Rice Home

A sketch of the Rice Home, one of the homes on the 2019 Tour of Homes, is pictured.

Karen and Bobby Rice have spent two years renovating and updating their home on Shadow Lane. But then a renovation job is not a new thing to the 99-year-old house. It has seen many, many renovations and remodelings in its history. So many in fact, it is nearly impossible to find the original house and know for sure what was added when and where.

That is all history, but the results are spectacular. What you see today is a house that has an open and spacious floor plan, a “today” look in its decor, three floors of spacious living and dining areas, six luxurious bedrooms, and then as an extra bonus, an outside with numerous covered sitting and dining areas and a beautiful patio. There is the view from nearly every window, as well as the decks and the patio, and they are superlative.

A large and important collection of antique Majolica has served as the inspiration for the color theme used throughout the house. You are greeted at the front door by an entrance hall, painted a bright shade of turquoise. This blue/green color is seen in much of the Majolica that can be seen throughout the house, and the then again on select pieces of furniture. It is really a standout in the set of Chippendale dining chairs that have been lacquered in the color, as well as the antique French sofa that has been lacquered white then upholstered in a lienee version of the color.

This pretty decorative color scheme is what you might expect in a house decorated by Karen who is an artist and painter. You can see her paintings used judicially throughout the house, as well as her own small studio on the second floor. This is just one of many not-to-be-missed rooms the house. You must also see the extremely large and luxurious master bath. And don’t forget the charming wine area that is off of the large downstairs family room.

All in all, this is a house for entertaining large groups. It is a house that has been loved, and then added on to, in its history. But then we think that it has finally seen an end to its remodeling, and with the two years of additions made by Karen and Bobby that it has found its completion.

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