More than a half-dozen Greenville homes —from Colonial to contemporary — will be featured on Saturday’s 18th annual Christmas Homes Tour, sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
The self-guided tour will include the following homes:
Mr. and Mrs. Don Stanley
297 Lori Drive
This Colonial Williamsburg-style home, completed in 2015, features six bedrooms and six and a half baths and includes a large barrel-vaulted library and a screened porch with built-in gas grill.
A sunroom — followed by a woodworking shop with bedroom and bath above — are connected to one end of the house, reminiscent of Southern colonial homes with a colonnade linking the kitchen to the main house. Eighteenth-century details include a dozen traditional wood-burning brick fireplaces, period lighting and paint colors that were common in the Colonial period.
Christmas décor is Colonial style as well and incorporates fresh and dried plant materials along with some artificial material.
Don, Jeanie and some of their friends will be dressed in 18th-century style clothing during the tour, and fires will be burning in several of the fireplaces as they demonstrate hearth cooking.
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Khoury
100 E. Fourth St.
For the Khoury family, Christmas decorating was kept to a minimum during the holiday season of 2018. That’s because they had moved into their new home on Fourth Street just three days before Christmas Eve!
Longtime Pitt County residents, the Khourys lived in Winterville as newlyweds then moved into a home on Fifth Street to raise their three children, Ely, Bryn and Gabby.
Tony worked for many years across the street from 424 Evans St. The couple often admired the architecture of this historic building and hoped to one day buy it and renovate the upstairs area to be their home. This Greenville landmark was erected in 1899 and the downstairs has been a place of business to various clothiers and the upstairs to Greenville City Hall as well as the Pitt County Board of Education.
In partnership with Morris and Stacy Moye, the Khourys purchased the building in January of 2017. The Moyes own the downstairs, which is now home to Globe Pharmacy, and the Khourys own the second floor, which took two years to renovate.
Their design vision was to blend a look of industrial, traditional, and contemporary.
Michael Glenn and Richard Cherry, 632 S. Pitt St.
This is the second time the home, located above Luna Pizza in the former Coca Cola Bottling Plant, has appeared on the St. Paul’s tour.
It has been more than 30 years since Coca Cola walked away from this 17,000 square foot structure. Over the course of three years, Glenn and Cherry allocated that space to a brewery, Pitt Street Brewing Co., a pizzeria, Luna Pizza and seven residential living spaces.
The living areas take advantage of the historic brick walls and high ceilings. A few touches of Coca Cola’s time here remain. The kitchen is mostly original to the building, featuring tiles and windows from the early 1930s and the bottling company’s hand-painted signage remains on the living room wall.
Local designer Jordan Proctor and the staff of Coastal Fog introduced new furnishings to complement the space. Christmas decor is provided by Jefferson’s.
The tour includes a visit to the rooftop living space, the most recent renovation project.
Drs. Ryan and Virginia Taylor, 601 Chesapeake Place
The Taylors moved to Greenville from Columbia, S.C., in June 2008. Their first home was on Compton Road in Lynndale East. After the addition of two children in 2010 and 2013, the family was in search of a larger home. They purchased this French country home in 2015 and have since added a third child and two dogs.
The outside of the home is decorated with magnolia wreaths and greenery, in keeping with the Taylors’ Southern roots.
The interior features seven full-sized trees. Located in the den is the traditional family tree, which is decorated with many ornaments handmade by the children as well as others passed down from grandparents and other family members.
In the office is the “doctor tree,” which is decorated with numerous medical-themed ornaments. The desk houses a growing collection of doctor Santas. Upstairs, each of the daughters has a tree that represents her personality and interests.
Numerous gingerbread houses in the home were handmade by a neighborhood resident. There are also several nativity scenes to represent the family’s Christian faith.
The Rev. K. Drew Baker, 931 Bremerton Drive
Baker relocated to Greenville six months ago with his rescue golden retriever, Emme Joy, to work as a clinical professor of pediatrics and division chief of general pediatrics at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He also serves as a priest associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
He grew up in Virginia and lived most of his adult life in Charleston, S.C., and Atlanta, Ga. But after two years of living in Maine, this will be his first Christmas back in the South.
He purchased the home, built in 1990, because he saw a charm and warmth that was reminiscent of older homes he had lived in throughout the years.
Many of the Christmas decorations throughout the house belonged to Baker’s parents or grandparents. Most of the ornaments on the tree were gifts from families whose children he cared for or parishioners from churches where he has served.
Rosemary throughout the house is a reminder of a Christmas tradition from his first parish, Grace Episcopal Church in Morganton.
Dr. and Mrs. Ed Connelly, 3764 Ashford Place
After 30 years in the United States Navy Dental Corps and a total of 13 moves, the Connellys began their second career at ECU School of Dental Medicine and moved to Greenville in October 2018. With their two sons, they have celebrated Christmas in 13 homes in six states in three countries.
They have collected Christmas ornaments from all of their journeys, with ornaments from Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Okinawa, Spain, England, Portugal, Gibraltar, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Morocco as well as several states.
Their modern farmhouse, built by Cherry Construction in October 2018, features furnishings that have come from former homes and includes an eclectic mix of rescued Habitat for Humanity finds and handmade pieces from Ed’s wood shop. The teak coffee table was made in Bali and was purchased in 1999 in Okinawa.
While most of the living is downstairs, the Connellys have assembled a Christmas Wonderland upstairs for their grandsons.
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Scully, 1602 Bloomsbury Road
This two-story home, built in 1999 in the Brook Valley neighborhood, is home to Matt and Erin and their daughters Ireland, 11, Emmy, 6, and Anna Grace, 2, along with two dogs, a guinea pig and some fish.
It is 2,600 square feet with four bedrooms upstairs. There are hardwood floors throughout the first floor, which includes a formal dining room, a music room and a great room that includes kitchen and living spaces. The holiday décor features unique works that are a part of the family’s art collection.
There are gardens behind the house that can be enjoyed from the four-season porch that was added a few years ago. The property backs up to a small creek which provides an opportunity for fishing or just listening to the sounds of splashing water. The winding paths of the garden include many exotic and native perennials, a vegetable patch and a koi pond.