House Tour – The Luterbachs

One of my favorite parts of running My Midwest Is Showing is going to meet the people I interview and seeing their spaces – I'm pretty nosy. I think it's fascinating to see how representative a space can be of its resident.

Towards the beginning of summer, I did a house tour of my own house. I love interior design, and one of my biggest influences is and always has been my mom. I love that she is not afraid to take a risk when it comes to her house. She once painted her bedroom in pink stripes, glued feathers to the chandelier in our kitchen, and affixed her Pez dispenser collection to a wall. Plus, my dad is super handy and can build anything. Combined, their powers create a magical, whimsical, and perfect home.

I'm launching a new series called House Tour where I'm showcasing cool and interesting interiors throughout the Midwest, and it only seems fitting that I kick things off with my parents' home. My mom's key interior design advice is: "Stay true to the original character of your house." Check out how she did just that, and take a tour through the photos below.

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 My parents have the best fire pit. My mom designed it, and my dad and his concrete & masonry business installed it.

My parents have the best fire pit. My mom designed it, and my dad and his concrete & masonry business installed it.

 Safe to say my mom has enough seating for everyone.

Safe to say my mom has enough seating for everyone.

 My parents' house was built in the '50s, so they fully embraced the character and incorporated mid-century pieces.

My parents' house was built in the '50s, so they fully embraced the character and incorporated mid-century pieces.

 Dolly <3

Dolly <3

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 Boomerang table &amp; a pink fairy door.

Boomerang table & a pink fairy door.

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 Some parents put their kid's art on the refrigerator. Mine frame it and hang it in their house into my adulthood.

Some parents put their kid's art on the refrigerator. Mine frame it and hang it in their house into my adulthood.

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 Family photos.

Family photos.

 My parents bedroom is so cool. Their headboard is actually this huge wooden monstrosity from the '80s that my mom painted orange – it made it entirely new and stylish.

My parents bedroom is so cool. Their headboard is actually this huge wooden monstrosity from the '80s that my mom painted orange – it made it entirely new and stylish.

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 I refuse to let my parents call the second bedroom anything other than my room.

I refuse to let my parents call the second bedroom anything other than my room.

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 The third bedroom was turned into a huge walk-in closet. Naturally.

The third bedroom was turned into a huge walk-in closet. Naturally.

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 My mom is not only the best interior designer – she's also the best baker.&nbsp;

My mom is not only the best interior designer – she's also the best baker. 

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 My mom has a love/hate relationship with the original green sink. I love it!

My mom has a love/hate relationship with the original green sink. I love it!

 It's amazing how much entertainment a non-functioning rotary phone can supply for the whole family.&nbsp;

It's amazing how much entertainment a non-functioning rotary phone can supply for the whole family. 

 The flooring guy thought my mom was crazy when she designed her kitchen floor, then couldn't believe how cool it turned out.

The flooring guy thought my mom was crazy when she designed her kitchen floor, then couldn't believe how cool it turned out.

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 My parents' basement is fully wood-paneled. Originally, it was a little crazy, but with a little love and the right decor, it's genius.

My parents' basement is fully wood-paneled. Originally, it was a little crazy, but with a little love and the right decor, it's genius.

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 Downstairs bathroom is almost too chic to handle.

Downstairs bathroom is almost too chic to handle.

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