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Mason County Republican Women Home Tour
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Posted April 17, 2013

This 2013 MCRW Home Tour is to be held Saturday, April 20th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tickets available at Market Square for $10 each. On April 20th tickets can be purchased at any place on the tour. Directions are provided with each ticket.

A portion of this year’s MCRW Spring Home Tour involves three destination areas well known to local residents. They include a home in the White’s Crossing area, a home adjacent to Fort Mason, and an older business offering a new retail opportunity off the square.

In the White’s Crossing area we find Ranchito de Venado which is the name of the home of Denwood and Dana Butler at 11841 Ranch Road 1871. The Butlers moved from Ft. Worth in 2002 into this newly built Spanish Colonial style home. It features a great room with a tall ceiling which provides ample space for displaying the various collections of this active couple.

A talented builder, Denwood added a guest house off the courtyard. Previously a bed and breakfast destination, it too is graced with Dana’s artistic touch. The converted barn is another delightfully appointed area and serves as an office for Denwood.

The home, guest house, and office open into a large courtyard complete with a waterfall, swimming pool, and other areas for relaxation. When strolling past the flower beds, potted plants and trees note the gates that Denwood built, another testament to the talent behind these walls.

Our next home on Post Hill, the site of Ft. Mason, is a home known, even today, as the old Hey House. Built in 1904, this stone and stucco house is now owned by Julia and Joel Gonzales.

Much remains the same as it was a hundred years ago, such as the high beaded ceilings, wood floors, and three fireplaces. The Gonzales family has beautifully and carefully remodeled the home, so that the modernization of the kitchen and three bathrooms complement the era of the house.

The location of this home lends itself to outdoor enjoyment. One can see most of the town and much of the county from the front porch. From the back porches, landscaped yard and courtyard, open country greets the eye.

Heading back to town, just off the square at 117 N. Spring Street is the current site of Lamplight Designs. Started in a barn on Orange Street twenty-one years ago, the business was purchased by Deborah Hofmann and Freddie Silerio five years ago.

Lamplight Designs manufactures high-end lighting and sells to interior designers exclusively. They design and engineer custom lights, and since nothing is pre-fabricated, any color is a possibility. They can mix colors to match a variety of design elements including fabrics, rugs and furniture coverings.

Their lamps are shown in showrooms in many major cities, can be seen on house design websites, and have been featured in many well-known magazines. The magazines and the Lamplight Designs Catalog will be out for viewing.

Deborah and Freddie are launching a new aspect of their business beginning on this tour day, April 20th. They are opening a showroom which will retail to the general public. Available items will include warehouse stock, returned light fixtures, as well as refurbished working vintage lighting.

Enjoy being a part of this new enterprise at Lamplight Designs. Thank you to the business and homeowners who made this scholarship fundraiser possible. We hope these articles have piqued your interest and inspired you to include our tour in your plans for Saturday, April 20th.

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