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Tour visits homes decorated for holidays

Nov 29, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


This weekend Washington residents will get the chance to view the inside of some of the nicest homes in town as the Washington Chamber of Commerce hosts the 27th annual tour of homes.

The 2017 running of the annual tour of homes offers tours of four homes that have been decorated for the holidays. Additionally, a special sneak peek at Dodici Suites and free Refreshments & Photo Booth at Dodici Shop & Patricia’s Room is offered. The tour will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“The purpose of the tour of homes is to provide funding for the maintenance of our downtown holiday lights,” chamber director Michelle Redlinger said. “Everyone who participates helps to support the holiday season in Washington.”


Erin and Jake Thorius, 2190 Water Way

Constructed in 2006, the home was built for a family that enjoys the indoors and the outdoors. It has country charm with mission-style accents and “cabin on the lake” feel. Christmas is celebrated by combining each of the family members’ traditions growing up and adding new ones as a family. The home is decorated with the family’s faith and heritage in mind, with some modern touches included.


Jeff Talbot and Mackenzie Murphy, 522 W. Washington Blvd.

The home was built in 1900 and the original woodwork is what drives the decoration of the home. The pocket doors and unique windows remind the residents of their childhood homes. The theme this year will combine traditional and vintage Christmas decor with a touch of original style.


Eric and Kathy Williams, 1000 S. 12th Ave.

The house was built in 2009 and the family moved in five years later. The house boasts a few craftsman features, with more traditional and crafty styles. It has five bedrooms, one of which is an office, and three larger rooms. The Williamses say this house is the most room they have ever had. They love to decorate, especially at Christmastime and will use all their Christmas decorations.


Dwight and Nancy Sutton, 727 S. Iowa Ave.

The “Sutton version of the holidays” will be on display during the tour. The distinctive home was built in the early 1900s on the a city-to-country cobblestone street. The Sutton family has lived in the house for 40 years. They started remodeling the house the day they moved in and have found it to be a never ending job. They enjoy wildlife, rustic and primitives. To attain the look, the Suttons have eliminated walls, floors, and ceilings and have added unique family antiques, built-in beams, windows and decks. The goal is to emulate living in an Iowa mountain cabin.


Tickets are available at the Washington Chamber of Commerce, at the door, and at several local businesses.

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