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Clausen's open home to tour

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The home of Mitch and Jessica Clausen will be display at the annual Tri Kappa Christmas Home Tour. The tour will take place Dec. 4.
Tri Kappa is proud to feature the second home of the annual Christmas Home Tour.

Mitch and Jessica Clausen's home will be on display for patrons.

The home was built in 2008 and is about 3,000-square feet. The land was cleared by the homeowners. The home welcomes all to a cozy, primitive Christmas. The foyer holds a hutch cupboard. It is stocked with pottery bowls in various colors and sizes.

A 12-foot Christmas tree stands near a fireplace in the living room of Mitch and Jessica Clausen. The tree has 4,500 white Christmas lights.
The freshly painted dining room is root beer and chocolate. A Christmas tree is in one corner. The tree is embellished with cloth candy canes and miniature Santa hats.

The living room is inviting with soft carpet and plush furniture. A peaceful wooded sitting is visible through the windows. The windows frame a log fireplace. Above the television, a snow topped primitive village rests on a shelf. Gracing the opposite corner is a 12-foot Christmas tree. The tree is covered with 4,500 lights. Mitch's dad, Jim, helped to string the lights. The two men spent a whole day just covering the tree with lights. The decorations are varied, some are family ornaments and others are cute, handcrafted items.

The master bedroom is located off the living room. The black bedroom suite is complemented by the slate walls. The bedding features shades of blue and ties the whole room together perfectly. The adjacent master bathroom features a large tub surrounded by windows. The windows showcase the beautiful wooden setting. The blue theme continues into the room, with a calming shade of lighter blue.

The kitchen countertops are finished off with granite. The walls are a calming shade of sage. In the corner, a round dining table overlooks a deck. The cabinets are cherry. Beyond the kitchen, a half-bath and well-used mudroom are found.

Traveling up the stairs, berry and greenery garland wraps the banister. At the top of the stairs, a loft playroom is housed. The walls are outfitted with various board games. The bottom half of one wall has been turned into chalkboard that showcases some bright artwork. A window seat and storage shelves frame a window. Toy trucks belonging to Mitch's father are found on the shelves. The built-in storage was constructed by Mitch.

The children's rooms are found upstairs as well. They are connected by a Jack and Jill bathroom. The bathroom holds double vanities. Smiling snowmen cover the shower curtain. Coordinating artwork in the room was painted by the children. The homeowners also completed the tile work in the bathroom.

Tanner's room is highlighted by primary colors and holds a small tree that he decorated himself. An interesting dresser holds clothing items. The piece has glass doors and storage is provided by primary colored cubes.

Parker's room is cream, brown and pink. She also put her special touch on her own tree. A cradle is found in the corner. The cradle was made for the Clausen children. Mitch's grandfather made it from wood taken from Jessica's grandfather's farm. The piece is not to be missed.

The home tour will take place Dec. 4, from 1-5 p.m. The homes of Dr. Charles and Susie French, 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.

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Please remind me, the point of this is for what?

-- Posted by catnapper on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 2:41 PM

Tri Kappa hosts the home tour each year to raise money for the many organiztions they donate to. Some of the recipients are Habitat for Humanity, Clay County YMCA, scholarships for local seniors, and many more.

-- Posted by coco82 on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 4:26 PM

To coco82: thank you.

-- Posted by catnapper on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 11:15 PM

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