Dee & Paul’s Thrill of the (Halloween) Hunt

updated Feb 20, 2019
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Name: Dee and Paul
Location: Northville, Michigan
Size: 2,600 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years; Owned

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Dee and Paul live in Northville, a western suburb of Detroit. Their traditional home is open, airy and layered with trinkets. Dee is drawn toward turquoise, sparkles, shiny surfaces, beach imagery, and a mix of old and new. Paul likes mementos from the couple’s travels (especially out west) and vintage clocks (which he restores). Dee enjoys the “thrill of the hunt;” searching antique shops, resale shops, consignment shops, flea markets and estate sales for new trinkets to display around the house, as well as objects for her business.

(Image credit: Mike Hetu)

Dee uses her love of old and new to create altered and re-purposed art which she sells on Etsy. Her workshop is in the basement, but her handmade home décor is always on display throughout the house – at least until it sells.

I had difficulty choosing the final photographs for this house tour. I took over 200 photos at Dee and Paul’s house! Dee has an eye for detail and I wanted to capture (and show off) as many of her clever designs as I could. For her Halloween décor, Dee found old books with “eerie” titles like The Drowning Season, Desecration, and Her Last Death at second-hand stores. Her Etsy creations and other Halloween decorations are thoughtfully styled atop stacks of those seasonally appropriate books.

(Image credit: Mike Hetu)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Casual and comfortable with touches of chic and bling.

Inspiration: Whatever I like.

Favorite Element: The high ceilings, curves, arches, angles and alcoves in the walls.

Biggest Challenge: First, finding a house we both agreed on. We house hunted for three years! Then, painting the 18-foot ceilings and walls.

What Friends Say: They like the eclectic décor and the openness of the house.

Biggest Embarrassment: The basement!

Proudest DIY: The deck. Paul replaced the old deck with maintenance-free Innovations brand vinyl boarding and rails. I insisted on all boards running on the diagonal, which caused a lot of time-consuming measurements and angle cuts.

Biggest Indulgence: The installation of Mohawk Lumber brand pre-finished 3/4-inch thick solid oak 3-inch wide wood plank flooring in the foyer, hallway, kitchen and laundry room.

Best Advice: My tastes change often, so I don’t like to make huge investments in décor items. I try to get traditional pieces of furniture so everything will flow together.

Dream Sources: Flea markets and old shops in Europe – especially in Paris and London.

(Image credit: Mike Hetu)

Resources of Note:


  • Benjamin Moore: Davenport Tan HC76 (foyer, great room, dining room)

    • Round table: Your Blessings Consignment; Milford, MI • Black piano bench: barn sale; Plymouth, MI • Black chair: Marshalls • Silver frame: given to Dee as inspiration • Gallery of vintage etched mirrors: eBay and local antique shops

    • Stained glass lit window: Greenmead Historical Society Flea Market; Livonia, MI (Paul back lit and installed it.)


    • Filled with treasures found on Dee’s hunts around Metro Detroit, as well as handcrafted items from

    • Vintage turquoise/rhinestone wind-up clocks (Dee’s collection): eBay and Etsy


    • Turquoise painting:
    Ballard Designs • Blue Depression glass: inherited from Paul’s grandmother • Teacups: inherited from Dee’s grandmother • Table, chairs and cabinet: Arcese Brothers; Mississauga, Ontario

    • Fleur de lis serving table: Totu’s; West Bloomfield, MI


    • Black counter stools: Nest to Nest Consignment; Northville, MI • Large clock:

    • Pottery collection: local art fairs, resale shops, consignment shops, garage sales and flea markets


    • The bedroom set is the couple’s original, which Dee labels (with a smile) as “vintage modern from the 70s.”
    • Bedding and pillows: Marshalls
    • Artwork: Your Blessings Consignment; Milford, MI


    • Vintage tin shelf: Haven; Plymouth, MI

    • Filled with treasures found on Dee’s hunts around Metro Detroit, as well as handcrafted items from her Etsy shop.


    • Vintage wind-up clocks (Paul’s collection): eBay and flea markets

    • Drop leaf desk: Saline Antique Market; Saline, MI


    • Eames chair: inherited from Paul’s parents • Wall art: finds from Dee and Paul’s travels

    • Paul’s trinkets

    (Image credit: Mike Hetu)

    Thanks, Dee and Paul!

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