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A cheerful christmas.

For three generations, the Victorian house on Second Street has been in the Hewes family. It was built in 1900 and has withstood many storms and hurricanes, including Camille in 1947.1n 2005, Katrina finally overpowered the home, resulting in a necessary restoration.

Dane and Charlie Hewes restored the home with fresh style and personality, while keeping the structure's original grace. The interior of the home is a wonderful mixture of family treasures both old and new. Co-owner of Fabrics to Fringes, a retail fabric store in Gulfport, Dane used a bold palette of rich, fun colors throughout the home. The family's holiday decor reveals vibrant mixes of colors, patterns, and textures. This playful nature results in a warm and inviting home that reflects the family's personality, that made it a showstopper on the 2013 Civic League of Gulfport's Christmas Tour of Homes.

The church pew in the entry was a gift to Dane from Charlie. Dane's business partner; Jennifer Achee, made the pillows. A warm glow of candlelight from ruby glass containers highlights the cottage-style mantelpiece.

On the island in the family's kitchen, a cylinder is filled with cranberries around a glowing candle surrounded with rustic burlap and oyster shells.

The "branch tree" is a remnant of a crape myrtle cut from the family's yard. The arrangement on the porch is decorated with lights and ornaments collected by the family. This glassed-in porch has been a favorite spot for decades, but it was a screened sleeping porch when Charlie's father was young.

The freestanding fireplace is centered between the kitchen and the den. "Each side of the fireplace is decorated differently," Dane notes. On the side facing the den, a family portrait, taken by Sean Smith Photography, is showcased with traditional red tapers and the children's stockings.

The Civic League of Gunort

Christmas Tour of Homes

The Civic League of Gulfport presents its 53rd annual Christmas Tour of Homes Sunday, December 7, from 2-5 p.m. Five unique homes will be featured in a charming neighborhood nestled among moss-laden oak trees along the bayou.

A donation of $15 allows entrance to all homes on the tour, with all proceeds benefitting the community's adults and children with special needs.

Call 228.896.6009 or visit the Gulfport Civic League Facebook page for tickets and more information.--Sandra Buckley

The family's main Christmas tree is the focal point of the den. Filled with ornaments the family has collected or made over the years, the tree is lit in Dane's favorite color, purple. Many ornaments were made by the couple's children, Maridane and Parker, and some were made by Dane herself as a child. A 300-year-old oak tree shades the Gulfport home and yard. Seasonal pillows add holiday festiveness to an outdoor swing, while brightly-colored glass ornaments in branches decorate the front yard area.

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Author:Stewart, Mary Neff
Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Date:Nov 1, 2014
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