This is a bountiful year for Christmas home tours in the Tri-State area. Besides the outstanding Christmas Candlelight Homes tour in Huntington Sunday, Dec. 2, there will be a similar tour in Ashland, Kentucky, Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Both tours will take place during the afternoon hours.
Ashland’s tour is sponsored by the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, 120 Winchester Ave. in Ashland. Carol Allen, executive director of the museum, said, “This is an excellent homes and business tour this year. This tour is one of our larger fundraising events for the museum. People get to go into gorgeous homes both old and new, big and small, modern and traditional — there is something for everyone.”
Counting the museum, there will be nine stops this year.
One of those stops is at the home of Karen and Tony Hogsten. Karen, chairwoman of the homes tour committee organizing this event, said, “Our house has a lot of history with Ashland, and since we have renovated it we thought people would enjoy seeing it. We kept the original unpainted woodwork and pocket doors, staying true to the house’s roots. It was empty for five years before we bought it, so it needed a lot of work. At one time a local doctor owned it and people would pull up in the driveway behind the house to get their vaccinations.”
The large, center-entry house has a presence on its corner lot surrounded by towering trees showing off their fall colors.
The Hogstens enjoy decorating for all the seasons and at this point are all set up for the November holidays but are also beginning to transition into the winter genre. Karen collects winter artwork that already graces her walls year-round, so that is already in place.
The dining room also has a bit of Christmas left from last season’s decor. Overtop the window shades hang large gold angels trumpeting their horns. Karen
commented, “I put them up last year and liked them so well I just left them — I think they tend to go with the room.”
Another show-stopper in this uniquely eclectic home is a life-size horse made of fiberglass. The horse, named Wild Paint by its creator, was bought at a Keeneland auction several years ago by the Hogstens. Karen said, “We read about the fundraiser and made a trip to Lexington to check it out and brought Wild Paint home.” He is resting in a side yard of the home but the Hogstens plan to bring him inside for the winter.
One of the favorite rooms in the house for guests is an upstairs bedroom that has already been dressed for Christmas with a tree and mantle decorations. Twinkling lights and miniature white trees offer a cozy feel to the already pleasing space.
Like all the windows in the house, there are custom Roman shades at these bedroom windows. They sport a pretty navy background with white clouds wafting upward, blending nicely with the gray walls. Every room in the house has a fireplace and this one has a mirror inserted in the firebox to reflect the ambiance of the room.
This is just one of the lovely homes on the Christmas Tour of Homes 2018 in Ashland. Tickets are $20 if bought in advance at the museum or $25 on the day of the tour. The tour is not recommended for children under the age of 8 and homes are not handicapped-accessible.