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NEUTRAL ELEGANCE: Hein family opens up residence for Dunwoody home tour
by LaTria Garnigan
September 25, 2013 02:08 PM | 4145 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody Home Tour
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Phyllis Hein stands in the recently renovated kitchen of her home which will be featured in the Dunwoody Home Tour 2013.
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For the past 40-plus years, visitors, home renovation enthusiasts and interior designers from Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead and beyond have congregated in local neighborhoods for the Dunwoody Woman’s Club annual home tour.

This year will be no different in its 41st offering, which will include five homes that have taken the traditional Dunwoody structures and transformed them according to individual tastes.

Sharon Doyle, publicity chair for the woman’s club, said even with the housing downturn since 2008, they have found that renovating homes is what is at the forefront of most homeowners’ minds.

“People who are in their existing home in Dunwoody and love them and want to stay here for all the reasons that make Dunwoody, Dunwoody are very eager to get ideas about renovating their homes,” said Doyle. “It’s amazing this year what people have done to Dunwoody original homes.”

Most homes in Dunwoody consist of the “five over four and a door” construction model and Doyle said the homes on the tour have been updated and beautified with skillful renovations.

Such renovations have taken place at the 14-year-old Hein home, where couple Robin and Phyllis have transformed the kitchen, master bath, master closet and basement.

“Those were the rooms that were completely made over,” said Hein. “However, almost the entire main floor of the home — we have master on main and it is primarily our living area — was coordinated and designed by June Price Interiors.”

Hein said they chose to stay with neutral colors on the walls, with red oak hardwood that has been stained a dark brown. The kitchen features light gray cabinetry with open shelving. Hein said they went with the neutral theme of taupe and gray throughout the house so that the artwork will pop and stand out more.

The couple is participating this year, through the urging of their interior designer and Hein said he is looking forward to showcasing the changes, touring the other homes being featured and the philanthropic nature of the event.

“The most exciting thing for us is the great work the Dunwoody Woman’s Club does in terms of charitable contributions and I believe they are a major support of the library and other charities,” he said. “But I think that we can open up the doors for the Dunwoody community to see what can be done with a house and maybe something a little different.”

Doyle said members of the woman’s club will serves at hostesses at the homes and will be prepared to offer up any information on the renovations. Homeowners are not required to be present, but Doyle said they may decide to stay around to answer questions visitors might have.

“I’m so eager for the community to see these five homes,” said Doyle. “I just look forward to the community being able to see what these people have done with their homes.”

As for home tour etiquette, Doyle offered a few tips for visitors — flat shoes are required, all homes are not handicap accessible, the tour is held rain or shine and children are not permitted in the homes.

If you go:
When: Oct. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: several homes throughout Dunwoody
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 the day of the event

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