At Home: North Clintonville Ranch
Marit Hanson had lived in the Clintonville area for some time before deciding she was ready to buy a house. She decided to buy a 960 square foot, two bedroom, one bath ranch home on the northern end of Clintonville to live in with her Boston Terrier Pete. Her adorable dog has definitely inspired much of the artwork she has in her home! She liked that the northern end of Clintonville was populated with lots of younger couples and older people who have lived in the neighborhood forever. She was only the second owner of the home. The first owners were a family of three that made sure that closets and storage was a priority. There are lots of little nooks for storage that Marit really likes. It makes the house feel bigger when there is space to put away your things. There were many things about her home though that she has changed – the biggest projects were completely redoing the kitchen and the bathroom.
Marit’s home was built in 1939 and has all of the original woodwork and other distinguishing features such as arched doorways and built-in displays in the hallways. Some of Marit’s favorite stores to find things for her home include Crate & Barrel, World Market, West Elm, Pier 1, Ikea and thrift stores. The lighting fixture was originally part of a bigger piece and came from a friend’s home. Her home is decorated in a contemporary style with vintage accents.
Marit completely remodeled her bathroom with a budget of less than $2000. Jim Schoolcraft did the design for both her bathroom and her kitchen. The wall color in the bathroom is Benjamin Moore’s Robin’s Egg Blue.
The inspiration for her kitchen is based on Martha Stewart colors. Marit loves baking and frequently uses her KitchenAid mixer her mother passed on to her. She found the tile at the bargains area of the Great Indoors. She and Jim worked together to make a pattern that used all of the tile and looks fantastic. It creates the waterfall back splash under the range hood and then follows around the rest of the kitchen. One of the challenges she faced with the kitchen remodel was that the room was originally two different spaces – a galley kitchen with a breakfast nook. With the dining room directly outside of the kitchen, Marit decided the breakfast nook had to go. While the nook was being demolished, they discovered the ceilings between the two rooms were actually different heights, so the entire ceiling had to be ripped down and redone. She finished the room with bamboo floors and cabinets and a range hood from the old CounterCulture which was in the Short North.
To accommodate her growing home business, Marit Hanson Weddings, Marit refinished half of the basement into a workspace. The other half is one of the final projects of her home – it is a basement bar/hangout area. She plans to keep the bar with its vintage feel and give the rest of the room some newer updates.
Photography by Anne Evans and Marit Hanson.