Parke County Holiday Home Tour scheduled

Sunday, November 27, 2011

ROCKVILLE -- Four homes are highlighted on the annual Holiday Home Tour, Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1-6 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Art Gallery on the north side of the Historical Square in Rockville.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily (except closed on Tuesday) and 1-5 p.m., on Sunday.

The "Santa Sale" continues through Christmas Eve. Artists have donated a variety of art work to the gallery. These selected items will be discounted 25 percent to the buyer. The sale price will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Parke County Community Foundation Grant.

Work has begun on the second floor renovation.

The following are a list of the homes on the tour:

* Turkey Hill Farm Antiques (Karen and John Stutler) -- Marshall Road.

Built in 1856, this restored two-story farmhouse is a dream come true for Karen, the daughter of Parke County auctioneer Earl Stalker.

After retirement, John and Karen spent three-and-a-half years restoring the home. For 20 years, Karen hunted for unique antiques and stored her treasures in the red two-story barn until the opening of the antique shop in 2010. Items range from the 1880s to 1960.

They have incorporated antique lighting, fixtures, accessories and furnishings in keeping with the history of the house.

Enjoy the three buildings full of primitives, antique furniture, pottery, quilts, folk art, enamel and granite ware, and other "honey hole" collectibles.

* Ronda and Jim Foster -- Herman Lane

Joe Miller built this traditional brick home in 2005. It is located on a beautiful wooded lot. There are three bedrooms and two baths. The wrap-around porch has a country theme.

The cozy home has an open floor plan that includes an olive green living room with burgundy accents and touches of gold and silver.

The taupe kitchen has a gingerbread Christmas theme and the sunroom is decorated traditionally.

The hollyberry decorations in the dining room add a festive air. Unique decorations add flair to the modern bath, master bedroom and the navy-colored office.

Look for the Fiesta tableware that was handed down by Jim's mother.

Also, watch for the elves as you pass through rooms.

The Secret, a shop located in downtown Rockville, has lent its talents to help decorate the Foster home in Christmas décor.

* Parke and Amy Swaim -- Northview Drive

Built in 1968 as a standard three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath ranch house for Mr. and Mrs. Bill Clary.

Several years ago, Parke Swaim bought and renovated it. Eight walls were taken out and a few others were moved to create two master suites.

Two bedrooms, the hallway and the guest bedroom were combined to create one of the new suites. The old master suite was modified to make it more user friendly. The walls and attic were reinsulated. They used the latest technology to achieve energy efficiency.

A tankless hot water heater and a heat pump were installed to complement the new insulation.

Parke and Amy call the style of house Indiana Contemporary and use furniture from various countries and warm colors from nature. Their favorite room is the kitchen, where they like to create new dishes.

Second favorite room is the patio, a great place to relax at the end of the day.

* Pat's Pad -- United States 36

Pat's Pad was deeded in 1821 and was located on the Indianapolis-Springfield Plank Road.

Built in 1864, builders John and William Penbrook and John Pierce started a sweet potato business.

New owners, the Hodge Brothers, began a chicken hatchery in 1926. (Pat has located two of the business signs).

It had been an antique shop by two previous owners. Pat and her husband Joe Vitanyi, moved from California to begin a new venture in antiques.

The foundation is Mansfield limestone. All the wood is poplar. The walls are 14-inches thick and insulated with cedar shavings.

You will enter through the back door into the sunny laundry room and kitchen.

The living room takes you back to the 60s and 70s with vintage rugs covering hardwood floors.

The bathroom is decorated with frogs. Climbing the narrow, steep steps, you will enter the bedrooms, which use soft, handmade quilts as part of the décor.

For more information, call the art gallery at 765-569-9422.

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