TCH hosts 26th Birmingham House Tour

Peek into some of the area’s most spectacular homes — just be sure to wipe your feet

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 16, 2013

 The home of Camille Jayne, president and CEO of The Community House, will be one of seven local homes participating in the annual Birmingham House Tour.

The home of Camille Jayne, president and CEO of The Community House, will be one of seven local homes participating in the annual Birmingham House Tour.

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BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There are some gorgeous living spaces in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area, and no two are alike. This Thursday, guests can take a peek into just a few of those spectacular abodes during the 26th annual Birmingham House Tour.

Hosted by The Community House, the house tour has long been a favorite among residents looking to see what their stylish neighbors have done with their dwellings. Once again, Hall & Hunter Realtors will present the self-guided tour, which will feature seven nearby properties.

“For the ninth consecutive year, Birmingham-based Hall & Hunter Realtors is proud to be the Birmingham Hour Tour presenting sponsor. It’s an exciting event that gives everyone an opportunity to see some of the most beautiful homes in the area. We are delighted to support The Community House and its mission to serve as an anchor in our community,” said CEO of Hall & Hunter Realtors, Dennis Wolf, in a prepared statement.

From chic and contemporary to timeless and traditional, there will be a little something for every taste on the tour.

Loren Weiner’s Birmingham home will be one of the highlights, according to event co-chair Ginny Fisher. Weiner’s house is dubbed by Fisher as “the artist’s home,” and Weiner is said to have created, repurposed or restored nearly all of the décor in the unique house just off of Adams Road.

“It’s just fun going through there — lots of vibrant pops of color everywhere,” said Fisher, an agent with Hall & Hunter.

Birmingham’s downtown area is home to the tour’s only workspace loft. A favorite of Fisher’s, the home of Carolyn Hefner was built in 1916 and features living space, a garden room and office space where Hefner runs her event-planning business, The China Closet.

A special treat for those familiar with TCH will be the home of TCH President and CEO Camille Jayne. The 2 1/2-acre property looks onto the fourth fairway of the north course at Oakland Hills Country Club. Jayne said she designed the home to fit into the serene setting, with seamless views of the course from every room and hallway. There’s also ample space to showcase her art collection on both levels of the home, and a center public room aimed at entertaining.

“I wanted to be on the tour as a home that shows people the beauty of clean lines and simplicity, as well as how decorating with a combination of traditional and contemporary — in furnishings, fixtures and artwork — can fit together beautifully,” said Jayne in an email.

As always, proceeds from the event will go to support TCH’s many outreach programs for young people living in at-risk communities.

The tour will run 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 19, with a salad buffet lunch served 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for those who wish to partake. Tickets range from $40-$55 in advance, or $45-$60 the day of the tour.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (248) 644-5832 or visit