"A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland!"
Mike and Paula Morris invite you into their wonderland home during the Tri Kappa Home Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is a beautiful sight of French Tuscany country furnishings mingled with an array of eclectic accents.
Sunburst arched windows and arched doorways abound in the 7,200-square foot home. Colors of creamy yellow, sages and gold are highlighted with either plums or reds. Steam heat is radiated though heat coils underneath ceramic tile floors throughout, so your tootsies are never cold.
Vertically suspended bamboo and antique brass ceiling fans, inspired by a trip to Key West, circulate air through the open-concept living area. The area has into two separate groupings and is divided by a huge Christmas tree. The front area is a little more formal sitting area with a fireplace; the other side lead to the back patio and is the spot to watch the birds eat breakfast.
Two granddaughters' bedrooms are to the immediate right of the front entry. Immediately off to the left of the front entry is the library and stairs leading down to the conversation room. Harley Davidson memorabilia decorates this Christmas tree. You have your choice of listening to music around the Harley Davidson juke box, playing pool, sitting around the poker table, watching surround sound wide-screen TV while relaxing in one of the five black leather recliners, or enjoying a cocktail available from the full wet bar.
Back upstairs, the kitchen is a surprising combination of cherry and antiquated white woods, granite countertops and stainless steel professional appliances. Two handpainted roosters on the backsplash above the stove are the center of the cooking area. Pewter fixtures compliment pewter Tuscany lighting and custom-made shelves display a special set of dishes made by Mike's mother's aunt.
They wanted to have one room where the entire family could put all the leaves in the table and sit together instead of splitting up into separate rooms. An area rug anchors the table and chairs under the pewter Tuscany chandelier suspended from the tray ceiling. Organza and polyester silhouette blinds filter light through simple but elegant window treatments. Another Christmas tree brings holiday spirit to this room.
Paula's room has an airy, French country, feel. Sink into plump furniture and watch TV, look out the windows or read a book. The Horschow mirror is her favorite piece in the sunroom.
French doors lead to the master suite. Under the gold, cream and burgundy red tray ceiling, the king-size bed is heaped in luxurious linens and pillows. A fainting couch at the foot of the bed is upholstered in champagne velvet and they each have a chair and ottoman. The walk-in closet is a room by itself with clothes racks, shelves, storage bins and a shoe cabinet that holds 144 pairs of shoes.
The adjoining bath has cherry cabinets as well. The Koehler porcelain sink is an artist's edition with red tulips and a poem hand-painted on it for accents. The same tulips accent the Jacuzzi tub and sparkle under the glass-block window. A glass-block wall separates the double shower with multiple pulsating water spray jets.
A mother-in-law's room upstairs was inspired by a trip to Nantucket. The sitting room, bedroom and bath are all decorated with a nautical theme.
The white wash brick home has chocolate colored mortar between the bricks and is situated on seven and a half acres at 9515 N. CR 50 E., which sits diagonally across from Rodger's Veterinary Clinic in Knightsville.
Be sure to purchase your Tri Kappa Home Tour tickets available at any of the five homes, the Tri Kappa Christmas Boutique at the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church or from any Tri Kappa member for $5 each.