Whether you are looking for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon outing, inspiration for your own holiday decorating, or an opportunity to do good in the community, the Hannibal Regional Auxiliary’s Holiday Home Tour will fit the bill. Four Hannibal families will open their homes on December 3, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Spirit of Christmas and welcome you into the warmth and beauty of the season. Proceeds from this event will help the Auxiliary fulfill its pledge to the James E. Cary Cancer Center. Tickets for the tour are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the event. Tickets can be purchased at Judy’s Boutique located inside Hannibal Regional Hospital or at the Mark Twain Book and Gift Shop.
Located on 30 acres, this two-story brick home, accessible via a quarter-mile drive, is reminiscent of an English manor. Since the Burtons’ home was last featured on this tour, the master suite and bath on the second floor have been renovated by Design Expressions and Gumm Construction. You’ll definitely want to see the glass-block walk-in shower and dream closet!
Enjoy the panoramic views of Hannibal’s rolling hills outside and the charm of Debra’s decorations inside. A favorite is the family room tree which includes ornaments collected over the years. The tree in the dining room mirrors the floral/fruit design of the room. An inviting guest room tree is adorned in the chartreuse, pink and teal hues of the room. Another tree was inspired by their youngest son’s love of the sport of skiing.
The 30-foot blue spruce in the front yard, lit by thousands of white lights, has become a holiday hallmark of Hannibal. Steve planted it in 1998 and lights it every year to celebrate the birth of Christ. Since the Carrolls’ home was last featured on this tour, they have added a handsome cherry-paneled hearth room off the kitchen. Make sure to see the large wood burning fireplace and the 12-foot tree which reflects the scale and richness of this room.
In fact, every room on the three floors of this home features a unique tree (all different than you might have seen on a previous tour, and many exhibiting Steve’s signature flourish at the top). Three fireplace mantles are decorated with garland, lights, stockings and Santas. Note that the Santa collection has grown by a dozen or so in the interim, including creations by Lynn Haney, Mark Roberts, Karen Didion and Jacqueline Kent. Out back, the veranda with its white pillars and fireplace is also decorated for the holidays.
This is a new home, completed in 2015. Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright-style home in the Alfred Hitchcock movie “North by Northwest,” this stacked stone home is an engineering feat which offers spectacular views over the Mississippi River and downtown Hannibal. You will marvel at its heated driveway/walkway and stand in awe of its three-story entryway with a freestanding staircase and waterfall light fixture. Unique railings for this stairwell and all the walkways and decks were designed and fabricated by the shop at Hannibal Machine, Inc.
The immense great room with its white leather sofas will feature two white flocked trees this holiday season, and each of the themed rooms will have its own tree. The master suite is inspired by the Mark Twain era. The Hitchcock and the Mississippi suites are upstairs, separated by the “Hannibal Room.” Downstairs is the emerging Molly Brown area. In addition to the open kitchen on the main floor, there are two hideaway kitchens tucked into sitting rooms upstairs and downstairs, giving guests all the comforts of home. Longtime patrons of the arts, the Haycrafts have hung original art throughout their home.
This 1 ½-story brick home built on three wooded acres in 2005 is traditional in style and bustling with the activity of a family with teens where friends are always welcome. As you enter, you will appreciate the scale of the great room, stunningly decorated in black and white with a grand piano inviting you to sit down and play. This room features a custom fireplace and shelving created by builder Jim Nemes. During the holidays, the bannisters of this great room are festively decked with garland. Wooden beams and wainscoting add interest in the study. And furnishings throughout this home make it a showplace for many of the lines carried by Wright Furniture, the company owned by Chris and Leigh Ann and her parents.
In the hearth room adjacent to the kitchen, where the family gathers most frequently, you’ll find their big tree decorated in turquoise and silver to compliment the gray and turquoise tones throughout the room. In the lower level is a tree loaded with all the Hallmark ornaments commemorating major events and interests in the lives of their three children. Leigh Ann puts out her growing Dickens Village and her collection of snowglobes each year, however this year her mother, designer Melinda Wright, will be adding extra special touches for the home tour.