The Herald Bulletin

December 22, 2012

Understated charm

Custom-built Pendleton home fits Christmas-loving Geigers fine

By Emma Bowen Meyer
For The Herald Bulletin

PENDLETON, Ind. — Decking chocolate-colored walls with Christmas décor may prove to be a challenge to most, but Stephanie Geiger has managed to expertly mesh the sharp, clean lines of her home with understated Christmas charm. A deep love of the holiday sparks her imagination as she carefully chooses items to display in her recently built home.

“I just love Christmas,” said Stephanie, a dental hygienist in the Geist area. “I have wonderful childhood memories of Christmas, especially about my grandmother. I was very close to her.”

White strings of lights and predominately silver ornaments adorn most of the trees placed in various rooms, creating a classy image that plays nicely off the chocolate and cream walls. Even hanging from the beautiful chandelier in the two-story entryway are silver tea lights, calling attention upward.

In the living room, however, is the family tree that pops with red accents and matching perfectly-wrapped packages. Previously the home of all the sentimental ornaments, this tree now embodies a red-and-silver color theme of shiny glass bobbles — mostly.

“We bought this new tree last year and put the old one in our bedroom,” said Stephanie. “I put most of the sentimental ornaments on that one, but a few of my favorites just had to be down here in the living room.”

“The kids love to hide the pickle,” said Ivan, a CT scan technologist in Indy and Anderson. “They move it around the tree and the rest of us look for it.”

Building the home three years ago, the family was able to fashion it just the way they liked. With an eye on the neighborhood for years, Ivan and Stephanie finally took the plunge when they saw the lot for sale.

“We liked the neighborhood feel we were moving from — and we had great neighbors,” said Ivan. “It was really sad to leave them. But we are fortunate to have great neighbors here, too.”

He was drawn to the open floor plan of the design and she was pleased with the large kitchen.

“It’s where we all seem to hang out anyway,” said Stephanie with a smile. “We like to entertain.”

Christmas is clearly a favorite holiday — as a tree adorns almost every room of the house. A small tree graces the corner of the eat-in kitchen while a formally decorated tree adds cheer to the dining room. Fun ornaments trim the living-room tree, sentimental bobbles appear in the master bedroom and a special travel theme embellishes the tree in the den.

Colorful garland sweeps up the banister in the entryway and over the mantel of the fireplace. Everywhere visitors turn, they are reminded of the joyous season.

“We have a lot of happy memories of Christmas,” Stephanie said.

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