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Surname: Michelle Carder and Mike Ochs and the dog Levi, also known as “The Bees”
Place: Cadillac, Michigan
Type of house: House
Size: 3,000 square meters finished
Years lived in: 4.5 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our home is a distinctive four-story Queen Anne built in 1902 by a local businessman named Charles Russell during the Northern Michigan wood baron era. We fell in love with the house in 2016 after seeing it online while living across the country in Southern California. We finally bought it for $ 95,000 after years of being in the market due to rumors that it was falling (it won’t fall).

The house retains almost all of its original woodwork, including gorgeous and intricate hardwood floors, large pocket doors, paneling, windows, and door fittings. Since purchasing the house, we have completely renovated the kitchen (22 months), the butler’s pantry and two bathrooms, adding numerous decorative and architectural details.

To date, all of the work has been designed and built by Mike and myself, although we have just hired contractors for two large projects that Mike and I will then complete. The first of these projects is a 240-square-meter rear space that we’re going to transform into a chic lounge / bar. The second is the conversion of a roughly 1,300-square-foot allegedly haunted loft with high ceilings of 20 feet into a master bedroom suite.

I worked as an insurance dispute attorney for many years. The house (and the previous one, which was equally exuberant in terms of color and theater) is the last thing people would expect who knew me as a practitioner in my strictly logical and stressful profession. Since my job was elaborate and combative, I needed a creative and positive approach to my own sanity, and I found that in the decor and especially in the decor of colorful, whimsical, and theatrical nature. Saturated, vivid colors and fleeting art really were my therapies, keeping me rooted and balanced during very stressful times.

Describe the style of your house in a maximum of 5 words: Tony Duquette meets Hobby Lobby. My motto is: “Half sticky is only sticky. But haute couture is completely sticky. “

What is your favorite room and why? Our favorite room changes as often as I paint it again. Which is a lot.

Any advice for creating a home that you love? My advice for creating a home that you love is to push the boundaries of your imagination, reconsider your comfort zones, and observe the laws of attraction. Love is emotional, and therefore home decor should also be emotional if it is to be loved. The rooms should be immersive and tell stories about the people who live and love there. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to fly that freak flag loudly and proudly when you feel the tilt. We all have one and we thank God for it.

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