Stops on the 2011 tour:
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Classic home in Formal Federal style:
This home was custom designed by Stephen and Kerry Richards. The home and grounds reflect the couples’ interests and houses a collection of art and antiques that have been added during 46 years of marriage.
Thousands of lights and ornaments inside and out reflect a long family tradition of holiday celebration. “Two tall trees inside have children’s ornaments acquired over nearly 45 years, and a special tree topper on one that represents the United States.
The house takes approximately a month to fully decorate.
“This is truly a Christmas home,” Kerry said.
They share the home with their oldest son and 7-year-old grandson.
“We have treasured ornaments, like the gingerbread man our son made when he was 5,” Stephen said. “They are not expensive, but are very valuable to us.”
The owners Todd and Stacey Lake purchased the home in 2009, and it is now a center for family gatherings, church functions and numerous other social events.
Todd Lake cares for the landscaping, including a 100-year-old oak tree. With additions, the home is just more than 5,000 square feet.
Stacey Lake said she has an eclectic decorating style. “I love to mix antique finds with practical purchases at affordable prices. Almost any one of them could be functional in any room in my house.”
Greek Revival style
The Farrell House: This Greek Revival home was built between 1913 and 1915 by architect John H. Roffler, brother to Rose Farrell.
Current owner Heidi Curley purchased the home last year. Following an extensive remodel, the overall design concept is a eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary styles to reflect the young family.
This home was built 11 years ago and is owned by Branden and Lauren Edmiston, who remodeled it in 2006. The home’s riverfront location makes it a hub for everything from holiday celebrations to Ironman swim gatherings. Branden, a custom home builder who had the vision for the redesign, said: “I like to design spaces that are not so much a box that needs filled, but rather artful architecture that needs accented.”