Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tour of Homes Set for Sunday

GFWC Warren Woman’s Club members present the 28th Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday afternoon, December 11, 2016.   Tour hours are 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. and four local families will be sharing their homes and holiday traditions.   Tickets for the tour are $10.00 and are available from any Warren Woman’s Club member or may be purchased at the door of tour homes on Sunday afternoon.  Maps will be provided if needed.

Reynolds Home
The home of Randy and Lydia Reynolds is located at 1717 Bradley 25 N (Prospect Road).   Their new home, nestled in a beautiful wooded setting, was built by the homeowners.  The rustic home is filled with traditional Christmas decorations and family heirlooms.

An inviting front porch will welcome guests as they enter the impressive double doors to the home’s large foyer.  A Willow Nativity and Christmas greenery adorn this area along with large topiary trees.

The majestic fireplace in the living room was constructed by Randy from hand cut Arkansas native stone.  The mantle board is handmade from aged cedar.  A large family Christmas tree in the living room is trimmed in recycled ornaments and deer antlers.  On the opposite wall is a family photo gallery.  A collection of antique surveyor equipment and family Christmas collections fill the living area. French doors across the back of the house open to a beautiful wooded back yard.

The kitchen area is home to the beautiful knotty alder wood cabinets lovingly finished by Lydia.  Her sister, Lynn’s, Nutcracker collection decorates the kitchen and a special cabinet houses Lydia’s Aunt Jessie’s coffee cups and tea sets.  A small Christmas tree adorned with her grandmother’s antique jewelry is placed on the kitchen island.  

A mirror in the powder room off the back entrance is from Lydia’s childhood.  The guest bedroom features a silver aluminum tree filled with vintage ornaments from her Aunt Jessie and her Grandmother Hargis.  The bedcovering is a chenille bedspread from her grandmother.

The master bedroom features a dramatic panned ceiling and is decorated in Christmas red, lime green and gold.  These colors are repeated in the large master bath décor.

A couple of special Christmas elves, Lynn Groves and Melody Ferguson, have helped to ready the home for your visit.  

The White Home
David and Terri White will welcome you to their lovely hilltop home at 268 Bradley 227 off Old Camden Road.  You will enter the home through the covered patio living area.  This area features furniture and a fire pit made by Terri from recycled pallets and an entrance of vintage brick collected by the homeowners.

Traditional red and green Christmas decorations are used throughout this charming home.  The large dining table is beautifully set and ready for Christmas dinner.  All wreaths and Christmas arrangements are handmade by Terri.  
The master bedroom is located off the kitchen area and is decorated in black and white with red and silver accents.  These colors continue into the spacious master bath.  Terri’s walk-in closet will be a highlight of your visit.  You will enjoy her extensive shoe and handbag collection along with her huge collection of new and antique heirloom jewelry.  There is room for more treasures from Santa.

A large white and silver tree is the centerpiece in the White’s living room along with a beautiful TV console built by Terri.  This warm inviting area is the gathering place for Christmas visitors.

Down the hallway is a bedroom decorated in red poinsettias with a red poinsettia bedspread.   Christmas tree, wreath, swag and dresser decor were handmade by Terri.

Across the hall is their son’s bedroom featuring a beautiful red and green tree flanked with wooden gift boxes made by Terri. The bed is covered in a striking red quilted spread covered in snowflakes. An interesting youth bed is covered in a handmade crocheted bedspread.  

The Chambers Home
Holly and Tyler Chambers along with their two children, Eli and Emmy Rose, will welcome you to their lovely Victorian home at 510 West Pine Street. The home was built in the 1930’s and will be filled with vintage décor.  The large front porch will be decorated with homey red vintage wreaths.

The family Christmas tree will be located in the foyer and is decorated with ornaments from a special wedding shower.  Since the Chambers were married near Christmas time, many of their ornaments and décor used throughout the home were wedding gifts.

The family Christmas stockings were made for them by Holly’s aunt, Denise Jones.  Pixie Elves, gifts from Aunt Kandi Keith, fill the home.

Holly’s mother and sister, Joanna Rippee and Annabeth Harper have dedicated their weekends helping decorate this beautiful home.  The “shabby chic” with quirks here and there along with village houses, ornaments and special family heirlooms fill the house.  The children’s trees are decorated with ornaments bought for them by Holly’s mother.   Eli has a special tree decorated with rustic hunting ornaments.
Emmy Rose cooks and decorates cookies for Santa each year and these will be displayed in the dining room.  Guests will be offered cocoa and hot cider.
The green 1953 Chevrolet 210 series owned by family grandparents, Carolyn and Calvin Murphy will be displayed outside and will be perfect for family photos.
Holiday traditions are important to the Chambers.  On Christmas eve, Rusty Rippee, Holly’s father reads “The Night before Christmas” and Tyler’s father, Bro. Joe Chambers, reads the Christmas Story from the Bible on Christmas morning.   The Chambers are a close family and this year look forward to having both sides of their family celebrating Christmas in their cozy, historical Pine Street home.

McKinney Home
The inviting country home of Klay and LaWanda McKinney is located at 235 Bradley 310 off Hwy 278 West.  The large welcoming porch across the front of the house will be decorated in holiday splendor.
Built in 2004, the home is constructed of rough-cut rich heart pine with cypress and red oak trim used throughout the house and porches.  The cypress wood was cut from the old McKinney home place located near the Saline River.
The large open living area will be decorated from the massive two-story ceiling and twin six foot windows to the beautiful solid oak flooring.  Decorations include a beautiful Christmas tree decorated with burlap ribbon streamers, pine cones and burgundy Christmas balls with ivory snowflake garland.
The dining table, set with Heritage china, features a cranberry table runner accenting the large hurricane candle globe sitting on circular hand cut wood tree rings.  A lighted china hutch displays a collection of crystal with other Christmas accents.  Live holly and berry branches stand tall in the corner.
The beautiful stairway is arrayed in garland and burlap bows.  A vintage phonograph accented with Christmas ornaments and Nativity is located below the stairs.
Traditional Christmas red and green decorates the master bedroom.  A lovely white spread covers the bed and is complimented by embroidered and crocheted pillows.  A framed 1920 photo of the Bradley County Courthouse is located in the room.  It belonged to Klay’s mother, Ioma McKinney, who once served as the Bradley County Clerk.
The serene back porch is an inviting place to rest, watch grandkids play and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.  An antique quilt lies over a bench alongside a trio of wooden trees.
The McKinney family awaits your visit….

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