Avondale Estates Celebrates the Season

by Margaret Lunsford

Peek inside homes from every era that are all dressed up for the holidays

ONE OF THE greatest things about Avondale is the mix of old and new, with homes built in every decade since Avondale Estates began as one of the country’s earliest planned communities. Now in its 27th year, the Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes opens the doors to several of these homes on Dec. 15.

This year’s tour captures the old and new with an “Avondale Original” built when the city was founded in 1926 and one of the newest homes built in 2014. There are also homes from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Here are some of the highlights: Peg Wyse’s mid-century ranch was built in 1963 by Joseph Lorenz, a famous stainedglass artist whose work is still in her home. Her renovated house and apartment will showcase fabulous Christmas decorations including trees, vintage ornaments and tablescapes.

Holly and Dana Rector have transformed their 1950s home. Holly, a landscape architect, designed their first major project. Bringing in 90 truckloads of dirt, they created three terraces out back. Their next venture was building a carriage house followed this year by a complete renovation with a second-floor addition, designed by Dana, an architect.

John and Angela Laughter found an “Avondale Original” and renovated the bathrooms and kitchen before moving in. Later they added a master suite, a large living area, and a screened porch. Find a Genie Purcell designed interior with beautiful fabrics and furnishings. The Christmas Décor design is by Chris McMullan.

Kristina and Daniel Limoges bought their “cottage” built in 1947 and began a threeyear remodeling project. See a new kitchen and updated baths. The Christmas decorations include antiques from Germany and Spain, where Kristina was raised, and family heirloom pieces.

Colleen and Steve Lynott are opening their home to the neighborhood for their first Avondale Christmas. Get inspired by their new deck and the gorgeous furnishings in the family room and master bedroom.

In addition to getting a peek at the Avondale homes, The First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates will present their “Christmas in Avondale – A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols” at 7 p.m. Don’t miss this beautiful presentation by the chancel choir and the chamber orchestra, open to the entire community

Purchase or pick up tickets at the Avondale Community Club, a historic structure built on Lake Avondale in the 1920s. The Holiday Market, open 12-6, features more than 30 artists and vendors selling everything you need to finish your shopping list. The Market Cafe will serve homemade soups, sandwiches and other treats. Avondale’s own Mary Kay Andrews will be selling and signing her books.

Tickets for the tour may be purchased for $15 in advance at Avondale City Hall, Finders Keepers Furniture and Garage Door Studio or for $20 on the tour day. Remember to reserve a spot on the trolley with Margaret Lunsford at mplcvl@aol.com.

More details at avondaletourofhomes.com.