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An Illustrator’s Spacious Ohio Home

by Lauren Chorpening

Growing up in Uzbekistan, Dinara Mirtalipova saw firsthand how cultures and styles blend beautifully. During World War 2, Uzbekistan became a refuge for people of all nationalities, including her grandmother, a Russian girl who stayed in the republic after she met Dinara’s grandfather, an Uzbek man. Dinara’s upbringing was a balance of east and west, Muslim and Christian influence. She was fascinated with the cultures from around the world her father would tell her about. Now, living in Ohio years later, Dinara blends her experience and upbringing into her stunning illustrations and into her home in Sagamore Hills.

Dinara, a freelance illustrator and artist, Sherzod, a computer engineer, and their 4-year-old daughter, Sabrina, moved into their home three years ago. “We fell in love with the height of the ceilings and outdoor area that is just perfect for summer tea parties. The house is in great shape, however, a few renovations wouldn’t hurt. But we are on a budget and getting things done slowly and by ourselves,” Dinara says. “It has been three years, but I feel like we are still in the process. Major renovations require big money, but I’m enjoying the process of turning something old into something new.” Dinara’s love of creating something new out of two styles is reflected in both the changes the family has made to their home and the decor within it.

Dinara and Sherzod’s home is a spacious, 3,000-square-foot house with large rooms, high ceilings and gorgeous light. The home was built in 1990 and has a grand, traditional sense to the architecture and features. The Mirtalipovas allowed the architecture to guide their furniture layout and design, but they incorporated subtle, modern and playful elements throughout their space. The combination of aesthetics is capped off with Dinara’s lovely illustrated prints and textiles. –Lauren

Photography by Dinara Mirtalipova

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The high ceilings sold Dinara and Sherzod on buying this home three years ago. Since that time, they have made it their own with a mix of furniture styles and artwork.
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Dinara with her daughter, Sabrina.
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Dinara's illustrations are found on pillows in the living room. The folklore-inspired and playful artwork gives the room an uplifted and welcoming feeling.
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"I'm so happy with the big windows that allow sunlight to fill the house," Dinara says. "In the afternoon when the sun goes down, it is a parade of shades - very beautiful!"
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The living room wall has floor-to-ceiling windows that are perfect for Sherzod and Dinara's collection of houseplants.
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The pitched ceiling and woodwork throughout make this space feel grand. Dinara and Sherzod have created a homey and cozy space with their pieces.
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Matilda is the family's beloved Persian cat. She is the model for a handful of Dinara's illustrations.
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Family portraits remind Sherzod and Dinara of their personal stories, which they infuse into their home and work.
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When Sherzod and Dinara first moved in, they painted the cabinets, added new hardware and freshened the backsplash to make the 90s kitchen feel more current.
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Dinara hand-drew a new design on the existing backsplash to update the look and to incorporate the family's style.
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The long galley kitchen is decorated with plants, a rug and a chalkboard pantry door for Sabrina.
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Dinara's mother was artistic and encouraged Dinara to doodle in her childhood. Now Dinara's daughter, Sabrina, is gleaning the same benefits from her mother.
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Vintage and new illustrations on the cookware and tea towels echo Dinara and Sherzod's feelings on this space as they wait to fully renovate their kitchen.
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The dining space is next to the kitchen pass-thru. "I'm aiming for simplicity. I like the feeling of a simple and plain space," Dinara says.
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The neutral palette in Sherzod and Dinara's bedroom makes the space restful and refined.
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Dinara's illustrations bring a pop of color and personality to the bedroom walls.
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Dinara restored an old dresser with a new coat of paint and hardware. The once beaten-up, yellow wood dresser has a new life and blends the aesthetic of old and new in their bedroom.
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Dinara's mix of classic and modern styles is even seen on top of their bedroom dresser.
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Sabrina's room is bright and playful. White furniture and walls come alive with bold and playful colors in the accessories.
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Sabrina's creativity is inspired by the fun touches Dinara and Sherzod have added to her room.
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Sabrina has her own worktable in her bedroom to doodle and draw, just like her mother.
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The Mirtalipova family's floor plan, drawn by Dinara.

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Comments

  • Beautiful home and beautiful family! Love the family history and the artwork shown.

    The kitchen rug is particularly interesting…would you share the source?

    Thanks for the tour!!

  • Love the picture and rug in Sabrina’s room. Would you please share the source? Did you do the picture?

    Also, I enjoyed your website!

  • I love Dinara’s illustrations and have been collecting fabrics with her designs. I enjoyed seeing this peek at her home. Nice to know that she is currently a fellow Ohioan!

  • I missed seeing the note about why they love their home! That is one aspect of your home tours that make them so much more personal.

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