Stephanie and Richie McNally met in high school, while attending two different parochial schools here in Columbus (Bishop Ready and St Francis DeSales, respectively). Now married with three children, they’ve renovated a beautiful house in Bexley for their family to call home. Stephanie is an in-demand photographer, with an eye for design, and Richie is Vice President of the utilities division at a land acquisition firm.
The McNallys moved to Bexley in 2013, just before the birth of their second child. Coming from Victorian Village, they wanted to stay in a location that was rated high in walkability, and found the perfect house, close to amenities like the library, elementary school, and pharmacy.
With the help of a contractor, they’ve done everything from replace the carpet, to finish the basement and add a bathroom. Their 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home feels anything but cramped with an open floor plan on the main level, and a completely (and creatively) reconfigured bathroom upstairs.
The McNally’s changed the layout of the bathroom, which gave them the ability to have both more storage, and more natural light. The penny tile is new, but stays true to the historical period of their home. Stephanie’s dad fabricated the sink, so it’s a one of a kind piece.
Stephanie is the brains behind most of the changes to their home. After a trip to Easton, she loved the checkout counter in one of the stores, and brought the idea to their contractor, who used that example to build their basement desk.
The basement pulls double-duty as a work space for the adults, and a play space for the kids. Custom built-ins flank the room, providing storage and allowing for more floor space for all three kids to create.
When the McNally’s bought the home, there was a toilet in the basement, but not an actual bathroom. When completing the project, they added rustic touches (a reclaimed barnwood sink!) to give the space an elevated feel. They worked with Taliesin Construction for both the basement and their bedroom.
The small decorative details in their home are what make it feel welcoming and lived in. In the boys room, custom curtain rods made from old piping, and locker-style baskets from Land of Nod, add some depth to the room, and Richie’s old sports memorabilia graces the walls to be enjoyed by the next generation.
And, real talk, what kid didn’t dream of having a bed like the one their middle child gets to call his own? Somehow, adding a HUGE (seriously, I’ve been in the room, this bed is big) Jeep bed still looks glamorous and twee in the McNally home.
I think part of what makes their home feel deceptively large, despite being just about 1,500 square feet, is the storage solutions they’ve taken care to add. Stephanie gets a lot of the organizational pieces from The Container Store, and then layers in higher end stuff from Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
In the master bedroom, with help from their contractor, they’ve added custom wardrobes with the most charming window seat. The room feels calming and serene with neutral walls and decor, the perfect place to unwind.
On the first floor, the dining room is large and open to the living area. The substantial armoire in the corner was one of Stephanie’s first purchases out of college, with the earnings from a full time job in sales. She used a picture as motivation, and quickly saved up the cash to purchase it from Anthropologie.
The home has character in abundance, with lots of original finishings that add to the charm. Extra wide baseboards don’t seem like they’d be too exciting, but they make everything look so polished. Original woodwork and hardware also help to blend the modern with the classic.
When they purchased the home, there were existing built-ins (should we do a count of all the AH-mazing built-ins? Or just how many times I say ‘built-ins’?) bordering the living room, but they added more surrounding the fireplace. Obviously, being a professional photographer, Stephanie has loads of pictures of the family, and there are many albums lining the shelves.
And we need to talk about that fireplace. The marble surround was something they added, along with painting the inside black. It’s a nice way to keep the fireplace the centerpiece of the room, without letting it be overpowered by the shelving surrounding it.
Stephanie assures me that their house isn’t always this picture perfect, which is a relief, knowing there are three little people living here, but you can’t help but think it always feels this charming. When designing a home, marrying the styles of different people, and different generations, can be a challenge. Richie and Stephanie have managed to allow their decor to reflect the personalities of their family, while still being totally covetable.
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