Clarissa and Chris Nichols moved into their Turlock house in 2015 and have since turned it into an entertainer’s dream, all while throwing in some personal touches along the way. The Georgian-style colonial home was constructed in 1989 and brings a little bit of the East Coast to the 209, providing a perfect backdrop for the couple to enjoy their “forever home.”
“There was just immediately this warmth about the home,” Clarissa said. “We’ve really enjoyed having our families have a place that’s kind of the meeting spot.”
Clarissa and Chris were instantly drawn to their home’s curb appeal, which features brick work and tall columns reminiscent of New England. As an alumna of Clark University in Massachusetts, the home reminds Clarissa of her graduate school days, she said, and the bright red bricks also pay homage to Stanislaus State, where both Clarissa and Chris completed their undergraduate degrees. A custom chandelier welcomes guests into the home’s grand entryway, complete with a winding staircase that even a princess would envy.
Clarissa and Chris originally planned on removing their home’s built-in bar, but after staining the light oak a deep, rich color, the pair decided it would be a great addition. While the bar does hold a wide selection of wine as well as a margarita mixer, there are also non-alcoholic options for guests courtesy of a milkshake machine and a soda maker. The bar is the perfect place to lay out appetizers for guests, Clarissa added, and a more informal snack can be made for guests using the popcorn maker that also graces the bar’s countertop.
“It’s turned into a really fun space for everyone to hang out together,” she said.
Known as “the blue room,” Clarissa worked with Turlock interior designer Sharon Jaureguy to create a space where family, friends and coworkers can mingle when they come to visit. Guests are often treated to tunes performed by Chris on the baby grand piano, and they can sit on a sapphire blue couch that is near and dear to Clarissa’s heart, as the color represents her college sorority. “That’s our favorite room because Chris is so talented with playing the piano, and the fabrics and colors are so peaceful,” Clarissa said. “It’s like a mini sanctuary.”