The 2017 Oskaloosa Tour of Homes was a great success. With 198 people going through the homes, we raised $1,980 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mahaska County. The tour featured four homes and one church. People could start or end at Central Reformed Church for refreshments and fellowship and enjoying seeing their new addition. The four homes on the tour were owned by the Scanlon family, Sterner family, Venema family, and Maxwell family. Each home needed to be decorated for Christmas and the family could take that in any direction they would like.

One great thing about the Oskaloosa Tour of Homes is that there are no expectations that the homes need to be over the top with decorations. These are family homes and it’s fun to show others how you as a family decorate for Christmas and what traditions you have as a family. Here are photos from my home this year that was on the tour.

It was a group effort in getting my home ready, so I’d like to give special thanks to the following people: Val Van Waardhuizen and Janel Campbell of Interiors by Val (paint colors and decor help), Ariann Blake of Salt & Light Market, de Bloemen hof Lawn & Garden, Stam’s Greenhouse, Jody Mitrisin (painting), Michelle Doty of Walnut Hill Designs, and Mary Stewart (cleaning).  With having agreed to having my home in the tour about a month before the event, it definitely takes a village to get things ready.  Also, thank you to the Tour of Homes committee for all their hard work in preparing for this wonderful community event!

Enjoy the tour by photos of the Christmas decor throughout my home.

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Greenery for window boxes and the wreath on the door are from de Bloemen hof.  Front pots are from Stam’s Greenhouse.
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Ariann Blake from Salt & Light Market unloaded her truck of amazing, vintage antiques and fun decorations.  She also did the chalk writing on the chalk boards.  It was a huge blessing to have her help in decorating my home.
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Christmas Stockings were embroidered by Michelle Doty of Walnut Hill Designs.
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I love special touches, like my husband’s grandma’s snowflakes that she crocheted and starched by hand.
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Our christmas tree has ornaments on it from different places that we’ve visited.  Lot’s of special memories and stories to tell when setting up our tree with our children.
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I am a photographer and so I love decorating my walls with portraits.  Jessica Hartwick took our family photos this year and I created this unique wall gallery out of a collection of wood frame prints, to wood block prints, and the arrow and word art.  I love creating custom wall art designs for my customers, so it was fun to finally great something custom for my own home.
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My daughter decorated her own tree and no one was allowed to change it.  She did a pretty good job with it.  The sign on the wall is from The Sparrow’s Nest.  Another amazing vendor in Oskaloosa.  This was a custom request and she created it beautifully.
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The boys room is a fun touch to the house, as it adds a whole additional floor of living space and has some neat features like the brick wall and the skylight.
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The dining room  was my favorite spot with the neat plate settings completed by Ariann Blake.  She took some gold buttons and put some greenery and berries through the button and placed them on these adorable cream and gold plates.  Then a fun little touch by putting an ornament under a glass.  The centerpiece was borrowed from Val, which she purchased from Stam’s Greenhouse last year.
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I had this old chair and the seat where the fabric was ruined.  I took some sheets of moss and covered the chair and now it’s a fun piece to showcase our Christmas Cards that we receive in the mail.
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We recently added these wood shelves in the small bathroom off the kitchen.  Ariann added these fun, little touches that finished it off just perfectly!
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This mirror was from Ariann also and we painted it silver to match the other fixtures.  It fits just beautifully in this space.
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I had a wonderful time being apart of the Oskaloosa Tour of Homes.  It was so fun meeting people and hearing stories from what they remembered about the home.  I even met a previous owner that told me what they all remodeled in the home.  Hearing about the history of our home and all the others who had fond memories of this home, was such a joy.  A home holds so many stories that you often don’t get to hear, so this was such a great opportunity to meet so many people from our community and get to hear stories of what they remembered in our home.
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We were honored that this was also a fundraiser for the new Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mahaska program here in Oskaloosa.  It will be exciting to see how many kids benefit from this amazing program in our community.

 

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