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This year marks the 11th


annual Carpinteria Beautiful Home and Garden Tour, and Nair and Weinberg along with a committee of energized movers and shakers have a collection of homes up their sleeves that will have amateur decorators snapping mental pictures and professional designers taking notes. As with each year prior, the docket will include a seaside house, a home in the hills, a remodel and a “little gem.” Weinberg calls the selection “a slice of Carpinteria. It’s the foothills to the beach and everything else in between.” The tour is Carpinteria Beauti-


ful’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and its genius lies in its simplicity. Five or six of Carpinteria’s most amazing homes open their doors on the last Saturday in April, and ticketed attendees visit them in any order they like. While strolling through the open homes, the “tour- ists” pick up tips on gardening, remodeling, design, color schemes and furnishings. Nair herself painted the interior of her home to match a color she liked on a tour. “It’s getting better and better


and better, and this year’s tour is going to be the best,” Weinberg emphasizes. The selection of homes began in


PREVIOUS PAGE, the


entrance to this Shepard Mesa home, part of the


2007 Home & Garden Tour, says “welcome home.”


ABOVE, a piano in the


Casitas Pass home featured in the 2007 tour displays the coziness of the newer home.


LOWER, the still life


collection punctuates the decorating scheme in Yolanda Overbach’s living room.


November. The committee knows that variety is critical, and hom- eowner creativity is a major draw for returning tour guests. People drive up from Los Angeles and down from San Francisco to enjoy the annual tour, and the committee has never disappointed. For a $25 ticket, attendees get a glimpse into homes that are alluring from the outside and full of unique person- ality on the inside. “Why not turn the curiosity


and interest into a fundraiser for Carpinteria?” says Nair, referring to the inspiration for the annual event.


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