The Andrew Johnson Woman’s Club of Greeneville hosted its annual Holiday Tour of Homes Sunday afternoon.
The event, which helps the women’s club raise college scholarship money for local students, sold more than 400 tickets this year, according to Dot Alexander, the coordinating chairman.
A $10 ticket gave each participant an opportunity to visit four different Greene County homes to check out how each one was uniquely adorned for the holiday season.
On the tour this year were the homes of Dr. Bob and Chris Thorpe, Gene and Beverly Lawrence, Scott and Brenda Knight, and Robert and Lynette Kluver.
DR. BOB AND CHRIS THORPE
The Thorpe home featured a colorful array of festive decorations, most notably a 12-foot tall Christmas tree in the family room.
Chris Thorpe said she and her husband purchased their home in 2009 and moved there in 2010. They had previously lived in a historic home on Main Street, which was razed to make way for the Walters State Community College development in downtown Greeneville. A painting of their previous home, complete with its rose garden, now hangs in the entryway of their current residence.
Like their former home, the Thorpes have incorporated their love of plants into their new house and gardens.
Live flowering plants and floral bouquets were found throughout the kitchen and dining areas and their backyard garden with its numerous hedges and shrubs was expertly adorned with lights and other festive fare. There was even a life-sized, animated Santa Claus greeting the visitors as they toured the backyard garden and patio.
In the master bedroom, which features a beautiful fireplace and sitting area, the red walls and hardwood floors were perfectly complimented with touches of the holiday, including pillows for the bed and a white Christmas tree with red and gold ornaments by the window.
A focal point in the home’s dining room was an ornate Nativity with an angel overlooking Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. The table centerpiece included fresh floral arrangements and golden deer antlers as accents.
GENE AND BEVERLY LAWRENCE
Visitors to the home of Gene and Beverly Lawrence were appropriately welcomed up the walkway by a handsome concrete rabbit adorned with a festive red ribbon.
Beverly and Gene, who were both widowed, have been married for two years now.
Following their marriage, Beverly moved into Gene’s impressive, 200-year-old, two-story farmhouse, which he has owned for more than 40 years. A great deal of the historic home’s interior woodwork, including many doors and floors, are original parts of the house, he said.
Many current furnishings in the home, however, were brought by Beverly, including a collection of nutcrackers, which she displayed at the staircase landing on the second floor.
Beverly said that she began collecting nutcrackers in the 1970s and her collection has continued to grow through the decades.
The collection is so vast that the nutcrackers stay on display all year long — not just at Christmas time.
Each room of the farmhouse was beautifully decorated with its own unique color scheme — from the pink and pastel “girly” bedroom with its pink roses and white Christmas tree to the more masculine library with its red and gold decorations surrounded by paintings of hunting dogs and fox hunts and taxidermic deer heads and fowls on the walls. Another favorite room for visitors was a teal-painted room, featuring a white fireplace mantel with matching cyan-colored stockings hung on it. A large gold-framed mirror sat on top of the mantel, which was also adorned with a peacock feather display and matching blue-green ornament garland.
SCOTT AND BRENDA KNIGHT
For the tour, the residence of Scott and Brenda Knight was all about the comforts of home. The couple have two daughters, Katrina and Kennedy, and say they love to open their doors to friends and family — not just during the holidays but throughout the entire year.
The Knights purchased their home in 1984 and as their family grew, so did they size of their home. They added a large family dining room and backyard pool as well as other features.
For this holiday season, the Knights picked a handsome red-and-black plaid design for their living and dining rooms as well as for their Christmas tree topper, fireplace and table settings. Even the presents under the tree were wrapped in matching red plaid paper.
For a touch of white in the displays, dried cotton ball plants had been placed among pine greenery and the plaid ribbon.
Plaid-covered reindeer also stood guard on the living room fireplace mantel, which also had a matching plaid-and-cotton decorated grapevine wreath hanging above it and red-plaid stockings hanging below it.
In the kitchen, guests were treated to tasty homemade cookies and hot apple cider — making their entire home tour experience all the more welcoming.
ROBERT AND LYNETTE KLUVER
The impressive home of Robert and Lynette Kluver features an equally impressive view of two of Greene County’s finest natural assets.
As soon as visitors step into the front entrance of the house, the living room’s enormous windows at the back of the room provides a bird’s eye view of the Nolichucky River and the mountain range beyond.
Originally from South Dakota, it was Robert’s career as the president and CEO of Angus-Palm that first brought the couple to Tennessee. The company, which has a manufacturing facility in Greeneville, designs and builds cabs for manufacturers of various types of mobile equipment used in construction, agricultural, forestry, utility services and mining.
Although the Kluvers have lived in Greene County for several years, they built their current home two years ago.
For the Christmas season, which Lynette said is her favorite time of the year, she brings out her large collection of Santa Claus figurines, which she has collected for more than 40 years during her travels around the globe. She noted that she usually tries to pick up either a Santa Claus or a nutcracker figurine when she travels.
One of her Santas was purchased during a Scandinavian trip that she made to Lapland at the Arctic Circle, an area famously known for its Santa Claus village attraction.
Several of Lynette’s other Santa Claus figurines have come from such places as Germany, Norway, Russia and Israel.
In June, the Kluvers traveled to Austria, where Lynette purchased one of her latest Santas, which is now on display with several more in her Greene County living room.
Among the many interesting pieces of furniture in the Kluver home is their custom-made coffee table and accent chairs made from chamcha tree wood, which is grown in Southeast Asia. The wood from this fast-growing tree is prized for its richly figured grain and distinct sap line.
The coffee table was also adorned with Santas. In the kitchen, the Santa-theme continued with chair toppers and other festive attire.
The downstairs level of the home is what Robert called his “man cave.” The room featured a bar, a large flat-screen television and fireplace combo. There was even a shuffleboard table on risers in one corner. Other rooms on the downstairs level had a workout room as well as a separate a craftsman’s workshop and garage.
Every room in the home, however, features that spectacular view of the river and mountains.