Holiday Home Tour celebrates 14 years

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African tile in the foyer, refurbished oak flooring and barn doors from the family farm in Lindsborg, Kan., the home of Karyn and Bart Johnson reflects reverence for their rural roots.

One of six on the 2012 Tweeds Holiday Home Tour Dec. 1 and 2, the Johnson home is in Paradise at Pikes Peak. Built by Andre Leclercq of Alec Builders, the home was designed by David Langley Architects.

In addition to the Johnson's creative ingenuity, the home's interior decorator is David Lee of Woodland Park.

African tile in the foyer as well as on the stair step rises reflects the home's decorating diversity and the couple's travel adventures. The main level has an open floor plan and a whopper view of Pikes Peak.

The dining room table is set for a Christmas dinner, with china from Sweden, turquoise napkin rings, brass candlesticks and greenery on the table. The 900-pound antique ice chest is another memento of Bart Johnson's roots. “We're Indian, French, German and Swedish, so we've tried to embrace it all,” Karyn Johnson said.

The Johnsons have made the outdoors and the forested lot a vital piece of the décor. The ironwork railing, with carved insets, was done by Ray McMurtry of Cripple Creek who also did the ironwork on the staircase.

The kitchen is a cook's dream, with leather soapstone countertops and that stunning view. “I love to cook and bake,” Karyn said.

The master bedroom on the main level is dramatic, emphasized by the king-size bed in bristlecone pine.

Descending the staircase to the lower level visitors are greeted by the wall painting of Harley, the family dog, the work done by Victor artist Noel Wallace.

With elephant tusks among other treasures from Africa, the leisure room reminds the owners of Bart's father's African safari. Included in the room's décor is the bar, crafted of wood from the family farm.

A prominent part of the décor is the showcase of Bart's carved wood figures, crafted in the massive and spotlessly-clean workshop at the end of the hallway.

Karyn indulges her creativity in the quilting room entered through the refurbished barn doors and enhanced with the antique quilt.

A large poster of a ship from the Carnival Cruise Line sparks interest in the immigration to America of Bart's family.

In a time when families are separated by distance, when cherished memories are often laid aside, the Johnsons have preserved their bonds to the past in a charming and updated design throughout the house.

Other homes on the tour are owned by:

● Kathy and Dean Buysse, Edgewood Inn, decorated by Deb Nichols and Cowbells

● Susan and David Leitch, decorated by Susan Leitch

● Cord and Liz Prettyman, decorated by Liz Prettyman

● Susan and Kevin Geiger, decorated by Susan Geiger

● Kathy and Jerry Penland, decorated by Nancy Skala

The 14th annual Holiday Home Tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 2. The tour includes refreshments, strolling musicians and carriage rides at the Hospitality House at 841 Majestic Parkway as the entrance at Paradise at Pikes Peak.

Tickets, $15 in advance or $17 the day of the event, are available at area businesses or by checking www.wphht.org or by calling 719-291-0951.