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2013 Bexley House & Garden Tour

Decor, gardens of 11 homes put on display in 2013


When Michael and Mary Roddy moved from a 2,900-square-foot home to a smaller Bexley abode, they took the opportunity to downsize their decorating budget as well.

Mrs. Roddy, who said she has always enjoyed adding "that little oomph without spending more money" while remodeling, has brought inspiration from Pinterest, store windows and magazines to her home in the form of homemade headboards, custom rugs and painted kitchen stools.

"That's really kind of my decorating style; I see something I like and then I try to mimic it or copy it as inexpensively as I can," she said.

She said skipping the high-end finishes in most rooms and opting instead to play up the focal points of each room achieved a chic look for less.

"Instead of using custom things like cabinets, floors and counters, we used in-stock items this time around," she said. "For example, we used simple stock items in the bathroom, but we splurged more on the special sinks because that's where you're looking most of the time."

The Roddys' Bryden Road home and its remodeled bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens will be on display as part of the 2013 Bexley House & Garden Tour, set Sunday, June 9.

The sixth annual tour hosted by the Bexley Women's Club showcases 11 homes throughout the city.

This will be the second time a home that belongs to the Roddys will be toured by the more than 1,000 people who are expected to purchase tickets. In 2011, their Roosevelt Avenue home was a stop on the tour.

Each year, the tour includes Bexley homes that have never before been opened to the public. This will be the first time it will feature a home whose owners have shown their living space previously.

"It was an honor to be selected the first time around and we definitely weren't expecting to be worthy again," Mrs. Roddy said. "We used a lot of the same pieces from the last home in different ways, and I think this house is cozier and has more character. I hope that people will enjoy it and maybe even get a few ideas."

The Roddys' classically decorated 2,100-square-foot home, with lots of black and white touches, is part of an eclectic group of tour houses. A rare look into a Sessions Village home is highlighted with museum-quality art and cobblestone streets, while a light-filled home on Montrose Avenue boasts natural element decor and a coastal-living feel.

An Ashbourne Avenue estate will showcase seven fireplaces scattered among its 6,500 square feet, and a neighboring home's hand-sculpted chess set is expected to be the talk of the tour.

Gardens included on the tour feature meticulously kept flower and vegetable gardens, ornamental trees and custom-created sculptures.

"Bexley is such a special community because every house is different and we see that in the tour," said tour organizer Ann Russell. "We have some beautiful mansions and we also have some smaller homes that are just as beatifically decorated so attendees will get good ideas on decorating from a lot of different view points and angles."

The tour's Starry, Starry Night preview party Saturday, June 8, allows for an advanced and extended look inside the tour homes.

From 4 to 7 p.m., preview-party guests will get a first look at the homes, including rooms that won't be open for viewing Sunday. Following the tour, guests dressed in garden party attire (Russell said to think sundresses, not cocktail dresses, and khakis instead of suits) are invited to attend a party on the lawn at Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbia Ave. From 7 to 10 p.m., there will be live entertainment, a cash bar and food served by 18 local restaurants ranging from the Refectory to White Castle.

Guests of the official tour, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, also will be well-fed.

For the first time, the Women's Club has partnered with local food trucks to provide refreshment options. Tatoheads, Crepes A La Carte, Short North Bagel Deli, Graeter's Ice Cream and J-Pops will be on hand -- the most food trucks that have ever been parked in Bexley at once.

Street parking and bike racks will be available outside the tour homes and the Bexley BEAT bus continuously will drive the tour route and pick up ticket-holders for free.

Sunday tour tickets at $15 each will be on sale till noon June 8 at three Bexley locations: Bexley Coffee Shop, Bexley Graeter's Ice Cream and Bexley Pizza Plus. They also will be available at Day-of-tour tickets may be purchased for $20 at the Events Entrance of Columbus School for Girls.

Preview-party tickets are $50, available at the door and the club website. They include admission to the Sunday tour.

Tour locations are:

* 11 Sessions Drive

* 323 N. Columbia Ave.

* 291 N. Drexel Ave.

* 107 Ashbourne Ave.

* 112 Ashbourne.

* 285 S. Merkle Road.

* 2714 Bryden Road.

* 2488 Bryden Road.

* 767 Montrose.

* 781 Montrose.

* 250 S. Parkview.

Proceeds from the tour go toward the club's scholarship fund. On May 21, the club awarded 10 high school and college students living in Bexley with $1,000 scholarships.

The most recent and previous scholarship recipients and their families are among the 300 volunteers who work to bring the tour together.

"We have been just amazed and gratified at the generosity of homeowners to open their homes for the tour and all the volunteers who work for the entire year to make it happen," Russell said. "Those things are both key to a successful tour that we're confident people will continue to enjoy."