Christian Coffin shared details of what it takes to ready his Whittier Street home for the German Village Haus und Garten Tour.
After moving here from Boston in 2013, Christian Coffin, general manager at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, volunteered his new house to be featured in the German Village Haus und Garten Tour before renovations were complete. On the day of the tour, he finished rolling out sod just as the first guests arrived. Two years later, he's much more prepared and ready for round two of showcasing his home at the 56th annual event, held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 28. He shared details of what it takes to ready his Whittier Street home. germanvillagetour.com
JANUARY: DECISION TIME
After hosting a pre-tour dinner in 2014, Coffin decided to return to hosting a stop on the tour instead. "It's easier to have 5,000 people tromp through your house than it is to cook dinner for 20 people," he says.
Coffin met with designers and his handyman and decided what needed updated, including paint touch-ups, landscaping and a new deck off the master bedroom.
MARCH & APRIL: LANDSCAPING
Landscapers helped to fill in holes in Coffin's gardens, as well as to add to his neighbors' yards to improve the view. (They're all very good neighbors, Coffin says.)
MAY & JUNE: FINISHING TOUCHES
The house gets cleaned after new furniture and carpeting arrives. "A white couch and a white living room carpet with a chocolate lab that likes to roll in the mud wasn't a great design idea," Coffin says with a laugh.
THE WEEK BEFORE: DECOR
Folks from Muse Gallery stage the house with temporary art. "I've been buying all the art [Muse brings]," Coffin says, chuckling. "It was a setup from the beginning."
THURSDAY NIGHT: MOVE OUT
Coffin (and the dog) move into the Hilton for the weekend, while volunteers place runner carpets. "They have it down to a science," he says. "The volunteers do all the work."