- Four homes are on the Tri Kappa tour Sunday
- Tickets are available at the Brazil armory at noon Sunday or call 442-1713 or 448-1159
- The Tri Kappa boutique, featuring refreshments and vendors selling a variety of items, will be in the armory noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
The home of Chris and Jennifer Ross at 1031 White Tail Court in Brazil will open its doors to the public for the Tri Kappa Home Tour Sunday.
Chris and Jennifer moved into their 2,000-square-foot-home in 2001. The house has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage decorated in a country theme with antique knick-knacks scattered about and around 450 Longaberger baskets.
Entering the house, visitors are greeted by a sitting room with a drop ceiling, rocking chairs, couch and a table displaying family portraits. Across the hall is the basket room named for its hodgepodge of Longaberger baskets, also has a green hutch and a matching huntboard. The spirit of Christmas is captured in a 6-foot Christmas tree decorated in the Ross children's Hallmark and handmade ornaments.
Just down the hall is the laundry room which pays tribute to Jennifer's grandfather who was in World War II with its Americana theme and shadowbox of memorabilia. Next to the laundry room is a heavenly half bath with angel decor. An eat-in kitchen with Formica countertop, soft maple finished cabinets and maple dining room table completes the tour of the downstairs. The dining area reminds visitors how far cooking technology has come with the antique cooking tools that decorate the wall.
A staircase in the sitting room leads to the bedrooms. At the furthest end of the hall is the bedroom of the Ross' sons, Nicholas and Matthew, decorated in a sports theme with a race car shaped bed and Christmas tree in mini-Hallmark ornaments. The boys have a walk-through closet routing to a multi-purpose room that provides a place to play, work and scrapbook. This room over the garage has recess lighting and is the future sight of the eldest son's bedroom. The children's bathroom goes under the sea with a tropical fish decor.
The master bedroom is decorated in a quilt theme with some old world charm with family heirlooms including Jennifer's grandmother's wedding dress, a trunk that came through Ellis Island with Chris' family, a hope chest, oak bed, family portraits over the bed, round chair and quilt plates that inspired the room's theme. The master bath showcases the work of artist Thomas Kinkade with his lighthouses and a walk-in closet.
One-year-old Elizabeth's room is sugar and spice and everything nice with pastel pinks, yellows and greens in the forms of plaids, flowers and a quilt accompanied by white furniture and her favorite baby dolls. The hall leading back towards the stairs showcases the children's baby memorabilia including first teeth, newborn pictures and outfits.
The boutique will be held from noon to 5 at the Armory this year and will be a great place for Christmas shopping with more than 20 vendors setting up shop.