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December 3, 2012

Home on Tahlequah holiday tour features four trees

— TAHLEQUAH — The 31st annual Home for the Holidays Tour presented by Tahlequah Branch of American Association of University Women is set for Sunday.

The tour includes a number of beautiful homes, among them the home of Shannon and Patti Buhl at 503 Kingston Place.

“The home construction was finished early last spring and we moved in May,” Patti Buhl said in a media release. “Our goal when building the home was to create an open floor plan throughout.”

The exterior of the home is a traditional red brick. The one-story home has stone accents complementing the Mountain View setting.

“We came and walked out here almost every day during the construction process,”  Shannon Buhl said. “We wanted to be a part of the community, and the neighborhood is welcoming.”

The interior of the home is accented with various Native American art pieces complementing the natural and outdoor feel of the home. The entryway, with a ceiling 12 feet high and arched doorways, is where the first of four Christmas trees are showcased throughout the home. The home features a fireplace, a spacious back porch, and a three-car garage.

“We have no specific theme for the holiday decor,” said Patti Buhl. “Each tree is color themed and the one located in the living room was Pottery Barn inspired.”

The study, with custom textured walls and custom crown molding, has a pink and green theme tree, giving off a very fun and playful vibe.

Through the kitchen past the butler’s pantry, showcasing a “Twas the Night Before Christmas” china set, is the open floor leading to the living room.

Magnificent archways separate the kitchen and living room, which has an outdoor themed tree as well as custom built-in cabinets featuring more unique artwork.

“I have always been a participant of touring the homes each year with my sister,” Patti Buhl said. “I have always wanted to participate, and when we moved out here it was the perfect opportunity to showcase our home.”

Off to the side of the living room and kitchen is a breakfast nook, where garland and a little Christmas village will be displayed. The fourth tree showcased on the tour is in the master suite. The tree is upside down, giving the suite a contemporary look.

“We used the upside-down tree as our main tree one year, but for our son it was too unconventional,” Shannon Buhl said.

Past the master suite is the master bath, which will be decorated, and showcasing a luxurious size shower along with double wash stations. Upon exiting the master suite,  all trees from the living room to the entryway to the study can be viewed, showing off the open floor plan. The last stop on the tour is the back porch. It will be decorated in Christmas garland and may have a tree as well.

“It has been a lot of planning,” said Patti Buhl. “We have also received a tremendous amount of help from our friends and neighbors.”

Shannon Buhl is the marshal of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, and Patti Buhl is the director of public safety for campus police at Northeastern State University.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Vintage on Main, Kate Miller Optometry, Meigs Jewelers, Oasis Health Foods, TTCU, Donna’s Flower Designs and Sequoyah Institute. Tickets can be purchased at any tour stop or advance ticket site on the day of the tour.

The homes exhibited on the 2012 tour are those of Dr. Steve and Penny Turner, 526 Seminary Ave.; Stephen and Cami Highers, 726 Meadows Circle; Shannon and Patti Buhl, 505 Kingston Place; Cody and Kim Parker, 513 Kingston Place; Cordelia Dixon with Blue Fern Bed and Breakfast, 224 Chickasaw St.; Shaun Shepherd, 645 Kingston Place and 17636 Pecan Creek Circle; and Vintage on Main, 104 N. Muskogee Ave.

Vintage on Main will be the tour’s reception site. The Turners’ home will have a Goodie Shoppe, with homemade baked goods available for purchase. The 2012 AAUW ornaments, featuring Bagley Hall, will be on sale for $12.50.

All tour proceeds will go to AAUW leadership programs, its legal advocacy fund and the AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund, which provides funding to women for graduate education, community action grants and research grants.

Information: Amber Cowan, (918) 458-2075.

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