Wednesday, September 24, 2008

36th Annual Dunwoody Woman’s Club Home Tour - Wed Oct 1st

The home tour will take place on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Each of the four homes selected for the tour has been designed to enhance the particular lifestyle of its owners whether that be a young family, a home with teens, a work-at-home professional mom, or empty-nesters who have frequent houseguests. All provide spaces for hobbies and family activities as well as both casual and more formal entertaining. Two are new, two are renovations of previously existing homes.

In 2007 the club added well-received Design Seminars to the activities of tour day. This year’s seminar, titled “Decorating With Color” will be conducted by Melanie Serra, owner of Interior Revivals, Founder of Home Stagers’ Guild, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the location of Southern Comforts, 2510 Mt. Vernon Road.

New this year is the availability of not one but two Decorator Boutiques. One, by Artichoke Designs will be at the McBride-Nakada house. The other, by David Long Interiors, will be at the Shumard home. Fifteen percent of boutique profits benefit the Club’s charitable and humanitarian efforts. Both boutiques will accept either credit cards or cash for purchases.

The Tour is the major fundraiser of the Club and all proceeds are dedicated to the Club’s commitment to community service in Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International and Public Affairs in Dunwoody and the larger Atlanta community.

Ticket donation is $25 prior to the Tour and $30 on the day of the Tour. They will be available beginning on August 21 from any club member; the Club’s website at or at these local merchants: Artichoke Designs in Williamsburg Shopping Plaza, David Long Interiors and the Copper Pig in Dunwoody Village, the Scarlet Tassel in Sandy Springs Plaza and Southern Comforts at the juncture of Mt. Vernon, Dunwoody Club and Jett Ferry; or by calling 770-394-0435.

All guests are requested to wear flat shoes. Children, including infants, will not be admitted to Tour homes.

Homes on the 2008 Tour:

The Gregory House
400 Meadow Gate Close

From the handsome multi-gabled front elevation to the cushy home theater, on the terrace level, this newly constructed home welcomes family and friends to enjoy its many carefully planned areas. Almost finished when the owners purchased it, its finishing touches are specific to the owners and include collections of water colors and pottery painted by family members as well as art pieces from family travels.

The McBride-Nakada House
5024 Vernon Springs Drive
Site of Artichoke Designs Boutique

Respectfully designed for the site where an older house was razed, this graceful new three-story home appears from the street to be only a story and a half high. It blends the technological dream of the husband, an executive in the high-tech sector, with the space-utilization dream of the wife, a management consultant. This “intelligent” home features state-of-the-art computerized systems, elegant spaces for entertaining and comfortable special-purpose areas for the family.

The Shumard House
8035 Monticello Drive
Site of David Long Interiors Boutique

Behind this columned Southern Colonial façade beats the heart of a major renovation completed just weeks before the Home Tour. Walls were removed, hallways eliminated or reoriented, fireplaces redesigned, rooms altered, enlarged or simply created, and new landscaping installed, all in harmony with existing architecture. The result is a blend of graciousness and informality perfect for the busy owners, their visiting family and frequent houseguests.

The Smith House
5670 Ball Mill Road

Within the European exterior of a 1970’s house, the current owners completely renovated this lovely home from the studs to its final finishes including countertops, lighting and flooring. Walls and stairwells were removed and the floor-plan opened to create an airy spaciousness. At the custom-designed front door and throughout, cherished Country French furnishings evoke the graceful palette of Monet’s gardens.

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