Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Reader Home Tours: Valerie’s House in Indianapolis

Your Name: Valerie (DW nickname and real name).

Where is the location of your home? Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis, IN.

What type of property it is? House.

How many years youโ€™ve lived there? One year, almost exactly!

How many people (and pets) reside there? Two — me and my husband Chris.

Whatโ€™s your favorite thing about your home? The best thing about the house is by far the location. We’re within walking distance of great restaurants (including three that brew their own beer!), bars and shopping. We’re also very close to some of the bike paths that run through the city. It’s been a lot of fun making a “first home” with my husband.

If you could change one thing about it what would that be? Our kitchen. It’s TINY and we have very little counter space. We also don’t have a dishwasher. We love to cook together, and we love to entertain and have people over to our house. We also love being green, so we always use real dishes. It gets messy in the kitchen very quickly…

Keep reading to see the inside of Valerie’s cute house.

Eating Area: We MAY have dedicated the two shelves in the back to booze… We enjoy a glass of wine, craft beer, or a perfectly mixed cocktail on occasion. ๐Ÿ™‚

Living Room: My husband and I met in Madison, WI, and you can see some UW touches in this photo. Bucky Badger is on the blanket on the chair in the back, and the three prints on the wall are chairs from the Memorial Union Terrace.

Kitchen: See, TINY!

Bedroom: We don’t have a headboard, so we thought this sweet map of the neighborhoods in Indianapolis would look nice on the wall instead.

* To submit your home for DW Reader Home Tours, please send 3-5 photos with corresponding descriptions to wendy@dearwendy.com and write “Reader Home Tours” in the subject line. Please include answers to the following:

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If you could change one thing about it what would that be?



27 comments… add one
  • bethany May 8, 2012, 12:02 pm

    So cute!! I love it! I especially love your booze filled dining room ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Iwannatalktosampson May 8, 2012, 12:09 pm

    I LOVE the dining room. It looks lived in without looking busy and cluttered. I love your style.

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  • camille905 May 8, 2012, 12:11 pm

    Super cute place! I feel you on the small kitchen. My isn’t small but has practically NO counter space- less than it appears you do actually. Anyway, it looks cozy.

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  • lets_be_honest May 8, 2012, 12:18 pm

    Love the dining room!! Those posters are pretty cool too.

    I used to have a very small kitchen, provided a great excuse for eating out all the time!

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  • rachel May 8, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Such a cute house!

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  • bittergaymark May 8, 2012, 12:35 pm

    Charming. Especially the front of the house! Love all the brick and the cottage look. So cute!

    Free Art Director tip. You know what would REALLY class up the joint to perfection rather cheaply? Invest in some new glazed flower pots for that front stoop…Now, I realize, it’s barely spring, so the pots you already have are empty and what not, but trust me. Some gorgeous, brightly colored glazed ceramic flower pots would truly take your house to the next level.

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    • Valerie May 8, 2012, 3:40 pm

      Thanks BGM, I love the colorful glazed pot idea! Now that it seems like warmer weather is here to stay, we’re definitely going to be in the market for some new pots.

      Since we’re just renting this place, I’m always looking for ways to add my personal style to the house in a “non-permanent” sort of way, and new pots are a great suggestion!

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      • bittergaymark May 8, 2012, 5:13 pm

        And they don’t have to be insanely expensive either… Homegoods often has interesting ones that are well priced… As does Target of all places… Or I once saw some on Overstock.com.

  • Taylor May 8, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Love the picture with the lit windows…it’s so welcoming =)

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  • BriarRose May 8, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Umm, adorable!!

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  • kerrycontrary May 8, 2012, 1:00 pm

    awww I love this house it’s so cute and has so much character.

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  • jenniferw May 8, 2012, 1:16 pm

    Really cute house. As for the dishwasher dilemma, I highly recommend a portable dishwasher. I had one, and it was compact and on wheels so it could be stored anywhere. It was a lifesaver. I hate to do dishes!

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    • TheGirl May 8, 2012, 2:31 pm

      Plus you can get ones with wooden tops so you can use them as extra counter space when you’re cooking! I had one for years and it was the best investment.

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      • Valerie May 8, 2012, 3:42 pm

        I didn’t even know that portable dishwashers existed! I need to look into this ASAP! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • honeybeenicki May 8, 2012, 1:18 pm

    I must say my absolute favorite part are the UW touches ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Samantha May 8, 2012, 12:28 pm

    Very cute – love the shelves in the dining room… and not just because of the booze!

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  • Budj May 8, 2012, 2:06 pm

    I like your burglar defense device next to the bed, haha.

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    • bethany May 8, 2012, 2:47 pm

      I have a Mugger Slugger under my bed, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Valerie May 8, 2012, 3:46 pm

      Hahaha, yeah, my husband purchased that bat when we went to visit the Louisville Slugger factory. When I was taking the pictures, he was like, I wonder if anyone will comment on the bat. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Stephanie May 8, 2012, 3:29 pm

    Aww I LOVE Broad Ripple…my husband and I are actually looking to move there (from the Chicago area). He grew up in Indy. Can’t wait to look for cute houses like this!

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    • Valerie May 8, 2012, 3:54 pm

      Awesome! I’m actually from the Chicago area originally! When my husband and I were looking to move to Broad Ripple from another area of the city, we had a lot of fun checking out different places in the neighborhood. We actually found this place just by driving around and noticing that there was a “for rent” sign in the front yard. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Valerie May 8, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Thanks everyone for all of your kind comments! You’ve really made my day! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • dandywarhol May 8, 2012, 4:31 pm

    Ong such a cute place!! Definitely my style.

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  • Amybelle May 8, 2012, 5:44 pm

    Very cute and charming! I love the built in corner cabinets in the dining room.

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  • fast eddie May 8, 2012, 6:01 pm

    Great little place that I bet is a snap to clean. That kitchen is indeed SMALL, I had more space in the galley of my boat. Truly lovely.

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  • Sabrina May 8, 2012, 11:54 pm

    Adorable! I spent a few months living in Indy and I loved the character of the Broad Ripple area.

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  • cporoski May 9, 2012, 9:01 am

    so beautiful!

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