December is officially here, marking the start of the holiday shopping season and the holiday decorating season.
And what better way to get those decorating ideas than at the Brigham City Holiday Home Show, featuring not only older homes with old-fashioned character, but also newer homes with sleek and modern features.
The tour, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, features eight homes throughout Brigham City, Mantua, Perry and Willard; a historic church; an upstairs apartment in a century-old commercial building in Corinne, and a country store in Mantua.
IF YOU GO
What: Holiday Home Show
When: Noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3
Where: Throughout Corinne, Willard, Perry, Mantua and Brigham City
Cost: $10 donation
Joanne and Chandler Bingham’s home, built in 1906 at 95 N. 200 West in Willard, will be part of this year’s show.
“This house, when we bought it, it was falling apart,” said Chandler, laughing. “It was close to getting bulldozed.”
The couple brought the home back to life by completely remodeling the kitchen and other main living spaces, keeping the original hardwood floors, wood trim, staircase, doors and windows.
“This calendar was from the year the house was built,” said Chandler pointing to a calendar hanging in a frame above the old fireplace.
The couple found the calendar behind an old china hutch when they purchased the Early Craftsman bungalow in 2003. The couple decided to display the calendar in the home, adding to the new and old feeling the home evokes.
“This is actually my grandmother’s couch that we just had recovered,” Joanne said as she pointed to the couch in the family’s living room. “We got a bunch of antique furniture off of eBay and have restored the original built-ins.”
The family of seven is excited to be part of this year’s show.
Sarah Yates is one of the organizers of the 25-year-old-plus event. Yates said visitors can expect to see three homes that are more than a century old, a modest two-story bungalow in central Brigham City, newer homes including one in Willard that was built for a family of 12, vaulted ceilings, tall trees and more. The homes will be decorated for the holidays and will bring Christmas cheer to those who attend.
Stacie and Mark Mackley are also excited to have that aforementioned home for 12 in this year’s show. Located at 300 N. 131 East (Liberty Way) in Willard, this newer home was built for the couple and their 10 children, five boys and five girls, with another girl on the way.
The entryway of this home features a large, iron-rod staircase lined with Christmas garland. Poinsettias are nicely placed in the entertainment center next to the television.
The large kitchen features a round dining table with a center turntable, set in an alcove with indirect light changing colors.
The show is hosted by the Civic Improvement Club. Proceeds are used to finance scholarships for graduating seniors at Box Elder High School, as well as for a sophomore student to attend a youth leadership conference.
Tickets are a $10 donation to the club’s scholarship fund, and may be purchased at any of the homes or in advance at Consignology, 95 S. Main St. in downtown Brigham City.
Visitors can start at any home in the open-house-style tour and visit any or all of the homes.
Yates said the show is a fun mother-daughter activity to get decorating and architectural ideas, plus donate to a good cause.
Homes in this year’s show, as described by the organizers:
DeVerle & Beulah Wells, 3955 W. 2350 North (Montana Street), Corinne — The top floor of a century-old commercial building.
Methodist Church, 4000 W. 2300 North, Corinne — Built in 1870, it claims to be the oldest existing Protestant church in Utah.
Teresa & Mike Wyatt, 63 W. 500 North, Mantua — New, one-story home, with colorful floral carpet and those colors accented in living room furniture and accessories. The home has whimsical touches — a kitchen clock made of utensils, crystal chandeliers in the craft room and more.
Little Valley Country Store, 130 Main St., Mantua — Western decor, hats and boots on overhead rafters, taxidermy and so on.
Scott and Liz Fullerton, 591 W. 1500 North, Brigham City — A seven-year-old home with an outstanding craft room.
Brandy Davies, 337 E. 100 South, Brigham City — A 110-year-old home with original woodwork, doors, hardware and more, plus a combination of antique and contemporary furniture.
Laurie & Joel Dewberry, 1870 S. 100 West, Perry — A new home with vaulted ceilings, an elegant modern look making use of whites and turquoise.
Jody and Steve Durfee, 415 N. Main, Willard — A 17-year-old home that has been redecorated, with holiday decor and antique finds. The home features a plump pine tree in a metal tub on a round table, with traditional ornaments and a model train around it.
Joanne & Chandler Bingham, 95 N. 200 West, Willard — Built in 1906, it has been restored to its original beauty.
Savanna & Don Hansen, 283 W. 380 North, Willard — The home has a great room with a 15-foot tree. The basement of the home features a beauty salon, as well as a playroom with a loft and a small kitchen beneath the loft.
Stacie and Mark Mackley, 300 N. 131 East (Liberty Way), Willard — A new home built for a family with 10 children.