Annual Home Tour kicks off Sunday

Sunday, November 28, 2010
The home of Rex and Carla Henry will be featured on the Tri Kappa Christmas Home Tour, set for Sunday.

The annual Tri Kappa Christmas Home Tour is geared up and ready for this holiday season.

The wooded setting of Rex and Carla Henry's home will put you in the Christmas spirit.

The Henry's home is found just off State Road 42. The property is 17 acres with 8 of that being water.

The home was built so that any window would provide a view of water.

The Henrys are the property's second owner.

The family loves to entertain at the home.

The property provides space for bonfires in the fall. The family enjoys using the water to ice skate in the winter. A rustic cabin is also housed on the property and will be a piece of the Home Tour.

Upon entering the home, your eye will be drawn to the bright red Christmas stockings hanging from the mantel.

A Willet secretary desk is tucked into the corner of the foyer. The family erects a live Christmas tree every year here as well. They look for the biggest tree they can find and deck it with family ornaments and items collected over the years.

A Willow Tree nativity set sits on a side table. Above is a red leaf sculpture purchased from a trip to Vermont. Above the mantel is a large evergreen wreath. The wreath was made by Carla and her daughter.

Heading upstairs, you will find two guest rooms. On the landing, a set of Anna Lee dolls dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus greet guests. The couple has had these dolls since they were newlyweds.

The first guestroom's décor is inspired from a painting purchased on a vacation in Arizona. The second guestroom is based on a trip to Savannah. The room is complete with a four-poster bed. Each room has a built-in bench beneath the window.

Returning to the main level, a relaxing master suite is found. A cozy seating area looks over the large deck and hot tub. The master bedroom holds a double shower and a relaxing whirlpool tub. A guest bathroom is found in the hall leading from the master suite to the den. The den has red walls and striking black furniture.

One wall holds a large framed picture of the owner's daughters throughout the years. The pictures are from the families' Christmas cards. A barrister bookcase stands on the opposite wall.

The dining room holds treasured furniture from a dear family friend. The table, chairs and sideboard are solid cherry manufactured by Willet. The kitchen contains a long island and offers a small dining area with a view of the deck.

When entering the home of Rex and Carla Henry, visitors are greeted by bright red Christmas stockings hanging from the mantel.

The homes of Susie Freeman and Greg and Carrie Lovett will also be featured on the tour.

The Home Tour will take place from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Tickets may be purchased at the main branch of Riddell National Bank or by calling 448-9620 or 442-1300.

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