Errett and Mary Shaw built a house in 1920 at 915 N. Walnut St. Since then the place has seen quite a few owners, but since 2001, Stephen and Jan Stapp have called it home. And they will be welcoming the community into their home this Sunday during the Meridian-Forest Historic District Home Tour.
"We want our home to be like a big old unmade bed," Jan says, "just dive in and relax!"
Before moving to this cedar-shingled bungalow, the Stapps lived in a two-story Victorian house for 10 years. They were in the market for another home with history as well as "character and charm."
A fire construction company was renovating the house the first time they saw it and Jan says they "adored the open cottage look" and that it was "love at first sight."
The home has built-in corner cupboards and the original fireplace and pocket doors are still in place. The Stapps enjoy the painted woodwork and moldings having their "natural sheen." According to Jan, "This home puts us in an instant good mood." She adds that they will "never be finished fixing the place up, but that"s not overwhelming--that"s exciting," although she admits that Steve may see it in a different light.
Jan describes the residence as their "funhouse," because "after living most of our 20 years of marriage in large two-story homes, we like the attainability, the small scale." They both appreciate it for its "charm and warmth."
The sun porch is their favorite part of the house. The area had been screened in, but the Stapps "opted to have an all-weather room." Stephen installed double-hung windows and they began using the porch as a dining area.
Being a professional home stylist, Jan is especially fond of decorating the home herself. "It"s easy to be creative. I can fill it with all my favorite things." She operates her own "Home Decor and Room Transformation" called "Fussbudget."
Also available for viewing in the Meridian-Forest Historic District Home Tour in downtown Brazil, just north of U.S. 40, are Moore Funeral Home, owned by Rob and Vanita Moore, and the homes of Todd and Angela Jacoby, Greg and Kathy Comp and Linda Cooper. Refreshments will be served on the lawn of Robert and Jodi Shepard.
Tickets for the tour, which will be this Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., can be purchased at Page's Food Store and Lynn's Pharmacy or from Veda Bussing, 448-8595, or Jan Stapp, 442-1423. Tickets will also be on sale during the event at each of the six featured sites.