Four homes lined up for annual Christmas tour in Marion

The theme for this year?s Christmas Home Tour in Marion is ?A Country Christmas,? from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, and featuring four unique homes, said Janet Marler, director of the Marion Library.

Each year, she said, the library sponsors the event as a fundraising activity with proceeds going toward various projects.

The four homeowners include Ken and Malinda Stuchlik at 2219 Sunrise, Randy and Rachel Collett, 4201?2 Main, Colten and Rachel Olsen, 814 Weldon and Barry Guinn and Molly Smith, 4 Lois Lane.

?The library?s tree will be decked out in denim burlap and jute ornaments, rope garland, lassos and bandanas,? Marlar said, adding to this year?s theme.

In addition, an assortment of refreshments will be available at the library?s Santa Fe room.

As a sneak preview of what?s to come at this year?s home tour, the following information was provided:

? The Stuchlik?s live in a log cabin home, which was built in 2013.

Construction, Marler said, was done by the couple with emphasis on reclaiming old wood.

?From an old cedar tree on the property, they cut a piece from the trunk to make their fireplace mantle,? she said.

In the basement, the couple are in the process of taking old wood from an existing granary, planing and oiling the lumber and placing it on the wall.

The cabin has a lot of windows facing south and overlooking a pasture with a pond in the distance.

In the utility room, Malinda Stuchlik took two steel doors and painted them to look like the wood,? she added.

Bricks from the old wash house were salvaged and now used as a sidewalk to the house.

?Ken is talented with his woodworking skills making end tables that look like old-fashioned iceboxes and converting an old sewing machine into a television stand.

When visitors see the house, the Stuchlik?s will have available a book showing pictures of the varying stages of construction.

? The Colten?s converted an old hospital into their home, Marler said.

?They are located on Main Street in the upstairs of the C.B. Wheeler building,? she said.

In restoring the home, the couple repurposed as much of the used trim as they could salvage.

The house has the original hardwood floors, which were installed when the hospital was built in the late 1890s.

?Rachel loves to cook and built her dream kitchen with a walk in pantry,? she said.

She also has a Department 56 Village collection on display and her Nativity sets.

She said she has several with special meaning to her.

?Her Mom painted a ceramic set for her many years ago and she said she treasures those,? Marler said.

The couple always have a live Christmas tree and the ornaments on it are from many years of collecting for their children.

?Each holds special memories because many of them are from Rachel?s and Randy?s grandmothers,? she said.

? The Olsens have been married less than two years, and after their wedding they moved into a home that was remodeled by Rachel?s grandfather.

?The home was built by Dave and Aldena Helmer in 1957 as a home for Aldena?s mother,? Marler said. ?The house has been completely gutted and redone with new floors, walls, kitchen cabinets, bathroom and more.?

Rachel Olsen said she like to decorate her home in the pastel shabby chic design.

Pinterest craft projects can be seen everywhere, and many of the projects are repurposed wedding decorations and items she used at her wedding.

A coffee/cocoa bar is in their kitchen, Marler said.

?The man-cave is where Colten enjoys his own decor, his drums, the Colts and Royals memorabilia and a TV,? she explained.

For the holidays, their tree is decorated with red and turquoise ornaments, snowflakes and both of their childhood ornaments, she added.

? The home of Barry Guinn and Molly Smith overlooks Marion County Lake.

Marler said the home was built by Bob and Deb Gillett in 1997, and the couple purchased it in 2015.

?As visitors walk up the stone steps to the front door, they will be greeted by a lovely porch,? she said. ?This will be there first Christmas in this house.?

After entering the front door, people will see a 12-foot Christmas tree trimmed in old-fashioned rustic and burlap ornaments.

Next to the fireplace is a 1916 Baby Grand Chickering piano, Marler noted.

?They have completely repainted, removed wallpaper, and updated the entire house,? she said. ?In a little alcove in the kitchen they have a butcherblock table that they have restored, which belonged to Molly?s grandfather.?

Smith said he used it in his grocery store, Bowers Grocery, at Hudson.

Along with all the Christmas accents, the couple also have a parrot named Taco, who lives in the sunroom. He is 24 years old and can talk and sing.

Tickets are $5 and available at the Marion City Library or at the homes the day of the tour.

For more information call the Marion City Library 620-382-2442

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