Christmas Home Tour: Starting Anew With Nothing New
The skies cloud over and the winter makes its announcement with a bright light and a crack of thunder. Ever the optimist the Exeter Woman’s Club prepares for another exciting Christmas Home Tour on Dec. 6, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. To start out our series of Home Tour descriptions we will feature this home that on first blush alone is worth the ticket price.
Home 1: Kevin and Amy Kehrmeyer-Moore
Kevin Moore (a general contractor) and Amy Kehrmeyer Moore (Advertizing Sales for KJUG radio) bought this circa 1940 house with a ‘90s living room addition five years ago and jumped right in to make it individually their own. And as you will see, every selection in the house is carefully considered from the first step in.
Amy will assure you that she is a thrift store/flee market “junkie” and frequents such stores as the Collectors Corner in Visalia. “Nothing new” and a French Country feeling is what Amy is after. Starting out with an antique art deco sofa and lounge chair set, still covered in a bygone era heavy wool mohair weft in the entry parlor. Hand-picked poetry cards hang just inside the front door and original art works are placed throughout the house. An antique European side board sits regally at one end of the entry parlor and has a back lining of silk sunburst, thought to be original. At the other end of the parlor, next to the 1940s fireplace, is Amy’s “Fufu, lala” Christmas Tree with “over the top” copper colored sparkles, copper ornaments and ornaments made of re-used mink fur (constructed by Amy).
Kevin placed crown moldings in each room of the older house up at ceiling height to create a break in the transition between the walls and the ‘40s style coved ceilings. He also pulled up carpet and refinished the beautiful hardwood floors throughout, save a guest room or two. As Amy says “There’s always a project in an old house, but that’s the fun of it.”
Just beyond the parlor is the dining room where again Amy moved in an antique dining table “with a huge leaf” and chairs and brought new life to them with happy family dinners all around.
The kitchen, the newest remodel, is Amy’s pride and joy. The Peninsula style breakfast bar is an antique refrigerator below that stores a vast collection of “Depression era” glasses and collections of dinner China. Amy confesses an “addiction to dinnerware.” Bead board to match that of the antique refrigerator has been repeated on the cabinet doors. On either side of the kitchen sink the cabinet doors are leaded glass accented with pressed glass plates acting as medallions in each panel. The counter tops are new granite and set the color scheme for the custom paint color on the cabinets.
Off of the kitchen is the family room, a newer addition to the house, comwith a newer fireplace insert that heats the house on most winter days. An arched niche constructed by Kevin houses a vintage buffet that acts as an entertainment center and T.V. stand. Three artworks by Amy’s friend Melinda Scott hang is this room. Note: A vintage frame Amy painted green is hung with one of Melinda’s “Cross” artworks. The “in progress” antique rocker in the corner has yet to be finished but most assuredly has a story to tell. Amy reports that “tobacco leaf” stuffing was pulled out the chair when they started the Rocker’s refurbishment. The second and grandest Christmas Tree is here in the family room. Amy calls it “Our Family Tree”, decorated with Christopher Radko ornaments collected over the years and “ornaments I have received as gifts from friends and ornaments my son made for me when he was little,” Amy says.
In the office/guest room/sewing room Amy notes the file cabinet in the corner was once a Tagus Ranch fixture and an ode to her former home is displayed on the far wall with more outdoorsy accents. Tucked in a closet area is Amy’s sewing center where she pursues her passions. At the moment “she likes furs!” and re-purposes them into pillows and ornaments.
On down the hall is the guest bath with new retro tiles on the floor (installed by Kevin). However the shower and vanity tiles are original along with the light fixtures flanking the new vanity mirror. Out in the hallway again you will notice a collage of crucifixes surrounding a very interesting water valve that may or may not have been for the homes original water cooler.
In the front guest room Amy says “about everything” is here with a few antiques and another painting by friend Melinda. In the corner is the first of several mannequins that Amy has decoupage with maps of California.
As you exit to the back yard thru the kitchen/laundry room, you will enjoy refreshments and cookies prepared by the EWC members. Also, offered by our Homeowners is a bonus room that Amy calls her “Girly Room” (instead of a Man Cave), where our tour guests can warm up, sit a spell, and enjoy Amy’s sense of humor and vivid imagination. This “Girly Room” is embellished with yards and yards of vintage rose fabrics that complement the (3rd) fun “White Christmas” tree. The iron day bed is truly an antique that Amy chose to just “lacquer over the Rust.” In the small “mother-in-law”-style building Kevin and Amy have retained the previous owners’ kitchen sink area and ½ bath. The cabinet above the sink was brought over from the main house when the Kevin remodeled the kitchen there. Here also is a fireplace stove the Moores have installed for warmth without electricity. The mannequin in this room is decoupaged with Hymnals.
Out in the yard you may take note of yard mirrors, wind chimes, twinkly lights strung in and throughout the trees and an old shopping cart, now a plant carrier. Also against the wall is Amy’s “Alter Ego.” She is a memento from an old friend who has passed on. Thank you, to Kevin and Amy for opening their home to this Exeter Woman’s Club yearly event supporting its Community Fund and scholarships.
Please watch for our next Christmas Home Tour installments in the weeks ahead. Advance tickets on sale for $15 at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce office, By The Water Tower Antiques in Exeter as well as Franey Design Center and The Scripture House in Visalia.
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– By Sara DeJager of the Exeter Woman’s Club.