As a contributor to Apartment Therapy, I wrote introductions to accompany each House Tour photo gallery. Here is one of those introductions. The live blog posting can be viewed by clicking on the title under the published date.
I arrived on Meagen and Mike’s street on an unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon in mid-December. The forty-degree weather, mist and visible green grass didn’t feel like Christmas in Michigan. That quickly changed when I walked up to their colorful 1890 Queen Anne Victorian, which Meagen accurately compared to the house from Disney Pixar’s Up. In addition to bright paint colors, all the Christmas lights were on (inside and out) and I could hear Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas on the record player inside. Christmas time was here.
Work life keeps the couple on trend with contemporary design (she’s in marketing) and modern technology (he’s in engineering). But at home, Meagen and Mike prefer old objects with stories, as well as an old-fashioned way of life. When they first toured the Victorian home, they were sold on the grand foyer, parlor and dining room — spaces where the couple envisioned conversing with friends, sharing craft beer and listening to records. And the parlor had perfect windows to display a Christmas tree. Now Meagen and Mike host big social gatherings, like their 40-person Friendsgiving. They have an exhausting Christmas party schedule, too.
Meagen and Mike’s home is my first House Tour to leave me thinking, “I want to live there.” (That’s not to say I couldn’t live in the other homes I’ve toured!) This one matched my style preferences with its personality and charm: the creaky wood floors; the colors and floral prints; the oldest toilet I’ve ever seen; and the ability to say things like, “Let’s listen to records in the parlor." But much to Meagen and Mike’s dismay, I would paint all the woodwork white. (Sorry.)