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Jason, a chef, centered the kitchen remodel around the island base, made of reclaimed ornate tin ceiling tiles salvaged from an Ohio brewery. Then he repurposed ornate vintage picture frames to create the molding for the island corners. "He chose oak and gave it a rich, dark finish so that the island countertop could match the molding throughout the rest of the house," says Jen.
The rest of the kitchen was redesigned with the sole purpose of making prep work and cooking easier: The range is surrounded by just enough countertop space for a plate or a mixing bowl, and the back of the island has a compartment for cutting boards and cookie sheets.
Although most of the items in the home are vintage, a new sofa is one of the couple's beloved possessions. This winter their love for the sofa grew as they realized they could close the original pocket doors to conserve heat — a challenge in any older home — making a cozy hideaway in the family room. "Our cats, Hazel and Bixby, love the sofa as much as we do; it's where they spend a majority of their day," says Jen.
The Diehls reimagined the coffee table in the form of a utilitarian factory cart. This table has been around the country; it was purchased by the couple at a flea market in Indiana, but its lineage can be traced to Greensboro, North Carolina. The table is right at home in a house that is filled with vintage finds and conversation pieces, and it echoes other industrial decor.
Pocket doors (center rear of photo) separate the living space from the couple's work studio; the doors also create a visual separation between their home and work life, an inherent challenge for those who work from home.
Their business, The Ritzy Rose, received national attention when Jen created a custom jewelry bouquet for country music's Miranda Lambert when she married Blake Shelton, judge on The Voice and country heartthrob.
The business lends itself to having lots of small items, so the Diehls use salvaged finds to store and display them. Jason has his own corner in the studio, marked by a 1960s desk where he plugs numbers and handles administrative work. On the opposite side of the studio, Jen's industrial factory table is where she designs and creates, and meets with clients.
Running the full width of the house and about 10 feet deep, the spacious porch is the site of many impromptu evenings spent with guests. If there's a thunderstorm, the porch is where you'll find the Diehls.
The pair, who love things with a backstory, are slowly learning about the history of their own home. While on a walk around town, they noticed that the bricks forming their home's foundation and fireplace surround were identical to the bricks used for the historic Old Carnegie Library in downtown Pickerington. Because both their house and the library were built in 1916, they think both structures' building materials arrived in the town at around the same time. At least, that's how they like to imagine it.
"My husband and I always talk about a train pulling up to the station on our street packed with bricks destined for both the library and our house," Jen says. "It's neat to think about somehow being a part of something with a little history."