Judy's Sunny & Stylish Family Home

House Tour

Name: Judy & Scott, Gabe (17), Allie (15) and Ella the English Bulldog
Location: Midland, Michigan
Size: 1750 square feet
Years lived in: 23

Judy got in touch with us through the Apartment Therapy House Tour submission form and her style jumped right out of the email! Living in a place for a long time can make some homeowners complacent - but Judy has clearly stayed engaged. Keeping her home up-to-date and fresh, while tacking projects both big and small has resulted in a cozy, colorful family home with lots of texture and interesting pieces throughout.

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Here's how Judy describes her home and style: My home makes me smile every time I walk in. I share my home with my husband, and our son Gabe, 17 and daughter Allie, 15, and our english bulldog, Ella. We have lived here 23 years-our very first house we bought! We have talked about moving but we are too in love with our home. It has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, office, living room, family room and finished basement. Our home is very cozy and comfortable and eclectic-mixing old with modern. The thing I love about my home the most is the way the sunlight shines in all throughout the day!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style: Warm, modern with old mixed in.

Inspiration: Design blogs, magazines and books, family, travel.

Favorite Element: All the windows and doors - the way the sun streams in all throughout the house from sunrise to sunset.

Biggest Challenge: This house is 50+ years old so nothing is straight or even when doing remodeling; adding charm to a very basic ranch

What Friends Say: "Can you come help me with my house?"

Biggest Embarrassment: Until recently, the main bathroom. We put off remodeling way too long!

Proudest DIY: Tin ceiling in living room and adding mudroom off family room.

Biggest Indulgence: Our backyard - it is our haven!

Best advice: Mix it up! For every modern/new piece bring in something old, recycled or handmade. Use your children's art. Take your time - it is fun to add to your space and collections over time.

Dream source: Design Within Reach, ABC Carpet and Home, Rey Ray, Ochre (in Soho)

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Furniture: DWR, Room & Board, Crate & Barrel, IKEA, antique stores.

Lighting: DWR, Jonathan Adler, Anthropology, Galbraith and Paul

Accessories: Iron Grate, Anthropology, art fairs, Jonathan Adler pottery, IKEA, Crate & Barrel, antique shops

Art: My Daughter, Allie; Rex Ray, bought pieces on trips to New York and San Francisco.

Paint: Benjamin Moore and Glidden

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(Thanks, Judy!)

Images: Judy Miller

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.