Highlights from the 2012 Del Ray House and Garden Tour
It was great to see so many people out and about at the Del Ray House and Garden Tour this past Saturday. What an incredible day to be in Del Ray. If you weren’t able to make it, here are a few of the highlights.
Leslie, Mary, Heidi and I started the tour at 11am sharp. Bikes were our mode of transportation, a popular choice among other tourists, including Sherrie and Virginia whose solar-powered home was featured on the 2010 House and Garden Tour.
The homeowner at 11 E. Windsor greeted us at the door, telling us stories about the house she has called home for the past 30+ years. Some pretty substantial upgrades have been made in that time, but the original footprint of the house has remained the same. We loved the airiness and vintage details and felt so very much at home.
The home at 400 E. Howell was another crowd pleaser. Leslie oohed and aahed at the owner’s art studio, Heidi loved the sunny breakfast nook, and the spiral staircase which led to a private office in the eaves of the attic charmed Mary. The docents were extremely helpful making sure to point out interesting features and stories.
Just a few houses down Howell St. was the first duplex to ever appear on the tour, an eco-friendly DIY-lover’s dream. The kitchen addition which led to a screened-in porch off the rear of the building was spectacular. My home envy was seriously kicking in. We’ll definitely be back with more details about all the DIY projects the owners are planning.
At the end of the block, we stopped at the relatively new house on La Grande. We featured this one a few weeks ago but only saw the first floor.
Our favorite feature was the amazing craft room on the fourth floor. Wow. And the backyard was simply stunning — the bubbling water feature and outdoor speakers playing classical music made for a peaceful and relaxing moment to catch our breath.
The 1920s Sears & Roebuck mail-order home on Windsor was filled with eclectic art and collectibles, and some day I’d to love to learn about each and every one.
The backyard garden was fabulous as well — along the fence the owner hung various windows, mirrors, and bed frames, turning salvage yard junk into architectural detail.
At this point, it was time for a lunch break — what more perfect spot than Del Ray Cafe! It was bustling at the noon hour, and we were fortunate to secure a seat in the upstairs dining room. And at almost every table, you saw home tour booklets and knew the diners were discussing their favorite homes and features so far. We even saw one of the home tour homeowners at the table next to us. (p.s. the smoked salmon quiche was très magnifique!)
After lunch, we saw two homes across from each other on DeWitt. The first was a home we had already seen before (read this home tour here). It was fun to refresh our memories about all the cool, modern features such as the glass enclosed stairway, the dazzling gourmet kitchen, and the use of colorful accents throughout.
The house across the street had recently been updated and modernized, but I love how they kept classic features such as this built-in china cabinet in the front dining room.
The billiards room was not too shabby either!
We passed two more homes on Terrett and Leslie (sorry so pictures available, but they were truly lovely!) before we ended the tour with a trio of unique homes on Hume St.
You may have read Dana Damico’s piece about Maria Wasowski’s house on Patch a couple of weeks ago — check it out if you haven’t, this house has a true rags to riches story. As we walked around back, we overheard someone exclaim, “Wow, I just solved my problem. Seeing that gazebo was well worth the price of the home tour ticket.” Guess she got some good ideas for her backyard!
And I don’t think there’s a more crafty house than the Hart’s across the street. Earlier this year we featured the three daughters’ enchanted bedroom, filled with murals, custom built-ins, and fairy princesses galore.
You could spend hours in this home just gazing at the creativity: the stage in the kids’ front playroom, the mason jar chandelier in the dining room, the mosaic-tiled risers on the stairs, and all the outdoor garden and living areas.
Couldn’t ask for a better mix of homes, architectural details, decorating styles, and homeowners on this year’s tour. Big thanks and congratulations to the home tour committee and the Del Ray Citizens Association for such an enjoyable day. Did you attend? What were your favorite homes?