PHOTOS by J. Alan Paul Photography
If you are like Ria Czichotzki, your house is constantly changing. Whether that means rearranging furniture, a fresh coat of paint or bringing in a contractor, you feel best when your home is looking its best. See how Czichotzki has taken her space from cottage-themed to boho-chic. Now, you can tour her natural-light-filled abode.
Meet Ria Czichotzki
Czichotzki is the owner of RiaLee Photography and has a studio in Downtown Fargo. She is a mother of four and dog-mom to two. Her oldest daughter has graduated from college, her twin boys are currently in college and her youngest daughter is a high school student. Czichotzki and her husband live in Moorhead and she enjoys traveling, photography and design.
The Czichotzki family purchased the home 10 years ago in 2007. Since then, they have personalized the home and made it their own. For example, Czichotzki has painted and repainted the walls to reflect her ever-changing style. The entryway currently features bright white walls and a plant from Baker Garden & Gift.
On the bench is a monstera plant, also from Baker Garden & Gift.
In the corner of the living room is a bird of paradise plant from Baker Garden & Gift.
Throughout the living room and entryway, Czichotzki added beadboard wainscoting. Although Czichotzki had Wendt Construction of Moorhead install the wainscoting, it is a simple project that anyone could replicate and an easy way to add character to any home. Czichotzki also had a checkerboard pattern painted over the honey-oak hardwood floors.
The dining room features a tablescape set up by Czichotzki herself with pink glassware from the White House Co. Next to the table is a bar cart also staged by Czichotzki. “We used to display things in those old-fashioned hutches. Now, it’s the bar cart,” she said.
Throughout both the living room and dining room, you’ll notice an abundance of natural light. This is due to the fact that Czichotzki has removed the blinds from her windows, which is ideal for growing house plants.
Czichotzki’s kitchen still retains much of the cottage charm left over from her previous renovations with its painted cabinets and crown molding. However, she has gradually incorporated boho flair. Back when they first redid the kitchen, Czichotzki installed the open shelving, which now houses vintage bottles and Anthropologie recipe box. The subway tile backsplash was the product of a more recent renovation.
The family room boasts an electric fireplace with a beadboard mantle and shiplap wall feature. One corner features a whimsical hanging chair. “We were very careful to find a joyce and a stud to put it in because you can’t just hang it in drywall. We got a sturdy eye hook to hang it in, but it wasn’t hard once I looked up how to do it,” Czichotzki said.
The sunroom was an addition by Wendt Construction built in 2013. Czichotzki had them add wide shiplap to the walls. When she later decided to add an accent wall in the family room, Czichotzki went for a more modern, thin-shiplap look.
The master bedroom features faux-brick wallpaper and a custom bed frame. To the right of the bed is a nightstand made by one of Czichotzki’s sons.
Czichotzki transformed her spare bedroom on the second floor into a playroom for the little girl she often babysits. This dreamy room features a day-bed with a textured throw from Anthropologie, perfect for mid-day naps. Above the bed, Czichotzki has created a fun conversation piece by overlapping various maps and atlases.
Czichotzki styled her bookcase with the spines facing toward the wall, leaving the pages exposed.