The Dvorak Home

Phyllis & Alvin Dvorak
8311 SW 33rd Street 

Phyllis and Alvin Dvorak’s home sits on several acres of land in the rural area of southwest Topeka. The Dvoraks purchased the story-and-a-half home, built in 1996, in 2000.

It was love at first sight when Phyllis saw the white winding staircase that seems to “float” from the lower level, through the main level, to the upper level. However, it’s the kitchen that Phyllis describes as her part of the house. Divided into three areas, the kitchen is an open, airy arrangement of the main kitchen with a large island, a sitting room with a fireplace and a small balcony, and a dining area surrounded by windows.

The great room, which the Dvoraks’ grandchildren call “the Christmas room” all seasons of the year, is accented with decorative plants and trees. During the Holiday season, the tallest tree is a 10-foot Christmas tree that was purchased mostly for the benefit of the visiting grandchildren.

The room’s massive wall of windows looks out onto the backyard with a view of trees along a creek bed that feeds into Lake Sherwood and a clearing where turkeys and deer often graze.

The walk-out lower level of the home (where you’ll find a “real” Christmas tree) is a more casual living area, complete with a full kitchen. Patio doors open to a shaded pergola, where many family meals are enjoyed. Just outside the pergola is the sunny area with a patio and pool, where the couple’s children and grandchildren have spent countless hours swimming and diving. Appropriately, in a special area near the patio are stepping-stone garden decorations, each containing a foot or hand print from each of the grandchildren.

The Dvoraks have enjoyed many memorable times in their home since they first saw the white winding staircase 12 years ago, and they are delighted to open their home for the CASA Tour.

Chinell’s Florals

CASA welcomes Chris Page, owner of Chinell’s Florals, and Jenny Torrence-Harris, who has teamed up with Chinell’s for the CASA project.

Chris and Jenny already are on an exciting business journey together–a “happy accident,” they say, that defines Serendipity, the NOTO (North Topeka) Art District venue that’s become the place for wedding receptions, business meetings, Holiday parties, or any celebration. Chris has owned and operated Chinell’s for 19 years, and Jenny has owned a direct sales company. They are among the four women entrepreneurs who jointly own Serendipity. Shortly after Serendipity hit the ground running, Jenny opened a trendy art gallery known as Gravity. Within Gravity is Indigo Attic, a shop Jenny named in honor of a dear friend who lost her battle with cancer.

Chris and Jenny have gone hand-in-hand with the Dvoraks to create a traditional and fun Holiday atmosphere with a whimsical flair. Many of the new decorations in the Dvorak home have come from Indigo Attic. These items, marked with a blue star, are available for a 10% discount to CASA Tour guests who shop at Gravity/Indigo Attic, 822 1/2 N Kansas Ave in NOTO.

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Buy Tickets!

You may buy your tickets for the Holiday Homes Tour for $9 in advance at one of these fine local merchants:

Brenda's By Design
Cards N Such
Community National Bank
Educational Credit Union
Flower Gallery
Flowers By Bill
Hazel Hill Chocolate
HyVee
J'Adore Flowers & More
Kitchen Gallery, Inc.
The Linen Tree
Marion Lane Candles
Porterfield's Flowers
Tammi's Antiques and Florals
Walgreen Drug Stores
(8 Topeka locations)