Daily photos by John Godbey|
Homeowner Lisa Schreiber and Tour of Homes chairwoman Tammy Reeves in Schreiber’s favorite room — her kitchen. You can see this house and two others on the Spring Pilgrimage Tour of Homes on April 29.
Details make this Cityview Estates house a home for the Schreibers
By Patrice Stewart
Lisa Schreiber knows how to make a house her own by adding small, decorative touches.
She and her husband, Byron, started work toward building a house in Cityview Estates soon after moving to Decatur in 2005.
They moved in last June and, between ferrying their three children (ages 2, 5 and 10) to activities, she continually adds her trademark touches in various areas until she gets the look she wants.
The light fixture over the dining room table got a touch of berries, while she glued on a trim she purchased at a crafts store to spruce up the catalog-order curtains nearby. In a guest bedroom, she bought decorative trim to match the red print comforter and sewed it to a plain window valance.
Schreiber, an expert at combining things to get the look she wants, usually does it herself, but sometimes she enlists help.
“I have a friend who makes custom curtains and other items. She did my daughter’s curtains and shower curtains and then I hot-glued green, pink and yellow ribbon across them,” she said.
The guest bedroom in the Schreiber home.
The French country style kitchen, however, is her favorite area of the house.
“All my time is spent in the kitchen,” Schreiber said, so she chose ryegrass green paint for the walls and white cabinets accented with a glaze. An oversized island provides a place for children to pull up a stool for an after-school snack.
The keeping room at one end of the kitchen makes a cozy place for her and her youngest to relax after getting the older ones off to school each morning. Sitting with another cup of coffee in one of the seagrass wing chairs by the stone fireplace with gas logs guarantees a good start to the day.
The television is flanked by shelves holding pewter pieces and framed family pictures, and a grouping of tall white candlesticks sits atop the mantel.
Nearby are a breakfast area, a door to the screened-in porch with dining table, and a built-in butler’s pantry to hold china and more.
Artichokes and glass jars with lemons provide bright accents, while pieces featuring dragonflies and other insects can be spotted around the house.
The coffered ceilings in the kitchen and living room provide contrast, along with the open, wrought-iron stair rails leading upstairs to three bedrooms and playroom.
You can see all these rooms, plus two more houses in Cityview Estates, on the April 29 Spring Pilgrimage Tour of Homes sponsored by the Decatur Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Tour chairwoman Tammy Reeves said the three homes will be open from 1 to 4 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the Decatur General Hospital Oncology Center Serenity Garden.
Tickets are $10 in advance at Tammy Eddy Antiques, Jimmy Smith Jewelers, Sam Frank & Moore, Parisian and the Decatur-Morgan Convention and Visitors Bureau, and $15 at the Hollingsworth, Morris and Schreiber houses on tour day.
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