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Annual holiday house tour to begin Dec. 2

Nov. 19, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

HUNTINGTON — The countdown is on to the Holiday Candlelight House Tour, a fundraiser for Arts Resources for the Tri-State, and the variety is delightful.

Christmas trees, Santas, carolers, wreaths and more have dressed these Huntington houses with panache. The houses them­selves are quite different and offer food for thought in decorating one’s own abode.

Becky Mundy and Kim Maynard’s house on the Southside of Huntington will offer lots of ideas for repurposing and renovating.

“The assessor’s office says the house was built in 1900, and we have tried to keep the age of the house in mind when we did any renovation,” Mundy said.

The first thing one notices coming up the sidewalk of the Mundy house is the lovely landscaping. When asked who did all the work with the pavers and plants Mundy said, “Oh we do all the work our­selves.” The brick-lined sidewalk leads up to well addressed flowerbeds on either side of the front steps. On each side of the porch are seating areas all decked out with their theme of red and white. The new red front door is all dressed up with a wreath announcing the season.

The foyer of the house allows one to look about into the open floor plan. To the left is the living area where a tree will dominate the room on tour day. The mantle will be dressed as well. One wants to take special note of the fire­place and wood trim above the mantle. “When we moved in here there was a traditional mirror over the fireplace along with a buck stove,” Mundy said. “The tile work is so nice and I wanted to enhance it and make it more impor­tant to the room, so we took down the mirror and removed the stove. For ideas the Internet is a wonderful thing, and I found this great website called Houzz. com. It is a place to gather ideas for redesigning and renovating a house so I typed in fireplace ideas and began to put together pictures in their idea book. Then between my contractor and myself we came up with what you see. I don’t always have grand ideas but I’m pretty good at adapting a grand idea to fit my house.” The kitchen/dining room area is another space in the house they have repurposed and renovated by taking down a wall and adding built-ins. When redoing the kitchen they were able to keep the granite countertops and reuse them in the renovation. By closing off doorways and opening up walls they have created a kitchen many will envy. Mundy laughs as she points out the alcove where the refrigerator stands.

“I think its funny that the refrigerator has a room all to itself,” she said.

She agreed older homes take some accommodation to make things work.

The backyard area to this house is lovely from any viewpoint inside or outside the house. They have taken what use to be a basketball court and put in a pool, pavers, decking and a gazebo. Even in the waning months of fall, the flowerbed are notable. Again Mundy made use of her favorite website, Houzz. com to come up with ideas for a gazebo that would fit their needs.

This house is just one of eight on the tour and if you haven’t gotten a ticket as yet, then stop by Justice Glass, Mug & Pia, Simply Whisk, Old World Tradi­tions or Hatchers. Also First Sentry Bank will be opening its lobby on the day of the tour for ticket and wreath sales. The wreaths are an addition to the Arts fundraising this year. Michelle Conley said that they are designer qual­ity decorated wreaths, so for a look stop in at the bank on the day of the tour even if you have already gotten a ticket.