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December 5, 2012

Homes in holiday splendor

DANVILLE — Four beautiful homes, all decked out in holiday splendor, will be featured in Danville’s Holiday Tour of Homes from 2-6 p.m. Sunday. Money raised will directly benefit the American Diabetes Association and the Provena Regional Cancer Center.

Chris Fitzsimmons, chairman of the event, said, “We want to thank all the homeowners for opening up their truly beautiful homes for such wonderful causes. All the money raised will help people locally whose lives have been touched by diabetes or cancer,” she added.

Homes on the tour include:

  • Shelly Larson, 109 Pine St. — Larson and her two children welcome guests to their stately 1895 home that features seven decorated Christmas trees. She moved into her turn-of-the-century home in 2009, after helping Gene and Carol Wands completely refurbish it into a virtual showplace. She also “changes up” the décor frequently to keep things fresh and different.

Larson wants to share her home with other people so they can realize the potential of some of these downtown houses. This year the Wandses and Mary Morrison have helped the Larsons transform this beautiful home into a holiday showplace.

For Christmas, she uses different colors on each tree — including purple, red and white, and bronze — to complement the décor in each room. Her extensive front porch area is lit up and decorated with live greenery, and elaborate centerpieces and mantle decorations complete the festive display.

In her job with the City of Danville, Larson and her team have brightened up the downtown area with stunning holiday lights and decorations for all to enjoy.

  • Steve and Sue Rodman, 3802 N. Lake Blvd. — A circle garden and an inviting brick walkway lead guests to the front door of the Rodman house on Lake Vermilion.

What started as a 1,000-square-foot bungalow — the home of Danville’s own football legend, Zeke Bratkowski — is now a 3,200-square-foot ranch. The Rodmans designed the home themselves, describing it as a “little bit of Michigan.”

The cathedral ceiling spanning 65 feet lends itself to an open, yet inviting feeling. Thanks to Steve’s love of woodworking, guests will find restored antiques and many custom designed pieces throughout their home. Their Christmas décor includes five themed Christmas trees, featuring a unique fishing tree that was added this year.

The Rodmans find the holidays to be magical, and they hope that their participation in this year’s tour will enhance the lives of those affected by diabetes and cancer.

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