Claremore Daily Progress

December 3, 2013

Junior Ocieleta to host annual Christmas Home Tour

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CLAREMORE — The Junior Ocieleta Club in Claremore is hosting its 30th Annual Christmas Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tour will feature four beautiful local homes as well as a new twist on the popular craft fair.

The first home on the tour is the home of Jan and John Belcher at 10099 E. Ratliff Drive. The Belchers have lived in Claremore for more than 20 years, but completed their dream home in the Cedar Springs Subdivision with the help of Oklahoma Royal Homes in October 2010. This four-bedroom, three-bath and three-car garage home sits on one acre in the Cedar Springs Addition, just outside of city limits, and is of a traditional style, featuring brick and stone with accented wood siding.

Jan’s decorating inspiration comes from Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs, but with her eclectic decorating style, she prides herself on making something out of nothing. She loves to peruse thrift stores to look for items she can re-purpose with her very artistic touch. Nearly everything in the house has been redone and there is a story behind nearly every piece. Jan says this is not a perfect house, but that having no rules makes it perfect for her and John. She believes it is more fun to transform old stuff into something new then to just buy new, and she started all this before Pinterest existed.

With tile, wood flooring and carpet throughout, this home has a little different style in every room. The front dining room features a beautiful textured glaze that is highlighted by the centerpiece of the room, Jan’s grandparents’ old farm table.

The kitchen features a pretty island and granite counter tops. Hanging plant baskets have been converted into pendent lights to add a unique touch to this room. A lovely gas fireplace is the highlight of the living room and is a perfect gathering place for entertaining in this beautifully-furnished space.

A favorite piece in the master bedroom is a beautiful headboard that was upholstered by Jan and John. The master bath features a welcoming walk-in tile shower, as well as his and her vanities.

Also on the lower level is a guest bedroom that features memorabilia from Jan’s family. The adorable beds from the Jenny Lind Collection, previously used by her aunts as young ladies, welcome guests into this comfortable space.

Lots of storage space is hidden underneath the stairs that lead to an open bonus room with large windows overlooking the beautiful backyard and creek tree line. John’s upstairs office features his father’s roll-top desk and bookshelf as well as lots of his family’s memorabilia.

Step outside onto a cozy and welcoming back porch featuring a wood-burning fireplace and pergola. The outdoor clock is made from Rogers State pallets and hand painted by the homeowner herself. The view of the pond from this large outdoor oasis, added to the house in June of 2013, makes for a very peaceful escape after a long day of work.

The Belcher home is a true gem on the 2013 tour and visitors are sure to leave with an endless number of project ideas.

Also on this year’s tour is the home of Craig and Jessica Wilbourn located at 14823 East Fieldstone Drive North. The newly-built 3125 ft. , three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home of the Wilbourn family sits on a full acre in the beautiful Fieldstone Addition within walking distance of Claremore Lake.

Open the Speakeasy solid wood front door and step into the foyer of the spacious lower level featuring stained concrete floors throughout. The homeowners’ vibrant personalities can be felt in every room of the home. The office gives us our first glimpse of Jessica’s self-described “vintage, rustic and eclectic, with a little modern edge” decorative style. Pictures of old-fashioned bicycles are the back drop for a stunning office set featuring a desk handcrafted from reclaimed barn wood and Jessica’s Grandfather’s antique victrola.

Step across the hall and into the formal dining area though one of many bull-nosed, arched doorways that keep an open feel to this family-centered home. A gorgeous oil-brushed bronze chandelier sheds light onto the eight-place setting table, matching credenza and antique china cabinet filled with vintage Fiesta ware. Stroll through the fully arched breezeway, past the butlers’ pantry and into the kitchen, which is full of enough amenities to make any cook jealous. A massive, custom-made, pine hood sits atop a five-burner stove and stands out strikingly against the antique white stained cabinets that line the walls. In the center of the room is a granite-top island that houses a large sink and plenty of room for the family of four to cook together.

When the Wilbourns aren’t entertaining mealtime company, you will find them seated around the table in the cozy breakfast nook. Double windows look out onto the covered patio and beyond, to the bevy of mature trees that surround the area. The living room also shares this picturesque view. Canned lights combined with drop-down fixtures provide the entire home with soft, comfortable lighting, perfect for sitting on the large leather sectional and enjoying a fire in the highlight of this room, a huge six-shooter stone and brick fireplace with mantel.

The large mudroom is perfect for a dirty boy to kick off his shoes or step into the half bath to wash his hands for dinner. It leads into the three-car garage that features a doggy shower for the furry family members.

The Master suite is decorated in yellow and gray whimsy that mirrors the Wilbourns’ fun demeanor. This remarkable room with vaulted ceilings has a walk-through closet that opens into the elegant master bath. The furniture style vanity houses double, under-mounted sinks with oil-brushed bronze modern water pump style faucets. Both the oversized whirlpool tub and the magnificent walk-in shower with river rock flooring and a built-in seat are perfect for evening relaxation.

On the opposite end of the house, at either end of the hall, are the bedrooms where the Wilbourn boys lay their heads. Little Mac’s room features a lovely mahogany crib set and is decorated in a vintage automobile and airplane motif. Next is the bathroom, reflective of their love for all things super hero. That theme is carried into the room next door, where Jackson sleeps in a bed hand made by his Grandpa.

The entrance to the upper level of this home can be found just off of the front foyer. Grab the wooden hand rail with wrought iron banister and head up the stair case to the extra-large landing with a rustic seating area perfect for reading or gazing out the window.

For more relaxation or fun, step up into Craig’s game room, featuring a 1988 arcade Tetris game and foosball and poker tables. This man cave is decorated in vintage game memorabilia and has a full bathroom and plenty of storage space. Completing the upper level is a media room with theater seating and projection screen.

The Wilbourn home is sure to be a favorite on this year’s tour.

Danny and Dr. Melinda Steelmon’s home at 14646 E. 520 Road is another gem on this year’s tour. After driving up the quarter-mile driveway, you emerge onto the middle of the 60-acre property where the 5000 ft. Mediterranean style house sits with its stucco exterior designed around the eight-foot iron double-entry door.

Upon entering the house, you are welcomed by its 10-foot ceilings and stained concrete floors. The transitional style décor is apparent throughout the house with the use of bright colors and unique fixtures including a red sunburst chandelier in the entry. Just off the entry you encounter the home office and library where Melinda enjoys crafting and sewing. The room features a built-in bookcase with sliding ladder, plenty of storage for supplies and a crystal chandelier.

Melinda designed and decorated the house with entertaining both adults and children in mind. The formal dining area is furnished with unique silver custom dining chairs and a glass top table that seats eight.

The kitchen features a breakfast nook, double island with side bar, separate prep area, double oven, and stove purchased from Italy, as well as an additional wall oven and built-in microwave. The large pantry is a highlight of the kitchen, as are the dark-stained cabinets accented with glass doors that house upper and lower lighting, built-in recycling stations and plenty of storage. The mirrored-tile backsplash shows off the magnificent granite counters. The kitchen opens to the den area with its wall of windows overlooking the pool and pasture areas.

The formal living room also welcomes guests with its wall of windows, luxurious velvet seating and gas fireplace with glass beads. A brightly-painted powder room with glass bowl sink and backlit mirror is conveniently located for guests.

The master bedroom features a bay window sitting area and opens onto the back patio. The master bath has heated slate floors and tile, a soaker tub, his and her vanities with granite counter tops, and a separate shower with a river rock floor that feels amazing on tired feet. There are separate walk-in closets with Melinda’s closet showcasing her love of fashion. It boasts a three-tiered hanging system, built-in shoe racks and dresser, a washer and dryer, and is complimented by two crystal chandeliers. It is sure to be every woman’s favorite part of the house.

Also on the lower level is an additional laundry room and 10-year-old Kade’s bedroom and bathroom. Initially, this was designed to be the exercise room but Kade wanted this to be his room, despite the fact that is was small, because it was close to the kitchen. His bathroom features a walk-in tiled shower.

The upper level was truly designed for entertaining with its large game room complete with a pool table and video gaming area, separate walk-out balcony and snack kitchen featuring an under-lit onyx counter and granite flooring. Kade’s former bedroom has been transformed into an exercise and tanning room. It features a large walk-in closet and has an attached bathroom with an accent wall of aluminum panels and metallic-glazed ceramic floor tiles.

The relaxing covered back porch is highlighted by a patterned concrete deck, dining area, sitting area, fireplace and an outdoor TV. A welcoming hot tub overflows into the pool that features a diving board, slide and swim-up bar where Kade and his friends love having snacks during the hot summer months. The house and pool overlook the pasture area where the Steelmons enjoy riding four wheelers and dirt bikes. Danny’s 2500 ft. shop boasts a full bath with shower, tons of storage and even an indoor batting cage.

The Steelmon home is a beautiful addition to this year’s tour.

And last but not least, the beautiful home of Shana Myers, located at 25185 South 4109 Road, is sure to inspire tour goers. The Myers’ home is a one-of-a-kind residence nestled on a large two-and-a-half acre lot in a tranquil cul-de-sac location. The open floor plan encompasses 2800 ft. complete with a family room, dining and kitchen area, three bedrooms, washroom and a two-car garage.

As you walk up the front entry, you are greeted by a quaint porch featuring a beautiful natural wood colored door. Step into the family room where you will find crisp white walls, concrete floors, high ceilings and a simple wood burning fireplace that create an organic style that embodies the homeowner’s lifestyle.

One of the high points of the home is Shana’s kitchen featuring lots of open shelving and modern white cabinets.

The commercial style refrigerator with glass doors is sure to make any foodie jealous, as is the large kitchen island work space with butcher block top. The natural hard wood floors create a very clean and comfortable feel to this space and stretch into the dining area where you will find a beautiful solid wood dining table with enough room to seat eight. The wall of glass doors and windows give dinner guests a beautiful view of the property. With the openness of this kitchen and dining area, Shana will soon be able to host a “Teaching Kitchen” to help others learn the benefits of a healthy eating lifestyle.

The lower floor of the home also features the master bedroom which, like the living area, boasts concrete floors and sliding glass doors giving way to lots of natural light. There is also a private bathroom just off the master bedroom. As you head upstairs, you will find two additional bedrooms, perfect for guests.

Shana hoped to give her house a modern, French farmhouse feel and she has done just that. Throughout the home you will find old world charm embodied with modern flairs. Natural and sophisticated, this functional home is enveloped in light and comfort. Shana’s eye for superior design means that she is always updating and adding unique touches to her home.

This charming home promises to be full of unexpected surprises.

And finally, in celebration of the Home Tour’s 30th anniversary year and due to popular demand, Junior Ocieleta is bringing back the craft fair, reorganized and better than ever.

This fifth stop on the tour, coined the Stop, Shop and Snack, will be held at the beautiful Hidden Porch at 4883 East Highway 266 in Catoosa, just a short drive from the Myers home.

It will feature several crafters and vendors with booths offering items such as Christmas decorations, gifts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods, home accessories, clothing, repurposed furniture and much more.

Lunch will also be available at the Pecan Porch next door. Attendees are encouraged to come out and enjoy delicious food, beautiful views and unique last-minute Christmas shopping at this peaceful and welcoming location.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available to purchase from any Junior Ocieleta member or at the following locations:  Belvidere Mansion, Claremore Chamber of Commerce, Floral Creations, Gripado’s Deli, Hoovers’ Have All Mall, J&J Pharmacy, Hillary’s Boutique, The District on Main, Elizabeth Jean Salon, The Pink House, RCB (all three Claremore locations) and Uniquely Susie’s. Tickets may also be purchased at the homes on the day of the Home Tour. All proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour benefit student scholarships and civic needs throughout the Claremore area. Call Ashly Snyder (918) 409-4469 or visit www.joclaremore.org for more information.