Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects normally green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs for a few weeks in the autumn season.
The maple trees at 401 Nile Kinnick Drive North, the home of Chris and Nancy Miller, provide this remarkable view each October. Nancy says she receives calls every year from area residents telling her how much they enjoy the trees. Some come by to take pictures.
Homebuilder Loren Payton constructed several houses in Adel, including this bungalow-style model built in 1947 and purchased by the Millers in 1999. The bungalow’s special features include style, convenience, simplicity and solid construction. The overall architecture has a low-pitched roof and broad eaves. The floor plan is made up of a living room, dining area, three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, kitchen with custom cabinetry and is maximized for efficiency and flow. Built-ins take advantage of every unused available inch in this floor plan. A detached 2.5-car garage and woodworking shop located behind the house have custom cabinets and drawers and are plumbed for air tools.
When decorating the interior, family heirlooms were not forsaken. A dining room table, buffet and library table that belonged to Nancy’s grandparents and bookcases that were Chris’s mother’s are treasured although used daily.
Most of the home’s décor honors the heritage of the Millers’ three children. Vaughn and Ty are Native American and enjoy art. Their favorite artist is Everett Kapayon, a well-respected tribal elder, flute song singer and hand drummer from the Mesquakie settlement in Tama. Two of Nancy’s best friends who visit often are Kapayon’s nieces. Ayana was born in North Carolina. Her name means “beautiful flower” in Somalian. She was named Ayana to honor Nancy’s father, the late Don Harvey of Harvey’s Greenhouse.
The Millers are proud of two paintings by Nancy’s late grandmother, Agnes Harvey — one of The Little Brown Church in the Vale (Nashua) and one of the child-bearing stork, a mascot for Vlasic pickles.
The landscape is made up of hosta, ostrich fern, poppy, lily of the valley and trillium. Agnes Harvey transplanted these plants when she moved to Cottage Street in Adel from her home in Van Meter. Chris and Nancy later moved the plants to their yard.
Both of the Millers grew up in Adel. They have owned and operated Main Street Cleaning Service for 20 years.