Woman’s Club Tour of Homes set for the weekend

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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The Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes is Sunday, Dec. 8.

Holiday cheer will be kicked into high gear as visitors tour four homes and one special event venue 1 to 5 p.m.

Decatur homes featured include those belonging to Joe and Cindy Berry, 1396 Briar Crossing Dr.; Sean and Angie Browning, 329 Busey Blvd.; and Coy and Milissa Harris, 1500 Briar Crossing Dr. The Sunset home of Max and Carolyn Holloway at 1916 CR 1790 is also on the tour, as is the Flying V Ranch event venue at 297 PR 1173 near Decatur.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor or iCopy in Decatur or from any club member.

A TAPS bus will also be available to provide tour transportation, but seating is limited. Cost is $15. To purchase a ticket and reserve a seat, call Patti’s at 940-627-1002. The bus will depart from Patti’s at 1 p.m. Riders should arrive at 12:45.

Winter Wedding

WINTER WEDDING – The barn’s holiday decor at the Flying V Ranch includes a trio of trees for the bride and groom. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

297 PR 1173, Decatur

The Flying V Ranch is a new event venue specializing in weddings and corporate events. An outdoor ceremony site, gathering garden, barn reception hall, private quarters for the groom and bride’s house comprise the venue, which is located on a working cattle ranch.

The Warner family has owned and operated the ranch for three generations, and the venue is currently operated by Sherry Warner and her daughter, Page. After the unexpected death of their husband and father 18 months ago, the two decided to combine the talents of Page, a recent Texas Tech graduate in interior design and architecture, and Sherry’s long history in event planning to develop the old barn into a beautiful reception venue.

The theme of the barn’s holiday decor is a trio of trees for the bride and groom. The bride’s tree features black and white photographs through the years of special couples, antique bells, vintage handkerchiefs, flower girl baskets, ring bearer pillows, glass ornaments filled with dried flowers from each wedding held at the Flying V and wedding veils. The tree skirt is a vintage wedding dress.

The groom’s tree is decorated with natural materials gathered from the ranch and West Texas. Stalks of cotton, deer antlers, metallic paintsprayed leaves and pine cones combine with traditional ornaments and burlap ribbon to bring the beauty of nature indoors. Tiny red cardinals are tucked in the branches to signify the red cardinals that play among the trees on the ranch. The final tree in the trio is one that the newly married couple can follow through their years of marriage. “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” adorns this tree covered in the owner’s collection of crosses. It’s decorated primarily in silver and gold. A 6’6″ Santa is featured on the lower level of the barn while glittery snowflakes hang above the dance floor that is graced by a 5-foot chandelier.

The Gathering Garden where wedding guests enjoy a cocktail or cold drink after the ceremony while the wedding party takes pictures is decorated in a “Mad About Plaid” theme. An antique farm table is set for the bachelor party in heavy brass, plaid dishes, various plaid linens, cigar boxes, plaid trees and hurricane globes filled with shotgun shells and cigars. The fire pit is surrounded with wooden adirondack chairs tied with woolen plaid mufflers, and a vintage table is loaded with glass apothecary jars filled to the brim with the ingredients for s’mores. A vintage Coke box holds small glass bottles of “Santa” coke. The fountain made from a feed trough is surrounded by poinsettias, and the cocktail tables made from old hay rings once used to feed cattle are decorated with iron packages. Overhead string lights complete this festive garden.

The Groom’s Room is decorated in a ranch theme and has many old photographs in the decor. The Bride’s House is the original ranch house on the property and is thought to be around 100 years old. The cottage was formerly used as a tack house and for feed storage. The house has been restored to its former glory and running water was added. The decorating theme for the Bride’s House is “Our First Christmas Together” and is decorated with vintage Santas, antique Christmas cards and a tree in each room. The parlor area holds a tree decorated in 1950s-inspired ornaments and garland while the Bride’s Suite is fashioned with a tree featuring “first” Christmas ornaments. The bridesmaids’ dressing room is decorated in a fun way with feather boas, vintage hand mirrors and a silver tree holding antique ornaments. The front porch of the cottage has white rockers to sit in and enjoy looking out at the ranch.

The ceremony site in front of three large oak trees has been set up for a Christmas wedding. A trio of antique doors serves as the backdrop while an old blanket chest holds a floral arrangement and the family Bible. Iron shepherd’s hooks with lanterns line the brick aisle that separates the antique church pews at the wedding site. An arbor welcomes the wedding guests to the area and an antique desk holds the registry book. Be sure to look at the 1950s Schwinn bicycle built for two that is decorated for the holiday and is the perfect prop for engagement pictures for Flying V couples.

1396 Briar Crossing Dr., Decatur

THOUGHTFUL DESIGN – The peacock tree is one of several in the Berry home that is decorated to match the room’s permanent decor. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Berry family has lived in their Briar Crossing home for two years.

Cindy said she, her husband Joe and daughter Bailey, 17, love the local, neighborhood feel and have settled nicely into the 3,886-square-foot house. The traditional home features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a media/game room and an office. The hand-scraped wood floor takes you from the entry into the cozy living room with a 20-foot ceiling and floor-to-ceiling fireplace.

The outdoor space features a swimming pool, cabana and outdoor kitchen.

The Berrys’ Christmas decor is eclectic with a variety of themes and styles throughout the house.

“Although only a few, I’m partial to the glass ornaments my grandfather brought back from Germany many years ago during his time in the Air Force,” said Cindy.

Upstairs each bedroom is decorated to match the room’s permanent decor including a peacock tree, a shabby chic tree and “one with lots of teenage charm.” The game room is decorated in a holiday sports theme representing Joe’s 30-year coaching career.

Cindy said she did not use a professional decorator but had the help of friends when preparing for the holidays.

Memorable Holiday

MEMORABLE HOLIDAY – There are 10 trees, including this one in the master bedroom, in the home of Max and Carolyn Holloway. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

1916 CR 1790, Sunset

The 4,000-square-foot home of Max and Carolyn Holloway was built on land that has been in their family for many years. Melton Neighbors built the traditional, Old World-style home that features four bedrooms and two baths. The property also includes a pool house with a kitchen, bathroom, living area and large pavilion for family gatherings.

Carolyn said there are 10 trees in the house, each decorated in a different color.

“We want Christmas to be an unforgettable experience for the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” she said. “We host two large family gatherings each year and include a visit from Santa.”

This year Carolyn added a large angel to the entryway nativity, which was crafted by local artist Pat Endres.

The formal dining room table will be set for an English Christmas feast, in honor of the Holloways’ daughter-in-law, who is from London.

“We enjoy our home and host many family events throughout the year, but we really enjoy the Christmas holiday season,” Carolyn said. “We start setting up trees in late October and have all the decorations up by Dec. 1.”

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