December 8th
Our 2017 Christmas Home Tour
 is shaping up to be spectacular!

2017 Christmas Home Tour is going to be awesome!

​​Please join us for this annual event​.

Tickets are now on sale 
$20.00 pre-sale
$25.00 at the door on the night of the event

Tickets are available at these convenient locations
Exeter Chamber of Commerce, ETC Exeter, 
By the Water Tower Antiques, Franey's Visalia
or from any Woman's Club member

Just a sneak peek at the homes on tour this year......
Alan and Bette Crawford have lived in Exeter for the past 44 years. They have lived in their current home, for the past 4 years and have tailored it to suit their needs.

Built in 1950 their home is a 2 bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bath home with its original hardwood floors and charming floor plan. Upon entering the front door you will notice an entry table made by their son, Travis. To the left of their entry the living area features a large picture window and fireplace and is adjacent to the dining room. The dining table is set with Alan’s mothers (Della) Christmas China and keep an eye out for a beautiful framed Christmas tree given to Bette, by her mother (Jean), and made with jewelry she had acquired during her lifetime. The kitchen has that 50’s feel and has the original footprint. There is a small bathroom off the kitchen and the little light on the laundry room wall is an original porch light. Leaving the kitchen you come into the small den located at the back of the house and features another fireplace. Above the fireplace Bette has used an original window and wreath together. The two bedrooms have the original built-ins and the claw foot tub, in the bathroom, adds to the charm throughout. As you go into the back yard you’ll step out onto a deck built by Alan and a picnic table made out of one of the original doors, also made by Alan.  

Bette and Alan have the perfect setup for family fun. Their daughter and family live next door so a gate connects their wonderful dining area and yard with the pool in Amy’s yard. This is one on the four houses on the Women’s Club Christmas Home Tour you won’t want to miss!

Upon moving into their home at 30806 Rd. 196, 30 years ago, Ed and Chris Maurer made plans to remodel for their young family and welcoming visiting family and friends.  
This house was built in 1957 and served as a true ranch style house designed to accommodate a ranch office just next to the front door and smaller rooms as was the style of the day. With help from an architect they set about remodeling the kitchen to a larger footprint and pushing out a wall or two so the Maurers could keep an eye on the children from a common area. The Maurers lovingly call this house their “never ending story”. Many of the furnishings and accessories are Chris’ family heirlooms handed down from her grandmother and mother. A China cabinet (straight ahead of the front door) holds a year round Christmas decoration purported to have good luck for its year round display. Her mother’s rolling pin still holds a place in the corner of the kitchen breakfast room. A design element Chris insisted upon was the irregular size ceramic tile that runs through the house, which takes on different shades in certain rooms. Custom Roman shades that coordinate with upholstery and bedding fabrics are Chris’ window covering of choice.  

“There’s not a lot of razzle dazzle” Chris confesses, but warm holiday touches and family Christmas tree decorations are everywhere the eye rests. Many ornaments are gifts from family, friends and of course her mom, who with her dad came to stay for a visit after each Christmas time.  

The tour though the house will take you from the front kitchen and family room area to the guest bedrooms and baths down the hall to the master suite. Custom touches adorn each room. 

Please exit through the master suite door to the back yard. This yard is a tour team favorite! The patio trellis is a new addition and creates the perfect structure for lights and adornments below. Ed and Chris have finished this space just in time for the tour. Exit through the garden gate out onto the side driveway.  

With a view of Homer’s Nose mountain peak in the Sequoia National park, this home is in a great historical neighborhood which dates back to the 1800’s. In fact, the house next door on the north side was Exeter’s first hospital and it’s rumored that most of the homes on the street were built to house doctors and nurses during that time period. The street now is known as the “4th of July Street” for its spectacular view of Exeter’s yearly fireworks show. The home’s walkability to all things Exeter also has the feel of not being right in town. The house was originally designed in 1937 and built in 1938. The Tylers purchased the home in 2015 and then took 6 months remodeling every room paying exquisite attention to detail in preserving this piece of Exeter’s history making their new home cozy, comfortable and full of charm!!

Upon arriving at the front of the residence, even before seeing it, you can hear the peaceful sound of the beautiful tiered water fountain located to the north side of the front courtyard. There is a rustic fire pit which brings warmth to a cool night. Beyond this, there is a new archway and gate that lead to an outside spring and summer garden that is now dormant.

On the south side of the front courtyard there is a new cement walkway which gently curves toward the driveway which separates the lawn from a flower garden. In the flower garden there is another fountain which had belonged to Sarah’s grandmother which was converted into a succulent garden. There are colorful antique tiles in the pathway which also appear in the sides of the new wall surrounding the quaint newly designed front courtyard. To Jim and Sarah it was very important to maintain the home’s architectural integrity. They added a new tile roof, but kept the origianal metal roofing above the front door and south side front window. The entryway to the home is original to the 1930’s with an old fashioned mail slot, original door handle and metal peephole in the front door. There is an archway inside the front door that has been mimicked throughtout the rest of the home in the remodel. There are cubby holes and builtin bookcases that are original to the house as well as the wood flooring.

Once inside the home, one can immediately feel the warmth of Christmas and the love Jim and Sarah have for family and friends. The Willow Tree Nativity and the collection of Will Tree angels Sarah has collected over the years through birthday and Christmas gifts. They sit on the piano for all to enjoy. Also on the entry hall tree is a little collection of deer that has also been given to her by great grandmothers, grandmothers, mother and other family members. The dining room table originally belonged to her grandmother.

Jim is a general and solar contractor as well as a self taught artist. Paintings by Jim are featured throughout the home. Jim’s first and favorite painting is of a couple on the beach located in the living room. They call it his “primitive style” painting. Another painting in the home with special meaning is a painting of silver shoes which hangs in the guest bathroom. These wonderful silver shoes belonged to Sarah’s cousin Katy Ann who lost her life in 2007 at the age of 19 in a fatal car crash. Sarah says Katy Ann loved shoes and these particular silver shoes were a favorite pair. She often wore them to work as a hotess at the Vintage Press. The actual pair of shoes hang on the wardrobe of the master bedroom.  

The Tylers love original works of art. There are two bronze sculptures that are a must-see. One is located in the living room just alongside the doorwar that enters into the dining room. The other one is located in the dining room. The artist that created these is a dear friend of the Tylers and has a lovely gallery in Cambria which is a favorite weekend getaway for Jim and Sarah. The artist’s name is Riccardo Spizzamigilio. The smaller one in the dining room is titled “Sempre Avanti” which means always moving forward.

There is much to see throughout the rest of the home. While the kitchen got a complete makeover, it still has hints of “old” throughtout. Jim and Sarah found the vintage light fixtures above the sink and many throughout the house at local antique stores and many of their kitchen décor pieces were passed down from her grandparents. One of Sarah’s favorite pieces is an old crock whre her great grandmother used to store her wooden spoons; now years later, Sarah does the same. Sarah wants to pass this piece down to other family members someday.

Moving into the hallway from the dining room, there is a small wooden chair outside the guest bath. This was the children’s “time out” chair. The first bedroom is off to the right or front of the home. The 2nd bedroom is to the left which features the new Shiplap style ceiling which Jim and Sarah installed themselves. In between these bedrooms is the beautifully decorated guest bath. Moving down the hallway is the master bedroom and bath. While most of the home is origianal to its 1938 build, the master suite was added on sometime during the ‘80s. When Jim started work on the bedroom, he discovered it was built with some serious structural issues that caused water damage and dry rot so they decided to rebuild this portion of the house from the ground-up. This presented a challenge but in the end it worked out and the room is exceptional featuring a barn style sliding door to the master bath, an old vintage dresser made into a bathroom sink, limestone tile shower, high vaulted bedroom ceiling with exposed beams, two builtin bookcases with a window seat in between with a view to the beautiful lush green grass of the backyard.

The Tylers have created a very relaxing and stylish outdoor dining table, a raised hot tub and a pool with a lovely picturesque rock waterfall that can be seen from the kitchen, dining room and master bedroom. There are several lawn and seating areas, making it a great spot for large and small gatherings. There are so many new and old interesting and endearing things about this house that are not talked about here. This delightful home just has to be seen!! 

​The Crawford Home
The Maurer Home
The Tyler Home
The Caldwell Home
Tom and Cristina Caldwell were both born at Kaweah Delta Hospital and raised in Exeter in homes that were just across the alley from each other. They both graduated from Exeter High School and have now made Exeter their home with children, Monica and Carson.
They have only been in their home, 224 Dolores, since December of 2016. The craftsman style home was built in 1937, has 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, original hardwood floors and an upstairs loft. Original built-in cabinets can be found through the house.
Since moving in last year Tom and Cristina have been busy landscaping, painting and making it a reflection of themselves. 
Cristina always has the front porch decorated in celebration of each holiday that comes around or even a change in the seasons. Tom has spent countless hours landscaping, building patio covers and pergolas. When they moved in, the backyard was just dirt & rocks. As well, Tom & Cristina adding their touch to the decorations in the back yard. During the Home Tour you’ll find Tom next to the fire pit, in the back yard, offering smores as you leave the house.
This will be their first Christmas to really decorate. Last year they were busy just getting moved in.
Upon entering their home, through the lovely leaded glass door, the front room is warm and cozy with Christmas treasures all around. Glass paned doors lead to the bedrooms and sliding glass doors lead to the dining room. Snowmen are the theme throughout the house; you will find them at every turn!
The formal dining room has several pieces of furniture that Cristina has restored herself. The hutch was a wedding gift given to Cristina’s parents over 40 years ago, that Cristina has lovingly restored. The 45-year-old record player, that still plays music, was handed down from Cristina’s parents as well. It was a gift from her dad to her mom while they were dating. The table is set in a snowman theme of red and white and the snowmen napkin rings are handcrafted by Tom’s parents: Steve & Christie Caldwell. Look for many other art pieces the two of them gifted to Tom & Cristina.
The spacious kitchen and eating area look out on the pool and patio area. Cristina is an excellent baker and you can find her in the kitchen baking cupcakes or cakes to celebrate a special occasion. As you walk through the house you will find delicious cupcakes for you to sample, don’t miss out on this taste treat. 
The large loft upstairs is ideal for their son Carson to entertain his friends. There is one room Tom is especially proud of, the “Sports Room”. You will find it roped off, but don’t miss it. He has been collecting sports memorabilia for some time and has it displayed for everyone to enjoy. The Christmas theme continues in the bathroom and master bedroom.
Feel and taste the Christmas season as you tour Tom and Cristina’s home!