Karl and Palmira-Pam-Appelquist have a way of taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

It's just who they are. They enjoy life, often have great adventures and live large in everything they do. When it comes to Christmas, they take the opportunity to celebrate in a way that honors their families, their friends and neighbors. They like to incorporate their diverse ancestry, too. Karl is of Swedish derivation, and Pam is a Latina with roots in Mexico and Spain.

Jim and Winnie Crowder have lived in their Tuscola Victorian Italianate for almost seven years. They bought it in April 2011.

The University of Illinois president’s mansion is a 14,000-square-foot Georgian Revival home. This sort of architecture is given to a style that was built during a time-period that existed in the United States in the period of the late 1800s to the early 1900s. The style is highly varied, but has a symmetry based on Greek and Roman styles that were constructed during the Renaissance. The style can be ornamental, but yet constrained and very classical in its orientation.

Transformation

Home has new beginning

When Lisa Amebeli purchased her rural Champaign ranch, she knew it was going to be a lot of work to get the place in line with the vision she had for the 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan.

“I recruited everybody,” she said from her patio that is decorated with a sea theme. Sea shells and fish décor accented the space.

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