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Tiny village is home tour centerpiece

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Andy and Larissa Goshen celebrate the holidays by adding new pieces to their Dickens Christmas in the City display. It contains over 45 buildings and accessories of trees, light posts, benches and people complete the village. Since it takes a long time to assemble, they leave the display up to enjoy during the winter months.

For the holidays you can't beat home sweet home!

From her grandmother's hats to his grandfather's tool box, there's a story about each antique lovingly placed throughout Andy and Larissa Goshen's home at 620 W. Emerald Drive in Forest Green.

Hanging in a specially made open frame cut into the wall between the foyer and the dining room, a church's stained glass window reflects sunlight. It draws your eyes into the dining room. A Hoosier cabinet stands atop hardwood floors and a handcrafted shutter in the window depicts the couple's childhood memories of Clay County.

Walking into the adjoining kitchen, Larissa's vintage lunch boxes are displayed above Amish maple cabinets. M.A. Hadley ceramic pottery is prominent throughout the kitchen. One of the pottery scenes is painted as a mural. The pottery is used as cabinet knobs and tile insets highlight the back splash. A window box seat is the perfect place to catch the sun's warmth across from the lunch bar. Solid surface countertops, pewter fixtures and cobblestone ceramic floor tile complement the kitchen.

The great room is the showcase for the Dickens Christmas in the City village. The display has over 45 buildings and accessories make the scene complete.

Guests are welcome to sleep on the daybed with a trundle pull-out. The Goshens put together a 2,000-piece puzzle of antique toys, framed it and made it the center of attention.

Little four-month-old Benjamin's room reminds you of childhood fairytales. Storybook animals, dressed in human clothes, are painted in murals around all four walls of the nursery. The creatures read books, fly kites, go fishing and make their home in big tree. Linda White painted these murals as well as the M.A. Hadley mural in the kitchen.

The master suite is decorated with an Americana theme with a red, white and blue quilt topping a sleigh bed. A comfy chair and ottoman situated between two windows makes a good spot for reading. A glass-block window lets in plenty of sunshine above the garden tub, accentuated by sculptured tile. If you're not in the mood to soak in the tub, a separate shower is available. The toilet is also separated by a door, giving occupants additional privacy.

The 4,400-square foot brown and beige brick home boasts a full, unfinished basement. Andy's office and storage room are complete while the bathroom, pub and recreation room are in the planning stages.

During Tri Kappa's Home Tour, visit five Clay County homes from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased form any Tri Kappa member and are available at each home as well as the Tri Kappa Boutique at the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church at 210 N. Walnut St. in Brazil.

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