Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes
will be treated
to Wooleys skills as a decorator
(November 2005) Barry Wooley is a man with a lot on his
plate. However, you can be sure that plate is of the finest quality,
has a unique pattern and complements the tablecloth, napkins, silverware
and decorative candles on the table.
by Michella Marino
Wooley operates Artful Living
interior design store in Madison
and co-hosts a TV show in Louisville.
Wooley is an interior decorator and recently opened Artful
Living at 313 W. Main St., Madison, Ind. Not only is he busy with his
decorating and new store, he also recently purchased the former White-Koehler
home at 318 Broadway St., Madison. His new residence will be one of
the five private homes and four public historic sites featured on this
years Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes.
The tour is sponsored by the Madison Area Convention & Visitors
Bureau, 601 W. First St., and will be held on consecutive weekends:
Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 2-4. On Fridays and Saturdays, the homes will be
open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
According to the book titled, The Early Architecture of Madison,
Indiana, written by John T. Windle and Robert M. Taylor Jr., Wooleys
new home and the former White-Koehler home is a Classic brick building
that was built around the 1850s. Currently, the home is Wooleys
weekend retreat, since he still has a larger house in New Albany, Ind.
But he plans on making Madison his permanent residence very soon.
Wooley found his home on Broadway first before starting Artful Living,
but things shortly fell into place since the current location for the
store connects to the back of Wooleys home through a master closet.
After purchasing the home, Wooley knew that he eventually wanted to
be involved in Madisons various home tours, but he wanted to work
on his own home first. He was thinking about showcasing his house on
some of next years tours.
However, pressure applied on him by his home and businesss co-owner,
Jude Loew, and by tourism officials soon convinced him to let his home
and decorating talents be featured on the Nights tour for
2005. This has meant that Wooley sped up construction, including flooring
that he hadnt planned on installing until next summer.
by Michella Marino
located at 318 Broadway St., in Madison,
will be featured in this years home tour.
Although, this will be Wooleys first home tour in
Madison, he has participated in at least 20 others in the past. Therefore,
he knows what needs to be done to his home to make it spectacular for
the holidays, and he loves to do just that. The theme for his homes
Christmas decorating this year is quintessentially Madison meets Old
World Luxury for two, with perhaps a bit of Asian holiday as well. He
plans on decorating over the top and will rearrange it to be fantastic
while preserving the historic aspects of the house.
His big project is the dining room, but all the rooms will be filled
with Christmas cheer from the minute details on the Christmas trees
to the bed linens.
Wooley has a slight advantage over the other homeowners whose houses
will be featured on the tour because, for one, hes a professional
decorator, and two, he uses decorative items from his store.
Nights Before Christmas Tour
Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 2-4
Tickets: $15 adults; $5 children ages 5-15. Advance tickets
purchased by Nov. 15 are $12.50. Available at the Madison Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau, 615 W. First St. or by calling
(812) 265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956.
Tour Hours: 5-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 4-7 p.m. Sunday.
Special Event: "Nights and Nibbles Express."
Tour home sites and various restaurants on the Madison Trolley
for only $40 and enjoy a Progressive Dinner along the way. One
tour only on Sunday, Nov. 27. Seating is limited. Call to reserve.
and Lisa Spencer, 610 W. Main St.
George Alcorn and Kristi Barron, 730 W. Main St.
Barry Wooley and Jude Loew, 318 Broadway
Barry Hebner and Allen Ginkins, 1224 W. Main St.
Herb and Louise Kant, 956 W. Second St.
Mansion State Historic Site, 511 W. First St.
Jefferson County Historical Society's Heritage Center,
614 W. First St.
Madison-Lanier Visitors Center, 601 W. First St.
Lanier-Schofield House, 217 W. Second St.
Sullivan House, 304 W. Second St.
Bella Vista Italian Restaurant, 1251 W. Main St.
McQuistons Malthouse, 605 W. Main St.
He likes to find items that inspire the room.
In his home as well as in his clients homes, Wooley likes to think
outside the traditional box and rearrange and decorate in a fashion
thats conducive to their lifestyles.
Not only has Wooley been labeled as the host with the most
for his grand dinner parties by Louisville Magazine, he also is a regular
guest on the Louisville at Home television show. Wooley
is trying to organize it so Louisville at Home will visit
Madison the first weekend of the home tour and get footage of each house
on the Nights tour to air before the home tour weekend in
December. However, Wooley isnt sure that it will happen since
the first weekend of the home tour is Thanksgiving weekend.
A new addition to the 24th annual Candlelight tour is the Nights
and Nibbles Express. This is a progressive dinner at local restaurants
and home tour stops with transportation aboard the Madison Trolley.
Rick Lostutter, one of the new trolley owners, said he is excited to
participate in the new event and is actually keeping the trolley running
through the end of the year to accommodate the tourism offices
various events. Nights and Nibbles Express is $40 per person,
but there is limited seating. The Express will run from 3 p.m. to 9
p.m. Sunday Nov. 27, only.
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