One of four stops on this year's Tri Kappa Home Tour is the home of Dr. Ryan and Cara Ross at 1240 W. Park Place in Brazil.
Built in 1994, the couple moved-in to the 5,000-square-foot, 3 1/2-bath, four-bedroom home in 2000.
Showcased in the dining room is a piece of art on canvas by Indianapolis artist Walter Knabe named "Hydrangia" that ties the bold paint color on the walls of the dining room together with the rest of the eclectically decorated house.
From the dining room one can catch a glimpse of the kitchen, Cara's favorite room of the house because she loves to cook. The kitchen showcases solid maple cabinets, Corian® counters, a breakfast nook, double ovens and a breakfast bar at the end of the center island. A half-bath and laundry room leads out into the three-car garage painted a bright candy apple red. Inside the house, the utility room routes into the living room.
The living room is spacious with 20-foot vaulted ceilings and built-in shelves. The room also features an entertainment center that would be the envy of any man. For the holidays, a 12-foot Christmas tree decorated with ornaments by Christopher Radko and members of the Ross family in addition to a 4-foot tree decorated only with ornaments by Thomas Pacconi is featured. Doors along the back of the room lead out onto a deck walkway and brick path which leads to a brick patio with fire bowl and playground. A staircase along the back of the living room wall leads guests upstairs to a guest bedroom and bath and an office.
A few steps from the living room is the hall which encases the sons' bedrooms and bathroom and the master bedroom and bath.
The room of 4-year-old Nicholas is decorated in airplanes with wallpaper cutouts, matching bedspread, a sky blue wall paint and a wooden airplane made by his uncle for his first birthday. Nicholas' room also has built-in shelves, a walk-in closet and a 4-foot Christmas tree.
At the end of the hall is the Ross's oldest son, Pierce's room. The 7-year-old's room is out of this world with a space theme because he knew the names of all the planets a year ago. The gray-blue paint on the walls sets a perfect backdrop for his galactic adventures.
Next to Pierce's room is the master bedroom, where Cara and Ryan can settle down for a long winter's nap in their queen-sized panel bed. Cara says every morning the whole family piles into the bed to watch television. An aluminum tree that belonged to Ryan's great-grandmother is a must-see. Connected to the master bed is the master bath which has his and her sinks, shower, and luxurious bathtub.
Back down the hall, in the foyer, is a door leading to the basement, which the Rosses plan to finish in a few years. It is sectioned off into a play area for the kids, a place to exercise and a sitting room. There is also an area sectioned off for a future library. Sliding doors walk out to the brick patio.
The tour is this Sunday. After visiting all of the houses don't forget to stop by the boutique at the Armory this year. For any information on tickets contact Sandy at 442-1713 or Rogene at 448-1159.