The elegant yet cozy home of Margaret Simonson at 1220 N. Walnut St. is the highlight of the Tri Kappa Home Tour this Sunday. This 2,450 sq. foot home built in 1988 has all the trappings of elegance yet still invites you to curl up and relax on the lavish furniture.
With one bedroom, two baths and a two-car garage the home is quaint and cozy. The living room encases overstuffed furniture and a stone fireplace just steps away from an entry way that greets guests with a collection of mirrors and detailed area rug.
Off of the living room is a bedroom and bathroom fit for a queen. The bedroom has a four post bed, rose colored toile wallpaper, a desk, three armoires, chaise lounge, window treatments with bullion fringe hung over a delicate lace and a walk-in closet with lamp. The bathroom has his-and-her sinks, a walk-in closet, dark oak cabinets, moiré drapery and Laura Ashley floral treatment over the shower and a overstuffed sitting chair and television. A sun porch also spawns from the bedroom. It is a little touch of paradise with an island theme and windows all the way around the room with white woven wood shades accented by plum silk draperies. A sofa table held by trunks of iron elephants, a round table with woven rattan chairs and a tapestried lounger add to the character of the porch.
An open-concept kitchen stems from the living room with vibrant colors of tan, rose and sage.. The kitchen has a must-see antique GE refrigerator, tea cart, oak cabinets including see-through cabinets with a sage and white plaid background to display Margaret's Pamela Gladding dinnerware. This same dinnerware is placed on the golden pedestal table with four straightback chairs surrounded by a rose plaid chair in the corner with a reading lamp. Above the exquisite table hangs a chandelier accented with leaves and glass grapes. Although most of the room's light comes from the windows surrounding the dining area that provides a visual of the home's landscaping. The kitchen also has a walk-in pantry and rooms for laundry and furnace.
Just off the kitchen is the library. The open area doubles as a library to home Margaret's love for books. A lady's desk, corner cabinet, she refers to as "The secretary", wingback chairs with matching foot rests, a chandelier, lush fabrics and collections of a little bit of everything Margaret loves makes the room stunning.
The bathroom down the hall is in a large print of vibrant yellow toile with invitation silk with beaded edges as draperies over the window and bathtub. Ornate wall mirrors and other hangings over light oak cabinets add to the room's flashy demeanor.
At the end of the small hallway is the den. With two walk-in closets, sheer tasseled window treatments, an unusual Japanese tree, small desk flanked by an antique chair and sliding glass door leading to the patio, this room is extraordinary. The room also has more of Margaret's conglomeration of collections with pictures of flowers, butterflies, landscapes all set on top of a large shag area rug. The collection trickles out into the hall onto a table and wall.
For ticket information on the Tri Kappa Home Tour contact Sandy at 442-1713 or Rogene at 448-1159. Be sure to stop by the boutique at the Armory from noon to five while touring the featured homes.