Sleigh bells ring! Are you listening?
In the lane up to Jim and Bev Keller's house, snow might be glistening. Just park your cars at the base of the hill, and in case the snow gets deep, escorts will drive you up the lane for the annual Tri Kappa Home Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Kellers cleared the land and built their own log home on a wooded hilltop at 3468 E. CR 700 N., in Brazil. Since they did most of the work themselves, it took three years from the time they began clearing 24 acres of overgrown woods with two lakes to the time they set the first poplar log of the homestead in place.
Walking up to the front porch, a carved log Indian greets you. The Kellers made tables, shelves and many more useful and artistic pieces from wood off the land.
Looking up through the rafters and past the loft in the family room, the 20-foot ceiling is painted like the sky. The moon and stars reflect in the clouds and Santa is seen crossing the night sky using cleverly positioned blacklights.
Ascending the polished wrought iron and poplar wood stairs leading up to the sunny loft, winter woodland scenes decorate the top of the beams and banisters. To the left is a guest bedroom, bath and spacious work and craft room. You'll get a spectacular view of both lakes from the double windows in the three walls of the room. Shelves are filled with art and craft supplies and tables and chairs are available so you can be comfortable while creating. To the right is a sunny loft. With three different sitting areas, it's Jim and Bev's favorite spot to enjoy their coffee and look out at the lakes at hillsides.
Back on the main level, the kitchen/dining area provides another glimpse of the Kellers' handiwork. A corner cabinet with an old door as it's front, an island bar covered with gunny sacks, yard sticks, fishing lures and other whimsical items and a shelf with antique glass door knobs are just some of their creations. A cobalt blue porcelain sink and back splash is framed by white tile countertops atop hickory cabinets with cherry knobs. A laundry/mud room/bathroom combination completes the main floor.
Descending stairs lead to a walk-out basement that's designed as a mother-in-law's quarters. You'll find a complete kitchen, bath, bedroom and recreation area before walking outside. Stained concrete makes the patio look like natural rock. Around back, you can cozy up next to the fire pit or relax in the hot tub.
The 3,600-square foot home utilizes purified water from the lakes, propane heat, a central vacuum system and surround sound stereo.
The Kellers welcome you to visit their log home with the purchase of a $5 Tri Kappa Home Tour ticket. Tickets are available at each of the five homes, any Tri Kappa member or at the Tri Kappa Boutique at Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church at 210 N. Walnut St. in Brazil.