Anastasia and Jim Yue are another couple who have found their perfect home. The two met in New York City while working in theatre. They were there when 9/11 happened and Jim says he will never forget that day. They were in their apartment, about a mile from Ground Zero, and had decided to go out to a pizza parlor for lunch. It was eerily quiet. They could see people coming up Broadway covered head-to-toe in ash. It was a saddening scene they’ll never forget. After that day, they considered moving to another city. Once they found out they were going to have a baby, they decided that the New York lifestyle would be too challenging, so they moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where Jim was from.
Living in modern and new Phoenix didn’t really suit them either. There wasn’t much of a sense of community there says Jim. So they packed up and moved to Ohio, where Anastasia grew up. They were staying with her parents in Springfield and decided they wanted to live in Columbus. While checking out Montessori schools for their son, they drove through Grandview and loved the area.
On a “marathon one day home shopping spree,” they came upon a home that was for sale by owner. They stopped to check it out. When they saw the vintage 1947 stove and original tiled floors in the kitchen, Anastasia thought, “Yes! This is exactly what I want.”
At 1300 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 1 and a half baths, the home was much smaller than what they were able to afford in Phoenix, however it is a welcomed trade-off.
“We pay for the neighborhood and community here,” says Anastasia. Their two sons love the schools (as do Anastasia and Jim) and there are so many things for them all to do. “Everything is right here,” she says. “It is so nice.”
One of their favorite features of their home is the front porch. They love that a porch is a feature of so many of the homes here. One day, the son of the original owners came by and told them about the house as it was being built. His family had brought back pine tree saplings from a vacation in Canada to plant in the yards and their neighbor’s uncle laid the foundation of the home.
All of their neighbors had stories about the people who have lived there. “It’s nice to be a part of the history of the neighborhood,” says Jim.
The inside of their home is decorated in 50s era things that Anastasia has collected over the years. She’s always loved that era and her collectibles hadn’t really fit their other homes. But in this house they are perfect.
In the kitchen, the couple installed a vintage light over the dining table that they bought at an estate sale. They also like to shop garage sales, antique stores and Flower Child to find things for their home. Their modern refrigerator with a retrofitted front was a Craigslist find from Tennessee. They picked up their dining table and chairs from an antique mall in Springfield. Anastasia bought fabric and made the seat cushions, as well as a curtain to go underneath a counter that Jim made.
The backyard has enough space for a vegetable garden and a grapevine. When they have time, they like to also tend a plot at Wallace Gardens, a community garden in Grandview.
They plan to raise their family here and may look at moving to Rush Creek Village, or back to New York City once the kids are off to college. For now, they are having a wonderful time expressing their creativity in a house that matches them perfectly. Bringing the home back to what it looked like when it was built is something they are taking great joy in and cherishing.
Do you love mid-century modern design? You may want to check out the 20th Century Design Market at the Columbus Museum of Art on September 28-30, 2012.
At Home is a monthly column on Columbus Underground focused on urban home remodeling and style as well as older home renovations and unique homes in Columbus. If you would like to have your home featured in the At Home series, please send me an email at Anne@columbusunderground.com.
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