The Carthage Book Club will present its annual Christmas Home Tour from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Tickets are $10 a person and can be bought from any member of the book club or at the door of any of the houses in the tour or at Winkler Place on the day of the event. Proceeds from the home tour support the Book Club’s civic projects.
The Tour of Homes headquarters will be at Winkler Place, 513 N. Adams St. in Carthage. Between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., guests will enjoy refreshments, music and a raffle drawing for a handmade Santa.
The Mayfield Home
Jay and Natalie Mayfield have lived at their home at 158 Stonegate in Carthage since August. The Mayfield home reflects Natalie’s love of mixing old and new, with several antique pieces of furniture and chandeliers throughout the space, the Book Club said.
“One of the unique antique pieces is a hutch with leaded-glass doors in the dining area,” the club said. “In the nearby kitchen, a brass footrail is attached to the large island for use by people sitting on barstools at the the island. This clever and unusual feature is made from hanging rods from the original Pope’s store in Bossier City.”
In addition to an antique pantry door, every closet door in the home features antique glass doorknobs. The Mayfields’ daughter Ellen uses an antique pencil post bed and antique wardrobe that belonged to her grandmother. Son Zach primarily lives on the Mayfield farm off of FM 2517, but his room at the Stonegate house includes an antique carved Eastlake bed.
“The master bedroom features an antique poster bed with a wheat-embossed design, as well as a large antique bench, the back of which is made of both cane backing and carved wood,” the club said. “Natalie’s mother, who is an excellent seamstress and artisan, has made custom cushions, shower curtains and other pieces for the home, as well as several lamps from large class vases.”
The Mayfields plan to decorate for Christmas with greenery and items that celebrate nature, such as pheasant feathers, pine cones, pine boughs, deer antlers and magnolia leaves. Many of the colorful Christmas ornaments on their family room’s tree will be vintage ones owned by both Jay and Natalie’s grandmothers. Both of the Mayfield daughters, Natalie and McKenzie, will display their nutcracker collections.
The Chandler Home
Brett and Christie Chandler will showcase their home at 157 County Road 491 in the Wildwood Estates neighborhood. Guests will be delighted by a wide array of Christmas decorations throughout the house, including two woodland elves in the entry foyer, Christmas greenery and harlequin-themed planters and finials in the front, and white and gold decorations on their staircase and in the dining room.
“A large nativity scene adorns the (dining) room’s antique china cabinet,” the book club said. “The table is set with Christmas dishes that belonged to Christie’s paternal grandmother.
Vintage decorations and more china that belonged to Christie’s grandmother are featured in the breakfast room, while the family room will play host to a tree of red and gold ornaments collected by Christie while traveling.
“A large decorative nutcracker stands on each side of the mantle, which is filled with greenery and holiday decorations,” the club said. “Needlepoint stockings made by Mother Sarah for Christie’s daughters hang on the mantle, and a needlepoint Santa pillow stitched by her adds holiday cheer to the nearby seating.”
A collection of ceramic Santas, hand-painted by Christie’s great-grandmother, will be featured in the study.
The Book Club says looking outdoors from the family room is “a breathtaking view that includes a beautiful covered patio with an outdoor fireplace and chimney, unusual stone furniture and tables, a large pool, and a literal, lush green ‘wildwood’ of trees and flowers that fill the back of the property.”
The Pierce Home
Central Baptist Church pastor Monty Pierce and his wife Lynn married three and a half years ago, so the Book Club notes “all of their Christmas traditions together are still in the making.”
“Both decided to basically start over with home furnishings, including Christmas decorations, giving their children items that had special meaning for them and selling most of the rest,” the club said.
Guests to the Pierce home at 909 University Drive in Carthage will immediately notice the leaded-glass sidelights on each side of the front door and the leaded-glass transoms over the doors leading to the dining room. That glass, as well as glass in the master bedroom, was made by local artisan Monique Davis.
The living room features a glass-topped coffee table with a base made from cypress logs, a mantle made from a mesquite log and a two-sided Austin stone fireplace between the living and dining rooms.
“For Christmas, the front porch of the home will feature Lynn’s genuine Flexible Flyer sled with her own ice skates hanging on it, two Christmas trees by the front door, a rocker with Christmas cushions and a wooden cross that Monty made for their wedding with seasonal decorations around it,” the club said.
Several nativities will be on display in house, with one belonging to Lynn’s mother with a manger made by an order of monks; another was purchased in Kenya, while yet another was quilted by a friend.
“Monty’s ‘Christmas Story’ lighted village will sit on the mantle in the dining room, and Lynn’s Salvation Army caroling figures will be displayed on a bookshelf in the living room; these are special to her because she is a fourth-generation Salvation Army bellringer,” the club said.
The Worley Home
Originally built in 1911 for Frank Evans’ family, the Longbranch home of John and Terri Worley has been in their family for 100 years. John’s grandparents Pope and Gertrude Haley bought the house at 1783 County Road 155 in December 1919. John’s mother was born in the house and lived their her whole life.
The Worleys did not want to sell the house after John’s parents deaths in 1987 and 2014, “so he and Teri, who were living in Longview at the time, began some renovations ‘just to make it a liveable weekend place,’” the club said. “However they soon figured out that there would never be an end to the renovations and decided to go ‘all in’ and make it their home.”
All of the home’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing has been replaced. The wallpaper has been removed. The shiplap has been painted. Some of the space has been reconfigured to add a new kitchen.
“This house is not a museum,” John said. “We have lots of antiques and things that are priceless to us, meaningful because of their history, but it’s really just an everyday house for everyday people.”
Part of their Christmas decorations include a tree with “sentimental ornaments.” Each year, Teri buys a new ornament representing something going on in their lives to add to the tree for herself, John and their two sons. The tree also has ornaments made by the boys.
The house’s entry includes an antique pump organ that John’s great-grandparents purchased in 1896. Some of John’s mother’s handmade quilts will be on display, as well as a December 1959 Christmas edition of McCall’s and several Ladies Home Journal Christmas issues.
The Worley house will also be filled with themed Christmas trees, including a vintage 1960s aluminum tree, a snowman tree, a gingerbread tree, a mismatched sock tree, a leopard print tree, a Texas A&M tree and a country denim tree.