Four homes in Dalton and Whitfield County have been meticulously decorated for the annual Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 7, to benefit the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center.

Homeowners have graciously opened their homes to the tour. Their hospitality allows tour participants to enjoy a holiday tradition and glean beautiful decorating ideas while supporting a worthwhile cause. Each home represents a very unique architectural and distinctive decorating flair.

Home tours begin at 5 p.m. The tour is self-paced and the homes can be visited and enjoyed in any order. The homes will close to the tour at 9 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served at The Farm from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for the home tour only or the tour and buffet.

The event's theme "Peace on Earth Begins at Home" is a reflection of the center's mission. The Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center's purpose is to end violence in the home by providing shelter, advocacy and support to victims while working in communities to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. The center provides emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their children. In addition to a shelter, the center provides advocacy and client support services through offices in Dalton, Calhoun and Chatsworth. The center serves Gordon, Murray and Whitfield county residents.

The event is a major fundraising effort for the center. Tickets for the tour only are $35 per person; $60 tickets include the home tour and the buffet dinner. Tickets reservations may be made by calling (706) 278-6595.

Britt and Regina Adams' home

"Our home was completed in spring 2016. We loved this property because of our great views of the horse pasture and mountain view.

"When planning our home and choosing house plans, we tried to use our experience from our other homes to make it just as we wanted. We strived to make our house one in which family and friends had plenty of room to spread out and feel comfortable. We also tried to keep it casual and family-centered. We used warm wood tones, natural stone and light grays to make it feel calm and comfortable.

"Our Christmas décor has been collected each year since we were married in 1996. We love classic Christmas décor and haveused the same stockings, stocking holders and many other pieces of our Christmas decorations for the last 23 years. After the birth of our daughters, we added many hand-made ornaments and nutcrackers. One or both of them have participated in Dalton Arts Project's 'Nutcracker' for the past 14 years. Each year they have been able to choose a nutcracker to add to our collection." -- Regina Adams

The Patel family

Nestled in a welcoming neighborhood at the heart of Dalton, the home of the Patel family is one to be sure not to miss. Custom-built with an open concept, hosting family and friends creates the best memories for so many.

Just having celebrated Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, gold and silver decor adorn the home reminding the family of new beginnings.

The Patel family loves giving back to the community year-round, and is especially excited to welcome all who are on the Tour of Homes.

Their hope is that you will feel welcomed and hopeful after touring their lovely home.

Joe and Janey Remillard

This beautiful split-level home is very unique inside and out. Since being built in 1970, there have been many changes, updates and additions, with one of those being the large front porch. If you rode by on the night of Jan. 2, 2015, you might have witnessed Mr. Remillard proposing to his bride on this porch shortly after the surprise purchase of their home she saw and adored. Needless to say, this is a very special home.

Upon entering, one eye-catching feature is the stunning dining room that shares an open space with a small bar area designed for entertaining guests. Moving through the kitchen, you will notice several ornamental accents of wrought iron, including heavy, original iron gates along the stairway to the lower level. The residents use the added-on sunroom as their living space, complete with lounging space, a breakfast table and big screen mounted under a raw pine beadboard ceiling. The main level also includes a mud room that leads to a half bath and doorway to the garage. On the lower level, the den is set up for their two kids to have a living room of their own. This includes a brick fireplace, two bedrooms, two full baths and the family's laundry/wash room.

On the top level, you have a master suite that once sat as one large room with a side screened-in porch. It has now been divided into three smaller rooms -- a bedroom, an office and a fantastic craft room that overlooks the backyard with twin walk-in storage closets. In the master bedroom, you will see beautiful whitewashed barnwood that was placed to provide and accent wall behind the hand-crafted headboard. the bedroom neighbors the master bathroom and walk-in closet.

The Sadosuk home

The home of Georgia and Betty Sadosuk lights up this year with a modern flair.

The new home's focal point is the unique fireplace, made of Tanzanian stone. The house is totally handicapped accessible, including handicapped ramps inside and out. It is fully LED lighted.

The open floor plan was designed by Betty. She and David Key are responsible for decorating this showplace for Christmas.

Want to know more? Buy and ticket and come see it.

The Sadosuks are happy to help the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center with such a worthy cause.

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