Name: Sue & Doug Riopelle
Location: Old Rosedale Gardens; Livonia, MI
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 11 years; Owned
The curb appeal of Sue and Doug’s home is what initially caught my eye. The red-orange arched door is framed in white to match the rest of the house’s trim, while the mullions appear to pierce into the upper arch of bricks. Beautiful architectural details continue inside the house...
Sue and Doug appreciate the house’s historical architecture. In addition to the charm of the arched front door, there are creaky wooden stairs, thick moldings, glass doorknobs, a laundry chute, and an arched window upstairs. The couple has the house’s original blueprints, which they plan to frame and display.
There’s a lot of space to breathe in this home. Sue and Doug only have necessary furniture pieces. The furniture arrangement in each room allows for guests to move freely — and it offers plenty of space for the grandkids to spread out and play when they visit.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Sue: I love French Country and surrounding myself with things that remind me of friends and family (like original art and handmade décor).
Inspiration: Sue: The historical characteristics of the house.
Doug: Our Michigan landscape and heritage. I’m a native Detroiter. My French ancestors settled along the Detroit River, hence Riopelle Street in Detroit.
Favorite Element: Sue: The arched front door and arched window in our bedroom.
Biggest Challenge: Sue: The living room layout. There is something on every wall: front door, window, stairs, fireplace and archway into the dining room.
What Friends Say: Sue: Our home is warm and inviting.
Biggest Embarrassment: Sue: I hate our kitchen countertops. Our next project is adding a farmhouse sink and butcher-block countertops.
Proudest DIY: Sue: Repurposing a buffet as a kitchen island.
Doug: Transforming an airplane-sized first-floor powder room into a full bath.
Biggest Indulgence:Sue: Pottery Barn dining set.
Best Advice: Sue: “Shop” around your house. Often things can be repurposed (like the buffet) or we put things in storage and forget about them.
Dream Sources: Sue: House Beautiful and Pinterest.
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