2019 HOME TOUR
Celebrating Beechwood Drive
The Brown Home
Kirsten Hutton, Designer
Welcome to the home of Mitch and Jennifer Brown. It was built by New Haven Homes, and the Brown family has lived in it for 12 years.
Some features of the home which first attracted the Browns include the full brick exterior, a three-car garage, and four bedrooms—but especially the location and neighborhood. They continue to love its traditional look and feel.
Please take note of the beautiful custom cabinets in the kitchen and the light which streams in from the sunroom in the winter. Especially cherished is Jennifer’s hutch, which she acquired upon her grandmother’s death. According to Jennifer, “the hutch was a mess” but was carefully refurbished by an industrial tech teacher at Tippecanoe High School. It now sports an antique black finish.
You’ll also see an original Frisch’s Big Boy bank from 1970, which is lovingly dressed for every holiday.
The small living room with a gas fireplace adds a cozy touch to this beautiful home.
The Miller Home
Martha Mellon & Diana Begley, Co-Designers
Home Comfort Gallery, Troy c:937-264-1182 Diana Begley 937-974-3986
This home was purchased 20 years ago by Liz and Gerald Miller, who contracted with the Dean Bowman Company for its construction.
The colonial style was selected because the Millers enjoy antique furnishings. They had seen a picture of a home they especially liked years before in Colonial Homes magazine, so they recreated it.
A feature of particular interest is the stairway chandelier which can be lowered and raised by an electrical device for cleaning and bulb replacement. This is just one example of the thought and craftsmanship which the Millers sought when planning the construction.
The prized antique furnishings include a walnut secretary which was inherited from Mr. Miller’s mother and a walnut breakdown armoire. The cherry dining room set was crafted by an Amish gentleman in his barn in West Virginia.
The Millers enjoy decorating their home and opening it to visitors.
The Barhorst Home
Randy Luken, Designer
2272 W. Schantz Ave.
Dayton, OH 45409
Fax (937) 299-9911
This is the home of Adam and Erin Barhorst. They were attracted to this home nearly three years ago by the main floor master bedroom and a basement with a theatre room—something the entire family enjoys but which appealed especially to Adam. The house also has three bedrooms upstairs and a large kitchen.
Also, the family needed to find a house that could accommodate their wall entertainment center. This huge piece was hand built by Adam’s grandfather, who has since passed on, but the unit lives on as a memory of him.
After living in the house, the Barhorsts have come to enjoy the large windows in the living room and kitchen, which flood the home with light throughout the day.
Special features to note are the coffee bar with Erin’s Rae Dunn pottery and the chalkboard wall with personalized coffee drinks based on the family’s names. Also, the mirror above the fireplace attracts questions about keeping such a tall feature clean. Erin says the answer is simple: just don’t touch it!
The Barhorsts love to decorate their home, including the two fireplace mantels, and they welcome you into their lovely home.
The Stacy Home
Sharon Bledsoe, Designer
Sharon Bledsoe Designs c: 937-572-2838
Ryan and Jane Stacy have lived in this home for eight years. They were first attracted by the large windows, the open kitchen with plenty of cabinets, and the crown molding.
Since living in the home, the Stacys have opened up the living space by removing a wall between the kitchen and the family room. They have also updated the hardwood floors and the fireplace, and they added a custom-built buffet.
Outside, the Stacys have always enjoyed the back patio that provides a great place to entertain, and they’ve expanded the patio and added a gas fire pit and stone feature.
Please note the dining room table and china cabinet, which were inherited from Ryan’s grandmother and the Italian marble coffee table which belonged to Jane’s grandmother.
The Christmas tree in the sunroom is decorated with Ryan’s mother’s glass Waterford balls and Jane’s mother’s gold ornaments.
The Stacys love these inherited items and are happy to share their home with you.
The Roediger Home
Molly Williams, Designer
Ivy Designs c:937-239-5043
When Joel and Deb Fitzwater/Roediger were looking for a new home with more space just a year and a half ago, they found it here when they saw the open floor plan, the welcoming staircase, and the kitchen.
Since moving in, they’ve come to love the kitchen island/counter/bar. Deb says, “It’s our gathering place, homework island, dinner spot, and perfect for friends and family, as everyone always lands in the kitchen. “
Decorating for Christmas brings the house into the colors of the holiday. The red and green stand out against the white wood work throughout, and the family loves to decorate the fireplace mantel and the staircase.
Every year Grandma gifts the kids ornaments to hang before Christmas, which are special and make the tree represent them.
As the Fitzwater/Roediger family continues to redecorate and blend their furniture into a new home, they are so happy to have moved into such a welcoming community.
The Robbins Home
Lori Wilke, Designer
2272 W. Schantz Ave.
Dayton, OH 45409
Fax (937) 299-9911
Rich and Liz Robbins, owners of this home, have been Tipp City residents for 18 years. When they moved here from Massachusetts, they had just finished renovating a 1920’s era home, so they didn’t want to face a massive rehab again. They looked for a traditional style, brick home in a neighborhood with families and lots of kids. This home built by New Haven fit their needs, even though the Robbins were not 100% sold on it at first. They were hoping for a larger foyer, and they didn’t want to risk visitors to their front door seeing a mess in the kitchen while they were making food, but they decided the best solution was to just set an extra place setting or two.
The Robbins have grown to love living on a cul de sac, surrounded y terrific neighbors. They also enjoy the privacy and peace found in their back yard.
Many of the items in the living room etagere and dining room hutch belonged to Liz’s parents and grandparents. Liz says, “Many items might be traditional, old, and/or dated, but they are ‘us’ and part of our life. We surround ourselves with things we love, cherish, and actually use.”
The Robbins family wants all who enter to feel welcomed and at home.
The Connors Home
Cini Geist, Designer
Clients seek solutions to a variety of design dilemmas’. It’s a challenge that I look forward to with each new project. Implementing solutions with carefully detailed planning that enrich a space function and aesthetics is my goal with each client. No single approach works in every case. Each job is unique and solutions are tailored that way.
Chad and Kim Connors purchased this home in 2016, following the birth of their third child, when they realized a need for a larger home and moved from Vandalia. They were especially attracted to the five bedrooms, the high ceilings, and the large picture windows.
Much of the home has been redecorated by Kim and includes a new kitchen and powder room designed by Mauk Cabinets in Tipp City.
Each room is decorated in a different Christmas theme, and some of the decorations have been passed down for three generations, including Kim’s grandmother’s Christmas Village displayed in the study at the front of the home. The ten-foot tree in the foyer is filled with a life-long collection of silver, pink, and teal ornaments, many of which have been purchased as mementos of family vacations. See if you can find the Persian cat ornaments that reflect the Connors’ love for their 17-year old kitties, whom Kim says are probably hiding in the house.
The family room showcases a Santa Shoppe with a collection of Santas and his Candyland Village on the bookcases. Each year, Chad and the children purchase a new Santa for Kim.
Great room decorations include a tree with the children’s ornaments and a full-size Santa, who keeps an eye on the children to ensure they do not end up on his naughty list.
Kim and her mother have been attending Christmas in the Village home tours since the early 90’s, so it is extremely special for the Connors’ home to be featured in the 2019 tour.
Our sincere thank you to the Homeowners who have made a generous contribution to support the Non-Profit entities in our Community. YOU are what makes our town great!