Mary Ann Cooper and her husband Don Cooper have long enjoyed collecting antiques and collectables. Visiting their home was always a treat for the eye. Their collections were cheerful and showcased beautifully.
When they lost their home and all of their treasures in the Camp Fire they lost no time in trying to duplicate all that they lost.
In their quest, they scoured antique shops, attended auctions, used online sites and got help from their friends.
Three years later their mission is accomplished!
Entering their newly built home is a sweeping view of the open floor plan.
You will immediately notice that Mary Ann is an avid quilter and artist.
The comfortable living room features part of her extensive collection of milk glass; much of that collection was sent to her by friends after the fire. There is also a turn of the century carousel horse.
To the left you will enter the fabulous white kitchen with a large island. The kitchen has windows that flood the area with natural light. At the end of the kitchen notice the unique side board they found in an antique store. It made a perfect delightful coffee bar.
The formal dining room features a unique chandelier made of natural wood lit but hundreds of LED lights.
Their master bedroom is luxurious, with sliding barn doors leading to a one of a kind master bath. As with the rest of the home, the guest bedroom would be a treat to stay in.
Mary Ann placed a ladder in the room that displays many beautiful quilts.
A vintage sewing machine has been repurposed into a lamp. The sewing studio was created out of two bedrooms made into one. It has everything a quilter could dream of — including a commercial size quilting machine, numerous sewing machines, sewing collectables and another cabinet of her loved milk glass.
You will be amazed at what she has created in a relatively short time. Their laundry room is both a surprise and delight. It is dedicated to the town of Paradise. It is a must see!
Holiday Home Tour
The Paradise Ridge Quilters’ biennial Holiday Home tour is being held on December 4th and 5th from 10 to 4.
This year is especially festive. Our holiday home tour could be called creative resilience.
Each of our home owners lost their homes in the Camp Fire but they all had one common desire — they wanted to return to their home town of Paradise.
We are featuring four homes, two of the homes have been recently rebuilt on the same property and two homes were purchased ones that survived the fire.
In all of their houses, they have created beautiful cheerful homes to make more happy holiday memories for their families and friends.
We are excited to share with you, once again, the spirit of our town and the spirit of the holiday season.
Tickets can be purchased for a donation of $10 at Honey Run Quilters, 2418 Cohasset Road in Chico and Bobbi’s Boutique at 6264 Skyway in Paradise.
For your safety and ours, masks are required.
We hope to see all of you at our tour. Look for our articles featuring each of our homes in Friday editions of the Enterprise-Record and Mercury-Register during November and December. For more information contact Kim at 530-872-8492.