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A Cleveland Home Filled with Art and Handmade Pieces

by Sofia Tuovinen

I recently counted that I have moved 19 times in my life. There has been the “one suitcase” move, a couple of international relocations, and more recently, moves that have required plenty of sweat and even some tears. Although moving from one place to another is something I’ve become used to, the thought of putting down roots and then relocating after decades is definitely something that I would consider an adventurous and courageous life change. This is exactly what Mary and Dana Richmond did when they relocated to Cleveland, OH for a job opportunity three years ago, after living in the Boston, MA area all their lives.

When looking for a house in their new hometown, Mary and Dana hoped to find one that didn’t need much work and that offered the best of both worlds — a little land, but within easy commuting distance from Dana’s work in the city. They eventually fell for a 70s bi-level house that ticked all the boxes. It has always been important for Mary and Dana that their home be a true reflection of their personalities. After packing up their Boston lives and moving to another state, the biggest challenge was to make the new house feel like theirs.

When it comes to decorating, Mary and Dana are all about creativity. Their priority has always been to achieve an eclectic feel by adding color, pattern and texture through artwork and textiles. Every nook has a personal touch, from Mary’s handmade curtains to Dana’s wooden pieces, including shelves, a table and headboard. “We like to incorporate family pieces with new pieces and somehow make it all work,” Mary explains.

The couple’s style has always been eclectic, but their new open-plan Cleveland home has a slightly more contemporary feel than any of their previous homes in Boston. “Each home dictates where that style leans and this home was calling for a mid-century eclectic style,” Mary explains. Mary and Dana love being able to share their creativity through the details in their home. They have created such an inviting and personal setting that their son Tim decided to join them this spring! The couple eventually wants to do a few improvements to their home, like installing hardwood flooring and adding a barn to the yard for Dana to have a dedicated woodworking space.

Although the move to Cleveland wasn’t meant to be for good, Mary and Dana have slowly but surely begun to put down new roots. It just so happens that they have grown to love their new home and all that the city has to offer. “We miss our family and would love to be closer, but the longer we stay in Cleveland the more we are falling in love,” Mary says. The couple’s big move shows that starting afresh can sometimes mean finding your way home. Click through to see how Mary and Dana created a new home that reflects their creative personalities! —Sofia

Photography by Mary Richmond

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In the guest bedroom, Mary created a unique nightstand by painting the Cleveland skyline onto an IKEA chest of drawers. The headboard is designed by Mary and built by Dana, and is inspired by patterns that Mary observed on local bridge structures. The pastel portrait of Mary’s father is one of her favorite art pieces.
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The entryway in Mary and Dana’s house is on the smaller side, but there was just enough room for a bench. Dana built it himself, using an old oak log from his father’s workshop. To add some color and personality to the space, Mary added a small art ledge on the wall. The colorful pillow is from Flea Market Fab.
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The master bedroom opens out onto the upper deck and gets plenty of natural light. Mary loves adding color to each room with art and fabrics. Here, a gallery wall of original art and yard sale finds helps create a personal and eclectic sanctuary.
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The bedroom decor is a perfect representation of Mary’s style and aesthetic. She loves to mix color, pattern and texture — the end result is a happy space with plenty of depth and interest. The bronze sconces are from Urban Outfitters.
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The table lamp was a lucky find at a local consignment shop. The hooked rug that hangs on the wall was a handmade gift from one of Mary’s friends. The pendant light is from Anthropologie.
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The view of the dining room and kitchen from the living room. “The open floor plan is what drew us to the house,” Mary explains. The side table in the dining room is one of Dana’s many handmade pieces.
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“Everyone in the family enjoys cooking, so we all spend a lot of time in the kitchen,” Mary shares. The couple used a patterned wallpaper by Hygge and West on the side of the kitchen bar and above the cabinets — an easy way to create a completely unique and fun space. The vintage swivel chairs were a barn sale find and still had the label from a Cleveland college science department!
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The open shelves are Dana’s handiwork and are made with plumbing supplies. The shelves hold Mary’s mother’s hobnail milk glass, and vintage Puritan appleware that belonged to Dana’s mother.
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The patterned wallpaper adds interest above the kitchen cabinets. "I added the wallpaper for a little fun pattern that wasn't too overwhelming since it is a small space," Mary explains.
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Mary found the pendant light in IKEA’s clearance area. It was originally red, but Mary spray painted it silver on the outside and gold on the inside.
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The dining room gallery wall is a collection of yard sale finds and artwork that the couple’s children have made. One of Mary’s greatest thrift store finds is the collection of three blue Catherineholm lotus bowls.
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The plan of Mary and Dana’s bi-level house.
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The living room on the main level is an inspiring space and the perfect spot for reading or spending time together. To create a colorful space, Mary made some new curtains along with slipcovers for the sofa and arm chair. The patterned rug is from Target.
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As with many other rooms in the house, the living room wouldn’t be complete without a gallery wall. Here, vintage finds have been mixed in with family heirlooms; the ship embroidery was made by Dana’s mother and the frame by his father. The portrait in the middle is a print from embroidery artist Sue Stone to Mary.
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The bow front buffet was found on Craigslist, and was one of the first purchases for the new home. A collection of colorful vases sits on top.
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Mary in the living room of her Cleveland home.
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“What I love most about our home is that it is filled with lots of things I adore.” — Mary

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Comments

  • Mary is a dear friend of mine and I have to say her creativitiy does not surprise me. Her home in Maine is equally amazing. She can make any space (a special space) Thank you for sharing another remarkable place. Goes to show that it is always possible with a little creative juices you can turn anything into a work or art. Sue A

  • This is SUCH a beautiful home. One of my favorites in awhile. I especially love that ceramic (?) lamp on the dresser!!

  • Hi, I grew up in Cleveland and still live near by. We have fantastic museums and a artsy communities. Welcome Mary and Dana. Pat S

  • I adore the mix of colors & patterns.just reminds me to go with what I like..it always works! the collections of artwork & color combos on the bed are my favorite(saving these pics for inspiration on my thrift hunts)

  • I really hated to see this post end!Totally lovely! The textiles in the master bedroom are incredible.Can you tell us more about them?

    • Thank you Madlyn. The chenille bedspread was an online purchase. I love a basic white bedspread/duvet etc. Then I can mix up all the patterns in the pillows. The throw at the end of the bed was something I found at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH. The rug textured pillow is from Pottery Barn. The smaller pillow I found at a local shop. The sheets are Ralph Lauren.

  • Beautiful home! Can you tell me where the blue patterned bedspread in the first photo is from? Thanks!

  • Beautiful! The rug under the dining room table is fantastic – do you recall where you found it? Thanks. :)

  • The moment I saw a photo of the bedroom I realized this was exactly my kind of style.

    Then I saw the rest of the house and was wowed with every picture and started taking notes.

    Unique. Something to look at everywhere but not overwhelmed with clutter. I love that everything is carefully cultivated, edited and nothing seems like an afterthought.

    Very well done. Wow, Pin, Pin, Pin.

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