Annual AAUW Tour Showcases Homes’ Individuality & Creativity

Completed in 2012, the front of the house stays true to its Spanish design with grand wrought iron gates that welcome those who visit. The viewer will look down upon a Spanish tile roof, beautifully hand textured deep stucco walls, and a welcoming courtyard.

A work of art and a labor of love, this custom built, Spanish Hacienda-style home tucked onto a hillside in Foxwood estates, west of Redding, has the flavor of old Mexico mixed with all of the modern amenities.  Fred and Linda Bergstrom’s home is a study in the owners’ love of Spanish architecture and Mexican design and decor.  At 3050 square feet, this home beckons visitors to enter, relax and enjoy the comfortable areas which define it.

Completed in 2012, the front of the house stays true to its Spanish design with grand wrought iron gates that welcome those who visit.  The mood is set upon entering as the viewer looks down upon a Spanish tile roof, beautifully hand textured deep stucco walls, and a welcoming courtyard.

This home will be one of three unique and notable homes featured in the November 2, 43rd annual Home Tour and Art Show sponsored by the Redding branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  Each year distinctive homes are showcased for their design, individuality and innovation.

Owners Fred and Linda Bergstrom have three adult children and numerous grandchildren residing in the Redding area, so they wanted to create a home with adequate space for large family gatherings.  Everywhere in the house their love of family is evident in wall hangings, decor and furnishings.

Hobbies are high on their “to do” list so Linda designed into the house her quilting room “hideaway,” while Fred included an engaging “man cave” garage space for working on his favorite projects and visiting with grandchildren.

This ecofriendly, single-story house features deep stucco walls with thick insulation and a tile roof that keeps the house cool without much added air conditioning. These passive features are augmented by a solar energy system.  A solar field, tucked away beside the home, provides green, renewable energy to power most of the home’s energy needs.

Heat is provided by an innovative catalytic wood burning fireplace that transfers heat through vents evenly throughout the home while clean exhaust is vented through an outside wall.

The décor of the home is influenced by the Bergstroms’ love of all things Mexican, with almost everything purchased or custom made in San Carlos, Mexico, or Scottsdale, Arizona. Inside the home are eight-foot, arched doorways, more hand textured stucco walls, and authentic Saltillo tile floors.  These clay tiles, which take their name from the area where they are made, Saltillo, Mexico, come in rich hues of terra cotta and gold. During their creation, these large, 12×12 inch square tiles spend time drying outdoors before being fired.  As a result, and adding to their rustic charm, animal prints may occasionally be seen in some tiles.  These are thought, by some, to be signs of good luck.

Saltillo clay tiles, which take their name from the area where they are made, Saltillo, Mexico, come in rich hues of terra cotta and gold. During their creation, these large, 12×12 inch square tiles spend time drying outdoors before being fired. As a result, and adding to their rustic charm, animal prints may occasionally be seen in some tiles. These are thought, by some, to be signs of good luck.

Everywhere are comfortable areas in which to relax.  Natural, hand-crafted Mexican wood furniture complement the home’s style.  Two pounded copper top tables grace the rooms of the home.  An accent table made from a burro yoke resides in a corner.  A large, intricately carved dining table and chairs created to host family dinners, and Fred’s favorite furniture piece, is a home focal point as visitors enter through the front doors.

The open, airy, colorful kitchen, with an adjacent sitting room, features a yellow built-in, floor-to-ceiling hutch with curved cornice, carved corners, and footed base. Next to it is a distressed wood island, stained dark, sealed and painted blue with a black over-glaze accented with colorful flower painted pulls.  Nine chicken sculptures and Mexican pottery complete the country, antique look.

Large windows in the back of the home bring the outdoors in.  Landscaping in the front and back combine ground and container plantings with Mexican pottery, a bubbling fountain and yard sculpture, to create a clean, artistic effect.  Large pathways meander among native species and ornamentals which are integrated to create a drought-adapted design.  New plantings coexist with established native species including native oaks, Manzanita, and Toyon.  A large covered patio allows guests to comfortably sit and appreciate the view from the hillside.  Wild turkeys, on occasion, may be seen strolling through the yard as though to inspect the creation.

Large pathways meander among native species and ornamentals which are integrated to create a drought-adapted design. New plantings coexist with established native species including native oaks, Manzanita, and Toyon. A large covered patio allows guests to comfortably sit and appreciate the view from the hillside. Wild turkeys, on occasion, may be seen strolling through the yard as though to inspect the creation.

The Bergstrom Hacienda is truly a project of love for this couple who have designed, furnished and decorated the house with their combined talent.  Built by the son for the parents and powered by the sun, this home is a distinctive study in Spanish design and imagination.

Home Tour Information

What: 43rd Annual Home Tour and Art Show, presented by the Redding branch of the American Association of University Women

When:  November 2, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Featuring: Tour three Redding-area homes.  Enjoy refreshments and an art show featuring the works of more than 30 local artists.  A drawing will be held for gift certificates and other prizes.

Tickets:  $20.  Tickets are available online through the Cascade Theatre Box Office Community Events at www.cascadetheatre.org  and locally at Holiday Quality Foods, on Shasta View and Placer in Redding and Cottonwood, That Kitchen Place, Enjoy the Store, Jose Antonio’s, Marshall’s Florist and Fine Gifts, Parmer’s Fine Furniture, Wild Thyme Gifts and Garden and Palo Cedro Gift Gallery

Proceeds:  Money raised will fund local scholarships and the AAUW Educational Foundation.  More than 330 local scholarships have been awarded.  Partner with us to change the world, one scholarship at a time.

Article contributors are Lana Hill, Claudia Brousseau and Gerrine Peckenpaugh. Editor is Andrea Williams. Photos by Eric Marshall

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11 Responses

  1. Avatar Tammy D says:

    Another great home tour. Such a fun way to support scholarships and be enchanted by the lovely homes and view the incredible artists' works.

  2. Avatar Jenni Middleton says:

    My favorite event of the year! A great day, and for an awesome cause. My favorite is the opportunity at the art house to be able to choose from so many beautiful pieces of work by our local artists. I am amazed each year at the incredible talent we have in our community.

  3. Avatar Sally says:

    AAUW is a giving organization with emphasis on increasing opportunities for women in all aspects of life. Their emphasis is on education for advancement and equality in the work place. Their yearly Home Tour raises funds for young ladies attending Shasta College with the goal of attending a four year institution. Not only is the Tour for a wonderful cause, but gives the community the chance to see homes whose owners have been generous in offering their house for our pleasure.

  4. On a personal note, way back when I was a journalism student attending CSU, Chico, I was helped by an AAUW scholarship.

    • Avatar Kirsten says:

      …. and your lovely home was featured last year, if I remember correctly………

      • LOL, YES, my house WAS on the tour, and if memory serves, you were here helping me wash windows the night before.

        I tip my hat to those who've opened their homes for us to tour. I know how much goes into getting one's house ready. But I knew it was for a good cause. 🙂

  5. Avatar Vicki Sharp says:

    These are comments from a friend who is not a member of AAUW. "Thank you so much for thinking of me when it's home tour time. I am so looking forward to going. I always love being able to tour the homes, meet people from all over town and getting to see the artwork by our local talented folks! The whole experience makes for a wonderful afternoon." We, in AAUW, say these things, but it is especially affirmative when someone outside the organization agrees with us.

  6. Avatar Vivian Dawson says:

    Today was one more event that is both enjoyable and allows scholarships to young ladies. You, Doni, and your sister, Shelly, have been such consistent supporters. Last year your wonderful home was on the tour. You were both beaming, as were most, as you entered the sewing room at the Bergstroms. Sincere thanks for all you do for AAUW.