The 36th annual Dunwoody Home Tour is coming next month, covering four houses and a design seminar.
The Dunwoody Woman’s Club sponsors the tour, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1.
Among the women welcoming visitors to the homes will be four Sandy Springs residents.
Linda Bhame and Heidi McMickle will be at the Gregory home, 400 Meadow Gate Close. This new home was almost complete when it was bought. The finishing touches are specific to the owners and include collections of watercolors and pottery painted by family members.
A new member of the Woman’s Club, Bhame said: “I’m looking forward to participating in the home tour this year. I really like knowing that it benefits the whole Atlanta area, addressing issues like adult literacy and children’s health.”
Virginia Callan will be a hostess at the Shumard home, 8035 Monticello Drive, which is being remodeled and enlarged. The finishing touches are due to be made days before the tour.
“It’s really great how the Shumards opened up the existing home,” said Callan, who got a preview tour. “They brought it up to date but kept its charm intact. Even the brand-new rooms look as if they’d been part of the house forever.”
Catherine Eberhardt will be stationed at the McBride-Nakada home, 5024 Vernon Springs Drive, a new house that fulfills the technological dreams of the husband, an executive in the high-tech sector, and the space-utilization dreams of the wife, a management consultant.
Also on the tour is the Smith home, 5670 Ball Mill Road, a complete renovation of a 1970s house. Special touches include a former living room that has been converted into a French-style dining room with Venetian plaster faux-painted walls and ceiling.
The design seminar, “Decorating With Color,” will run at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the tour day at Southern Comforts, 2510 Mount Vernon Road. Melanie Serra, the owner of Interior Revivals and founder of the Home Stagers’ Guild, will demonstrate how a home can send a message through effective use of color.
Two boutiques are part of the tour: David Long Interiors at the Shumard home and Artichoke Designs at the McBride-Nakada home.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour. They are available from Dunwoody Woman’s Club members, www.dunwoodywomansclub.org and merchants including The Scarlet Tassel in Sandy Springs Plaza.
The Dunwoody tour is part of the fall season of Atlanta-area home tours, kicking off Sept. 14 with the third annual Vinings Historic Preservation Society Tour of Homes. The Vinings tour covers five homes plus the model homes of sponsors Avignon and The Residences of Vinings Main from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. that Sunday.
Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance and $25 on the tour day. A $75 ticket covers the tour and the preview party and live auction the night before. Proceeds will help pay for a historical marker at the site of Hardy Pace’s Mill and support the preservation of the Pace House, Old Pavilion and Yarbrough House. For more information, call 770-432-3343, or e-mail vhps1874@bellsouth.net.
The Ansley Park Tour of Homes comes next, the weekend of Sept. 20 and 21. Using the theme “A Walk in the Park,” the tour will visit eight homes and highlight the many parks in the neighborhood. The architecture of the houses includes Craftsman, Colonial and Italian Renaissance.
“This year’s tour is very exciting because each home showcases something special, from outstanding art collections to amazing gardens to charming architecture,” said Erin Yabroudy of tour sponsor Beacham & Co., Realtors.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on tour day. The tour runs from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 21. Visit www.ansleypark.org/hometour2008, or call 404-888-9030.
For those looking to venture farther afield, the Grant Park Tour of Homes (Sept. 27 and 28, www.grantparktour.org) and the Candler Park Tour of Homes (Oct. 14, www.candlerparkfallfest.org) also are coming up. Other home tours, such as the Atlanta Preservation Center’s Buckhead in Bloom Home & Garden Tour, are in the spring.