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The Morrises’ master bath is a focal point of the City View Estates home, which is one of three houses on the Tour of Homes on Sunday.
Majestic master bath one of many rooms on Sunday’s Tour of Homes
By Patrice Stewart
The bath is king at the home of Marlon and Donna Morris. You know it when you see the big tub with whirlpool jets set off by four columns, outlined with stone and accented with a chandelier.
Candles, a floral arrangement on the wall and rich burgundy accents provide the kind of ambience usually found in a castle or hotel presidential suite.
French doors lead from the master bedroom into the bath, where a walk-in European-style shower with dual showerheads is positioned around a corner, with no door necessary. Twin vanity cabinets feature granite countertops and hammered bronze sinks.
You can view this house and two others in City View Estates on Sunday afternoon when you attend the 2007 Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Decatur Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
“Marlon wanted a ceiling fan over the tub, but I held out for the chandelier,” Morris said.
And why not? Her husband is a builder, so he can build another to suit his taste. He drew the layout of the master bath on a napkin while they were eating.
A catwalk overlooks the foyer and family room with 18-foot ceilings in the Morris home, which is one of three houses featured on the 2007 Tour of Homes on Sunday. Homeowner Donna Morris chose earthy tones to decorate her traditional home.
“And if he can build for me and make me happy, he can do it for anybody,” she said.
Her favorite parts of this house on Weatherly Circle Southwest are the master bedroom with four-poster bed plus bath suite downstairs and the catwalk overlooking the foyer and family room with 18-foot ceilings.
A wrought-iron staircase leads upstairs and also gives a view of the extensive crown molding, door and window trim and elaborate fireplace with gas logs.
The kitchen features granite countertops and custom cabinets and tile flooring.
“I laid most of this pinwheel design in ceramic tile with stone inset,” she said.
She picked colors in earthy shades of red, gold, brown and taupe and chose hardwood floors and rugs for the living areas. “It’s a traditional home, but if I like it, I put it in here,” Morris said.
“For this house, I just said I want this and this and a catwalk.” She often tinkers with the original plan to get the look and comfort level she wants.
In this case, she combined elements of about three floor plans. She decided she needed only a family room, so she turned what was originally designated as a formal living room into a large laundry room. One bedroom is used as an office.
The upstairs, which will not be open for touring, includes two bedrooms and two baths, as well as a bonus room and exercise room equipped with a pool table, dartboard and fitness items.
The Morris home is one of three houses in City View Estates featured in 2007 Tour of Homes.
If you go
What: Decatur Women’s Chamber of Commerce Spring Pilgrimage Tour of Homes, a benefit for the new Serenity Garden at Decatur General Oncology Center
When: Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Three houses in City View Estates in Decatur (from the Beltline, turn west by Bur-ger King onto Westmeade, then take a right onto Auburn Drive Southwest; City View Estates is just beyond Julian Harris Elementary School); no tour bus will be provided this year, because the three houses are almost within walking distance of each other
Refreshments: Samples from Women’s Chamber’s three recipe booklets will be served in the pool house at City View Estates, with booklets available for $5
Tickets: $10, available in advance at Jimmy Smith Jewelers, Tammy Eddy Antiques, Sam Frank & Moore, Parisian and Visitors Bureau (350-2028) and on tour day for $15 at the three tour homes:
1910 Weatherly Circle S.W., Donna and Marlon Morris
2003 Englewood Place S.W., Lisa and Byron Schreiber
2007 Englewood Place S.W., Sena and Kent Hollingsworth
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