Oh! There's no place like home for the holidays!
Junior and Sue Goshen welcome you to "Holidays at Home" during the annual Tri Kappa Home Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8.
Nestled in the woods at St. Andrews Glen, the Goshen home overlooks the third green and fourth tee of Forest Park Golf Course. The Goshens built the brown brick 1,963-square-foot home less than a year ago for their empty nest years.
As you walk into the foyer on the sage green tile floor, the dining room is located to the right. Featuring a 17-foot cathedral ceiling, a Christmas tree stands to the side of the arched picture window and a hutch displays some of their favorite pieces of dinnerware.
Walking into the kitchen, the warmth of the natural maple cabinetry, wood laminate floor and the cozy breakfast nook reminds you that the kitchen is the heart of the home. A glass-front cabinet is full of Fiesta Ware, snowmen are situated on shelves and white appliances sparkle in the sunshine.
The great room has a unique sloped ceiling, ranging from 8-13 feet, with a ceiling fan and two skylights. The Department 56 Original Snow Village, adorns the mantle on the gas fireplace and the built-in entertainment center. You may want to pull up a blanket from the sage green, rust red and beige colored couch and listen to Christmas music on the surround sound system.
Or you might feel like taking that blanket with you through the French doors, leading to the screened-in porch, to sip a cup of Junior's flavored coffee and watch the squirrels play in the woods and on the golf course.
The master suite features a white wrought iron bed with yellow and sage green linens. Sue decorated a Christmas tree here just for the two of them with miniature China plates and cups from her childhood. A tray ceiling adds a special touch to the suite. The white tile garden tub takes center stage in the adjoining bathroom, completed by a separate shower and double sink.
Guests, mostly grandchildren, have their own room. The theme for the Christmas tree in this room is "fun". It situated in a little red wagon and is decorated with little multicolored whistles. The second bath is conveniently located between the guest bedroom, great room and Junior's home office which highlights his passion for golf.
Taupe Berber carpet, silt stone painted walls and marble painted trim allow for a neutral setting so Sue could change color schemes.
Five homes are featured on this year's home tour. Watch next week's Times for sneak peeks into the other four homes of Andy and Larissa Goshen, Rich and Chris Johansen, Jim and Bev Keller and Mike and Paula Morris.
Tickets are $5.00 each and are available from any Tri Kappa member, at each home or at the Tri Kappa Boutique at Fellowhip Hall of First Presbyterian Church. All proceeds go toward local charities and scholarship funds.