Civic Club Holiday Home Tour

Chicago couple has made
a showcase home in Oldham County

Nevitts’ home among those
featured on annual tour

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (November 2009) – With nine Christmas trees in the house, you could say Pat and Bob Nevitt love decorating for the holidays. Their Crestwood home will be one of three featured in November in the annual Crestwood Civic Club’s Holiday Home Tour & Luncheon.

Nevitt Home

Photo by Helen McKinney

Pat Nevitt decorates her 4,000-square-
foot home every year in a festive
manner for the holidays

“The last time I decorated, a friend of mine saw the house and recommended it” to the Crestwood Civic Club, said Pat Nevitt. Since 1988, the club has held a Holiday Home Tour to raise money for a four-year scholarship program.
Nevitt admits that she does all of the decorating for their two-story brick, walkout ranch style home. While every inch of the 4,000-square-foot home may not be decorated, Nevitt comes pretty close to it.
“I tend to do color themes for the rooms,” said Nevitt. One group of rooms may be devoted to a certain festive color grouping, while other colors are employed in adjoining rooms.
Nevitt has just naturally accumulated a lot of things over the years which she uses to adorn each room in the spirit of the holidays. Though her tastes have changed as she has gotten older, she said she still likes nice, lush embellishments, such as poinsettias in large quantities.
The Nevitts’ home will be one of three on this year’s Crestwood Civic Club’s Annual Holiday Home Tour & Luncheon, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. The luncheon will be served at the Club House located at 7215 Kavanaugh Rd. in Crestwood at two seating times: 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
“These are three newer built houses on the tour this year,” said Civic Club member Carla Jones. The Nevitts designed their home with Christmas storage in mind, said Jones, with 800 feet dedicated to storage space for Christmas decorations.
The Nevitts definitely like to celebrate Christmas. Pat begins preparations as early as August each year and is still fine-tuning everything in October. The home has wider doors and hallways to accommodate moving trees in and out of rooms. More than 30 large windows fill the house with light and showcase panoramic views of the extensively landscaped lot, which also incorporates holiday décor.
Bob is fond of saying that they own “a lot with character.” The lot begins on a high point then drops from the road, descending downhill to an island created by Asher Run Creek.
The Nevitts lived in Chicago for 15 years before moving to Oldham County. They purchased the property and had their house built while still living in Chicago. The couple moved into the home shortly before Christmas 1997.
They decorated their home in the same grand way while living in Chicago. In the beginning, they started with 26,000-28,000 Christmas lights but will not be using “near as many this year,” said Nevitt.
She crafts all of the garlands, wreaths and floral arrangements that grace the home. Every room and hallway is decorated, even if it only gets garlands, said Nevitt.
A large Nativity scene is placed in the downstairs guest suite area. Due to its size, the all-white decoration is stretched along one entire wall. Tucked away in her kitchen is an all-white Russian ice palace village.
Nevitt said a snowman surprise awaits visitors. “I like to watch people’s reaction to it,” she said. “I just like watching people enjoy the decorations.”
Kim and Jim Beach have the next home on the tour. Their contemporary styled 5,500-square-foot home has a light and airy feel.
Built in 2005, a three-sided fireplace and bar area separates the kitchen from the Great Room. Other accents that reflect the Beach’s personality include plum walls in the dining room accented by a wall of mirrors, and contemporary railings that extend to the second level. This level is devoted to the master suite and the entire home will shine brightly for the holidays.
The Beaches are fond of animals and have included a dog-themed powder room and canine-themed Christmas tree.
The third home on the tour belongs to Chris and Becky Bowling. This Mediterranean-style 1 1/2 story home features two islands in the large kitchen, as well as archways, columns and three fireplaces.
Becky Bowling is a local decorative artist whose work graces the walls of the couple’s home. Warmth and contrast are added throughout the home with the use of hammered and antique metals made of bronze and copper. A Thanksgiving theme will be found throughout the home, blending naturally with the home’s pallet of burnt orange, browns and green hues.

• For more information, contact Linda Patton at (502) 241-0231. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 by contacting Anne Murner at (502) 292-2701, or at the door for $17 the day of the tour.

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