The Applegate family definitely knows how to make their home a welcoming place. With one step inside, the warm colors, lush fabrics and subtle lighting give the place a homey feel, and the sounds of family are what seals the deal. It’s the kind of place you can imagine smelling of home-cooked food and all lit up for the holidays.
“We entertain family and friends quite often,” says Julie Applegate. “Our home is usually the gathering point for holidays and family get togethers.”
After buying the then-new home in 2007, the Applegates went to work making it what they wanted.
“We were fortunate that we were still at a stage in the building process that we were able to customize what was important to us,” says Applegate. “We really enjoy our basement that we finished a few years back and also the decorative patio that we added last year.”
But Applegate is quick to admit things are never really done.
“This is a gradual process and takes time,” she says. “A house is not a home until it is lived in for a while and you start making family memories.”
Keeping family in the details of the home is important to the Applegates. Even the kids get to help with the decorating.
“All the time, with their artwork they do at home and from school,” says Applegate. “We also really look forward to decorating for each holiday, especially Christmas, which has become a ritual to turn up the Christmas tunes and decorate the several trees we put up.”
In addition to the changes the family has made, there were parts of the home and area that appealed to them right away.
“We really fell in love with the floor plan, large kitchen, two-story great room and the location,” says Applegate. “Urbandale speaks for itself with the excellent parks, miles and miles of trails, wonderful schools and friendly residents.”
And of course, the family was a clear consideration when making a move.
“We believe it to be the best community to raise our family,” she says.
There is a lot to making a house a home, but Applegate knows it doesn’t all come from paint and primer.
“Personality is not the material things we have in our home,” she says. “The personality of our home is made up of the love, fun and memories we create within it.”