The house is the former home of Mrs. Smith’s parents, the late Dr. and Mrs. Bob Glaze, which the Smiths purchased from the estate.
As you arrive at the home you’ll find gorgeous swags done in red, gold and green hanging from the double doors, flanked by large red poinsettias on each side.
Inside a tall arrangement of red poinsettias and dried stems stands on a lovely table just inside the front door.
To the left is the dining table, centered by three urns holding large red poinsettias and sparkling stems, surrounded by a bed of snow covered pine, glittering red balls, and more red poinsettias. A silver tea service accents the dining table.
Refreshments will be served from this table.
Behind the table is a matching buffet. These furnishings belonged to Mrs. Smith’s parents.
On the opposite side of the room a red ornament tree holds State of Texas commemorative ornaments that Dr. Glaze gave his daughter each year that he served in the legislature (1989-2001). All his children and grandchildren received identical ornaments.
The mantle of the woodburning fireplace is covered with glittering red poinsettia, red balls and red birds, on snowy pine. Above the fireplace is a painting of Southern black folkart by William Hemmerling of Louisiana. Other folk paintings by Clementine Hunter and Fred Hunter of Natchitoches, La. are also on display, as well as other treasured paintings.
Mrs. Smith’s collection of David Winter Snow Cottages is displayed on a small table. Also in the living room is a piece of carpet from the House floor in Austin. Mrs. Smith said that when carpet was replaced, each House member received a bound portion as a keepsake.
A second dining table in the breakfast nook is beautifully decorated, and holds two beautiful coconut cakes.
The adjoining master bedroom is beautifully furnished. In the master bathroom, be sure to note the Gentleman’s Chest which belonged to Dr. Glaze. A roomy dressing room joins the master bath.
On the opposite end of the house is a second large bedroom, where wedding portraits of Mr. Smith’s daughter and her husband, Kellye and David Hoogland who live in West Monroe, La., and his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Mia Smith, who live in Baton Rouge, La. are displayed on the north wall.
A comfortable screened porch across the back of the house provides a restful sitting area.
Behind the house, Mr. Smith’s office occupies the space once used by Mrs. Glaze as her craft room. The large room also has two full-size beds, a television, and a full bath so that it can also be used as a guest house.
His “Dallas Cowboys” tree is decorated with deep blue and silver ornaments, and boasts Cowboy blue mesh netting for the skirt.
Their grandsons’ stockings hang from the electric fireplace in this room. Grandsons Connor and Carson live in Baton Rouge, La., while Jay and Will live in West Monroe, La.
A Dallas Cowboy Santa, angels and snowmen are on display, along with a collection of Statue of Liberty statuettes. A larger statue stands outside.
Also on the Tour of Homes is the home of Lynda Phillips at 1815 Greenway, and the law office of Joe Newsom on Tyler St. in downtown Gilmer. The club’s annual bake sale will be held at the law office. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.