Knudson Home by Jennifer Pickett

(Drawing of the Knudson home: Jennifer Pickett)

UPDATE: The Holiday in the Highlands Home Tour day was previously incorrect. It is Friday, Dec. 6. And like the US Postal Service, the show will go on whether ice, snow, sleet, or whatever else Mother Nature may throw our way!

Full of family homes and interesting architecture from myriad styles and schools, Lake Highlands is an incredible neighborhood that spans a broad swath of northeast Dallas. A stone’s throw from White Rock Lake, the area not only has views and amenities, but considering that much of the area is inside the Richardson ISD attendance boundaries means it attracts families with school-aged kids.

But not everyone uproots when the kids graduate and move off to college on their own. In fact, there’s a lovely community of women in the Lake Highlands Women’s League that has truly stood the test of time. Each year this group donates money and time to great causes throughout their community, funding their endeavors with their annual Holiday in the Highlands Home Tour.

This year the Sunday FRIDAY, Dec. 6, tour will include some amazing homes, but you’ll love the people inside these great houses, too. Take Suzanne Knudson, for instance, who, along with her husband, Mark, is opening up their Lake Highlands home for this year’s tour. Suzanne took a few moments to answer some questions about her house, her community, and this year’s home tour.

Keep reading to find out how you can win a pair of tickets to this year’s home tour after the jump! What are your favorite design elements in your home and why?

Suzanne Knudson: It would be the openness that brings our home to life.

CD: Which rooms do you and your family love the most?

Suzanne: First it would be our kitchen which reflects my love of cooking. We also love our “Flamingo Lounge,” better known as the “party room” with a full-service, large granite bar and 144 wine bottle cellar refrigerator for entertaining our guests. My husband, Mark, loves the dinning room, because it lets us sit comfortably and enjoy our family and friends.

CD: What are you doing to prepare for the Holiday in the Highlands home tour on Dec. 6?

Suzanne: Our remodeling had been completed in 2012, so all I have done is added some fun art and decorated with all my many years of Christmas decorations.

CD: What feature, furnishing, or artwork should home tour goers pay special attention to?

Suzanne: Our home is a reflection of us the Knudsons, including our dogs all over the house! We love all our artwork, The Dirty Chef Coat, “All Done” in the kitchen, the Tango Dancers in the main room and the funky art collection in our bar room.

CD: What does it mean for you to have your home featured on this long-running tour, benefitting the community through the Lake Highlands Women’s League?

Suzanne: It means a lot for Mark and I to be able to give back in this special way and help out our Lake Highlands community. We feel very blessed to have raised our children in Lake Highlands and I personally have loved being a member of Lake Highlands Womens League all these many years …

Want to win a pair of tickets to the Holiday in the Highlands Home Tour from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6? Comment below and confirm your entry by sending your name and daytime phone number to [email protected]! We’ll select a winner after 5 p.m. today!