The home of Nick and Julie Marietta at 1415 W. Slacks Lake Drive adds a touch of country charm to the 2003 Tri Kappa Home Tour.
The 3,100 sq. ft. home, finished in March of 1993, has three of everything; bedrooms, bathrooms and a three car garage. The Mariettas picked the location because Nick works in Indianapolis, Julie wanted to be close to Terre Haute, and they both liked Brazil. They built their home on spacious lakefront lot on S.R.59, near the I-70 exit.
Visitors are greeted by a cozy living room with a 7 1/2 Christmas tree decorated with statis and yarrow grown in Julie's garden and an assortment of wooden and tin ornaments. Connected to the living room is an eating area that overlooks Slack's Lake through French doors that lead out to the pool area. A fireplace is tucked away in the corner of the area, providing heat for diners at the table or anyone lounging on the couch. To build the fireplace, workers had to chop ice out of the lake to make water to mix mortar because there was no running water in the house yet. One may also reach the master bed and bathroom via the living room. The bedroom contains a walk-in closet, a sea of woven wooden baskets and a three-piece bedroom suite that pulls the room together with its antique charm.
The eating area flows into the kitchen, which encases a large island with seating for two surrounded by cabinets hand-crafted by Amish woodworkers, a built-in pantry and a Hoosier cabinet. The base of the cabinet came from Julie's parents and the top came from their antiquing skills and then the couple stained the top to match the base.
From the kitchen is a view of the formal dining room with an oak dining table, pie safe, copper boiler, and antique table holding wooden woven baskets. Outside of the dining room is the back hall with a full bath decorated in barns, coat closet and laundry room. The laundry room is equipped with a storage cabinet that encases a folding table. Down the hall and back in the kitchen is a door leading to the basement.
The basement is painted tan and has a family room, office space and game room. The family room has an overstuffed plaid couch and loveseat, oak antique table, bird's eye maple table and the office space set aside in the back corner of the room. The room opens into the game room that is complete with pool table and decorated in Coca-Cola and Nascar. An antique cash register and Coke machine came from Nick's Dad's barber shop. A pub table is perfect for snacking between pool shots.
The upstairs is dominated by the couple's children, Nicholas and Sarah.
The upstairs is dominated by the couple's children, Nicholas and Sarah. Nicholas' room is sports-themed and has a walk-in closet, window seat, desk and a Hot Wheels tree. Across the hall is Sarah's room with a four-poster bed, blue and yellow desk which matches the border around the room, a walk-in closet, a window seat sectioned off by a beaded curtain and a Beanie Baby tree. Separating the siblings' rooms is a full bath with a floral border and a balloon curtain over the window.
The 2003 Tri Kappa Home Tour is Sunday. After viewing all the houses, don't forget to stop by and the boutique at the Armory from 12 to 5. For ticket information contact Rogene at 448-1159 or Sandy at 442-1713.