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Home and garden tour showcases Oklahoma City's Gatewood area

The Gatewood Historic District's 16th annual Home and Garden Tour runs from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in Oklahoma City.
BY DYRINDA TYSON Modified: October 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm •  Published: October 27, 2012

One element that originally drew Wade Toalson to the Gatewood neighborhood has largely disappeared.

“I liked the idea of tree-lined streets,” said Toalson, who moved to the neighborhood fresh off a residency in North Carolina in 1991.

Disease has claimed many elms in the years since, but there are still plenty of trees shading the homes and streets of Gatewood.

Meanwhile, Toalson has worked with Karen Vaught, of Karen Vaught Interiors, to transform the 1920s-era Georgian-inspired house, opening what was three rooms up into one kitchen and covering the walls in rich green and red tones.

Toalson's home at 1219 NW 20 is among the sites on the Gatewood Historic District's 16th annual Home and Garden Tour, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Advance tickets are available for $10 through Saturday at: 23rd Street Antique Mall, 3023 NW 23; Antique Avenue, 5219 N Western Ave.; Garden Gate Antiques, 1307 N May Ave.; Broadway Antique Mall, 114 S Broadway in Edmond; and online through 9 p.m. Saturday at

Tickets will be available for $12 at each home on tour day.

The interior accents in Toalson's home offer a nod to Toalson's love of music, including a print dominating a wall in the TV room, with touches that evoke a feeling of a classic English country home.

The seating is plush, though, and the warm colors keep the interior inviting.

“I wanted it to be nice — I like a nice atmosphere,” he said. “I tend to respond well when I'm working or living in a place that's nice and neat, but I didn't want it to be so stuffy that people wouldn't feel relaxed.”

The heart of Toalson's home might be the TV room, occupying what once was a screened-in porch that was closed off long before he bought the property. An inviting sofa dominates one wall, facing a TV cabinet that serves double duty: It also forms a wall between the TV room and an office on the other side.

“We had that piece custom made,” Vaught said.

Toalson has worked on the home in stages, most recently revamping the front landscaping with new stone walkways. He also restored the pool in the back, pulling out the crumbling brick and starting from square one. “We basically had the hole in the ground,” he said.

He said the downstairs work is finished, so he and Vaught hope to tackle the upstairs next, turning a series of rooms into one master suite that will take advantage of “sitting porches” off two of the current rooms. “That's the last really major project,” he said.

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