Altrusa hosts 36th annual home tour

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Featuring four homes and one business, 36 years of tradition will continue as the annual Altrusa Home Tour takes place next Sunday in Portales.

It’s a fund-raiser for us to support our community projects that we do,” said Dannah Brown, home tour chairperson.

Word of mouth, uniqueness or a new home, are just some of the ways that homes are chosen for the tour, said Brown. The money raised will go to projects such as Fight for Life, Reading is Fundamental, scholarships and donations to other community agencies, said Brown.

Decorated in neutral colors, with accents of red, and filled with family mementos, Larry and Beverly Johnson have made a pleasant home that they are quite proud of.

“We’ve really enjoyed this house,” said Beverly.

Having lived in their previous home for 30 years, this home has been a new starting point for the Johnson’s, who have lost a daughter and son in recent years, in separate accidents, said Beverly.

“This has given us new direction and a new change for us,” said Beverly.

Cherished mementos decorate the sunroom, which the Johnson’s have turned into a place for their granddaughter to play and the family to gather. The small table and chairs were built by Beverly’s father when she was a child, and a toy box belonged to Larry when he was a child, said Beverly.

As you enter the home, a grandfather clock that belonged to Larry’s parents has a place of honor. Oak cabinets accent the kitchen, along with red decorations that continually flow through the home. Photos are placed throughout the home, in celebration of family.

Another featured home on the tour belongs to Jan Ainsworth. The brick home has been personalized and transformed into a home, of which, Ainsworth says she is proud.

According to Ainsworth, when she bought the home, the walls were all painted white. The walls know boast a wide variety of colors and techniques in each room. Each room and added features, such as chair railing were done by Ainsworth herself, she said.

The front room is decorated in an Americana theme, and has a fireplace that Ainsworth uses to help heat the home. Western influences are prevalent in the den and carry over into the small half bathroom, done in brown and textured to resemble the look of leather.

The flow of color continues throughout the home. Ainsworth has taken great pride in decorating her home and turning each room into a warm comfortable place to reside. Though the home is for sale, Ainsworth said that she has enjoyed working on the home and will miss it, she said.

Oak cabinets and crown molding are unique features that continually flow through the home. In the kitchen, and in parts of the living room and den are tile that Ainsworth traveled to Las Cruces to purchase and laid herself, she said.

“I’m really, really proud of it, said Ainsworth. I’ve made it into something to be proud of.”