Just in time to put you in the spirit is the annual Tri Kappa Christmas Home Tour. The home of Dr. Charles and Susie French is the first featured home.
The craftsman style home is decked out with evergreen wreaths with red bows awaiting guests. The exterior is constructed of hardy board and stone.
The entry way holds a large hutch cupboard. The cupboard contains pieces of Dr. French's mother's china pattern. The warm tones of the Autumn Leaf pattern by Jewel T match perfectly with the inviting feeling of the house. The home's flooring is natural oak.
The dining room holds a table set for Christmas dinner. A Christmas tree sits in the front of the window. The tree is covered with gold and green glittery decorations. The hutch on the opposite wall holds crystal dishes also accented with golf ornaments. The remaining wall holds family photographs taken during the homeowner's 25th wedding anniversary.
Beyond the dining room, a cozy living room waits. Plush cream sofas are placed to comfort family and friends. The sofas are placed in front of the gas fireplace. Slate frames the hearth. A Willow Tree nativity set, a gift from son Justin, is on one of the bookshelves adjacent to the fireplace. A large Christmas tree is found in the corner. It holds family ornaments from the couple's children throughout the years.
The eat-in kitchen table is set with Lenox Winter Birds place settings. While sitting at the table, the view is of the back porch. Made of red paving stones, a wood fireplace adds warmth. Landscaping was completed by Hank Metzger. Nearby is a red and white tree. The ornaments were made for each family member. Each person has their own ornament with their first initial. Even Lily, the family dog, has her own ornament. Lily was named by daughter Shelby.
The kitchen is a cook's dream. A large center island holds a copper sink. One end of the island provides cookbook storage and the other a cabinet. It is topped by granite. Large padded barstools frame the front. Behind the island, a long, black granite countertop is home to an apron front copper sink. The opposite wall holds a wet bar. A small copper sink is here along with a small dishwasher. A collection of wine is above. Above the kitchen cabinets is a collection of Christmas village pieces. Most of these were gifts from son Nick.
Off the kitchen through a Dutch door is the laundry room. Found in the laundry room is a green Emerson fan from 1958. The fan is a family heirloom.
The master suite is a perfect place to lay your head. A four-poster bed is covered in cozy blankets. Cream walls and crisp, white trim make this the perfect oasis. A spacious window seat holds a Christmas tree. Daughter Katie decorated this tree with faux birds.
The spacious master bath is off the bedroom. It contains a large stone shower. Double sinks and a large tub make this room feel even more luxurious.
The home tour will take place Dec. 4, from 1-5 p.m. The homes of Mitch and Jessica Clausen, Paul and Amy Schorr and Kevin and Anne Wilkey will also be on display.
Tickets are available at the main branch of Riddell National Bank.
Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at any home the day of the event.