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The 20th Annual Wimberley Community Civic Club Home Tour Features the Billingsley, Foster-Lippman, Goodwin, Harrington-Brown, Moore and Tuttle Homes

Sponsored by the Wimberley Community Civic Club, the 2007 Hill Country Homes Tour for the Holidays will be held on Friday & Saturday, November 16 & 17, 10 AM to 5 PM. Six unique homes are  featured, delighting and inspiring visitors.

The Wimberley Community Civic Club has selected six beautiful homes to showcase for the upcoming 2007 Holiday Home Tour on Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th. The club has provided the public with a look at some of the most outstanding homes in the Wimberley Valley since 1987, each decorated for the holiday season. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event and the Civic Club plans to celebrate this milestone.

"We were able to donate over $40,000 back to the community last year from our efforts with the Home Tour and Hobby Lobby," says the club's President, Pat Koeppe, "and we hope to be able to do even more this year."

The original idea for the Home Tour came from club member, Sallie Arbogast, who was the club's first vice president. As the board discussed fundraisers, Sallie recalled how much she had always enjoyed the Home and Garden tours in Houston when she had lived there and participated in the Junior League and Garden Club. "The Civic Club did such wonderful work for the community, I was glad to start this new project. We had four homes the first year and I tried to present a variety - one in the hills, one in the country, one on the river and one with a terrific view. It was held in May and was very successful." Sallie's own home in Paradise Hills was on that first tour, along with the Smullen, Duffie and Foster homes.

Tickets for the 2007 Civic Club Holiday Home Tour are $15,  available at the Wimberley Visitor Center. They are also available at each of the homes on the tour and at the Holiday Gift Shop at the Winters-Wimberley House on the days of the tour.


The Billingsley Home

The Billingsley home sits on a three-acre parcel from the estate of John Henry Saunders, one of Wimberley's earliest settlers. The house was originally built in 1980 by great-granddaughter Bea Saunders Carruthers and her husband Tom and was remodeled by the Billingsleys after Claire and Bruce married in 1999. In addition to the main house, the site features a guest house, large oak trees and a beautiful view of Spoon Mountain.

The home now features an open floor plan that promotes a casual style ideally suited to entertaining and hosting community events. The home's front door features a lower panel, hand-carved, basket-weave design. The guest bedroom features Claire's collection of folk art and antiques from Palestine, Texas. The works of local artists and artisans are featured throughout the Billingsley home.

A screen porch overlooks the backyard and the view of Spoon Mountain, and features a Saltillo border tile which is a duplicate design from one in the McNay Museum in San Antonio.

When asked what they like best about their remodeled home, Bruce replied that he especially loves the entry and bath tile, the large windows in the living room and his closet. Claire loves the early rock work in the fireplaces and the home site in the trees. Their scaled-down lifestyle makes sense to them, and they don't miss all the "stuff" they had to give up in the process. They hope their home will serve as a model to other couples facing similar decisions at this stage in their lives.

The Foster-Lippman Home

The new home of Dana Foster and Storm Lippman, who recently retired to Wimberley, is Texas Ranch Style house on 43 acres in the High Ridge Ranch development. The home was designed by local architect, Rick Burleson, and built by Micky Maness of Coachman Homes. It features the main house, a guest bunkhouse separated from the main house by a dogtrot, and the "bird's nest" guest room over the garage. 

The Foster-Lippmans spent months traveling Texas, looking for the perfect pieces of furniture, art and accents that would represent their love of Texas and its artisans, including hundred-year-old reclaimed barn board, hand-hewn mesquite mantle and cowhide sink cabinets.

The main house draws the visitor in immediately with a gorgeous hill country view. It features kitchen, living/dining area, master bedroom/bath and a "Teepee" study with a secret bookcase entrance. Look for the imprints of leaves on the stained concrete floors and the new tin ceilings, treated with acid to appear old and rusted.

Across the dogtrot is the bunkhouse, which contains two bedrooms/baths, kitchenette and living area. The "Cowboy" bedroom is accented with red and features collectibles of Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys. The "Cowgirl" bedroom is whitewashed yellow with a quilt-covered iron bed and vintage cowgirl art.

Over the garage is the "Bird's Nest," a bright, contemporary space with bed, sleeper sofa and kitchenette. Don't miss the hand-crafted "mosaic" armoire by Houston furniture-maker David Marsh, which was designed and crafted for the owners and made from salvaged wood, old toys, chair legs and even a lucky horseshoe. Vintage style lighting and tiles complete the look.

The Foster-Lippman home utilizes several environment friendly products including solar powered gates, tankless water heaters and spray-in foam insulation, helping to make it a more energy-efficient space.

The Goodwin Home

The original house at the home of Dick and Gerry Goodwin was built on six acres and named "Fairoaks" in 1986 by J. L. and Margaret Hudson, the previous owners. When the Goodwins purchased the property, a major remodeling and expansion project was begun in 2000, and the original architect, Charles Roccafort, and builder, Chester Wagner, were hired for the project.

The house was expanded from 2800 to 4900 square feet, adding upstairs living quarters, a larger kitchen, family room, screened porch, office and utility room. All the floor and wall surfaces are new, as are the ceiling light fixtures and fans. Granite countertops were added to the remodeled and expanded kitchen.

Dick Goodwin was initially attracted to the big red barn on the property, the first structure built 25 years ago, where he knew would be the perfect place to house his old car collection and act as a workshop for his projects. Dick collects and restores antique instruments. Some of these telescopes, nautical instruments and lanterns are over 200 years old and are displayed in the family room of the house.

The upstairs family/game room has a wall display of 100 plus year old farm and building tools from the family's 1800's homestead in Ohio. Gerry Goodwin collects and restores antique carousel horses, also displayed in the house. The dining room furniture dates back to the late 1800's. Just off the kitchen is a hanging shadow box containing navigational instruments, manual and military hardware/patches, all of which were used by Dick in the 1960's when he flew as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Dick undertook substantial excavation of the front yard and building of massive retaining walls in the back and well as front. He planted all current grass, trees, shrubs and ground covers with the help of several full-time laborers. The project included a 15,000 gallon rain water collection tank, a computer-controlled irrigation system and the addition of a screened-in swimming pool just south of the house. The three cast iron lamp posts and hanging lamp on the front porch were brought here from family properties in Ohio and restored.

The Harrington-Brown Home

The style of the home of Annette Harrington and Scott Brown is best described as "Old World Meets Texas." The home was designed and built in 1998 by stonemason James Pogue and his wife, Sharon.

Entry to the house is through a flagstone portico and double stained glass doors with a ribbon motif carried throughout the house. The sunken living area features a wall mural of Texas Indian Rock Art and is surrounded by arches of rattlesnake fossil stone. It has travertine tile floors, an ironwork chandelier and a double-sided fireplace, also opening into the kitchen. The room is accented with original wooden sculptures and made even more personal with fireplace paintings by Ednay Harrington, Annette's grandmother.

Adjacent to a guest suite is the first of two sun porches which were enclosed after the home was built. The stained glass windows on either side of the fireplace give the first porch a warm, relaxed feeling. The glass doors with metal accents that lead from the living/dining area onto the back porch came from Mexico, as did the ironwork and gates on the stone fence which surrounds the back yard.

The dining room and kitchen both have stained glass light fixtures, and the kitchen also features ceramic tile countertops and dual skylights, faux-finished for a hammered metal look. All the holiday decorations and design work were done by Annette's niece, Marsha Adkins, an interior designer in San Antonio.

The master bedroom has faux-finished walls, elegant fabric accents and yet another fireplace. The master bath includes dual closets and dressing areas and a dramatic, sunken tile bathtub and dual shower, surrounded by glass block windows. A freestanding gas stove provides warmth when stepping out of the bath or shower.

The second of the sun rooms is used as a sitting/reading room and is decorated with a cowboy theme. The back porch has a portico with Cantera stone columns covered with wisteria in the spring. It overlooks a lush back yard, with pool and barbeque patio.

The Moore Home

Buddy and Cathy Moore built their home in 1997 on a 68 acre tract that was originally part of a 600 acre ranch owned by the Rust family.

The house is a two-story ranch style home, with beautiful views from the back porches of cattle in the pasture, the pond and hills. The home site was professionally landscaped, with water features and rock work and was included on the 2007 Wimberley Garden Tour. Inside, the home is just a beautiful as the grounds.

The living room has large windows along one wall, providing a great view of the property. The Moores designed their home with ease of holiday decorating in mind. Just past the kitchen is the game/media room, also known as Buddy's domain. It has a University of Texas and United States Marine Corps theme, reflecting his passion for both of those institutions. Even the pool table felt is burnt orange color. The custom stained-glass UT Longhorn mural was made by Buddy's brother-in-law, who is an Aggie.

The house has stereo speakers throughout the downstairs as well as in the garage, back porch and hot tub porch, with music controlled from the media room. The master suite completes the first floor.

Upstairs are guest accommodations, walk-in attic storage and Cathy's study/sewing room where you may be lucky enough to see one of her beautiful quilts in progress. This room also features a terrace with the best view of the Moore's property.

The Tuttle Home

Brent and Liz Tuttle built a new home on Liz's family's property, the Ingram Ranch, in 2000. The location was selected in part due to the beautiful view.

The design of the Tuttle home was inspired by the famous homes of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Liz designed their Mexican Villa and subcontracted its construction. The home is built from concrete, utilizing a unique construction product called In Steel, made of 3-inch foam, wire and applied concrete. All the interior walls were hand-troweled and no sheetrock or insulation was needed.

The massive wooden double front doors to the foyer of the house open to the living, dining and den areas. All the doors and windows in the house, along with the Cantera stone columns and Saltillo colored tile were bought in Mexico.

The dining room features a table from Brazil, and is accented by Mexican art and paintings. The living room has large windows on each side to accentuate the fabulous view, along with high ceilings, adding to the light and airy atmosphere. The baby grand piano, custom stone fireplace surround, and custom rug add to the elegance of this room.

Past the living area are the newly decorated guest room and the master bedroom suite, with its faux-finished walls and beautiful fabric accents. A Texas-style den offers a great place to relax, and its doors open onto a small courtyard with a fountain, complete with lily pads, and antique doors from San Miguel, Mexico, built with square nails.

The kitchen of the Tuttle home is another large, open area, featuring comfortable sofas and chairs instead the usual table, where the kids gather after school or during meal prep time.

The home is U-shaped, build around the outdoor plaza featuring the Cantara stone columns and swimming pool. But the star of this show is the view, an unimpeded panorama of the hill country.

Tickets will be on sale before the event at the Visitors Center and Interior Elements and will be available at any of the homes on the days of the tour.

The Holiday Gift Shop

Visitors can take a break at any time during the tour and enjoy complimentary refreshments and holiday shopping. The Wimberley Civic Club makes a large variety of craft items and delicious goodies that will tickle your fancy, delight your wallet and simplify your holiday shopping! The Holiday Gift Shop will be a the Winters-Wimberley House.

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