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Tour of homes scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5
Houston County Courier

The 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes will be Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available for $8 at the Jordan School or $10 at the door. The tour will highlight two private residences and three historical homes. Local designers have decorated all the homes for the holiday season. The two private homes highlighted this year are the residences of Cherie Carrabba and Ryan Rash. Both homes are on adjoining properties just outside Crockett on HWY 21 West. The Carrabba home was built in 2001 and is of Mediterranean style with Tucson influences. All the rooms will be open to the public for viewing. Floral designer Deanna Blackstone of Crockett designed the elegant Christmas decorations, including the huge wreaths, a 20-foot tree and garlands of silver and gold that adorn the downstairs living areas. The colors featured in the upstairs decorations are teal, gold, blue, lavender and silver. The Ryan Rash home was totally transformed in 2007 into a white contemporary home with an unexpected color scheme of purple and silver. In keeping with the new interior, Rash collaborated with local designer Sharon Brenner to create a glittery world of silver, purple and teal. There are trees in every room, including a wall tree in the dining room of crystals and silver. The main attraction is the spinning, upside-down tree suspended from the ceiling. The Warfield House Bed and Breakfast promises a new experience for those that have toured in the past. Designer and owner Doug Buchmann, created a winter wonderland of white lights, silk magnolia blooms, his mother’s crocheted ornaments and poinsettias around the house. There is a nine-foot tree and three seven-foot trees. Crocheted surprises from floral designer Gloria Blackstone of Crockett are also featured. Inside the Downs-Aldrich Historical Home is newly donated antique dining and family room furniture appropriate for the Victorian period. Gayle Hammons and Sharon Brenner, both members of the board of directors, worked together to embellish the home with Christmas decorations that compliment the woodwork of the home. A gold tree with musical instruments carries out the theme of the music room while sugared fruit and birds dress up the dining room. In the family room, snowmen and Santa play together in this more informal area. The Greek Revival Monroe Crook House has always been a special treat for this tour. Jake Caprielian, with the assistance of the Crockett High School Spanish Club, has decorated the exterior windows with traditional Williamsburg style wreaths and a fresh fruit array about the entrance. Inside, Carla Foster and her daughter Temple Ivy, along with other board members, Charles Jean Johnson, Rita Hobson and Sue Edmiston, have added an elegant touch to the period interiors with garlands of frosted fruit and French ribbons. The decorated tree is the center of interest in the grand entrance hall where Don Colasanti, fine arts director at Vista Academy, has scheduled an afternoon of entertainment featuring the children’s choir from the school and music students of Deborah Colasanti. Light refreshments will be served, including the Monroe Crook House punch.


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