Christmas is coming: Annual tour of homes next weekend

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, November 24, 2018
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The Thanksgiving leftovers are long done, and the air is thick with Christmas cheer. To help kick off all things merry and bright, the Decatur Woman’s Club will have its annual tour of homes next weekend.

Local homes, a business and a church, beautifully decorated for the season, will be open to the public 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Stops on this year’s tour include the homes of Zack and Terri Wood, 150 Rain Dance Trail; Sylvia and Dick Hornback, 1305 Hidden Oaks Lane; Susan and Jeff Anderson, 4473 U.S. 380; Sharon and Foster Walker, 325 Windy Glen Drive; Dave and Audrey Duwe, 2739 Old Decatur Road; Rhine Realty, 305 S. Trinity St.; and Cornerstone Baptist Church, 2496 Deer Park Road.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor, iOffice or at any of the homes. Proceeds are used by the woman’s club to benefit local organizations.

Student-Teacher Art – Painting Partners Show will also be open during the tour at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity Street. The show is a presentation of the Wise County Art Association.

Wood home. Submitted photo

150 Rain Dance Trail

The Wood family – Zack, Terri and Maddison – moved into their ranch style brick home four years ago.

The house was built in 1999 and features 2,375 square feet with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. The family’s Christmas decor ranges from traditional to modern with a magical touch. The living room, dining room and kitchen feature traditional Christmas decorations, while the master bedroom has a winter wonderland theme in white and silver.

The guest room features red and black plaid for a rustic look, and Maddison’s room is decorated in a Grinch theme. Maddison will even be dressed as Cindy Lou Who the day of the tour. A playhouse in the backyard will be decorated as Santa’s workshop, and there will be outdoor decor on the porch as well as the front gate.

Hornback home. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

1305 Hidden Oaks Lane

Dick and Sylvia Hornback have a nickname for their home – the Valentine House. The French country abode was built in 2006 and has two heart-shaped topiaries in the front.

The Hornbacks moved into the 4,700-square-foot home a year-and-a-half ago. It features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a media room.

The living room is decorated in a winter wonderland theme. The dining table will be set for the holidays featuring fine china and dishes that belonged to their mothers – the late Ruth Hornback and the late Annie Lee Wood.

Guests should also look for beautiful nativity scenes scattered throughout the home. One of Sylvia’s favorites is a white nativity handmade by the late Sue Schroeder.

The Hornbacks will also be hosting a special guest during the tour. Santa Claus will greet guests in the library 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Anderson home. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

4473 U.S. 380

The home of Jeff and Susan Anderson sits atop a hill off U.S. 380 between Bridgeport and Decatur. The house was built in 2000 by Roy Honeycutt, a rancher and developer.

The Andersons moved in one year ago and quickly made the 4,688-square-foot home their own. The house includes two living areas, a formal dining room, office, three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. The home also has a beautiful balcony and lush landscaping.

Susan said their holiday decor is a collection of more than 30 years and varies in style from country to Victorian. The Christmas tree in the family room displays an extensive collection of Li Bien ornaments. The other ornaments once belonged to their mothers or were collected on various trips across the country. Some are also creations of the Wise Health System Auxiliary.

One of their favorite features in the home are the windows.

“We’re outside people, and they bring the outside in for us,” Susan said. The large home and grounds featuring a pond and horse facilities make the property a great place to entertain.

Also calling the ranchette home are five cats, three dogs and five horses, plus lots of wildlife.

Walker home. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

325 Windy Glen Drive

The Walkers traditional, two-story home was built in 2016 by American Home Builders. The couple moved into the 2,811-square-foot home just four months ago.

The house includes three living areas, two dining areas, three bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms.

The Walkers’ Christmas decor is eclectic, a collection curated throughout the years according to whatever Sharon liked at the time.

“I have hand-made all the Christmas stockings for my family, starting with the year my husband and I got married,” Sharon said.

Aimee Hodges helped Sharon decorate for the holidays. The furniture throughout the home features pieces, some of which are antiques, from their mothers and Sharon’s great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, as well as Foster’s aunt.

The exterior lines of the home will be accented with clear lights, and there will also be an outdoor nativity scene.

Duwe home. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

2739 Old Decatur Road

The Duwe home sits on one of the highest points in Wise County, giving the young family an incredible view of the western horizon.

Dave built the contemporary-style home himself in 2017, and it features two bedrooms and one bathroom. He and Audrey moved in one year ago and since then, welcomed their son, Ford, who is now 6 months old. Audrey said they spend most of their time in the living area – an open space that also includes the kitchen.

“It has already provided us with endless amounts of memories with friends and family,” Audrey said. “It’s a space where we love to entertain guests and fellowship with anyone who comes in. It’s very open, but somehow we’ve managed to make it a very cozy space.”

The living room wall is one large sliding door that opens the entire living room to the outside.

“It gives you the sensation of being outside, but from the comfort of your living room,” Audrey said.

The Duwe home will feature a real Christmas tree and a winter wreath on the front door. They will put a mini white tree in Ford’s room. Caleb Joiner of Joiner Irrigation Systems designed a holiday lighting scheme that highlights the natural landscape and linear features of the architecture.

Rhine Realty. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

305 S. Trinity Street

Last summer Rhine Realty moved into a cute house on Trinity Street. It was built in 1940, and realtor Christie Rhine and husband, Bret, bought it in November 2017.

The 1,799-square-foot house features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a separate two-car garage with an apartment over it.

Bret and Christie remodeled the house and tried to keep as much original to the property as possible. Christie said they were able to save the original hardwood floors, as well as the kitchen cabinets and most of the guest bathroom.

The home now has new windows, new texture and paint and new exterior doors. In the master bedroom, they removed the tub and added a walk-in shower with a rainfall showerhead. The kitchen has new countertops, a backsplash and new appliances. A highlight of the remodel is the sink in the guest bathroom powdercoated in hot pink – Rhine Realty’s signature color.

Decorator Aimee Hodges assisted the Rhines with the Christmas decor, which is modern, retro chic. A flocked, white tree will be showcased, as well as a festive mantle. Outside decorations include an inflatable Christmas camper and flamingos.

Rhine Realty is also a drop-off location for Decatur Police Department’s Santa Cops. To make a donation, bring a new, unwrapped toy.

2496 Deer Park Road

Refreshments will be served at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

The building, described as modern industrial design, is just over one year old and boasts 23,000 square feet of spacious design, pulling in several different textures. Kim Hulsey leads the design team at Cornerstone and oversees all interior decoration.

Although their current building is new, the roots of Cornerstone run deep in Decatur. In 1929, a small group of men and women chartered a new local church, called Fundamental Baptist. The church first met right off the square behind Sweetie Pie’s for 32 years. In 1961, the church moved to a facility they built at 701 West Hale Avenue, and in 2001, Fundamental Baptist church changed its name to Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Under the leadership of current pastor, Ron Fox, the church moved to its current home on Deer Park Road. Currently, Cornerstone offers a multitude of ministries for children, teens and adults. The church body currently supports 34 missionaries around the world.

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