Karen and Brad Hughes were ready to invest in Over-the-Rhine when they bought the property that would become their current home in 2012. They live above their cookware store, Artichoke, just north of Findlay Market, thus committing to both working and living in the revitalized area. Together with architect Terry Boling, they’ve designed a bright, contemporary feel for their 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom space. 

Cherry wood adorns the floors and doors and their collection of art adds to the warmth, particularly when the sun catches the windows during the day. An extra 380 square feet of south-facing outdoor deck space allows for a comfortable place to relax and take in the hum of activity happening at Findlay.

The Hugheses’ OTR home was designed by Finneytown architect Terry Boling. The main room’s walls are adorned with glass art by Elodie Holmes of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the hanging light fixture was made by downtown Cincinnati-based Switch.
The Buttercup rocking chair by Blu Dot, Frank Gehry-designed Power Play chair by Knoll and Woodwind cabinet and media center set from Room & Board pleasantly compliment the cherry wood back wall of the living room area; a vintage wall clock from the early 1900s and glass art made by Elodie Holmes of Santa Fe, New Mexico, decorate the south-facing wall; the bathrooms feature LEED gold-certified bathroom fixtures; the Hugheses’ guest room/office.

The home’s dining set is also from Knoll’s Frank Gehry-designed line of furniture, featuring the Face Off table and Hat Trick kitchen chairs, continuing the decor theme the Hugheses use in the living room area.

The kitchen counter is a single slab of 3/4-inch thick quartz and features several of the products on offer in Artichoke, including a Technivorm Moccamaster coffee maker, a Design Trifecta 360 knife block and Savino wine preserver.

For extra seating at the kitchen countertop, Karen and Brad added Baba counter stools from Design Within Reach. For cooking up dinners and storing fresh groceries from Findlay Market, the Hugheses opted for Bosch appliances in the kitchen.

The master bedroom exudes warmth with its Stickley bed frame, dresser and nightstand, which Karen and Brad purchased from Verbarg’s Furniture & Design in Kenwood. The sliding closet doors are both made from a single cherry wood tree sourced from a Louisville lumber yard and assembled by Mike Evans, owner of Forum III in Clifton.

The second-floor patio faces Findlay Market to the south and is the perfect setting for morning coffee or an evening spent with a glass of wine and a good book. The exterior stairway landing leading up to the Hugheses’ home features a sculpture by Brian Russell of Memphis, Tennessee, called “Sun Rise.” At street level below their home is the entrance to Brad and Karen’s cookware and culinary store, Artichoke.