Annual tour of homes is this weekend

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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The Decatur Women’s Club Tour of Homes is this weekend. The annual holiday tour is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, and tickets can be purchased at iCopy in Decatur, North Texas Bank and Patti’s Hair Parlor & Etc. or from a Women’s Club member. Cost is $15.

Ticketholders will tour the homes of John and Candy Burden, 830 Cemetery Rd.; James and Shirley Wood, 2097 Preskitt Rd.; Andrew Rottner and Kelli Pyland, 381 PR 3248; Mike and Dallas Blankenship, 115 CR 2112; Dana Clinesmith, Courthouse Suites, 103B Main St.; and Scott and Wanda Aurandt, 1001 S. College.

Three of the six homes are featured below, and the remaining three will be featured in the weekend Messenger.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Candy Burden and the family dog, Max, prepare to welcome Tour of Home guests. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


The French country home of John and Candy Burden sits on 15 acres on Cemetery Road. John built the home for his family, including Racey, 20; Rylie, 15; Ridge, 12; and their dog Max, and they’ve lived there one-and-a-half years.

Candy decorated the 3,998-square-foot home for the holidays and didn’t overlook even the tiniest details. There are 12 trees throughout the five-bedroom, four-bath house, and d cor on the main floor is a combination of Old World, French country and shabby chic.

The trees on the second floor are decorated to match the room in which they’re located. A black, silver and red tree is in Racey’s room, and Rylie’s room features a tree adorned with turquoise and black, featuring peacock accents. Ridge has an Oklahoma Sooner tree in his bedroom, and a movie-themed tree decorates the media room.

Candy noted that even the bathrooms, and the mud and laundry rooms are decorated for the holidays.

The Burdens also decorated outside with a Christmas palm tree next to the pool, and natural decorations on the outdoor fireplace.

The home, built in 2011, features white exterior lighting.

DAZZLING DISPLAY – Christmas lights highlight the landscaping at the home of James and Shirley Wood. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


James and Shirley Wood have lived in their 5,110-square-foot French country estate with their Yorkie Sassy for nine years. The home was built in 2003 by Brazier Construction Co. and includes the main house, mother-in-law quarters and a garage apartment.

Interior decorator Kathi Householder used items purchased by Shirley throughout the years to decorate the home.

The Woods noted the special d cor in the foyer and living room, but said the “hearth room” is their favorite because it’s cozy and a good place to relax.

Outdoor lights highlight the landscaping, and there are also lights along the walkways, surrounding two fountains and around the front pond.

TRADITIONAL DECOR – The home of Andrew Rottner and Kelli Pyland is decorated with traditional Christmas decorations and family heirlooms.

381 PR 3248

The home of Andrew Rottner and Kelli Pyland is built in a classic, Old World style and nestled on 4.2 acres in Riverbend Estates, southwest of Decatur.

The 5,000-square-foot house was built in 2007 by certified master builder John Schedcik, and it was furnished and decorated by Kelli.

There are four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a study, a media room, game room, formal dining room and living room. The interior features warm colors and a variety of faux paint finishes in the study, dining room and master bedroom and bathroom. Distressed hardwood flooring is featured in the living room and study, and a sweeping staircase takes guests from the entryway to the upstairs game room, media room and bedrooms. The master bath is described as Romanesque with pillars, a large jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower.

Their holiday decorations feature traditional Christmas d cor and family heirlooms, plus themed trees in each room, complementing the colors and d cor of their location. Lighted garlands highlight the indoor fireplace and staircase.

The exterior of the home is primarily stone and brick with an upstairs balcony that overlooks the backyard. The family also enjoys a large back porch with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace, a wall-mounted TV and patio furniture.

Just off the back porch is a custom-designed spa and pool built by Klapprodt Pools of Keller. The pool is accented with two large fire bowls on either side of the spa and extensive rock work.

The yard was landscaped by Steven Oates of Lone Star Lawn and Landscape, and he used a combination of traditional plants and tropical plants around the pool. There are also beautiful Knock Out Roses throughout the landscape, providing color almost all year long.

The home is a retreat for Andrew and his children, Alisha and Dylan, and Kelli and her children, Sydney and Tyler.


Don’t feel like driving or looking for a place to park at each home?

Ride the TAPS bus. For an additional $10, you and your friends can ride one of four buses to each of the stops on the tour. Riders will be picked up at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn St., at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Reserve a seat or space for your group by calling Patti’s at (940) 627-1002.

Businesses on the Square are also offering special promotions and discounts to tour ticketholders 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Participating businesses include Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes, X-Chan Thai-Asian Bistro, Corina’s Boutique, The Corner Place, Embellish’d Boutique, Main Street Antique Mall, Memory Lane Antiques, Nooks ‘n Crannies Antiques, A Ray of Flowers, The Swanky Shack Boutique, Sunshine Square, Trinity River Furniture and Viva Capelli Salon.

One Response to “Annual tour of homes is this weekend”

  1. Pat Conn and Karen Patterson were the interior decorators. Not Kathi Householder.


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