purple and pink pillows. Above the headboard hang seven clear glass vases with flowers.
French doors lead into the porch to access the backyard, and a full-length mirror stands next to a dresser that has gold-colored deer, elephant and rhino head handles.
The master bathroom, 13 by 10 feet, is a sight to behold. There is a 6-by-6-foot step-down tiled shower with his and hers shower heads. A marble backsplash is behind the pedestal tub. Granite countertops on his and hers sinks line the walls. Large gold and white wreaths hang above the mirrors.
There is one room upstairs — the playroom, which serves to keep the kids’ toys out of the way. The room contains purple and blue chairs, a yellow sofa, a colorful rug, a TV, closets, a little table and chairs, and fixed shutter windows. “Play” is spelled in tin letters on the wall.
The Christmas tree in the playroom is decorated with the kids’ toys to give the room an even more “playful” feel.
“I like to decorate for Christmas for other people to enjoy it, for my family to enjoy,” Luce said. “It makes you feel happy when you walk in; it feels like a home. No matter the size of my house, I always went all out, and I love decorating for Christmas. I think it brings out the spirit.”
Luce said she is excited that her home will be one of five featured in the CASA of the Pines Christmas tour on Dec. 1. Guests can buy tickets to view elaborately decorated houses, and proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates, an organization that serves as a voice for abused and neglected children in Angelina, Houston and Polk counties.
“I love children — I work in the newborn nursery — and so CASA is close to my heart,” Luce said. “I’ve always enjoyed the CASA tours. Ever since I was little, I thought it was so fun to go and look at all the Christmas decorations.”
For more information about tickets, contact CASA at (936) 634-6725.