My Houzz: Gary+Gayle: Cincinnati, Ohio

When Gary and Gayle Schneider married almost ten years ago, they set forth on a path of creation. They were married for only a few months when they broke ground on their new home, building it at the same time they were building their lives together. "The process for us," as Gayle describes, "involved figuring out who we were going to be together in this new house. What would our new everyday lives together be about."

The outcome of such union is a home that clearly represents the owners themselves- expansive, yet welcoming, tasteful, yet attainable. Chock full of natural influences, it is apparent that the Schneiders are very in touch with the world around them, and they find purpose in sharing their world with others. This is a home that was created as much for sharing as it was for themselves, resulting in a thoughtful and comforting environment for family and friends, old and new.

Houzz at a Glance
Who Lives Here: Gayle and Gary Schneider, and their two dogs
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Size: About 6,000 square feet, including finished basement and screened porch
That's Interesting: During building, the scale of the home grew overall as a result of accommodating the couple's family dining table.
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The view of the home from the street alludes to a history beyond its years. "We've been asked if this was a pre-existing farmhouse that the development was built around - we consider that a compliment," says Gayle. With the construction of the main house completed nine years ago, the couple waited a few more years to add on the garage with office space above. Adrienne DeRosa...More
“Porch. Colors. Windows” — mrsbobbigeorge
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In the foyer, visitors are greeted with a sense of relaxed formality. The entry's grand proportions are brought down to earth with primitive accessories and upholstered seating, while sunlight pours in from the second-story window. Inspired by old houses and buildings that the couple had seen throughout their travels in Europe, the Schneiders chose to replicate the same aged ...More
“Stair” — kimthomas56
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Although Gayle's favorite summertime spot is in the back sun porch, it is the living room that gets her vote throughout the cold months, thanks to the wood-burning fireplace. "Need I say more?!", she jokes. The feeling of the space is akin to an elegant lodge, with a cut stone hearth and plenty of wood. Gary splits logs to stack alongside the fireplace, which brings both ...More
“Fplace” — sryod
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Gayle seems to possess a talent for orchestrating centerpieces throughout the home. She sees the natural beauty in things around her and combines them in new ways, creating vignettes and points of interest. Wrapped in twine, this antique book becomes an object of specialty when set among a collection of glass cloches. Placed at the center of the cocktail table, the arrangem...More
“Furniture placement” — dunkinbondi
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The couple's influences come through in the most subtle of ways, even in the formal living room. "We built the house with 10' 4'' ceilings, which helped create a sense of more openness, like being outside", Gayle explains. Transom windows allow light to flood the space, while over sized furniture maintains an intimate feel. The neutral palette places emphasis on textures an...More
“Coffe table” — lisaandrews
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What may seem to some as another decorative grouping, this spot has special significance to the Schneiders. "The clocks’ purpose is to reflect the different time zones where two of our sons are either currently stationed or deployed in the military", says Gayle. Clocks: Pocket Watch Clock, Pottery Barn Adrienne DeRosa Photography © 2013 Houzz
“Clocks” — kathyolsen
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The design of the formal dining room ultimately set off a chain of resizing throughout the building process for the Schneiders. "First, we bumped our dining room wall out 5 feet to accommodate our large, family oriented dining room table & chairs", Gayle explains, "and with the house plan being symmetrically designed, we then bumped the left side of the house out 5 feet as wel...More
“Chandelier” — durene
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In the kitchen, glazed alder wood cabinetry creates warmth among stone counter tops. Integrated plate racks lend to the home's country vibe, and offer practical access to everyday dinnerware. The Schneiders created the center island purposely without appliances. "That was key for us because that's where we set up our food buffet-style, especially during the colder months wh...More
“I love everything about this” — tduncan62312
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Whether expecting company or having a casual lunch, Gayle and Gary keep a supply of place settings at the ready on the kitchen island. An antique wooden tray keeps items organized and tidy. The glass urn, a Hobby Lobby find, holds wine corks and loads of memories. It is used to collect the remains of bottles enjoyed while on vacation, during celebrations, or enjoyable momen...More
“Cork jar” — kdhsmeyers
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Gayle's originality comes forward in the breakfast area as well. She put her sewing skills to use in making the chair cushions, and repurposed pieces of Gary's former house for the walls. "[The shutters] are Salvaged from the basement of Gary’s old Victorian house he was living in when we met", she says. "I moved them with us, much to his puzzlement, and figured out how to us...More
“Shutters behind art provides visual” — kaychristian
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On the sun porch, a mix of natural materials strikes an elegant balance. "We use and re-purpose what we have that's special to us", Gayle says of Gary's and her decorating philosophy. "And when we buy furniture or something else, we make sure it speaks to our hearts and appears to have lived some life already." The couple created the wooden screen out of salvaged doors, attac...More
“old propped up doors” — kobeanna
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A cloche from Arhaus contains abandoned birds' nests that Gayle has collected over the years from around the property. They are displayed alongside glass votives and an antique seed-starter tray, making for a warm and personalized centerpiece in the sun porch. Adrienne DeRosa Photography © 2013 Houzz
“gunna have these” — sundrop765
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Even the utility entrance of the Schneider home offers a warm welcome, as guests are brought in by way of a stone path and stacked split-faced steps. An unassuming neutral palette is enhanced with Ipe decking and weathered fixtures. Ipe, a Braziian hardwood, is ideal for outdoor applications, lasting 25-40 years without treatment. As Gayle explains, "It is lower maintenanc...More
“5A - Tuscan Blue Rosemary - Upright variety with blue flowers” — SP Gardens - Susanna Pagan Landscape Design
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As an attractive solution to the catch-all area of the home, the back entry, Gayle employs an antique wooden tray from the flea market. Used to corral everything from spare change to cell phones, the tray sits atop a cherished family relic. "It is an old cabinet from my grandmother', explains Gayle. "It has moved with me and been repainted a couple different times, when it's...More
“el florero en la pared” — skylarava
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Through the use of unassuming materials, the master bath embodies luxury in a serene environment. The antique cabinet, found at a flea market, is ideal for storing bath linens and other necessities, while white wainscoting gives the room a period look. Glass Candlesticks: Hobby Lobby Adrienne DeRosa Photography © 2013 Houzz
“Tub moldind” — moon2005
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Everyday items have their place in the mud room, where the Schneiders have chosen hooks for easy access. The bench was a flea market find that the couple repainted to soften the contrast between white bead board walls and the slate floor. A hinged seat means more concealed storage for the household, and less clutter. Coat Hooks: Van Dykes Restoration Catalog Adrienne De...More
“for mud room” — amaya84
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Warm colors and materials maintain comfort in the basement, and reflect the charm of the rest of the home. Leather furniture from Arhaus keeps the feeling refined, yet casual, perfect for everyday entertaining or relaxing. Rather than install typical doors, the Schneiders hung rolling panels made out of reclaimed barn wood. When not in use, the big-screen TV is obscured by ...More
“ceiling and doors” — charlieto
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Considering their penchant for entertaining, creating a bar in the basement was a must-have for the Schneiders. "Our bigger family gatherings often average 25 people and some additional friends", explains Gayle. "We've also hosted gatherings upwards of 50+ people for ourselves, and have lent our home to others for bigger gatherings." Fresh flowers adorn the counter top as a ...More
“Bar” — the_tmwd
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Across from the bar, the pool table takes center stage, but it is a collection of family photos that truly give the space its meaning. Propped on ledges, framed photographs forgo formal gallery presentation, while giving greater flexibility to an ever-changing exhibit. Adrienne DeRosa Photography © 2013 Houzz
“also goes with basement barn pic” — nsey4622
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Nestled into the lower-level quarters of the basement, a guest bedroom receives diffused daylight from the terraced patio outside. Inside, cool cotton bedding softens wood accents. The headboard, a re-purposed barn door, had simply been "hosed down and coated with a matte polyurethane", Gayle describes, proving that changing the context of even one element can offer loads o...More
“repurposed garage door headboard?” — lberman32
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Trees line the perimeter of the back yard, while a sunken gathering area highlights the landscape. "We wanted [the basement] to have attractive outside access and a restful garden sitting area of its own", Gayle explains. Leading into lowest level of the home, the patio brings outdoor elements inside, making the basement feel more like another level, as opposed to a closed-off...More
“terracing with rocks and sitting area” — cherylea
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While the original plans for their home called for a row of smaller windows placed high along the walls of the master bedroom, the Schneiders wished to be more connected to the outdoors. "We extended the master bedroom at the back of the house with bay windows, and included a fireplace", says Gayle. What resulted is a sort of private retreat that the couple describes as "rest...More
“Candles” — stephaniecorrine
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Creating the look for the sleeping area of the master bedroom came from creativity and tenacity on Gayle's part. "I was inspired by a rather expensive duvet cover I saw, and I decided to create one", she says. "So for a year I collected similar different fabrics, when on sale, and then sewed my own." Gayle made the coordinating pillows, too, while the white embroidered versi...More
“I like this look on the bed.....but not white” — scarlett6503
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In contrast to refined upholstery fabrics, stacked crates give the master bedroom an air of rustic sophistication. By choosing different sizes and styles, the Schneiders created dimension in the space, in addition to a well-integrated focal point. Wooden Crate: Hobby Lobby (smaller, on top), Armchair: Sofa Express Adrienne DeRosa Photography © 2013 Houzz
“Stacked crates from hobby lobby!” — arast220
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His and her pedestal sinks take up less space in a small corner of the master bath. Even without counter space, Gayle and Gary manage to keep daily essentials at hand, thanks to the built-in medicine cabinets. As Gayle states, "[We] assign places for things, so there's a place to put it away", leaving minimal opportunities for clutter. Sinks: Kohler Adrienne DeRosa Photo...More
“Half wood paneling and chair rail” — lolatucker
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Dark furniture creates a modern contrast to the rest of the guest room, while period styles are in keeping with a country atmosphere. The overall effect is comfortable and familiar, for those who are far away from home. The decor of the room is a perfect mix of high and low. The iron bed, from Restoration Hardware, is offset by a thrift-store Windsor chair in the corner. ...More
“Curtains” — elmorin
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At the top of the stairs, the Schneiders have made use of redundant space by creating an elegant home office alternative. Before building their company's offices over the garage it was used for their business, but now it is a place for writing, researching, or just relaxing. "Sometimes I just like to sit up there and think creatively", Gayle states. "It’s such a pretty outs...More
“curtain, simple desk idea” — b3walker
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“Kitchen at front with dining area by window.” — perugrandma
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“Le beau chien.” — mozar
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