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Brighter Living: A Healthy, Sunny Home in Ann Arbor, Michigan

A laid-back family designs healthy living and community connection into a sunny home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.



Tom McMurtrie and Genia Service say their home's sunny design, ease of maintenance and bright colors lead to high spirits and good health.
Photo By Roy Ritchie
Swaths of aniline-dyed cabinetry in blue, green and brown offer a colorful yet neutral palette in the kitchen. The home's south-facing windows allow sunlight to warm the concrete floors in winter, helping to reduce heating costs.
Photo By Roy Ritchie
Playful use of colors lines, shapes and materials lend an artistic, treehouse vibe to the home's interior .
Photo By Roy Ritchie
Tom and Genia collect vintage furnishings and decor items, both passed down from family and hunted at area antique stores.
Photo By Roy Ritchie
The home's open floor plan makes it easy to welcome guests. The couple's son, Gary, enjoys a meal with his grandmother, Francoise McMurtrie, who lived with the family for several years, and a cousin visiting from France, Benoit Moison.
Photo By Roy Ritchie
The home's open floor plan makes it easy to welcome guests. The couple's son, Gary, enjoys a meal with his grandmother, Francoise McMurtrie, who lived with the family for several years, and a cousin visiting from France, Benoit Moison.
Photo By Roy Ritchie
The ADA-accessible home enables the family to comfortably welcome any guest, and helped them build a multigenerational community within their home (from left: visiting cousin Benoit Moison; Genia; Tom's mother, Francoise McMurtrie; Gary; and Tom).
Photo By Roy Ritchie
A bird's nest makes its home in the native flowers planted beneath a tree.
Photo By Roy Ritchie
The deck is made of Behr board, a product containing recycled materials.
Photo By Roy Ritchie





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