Mike and Annette Davis and their daughters—Mary, Hannah, Caroline, and Emily—on the wide staircase in the gracious 16-foot-square foyer, whose black-and-white checkerboard floor is made of marble.
During the holiday season, the foyer is put to work as an overflow dining room when the Davises host their friends for an annual Christmas dinner party. “Probably our favorite night of the year is right before Christmas when we have six families with all their kids for dinner,” Annette says. The adults sit down for a formal dinner in the dining room and the kids eat at tables temporarily set in the foyer.
After dinner, everyone sings Christmas carols with Mike accompanying on the grand piano in the living room. “Mike loves playing all the Christmas songs,” Annette says. “It’s a family tradition that everyone looks forward to.”