This Michigan House Has a Different Gorgeous Rug in Every Room

published Jun 4, 2024

This Michigan House Has a Different Gorgeous Rug in Every Room

published Jun 4, 2024
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After receiving a sudden MS diagnosis, Katy Maiolatesi explains that she and her husband, Andy, moved from New York to Michigan to be closer to family and to be “back to the same city we lived in for years prior to our NYC adventure.” Katy is an educator and comedy writer and Andy is a staff editor for Audubon Magazine. And for the past nine months they’ve shared this 1876-square-foot house in East Lansing with their two Shih Tzu dogs, Gilly and Jolene.

Credit: Katy Maiolatesi
"My office is a place I spend a lot of my day, whether I like it or not, so I am going to make sure it's a pretty spot," Katy explains. "I created this nook, which has turned into the dog resting area. The dogs make great work buddies and on-camera muses."

“We chose this house for its mid-century vibe, even though it needed some design updates. The outside, which initially drew us in, is in great shape, but the inside walls were painted a different circus-type color in every room, and the kitchen and bathrooms needed to be brought into this century,” Katy writes. “We had painters come in before we moved to coat the entire house in the same color — a much appreciated Sherwin-Williams ‘Repose Gray’ lightened by 50%. I, like I do with many things in life, obsessed over this color for weeks before choosing it, and I am very happy with the result. Everything vertical is now bright, cohesive, and soothing.”

Credit: Katy Maiolatesi
"My favorite room is the sunroom, which is an addition to the house the previous owners had put in," Katy admits. "Sun is right in the name, so the whole lot of us like to soak it up and check out birds and frequent deer that hang out in our backyard. I love the way the decor has come together in there and it makes me happy every time I look at it."

“We have slowly updated the kitchen and bathrooms into places that feel new, funky, and calm. If we can’t walk out our door into a bustling NYC street, we are going to make up for that with a house that we want to spend our time in.” Although their kitchen was about “75% renovated” when they moved in, they had new quartz countertops, a sink, and a faucet installed, as well as added a DIY sage green subway tile backsplash. And Katy says they recently added new vinyl flooring.

Credit: Katy Maiolatesi
"The kitchen is the space I was least excited about when we bought the house, but we have transformed it into a space we love to be in," Katy admits. "Keeping the previous cabinets and appliances has saved us thousands, and updating the countertops, backsplash, flooring, and light fixtures has breathed new life into this frequently used room."

“Listen, sometimes you have to go with the peel-and-stick vinyl tiles, which have come a long way in recent years,” Katy admits. “They turned out great and I love the punch they give the kitchen. We kept the white appliances and the maple cabinets. At first I was disappointed to be inheriting both, but choosing elements that complement them, rather than having an entirely white kitchen, has been made the space unique and pleasing.”

Credit: Katy Maiolatesi
"The last thing I bought were the '70s-themed pillow shams on the bed. They are funky, like Farrah Fawcett in pillow form," Katy writes.

While Katy describes this home’s decor style as “filled with fun stuff,” she says her own style is always going to be fluid. “Sometimes I see something and immediately know my house needs to have it, and other times I will scour the edges of the Earth to find an item that I’ve conjured in my head and know a room needs.”

Thanks, Katy!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.