Opening their doors

MARSHALL – Do you ever drive by certain Marshall houses and wonder what they look like inside? Here’s your chance to peek into a few of those interesting houses – the Lyon County Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The tour features the homes of Terri and Jery Wiblemo, Barb and Larry Henle, Angie and Jacob Fahl and LeWayne Carlson. In addition, participants may tour the Lyon County Museum at 301 W. Lyon St. from noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at Hy-Vee, County Fair and the Lyon County Museum.

LeWayne Carlson’s house is right on Main Street by Casey’s and has an interesting historical background and has undergone a renovation with unique decorative twists.

The house was built for the Roy Williams family in 1918 and then was passed down to the grandchildren who never lived there, Carlson said. “It was a rental for 25 or 30 years – it’s surprising it didn’t get damaged.”

It didn’t get damaged, but it also wasn’t upgraded in any way until Carlson bought it in 2011. About the only thing that is the same in the house are the hardwood floors.

In addition to redecorating the house from top to bottom in muted tones of blue, green and cream, Carlson remodeled parts of the house. He turned a tiny upstairs bathroom into a laundry room and a small bedroom into a more accommodating bathroom. He remodeled the kitchen, opening it up and adding cupboards. He also added a breezeway, double garage and a large shop in back for his upholstery business.

His upholstering talents can be seen throughout the house such as the padding on the kitchen stools that he bought from ReStore.

“They were from the biology department at SMSU,” he said.

The viewer will find something of interest at every turn at Carlson’s house. He has mixed in antiques with artpieces he has fashioned from objects such as an old pair of ice tongs which is used to hold up an ice-block-shaped lamp. He found an old rug in the attic and gave it new life by framing it and hanging it on a wall.

Carlson said the house has had a lot of tenants over the years and it might be fun for them to come on the tour and see all the changes. He has photos of how the house looked before his renovation.

“People had told me this is a wonderful house so I begged him to be on the tour,” said Jan Maeyaert Hansen, who is on the LCHS board of directors and is coordinating the event.

She said the tour is the biggest fund-raiser for the museum.

In addition to Carlson’s house, which was built almost 100 years ago, the tour will include a house built within the last couple of years. Terri and Jerry Wiblemo of Lynd moved from North 4th Street where they had lived for about 20 years and selected a lot on Savannah Circle which had a big oak tree on it. They liked the oak tree so much they built the back of the house around it.

With no children living at home anymore, they didn’t want a large house, Terri Wiblemo said.

“It’s just a two bedroom,” she said.

The open concept home has distressed wood flooring in order to disguise any additional stress their two large labradors put on.

“We wanted to make it pet-friendly,” she said.

The Wiblemos added woodwork to give the house more character.

“We wanted aspects of the house to look like an older home,” Terri Wiblemo said.

Wiblemo said the home isn’t finished yet.

“We’re still in the process,” she said. “There’s a carpenter here today.”