2017-11-30 / Community News

Custom-design features await guests

By Chad Wilson, Correspondent

Each year the Women’s Unity Fellowship Christmas Tour of Homes features a variety of sites that appeal to a wide audience.

This year is no different, especially for those looking for unique, custom designs.

Located at 102 Abby Court, the home of Chip and Katie Foster will be featured on this year’s tour.

In all, there will be four homes and several businesses that are part of the tour on Monday, Dec. 11.

“We will have a tree of handmade ornaments from my great grandmother Leach, my mom’s mom,” Katie said. “The hutch in the kitchen is Rex’s mothers that I refinished and our bedroom furniture was built by Chip.”

Katie is the daughter of Andy and Louann Johnston of Brownsboro while Chip is the son of Rex and Cresha Foster of Chandler.

“We were both born and raised in the Chandler/ Brownsboro area and we moved into this home in August 2016 before our wedding in November,” Katie said.

The decorating style of the home includes the custom-made items in a rustic, farmhouse fashion.

“I will have several, several items that myself and Chip have made and are ‘available for sale’ per say. Most all of our furniture we have made together and or refinished together,” Katie said.

When not creating custom pieces for their home, Katie works at a dance studio in Athens with her sister. She also manages her own small business, Katie Foster Designs.

Chip spends his working days in the oilfield, mainly in West Texas. The couple attends the Wilderness Church in Tyler.

Family homes joining the Fosters on the tour include the Jones (11201 Skyline Dr.), Wright (425 Bosque) and Hubbard (1012 Stonebrook).

More businesses have jumped on board the tour this year to aid the WUF in raising money towards the annual Brenda Epperson Memorial Scholarship that benefits a Brownsboro ISD student who seeks to become a teacher.

The Chandler Museum and Visitor Center will open at 5 p.m. serving soup and more to kick off the tour. Period-themed carolers will help entertain guests before they embark on the tour.

Other businesses open during the tour include Chandler Feed and Seed Country Store, Daydream Attic and Stillwater Farm Market.

The tour runs from 6-9 p.m. and tickets are available at each home. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in advance at Chandler’s Copeland Drug or Chandler Feed and Seed.

Chandler Feed is the hospitality stop on the tour while Daydream Attic will donate a percentage of its sales during the tour to the WUF.

While at Chandler Feed make sure to stop by the 18-foot Christmas tree and snap a photo or two to remember this Chandler tradition.

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