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Tim and Jodi Burr personally designed, planned, and built their custom home over the past two years.  They moved into their new home upon its completion in June 2015 and have decorated it for Christmas in a way that enhances its natural beauty.

Located in Olde Oaks, the two story home has four bedrooms, four baths, an office, kitchen, hearth room, media landing room, an outdoor kitchen/living area, and three fireplaces throughout. The family plans to host family and friends during the holidays, something they enjoy doing throughout the year.

“We wanted it to be open and inviting enough to entertain,” Jodi Burr said. “We want people to feel at home and comfortable when they are here.”

When designing the home, Jodi wanted a mix of simple formality, vintage elements, natural features, and a splash of modern decor.

She provided these details:

“The wood floors are made of white oak planks that were custom hand scraped and stained.  Our ceilings are finished with natural white washed knotty pine planks.  Our kitchen and hearth room feature used Old Chicago brick floors.  Our bathrooms have vintage hexagon black and white tile.  Our master bath focal point is a brick wall topped with reclaimed beams from my childhood home behind a freestanding pedestal tub.  8 foot 5 panel doors with a mix of crystal knobs and straight nickel lever handle capture the vintage meets modern home design.

“The powder room/ half bath features an antique double basin washtub with a vintage window repurposed into a mirror. Our guest bath features an antique washstand customized with a porcelains semi-vessel sink and tall pump faucet.

“Our lighting is unique. Many pieces are reclaimed that I purchased at antique shops and either custom painted or embellished myself in one way or another.  With all of the simple natural features in our home, I wanted my lighting to be eclectic “jewelry” that accessorizes each of my rooms.”

The family’s holiday decorations are as unique as the home’s overall decor and design.  The six fully decorated trees are adorned with a variety of themes and distinct beauty.

Visitors are welcomed into the home from the cold with the warmth of a 12 foot fir graced with the soft glow of crystal lights and glass ornaments ivory and champagne in color that perfectly compliments the 6 foot crystal chandelier that fills the 20 foot room height.

The hearth room features a conifer with snow covered pine boughs draped with vintage white lights seated in a galvanized bucket.  The home’s family room features a simple in stature vintage tree outfitted with a mix of tiny white lights and large colorful bulbs, family heirloom ornaments, a vast personal collection of Christmas “firsts” and travel remembrances throughout the years, all which are placed among handmade pieces by themselves in their own youth and their children during the past 25 years.

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