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Holiday Home Tour returns for eighth year of cheer

Decorations will greet visitors to the Raplee home at every turn and in every room.

Sunday event helps raise money for RHS prom
For Brentwood Home Page
The Holiday Home Tour sponsored by the Ravenwood High School Class of 2014 has become a holiday tradition in Brentwood. This year’s eighth annual edition takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. this Sunday.

This year four Brentwood families are opening their homes so others can enjoy their personal holiday decorations – and maybe be inspired to try some new ways to decorate at their own homes. As well, the tour is an opportunity for those interested in architecture and home design to visit four unique homes in two of Brentwood’s most prestigious neighborhoods.

The Duncans' "simple and elegant' 12-foot Christmas tree

Holiday Home Tour

Four homes will be open during Sunday's annual tour, a benefit for the Ravenwood Class of 2014. Tickets are $10 and available at each home. The tour is open 2- 5 p.m.

In Hampton Reserve:

9540 Sanctuary Drive

9557 Hampton Reserve Drive

9537 Hampton Reserve Drive

In Governor’s Club:

247 Governor’s Way

At right, the Ravenwood Raptors-themed tree can be found at the Raplee home

One of the featured homes this year belongs to Deb and Robert Duncan. Located in Hampton Reserve, the home features a 12-foot Christmas tree. “Simple and elegant” is how Deb describes her taste in holiday décor.

The home was built by Roger Layman in 2007 and would be described as English Cottage. The stone work on the front of the house is French inspired, while the brick used is Chicago brick. Inside, the decor is best described as an elegant mixture of antiques with contemporary flair.

When Christmas comes each year, the family enjoys displaying decorations collected over the years. A tradition for the Duncan children, although now grown, is to add an ornament each year dated for remembrance sake.

A second home on the tour, built by Layman, is owned by Sue and Stan Ruta. The New Orleans’ style home has been featured in National Interior Magazine. While her overall decorating style is Tuscan with the rich colors and textures of Italy, during the holidays “Santa Explosion” best describes the style, she said.

Sue loves Santas and has 50 featured throughout the home. The Rutas also have four beautiful trees featured as part of their holiday décor.

The third Hampton Reserve home on the tour is owned by Kylan and Chris Bodin. Built in 2008 by Thomas Construction Group, the is described as French Country with a Tuscan flair.

The Bodin family evacuated New Orleans six years ago after Hurricane Katrina and settled in Brentwood. Almost all of their Christmas décor was destroyed and the few items saved are considered sacred. The family jokes that the theme in their home is “Brand new.” A favorite item that reflects the family’s New Orleans roots is “Gaston” the green wooden alligator. The Bodin home features three Christmas trees, including a sportsman’s-themed tree downstairs.

The Bodins’ have children at Ravenwood, Woodland Middle and Crockett Elementary schools.

Nearby in Governors Club, Margee and Scott Raplee have decorated their home with several breathtaking Christmas trees from the foyer to the basement. Each has a theme of its own.

In the front hallway guests are greeted by a 12-foot Christmas tree and toy soldiers. In the dining room, an elegant pencil tree is featured while the office is home to a golf and tennis tree. In the basement, three trees stand together representing the Tennessee Titans, Auburn Tigers and Ravenwood Raptors.

In the children’s wing of the home, a tree aptly named “The Children’s Tree” features ornaments with the names of their three children. Over each of the children’s doorways are swags featuring their names.

To prepare for Sunday’s tour, the Raplees began decorating three weeks ago. The results were worth the effort.

Tour tickets are $10 and can be purchased today and Thursday at Ravenwood High School or on Sunday at any of the four participating homes.

A little history
The home tour began eight years ago when parents had the idea that it would be fun to see how other families decorate their homes for the holidays. The fundraiser is an important one for the sophomore class each year as the money raised is used the following year for the junior/senior prom.

The goal for this year’s fundraiser is $4,000 and organizers hope the community will once again take part in making the home tour the success.

Sophomore parents Kellye Stuart and Jaye Briggs helped organize this year’s tour. By adding homes close in proximity and choosing homes from two of Brentwood’s finest gated communities, the hope is that more people will take a special interest this year.

Signs will be placed outside the two neighborhoods and at each of the homes on Sunday. At the Governor’s Club, tour guests must stop at the guard house at the main, Concord Road entrance where they will be directed to the Raplee home.

For questions or to purchase tickets in advance, contact kellystuart@hotmail.com or briggsfamilytn@comcast.net

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