Candlelight Tour visits the Imlay home

December 2, 2018

The Imlay household is a friendly oasis for the four dogs who live in this parkside home. Jan and Glen Imlay love dogs so it was a natural yes for them when a friend called to see if they would feature their house on the ASAP Candlelight Homes Tour that is taking place Sunday in Huntington.

They like other homeowners on the tour want to do their part to help support the community’s effort to save sick animals.

Jan said, “We use to have five dogs, but we lost two recently — I just couldn’t stand it when I spotted our latest addition on the shelter’s Facebook page. She is so beautiful and I just had to have her. She reminds me so much of the one we lost and she is so sweet.”

The Imlays enjoy their house because it is so close to the park. They often walk their dogs along the trail and take advantage of the dog park on the hill. Jan said, “We live in an ideal location if you have dogs - being on the hillside we are away from the noise but we can easily cross the street to take them for their walks in the park.”

The two-story brick Tudor is beautifully decorated for the Christmas holiday and ready for Sunday’s tour. Glen laughed as he commented, “We have never been decorated this early for Christmas before.” Jan added, “We pretty much skipped the Thanksgiving dcor and went straight for Christmas in order to be ready.”

And ready they are with Santa’s coat on the hall tree and the chef’s hat topping the kitchen Christmas tree.

Entering the house, one is struck by the curving staircase and festive Christmas tree.

The pale gold foyer opens into the striking living room and dining room. Matching garlands stretch across the doorways to both rooms that have beautiful chocolate walls bordered in creamy white woodwork.

In the living room the mantel is lit and stockings are hung just waiting for St. Nick to jump down the chimney. The ivory furnishings and the curved sofa enhance an already unique and stunning room.

The dining room is adorned with Christmas gold in table trees and Nativity set that are even more attractive due to the mirrors that reflect their beauty on either end of the room.

Recently the family has renovated an attic space where they can entertain friends. Glen said, “We enjoy board games, so we have a great table up here for when family and friends come by to play.” The room also sports a life-size Santa to watch over a crowd while they enjoy a television show, snuggle with a dog friend or play a game or two.

This is another home folks will really enjoy touring Sunday afternoon. The pups will not be present as they have a date with a friend, but their dog-themed room just off the foyer will be open for inspection. Their tree will be decorated with bones and other dog treats just waiting for their return when the tour is over.

Candlelight Tour of Homes of Ashland

When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2

Tickets: $25

Purchase tickets at: Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, 120 Winchester Ave. in Ashland

Candlelight Tour of Homes in Huntington

When: Sunday, Dec. 2

Ticket Info: Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: The Holiday Shop at Heritage Station, The Red Door, The Wild Flower Gift Gallery (The Market), Spurlock Flowers, Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau in Heritage Station, Barboursville Business Center.

For more information, call 304-417-0562.

Guests can purchase tickets for $20 at the doors of the houses on the day of the tour.

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