Katherine Turner loves to decorate.
An interior decorator with her own in-home business for the past 20 years, Turner will give the community a chance to see her decorating talents during the Christmas season at the Windsor Kiwanis Club’s 10th annual Holiday Home Tour from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 9.
Turner, 41, said her Christmas decorations are fresh and current, and not the kind grandma would put out.
“It’s great for people that need new ideas,” Turner said. “It really gets you in the holiday spirit, and it is fun to see how different everyone can do Christmas.”
Turner’s home, 300 Poudre Bay, will be one of six Windsor homes featured during the tour. Admission is $10 per person or $15 the day of the tour.
Kiwanis member Audrey Rutz said proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the youth of Windsor through scholarships and other programs such as the LEGO program in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District.
Rutz said the tour gives people good ideas for holiday decorating.
“It’s the inside of the home that’s going to be decorated,” Rutz said. “They’ll see different decorating ideas, and the opportunities to go out with their friends on a Sunday afternoon and see the homes that are nicely decorated. There will probably be refreshments at some of the houses.”
Last year, about 100 people purchased tickets for the tour.
This is the second time Turner has opened her home for the holiday tour. She will have 10 rooms decorated, including one room with a large artificial tree and some other rooms with smaller trees.
“I think being a designer, I have a flair for budget-friendly design, and I also do that at Christmas time with my home. I thought it would be a nice way to showcase that, in addition to the fact that it was such a positive reason to do it because of the local community benefitting the Windsor youth,” said Turner, who owns Designer Touches. “I just think it’s a great cause, so that’s one reason that made it easy to do it. The other reason is we’re hosting a lot of family and friend gatherings this holiday season, and so by having it all done this early I’ll actually be able to enjoy it with our guests and not be so frazzled trying to decorate and do all the stuff that you have to do for the holidays.”
For those people who took the tour five years ago and visited Turner’s home, she said her house and the Christmas decorations will look different this time.
“I changed things up. I’ve redone the whole house with paint and what not,” Turner said. “All my decor has changed. It’s very current and fresh. It’s not your grandma’s decorations, for sure. It’s non-traditional. It’s not a ton of just red and green. I use more neutral things, the things that are really on trend right now. A lot of people are using burlap. I have red and white coral in my tree. It’s just really different. People will notice it.”
Turner said it took her a couple of weeks a few hours a day to decorate her home.
“I did like a room per day,” she said.
Turner said she gets her flair of design by looking at magazines and catalogs from Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs.
Russ and Kristy Smart, who live next door to the Turners at 303 Poudre Bay, also are participating in the home tour.
“Kristy and I are best friends, so we kind of talked each other into doing it together, too,” Turner said.
Turner doesn’t break the bank when it comes to the money she spends on decorations. She estimates that she spent $300 to $500 on her home’s decorations.
“The whole budget thing is why I like doing it,” Turner said. “I like being able to turn things that maybe I purchased from the Dollar Store into something beautiful. People can’t believe that some of these things came from there like picture frames on the tree and things that you can incorporate that are inexpensive and in multiple that make a big impression.”
While Turner takes charge of decorating the house, she said decorating the tree is a family tradition that includes her husband, Chris, 41, and their two sons, Cameron, 12, and Colby, 10.
“We all do the tree. I pretty much have control over everything else, but we decorate the tree as a family every single year,” Turner said. “I can’t decorate one inch of that tree without the family being involved, so we make a night of it and make it special.”