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102 Materials Girl

44 Fresh Start

Merien Daka orchestrates an awardwinning beauty in Shelby Township.

Special celebration takes extensive makeover to new heights.

54 Into the Woods

Birmingham designer works his magic on a dwelling nestled in a forest in Sylvania, outside Toledo, Ohio.

60 Laid-back Luxe

Bloomfield home evokes easygoing East Coast style.

70 Get Smart

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80 Walloon Lake Transformation

A northern Michigan cottage undergoes a warm and inviting overhaul.

86 A Decade in the Making INTERIOR DESIGN BY MERIEN DAKA DESIGN GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTIN VECCHIO

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102 92 The View

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40 ACCENTS

24 Brilliant Gems

Jewel tones add sparkle throughout the home.

26 Blanket Season

Toss a cozy throw onto your ottoman, bed, or sofa, and all will be right this autumn.

28 Game On

Staying in? These elements are sure to entertain.

32 LIFESTYLES

32 Snapshot: Classical Symphony

Creating this space was like orchestrating a beautiful opus in which repeats, scale, and rhythm play important parts.

34 Snapshot: Just Breathe

Ahhhh, this Upper Straits lakeside master is all about going with the flow.

36 Snapshot: Casual Chic

A couple’s niece enjoys her nicely appointed room.

38 Snapshot: Gorgeous Guest Room Designer Anna Versaci turns out a romantic retreat in a Seattle home.

40 Designs On Guest Quarters

Overnight sensations: These glamorous suites treat visitors to luxury living.

42 Seasons

Autumn’s color changes are best savored around a bonfire.

EVENTS 127 House Party

A live party! Hundreds from the design community attended this year’s Detroit Design Awards ceremony. Held at The Fillmore Detroit, the gathering was an enjoyable night out for design-industry winners.

IN EVERY ISSUE 20 Editor’s Letter Sweet Dreams.

124 Design Resources

Product information.

128 Bravo!

A cozy sitting area offers inspiration during autumn’s “indoor days.”

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EDITOR’S LETTER

DETROIT DESIGN VOLUME 19 • ISSUE 3 PUBLISHER

John Balardo

EDITORIAL

I

was 5 or 6 years old when I embarked on my first sleepover at a friend’s home. But it never happened, at least technically speaking. Rather than spending the night, I left my pal at about 9 p.m. when, at my behest, my mom came to get me. Why? Well, it was all about the surroundings. First of all, my friend’s parents seemed ancient to me (they probably were in their mid-40s, but they came across as so much older than that). In addition, I just wasn’t into their antiques-filled, dark home. My friend’s bedroom wasn’t cheery, the floors were cold, adornments were sparse, and I wanted out. Although the idea of spending the night away from home had seemed like an exciting adventure, I wasn’t comfortable there and, as a result, my heart was not into it! Fast-forward four years or so. I went to Albany, N.Y. (alone!) to visit my godmother, a single woman. She was an administrator at a nursing school and lived near a hospital in an apartment that was strikingly similar to a college dorm. I slept on a cot that hovered above a 1960s brown industrial-style floor. I loved my godmother dearly, but I couldn’t wait to get out of her meagerly decorated, small apartment. A few years later, I was visiting a good friend in Ohio, again without my parents! Talk about being homesick. Every night when we went to sleep, I prayed that the next day would zoom by so that I could finally go home. Although I missed my family dearly, I must admit that I also was anxious to get back to my own bedroom and its blue furnishings, light-blue bed-

spread, thick powder-blue carpeting, and crisp white drapery trimmed with lime-and-blue tassels. When my head meets the pillow, I want to feel at peace. Cold floors — not to mention too much practical and not enough pretty — won’t inspire any sweet dreams. When I think about great guest rooms or boutique hotels I’ve stayed in, I can honestly say I’ve had the best sleep in rooms featuring top-drawer bed linens, interesting art, and chic appointments. This issue is a veritable treasure trove of lovely bedrooms, from children spaces to master suites to guest/ nanny quarters. I guarantee if you hit the hay in any one of these rooms, your sleep score will soar. I remember telling Lauren Tolles, founder of Maison Birmingham and co-owner of KSI, that I’d be happy to be her nanny. When she gave me a tour of the thirdfloor nanny quarters in her Birmingham home, I was thinking, I do love kids! Seriously, it’s that nice, with marble finishes, contemporary furniture, and a lovely ambiance. Another spectacular guest apartment can be found at the home of interior designer Ann-Marie Anton’s parents. Anton, who runs It’s Personal Design in Grosse Pointe Woods, fashioned a caregiver apartment — which has been used by visiting family and friends — as a self-contained space that boasts an urban vibe. And it has its own entrance! Then there’s the Seattle guest room designed by Anna Versaci, of Anna Versaci Design in Beverly Hills, Mich. Floral wallpaper, yellow velvet pillows, black walls, and a Mid-century-inspired George Nelson Ball Bubble pendant create a look — and feeling — that’s just perfect. Whether you’re interested in updating a guest room, master suite, or child’s bedroom, this issue is packed with ideas for creating welcoming spaces that are guaranteed to produce a good night’s sleep, complete with visions of sugarplums and other lovely things. Before we know it, the winter holidays will arrive — and, with them, kids’ sleepovers and overnight guests. Are your bedrooms ready?

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“Naples 8” at CYNTHIA BYRNES CONTEMPORARY ART defines vibrant.

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Tie-Dyed Turkish Towels are hand-dyed and finished with knotted fringe. $49.95, lockwoodshop.com. 2: EVANGELINE’s Mohair Throw (shown in Moss) is like a cherished sweater reincarnated. $297, Neiman Marcus, Troy, evangelinelinens. com, neimanmarcus. com.

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Belgian Linen & Wool Factory Stripe Throw in Camel is a winner for fall and beyond. $399, Troy, rh.com. 6: SERENA & LILY’s Albion Mohair Throw in Yarrow is a go-to for warmth and color. $448, serenaandlily.com. 7: This Chunky Knit Throw from ARHAUS

features pom-pom edges and an icy blue hue. $79, Ann Arbor and Troy, arhaus.com.

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sensibility to a classic game of pool with this Rivington Large Billiard Chandelier from VISUAL COMFORT. $8,999, Troy, citylightsdetroit.com.

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Classical Symphony Creating this space was like orchestrating a beautiful opus in which repeats, scale, and rhythm play important parts TEXT BY MEGAN SWOYER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTA XOCHILT PEREZ

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he two things a Grosse Pointe Park couple with two grown sons wanted to keep in their master bedroom were their headboard, upholstered in a brown velvet, and their wool carpeting, which was a natural beige color. Everything else could change, they told their interior designer, Kourtney Shammo. At the time, Shammo, who has two degrees (one is interior design and the other is in business administration, both from Baker College), was working with Troy- and Detroit-based Petrella Designs Inc. The designer, who has since launched her own design firm, Kourtney Anne Studios in Birmingham, recalls that the project was fun and successful. “(The master bedroom) had a very dull red paint on the walls and there was a wood armoire that was bulky in size and heavy in color,” says Shammo, who’s been in the design industry for a decade. “The goal was to lighten up the space and create a sanctuary.” Thankfully, the room has a lot of natural light. Shammo decided that the brown (from the headboard) could be the neutral in the room. “I knew it wouldn’t be difficult to work with,” she says. But, she adds, because of the headboard’s dark color and size, it could quickly become a focal point, which she wanted to avoid. “The room is long, so our idea for a layout ‘stacks’ the bed with the settee (from Hickory Chair) in front, and then two chairs (from Lee Industries with a Rozmallin fabric) and an ottoman (also from Hickory Chair) are in a cozy coffee/reading area.” Like a conductor orchestrating a symphony of coordinating sounds and notes, Shammo’s first “movement” started by choosing a new grasscloth wallcovering from Schumacher for an accent wall. “That’s what sets the tone for the room. It makes the ceiling seem higher and it takes your eye up,” she says. The designer selected a gorgeous Jim Thompson fabric for the settee. “If you look closely, it has a subtle pattern and texture, so it adds just enough

ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

“The weight of the ottoman balances well with the headboard, so the headboard isn’t popping out at you and isn’t too eye-catching,” designer Kourtney Shammo says.

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detail and isn’t flat,” she explains. The settee’s color was selected because it echoes, like a repeat theme in music, the headboard’s shade. “We wanted the brown to be elsewhere in the room, so the eye travels; the settee balances the space.” The blush, just-the-right-pink fabric (by Jab Anstoetz from Rozmallin) for the swivel chairs creates more rhythm in the room. “It’s not too pink and is a very sophisticated color. It works well with the grasscloth wallcovering,” Shammo notes. As for the gem-like emerald green ottoman (also from Jim Thompson Fabrics, Tennant & Associates), it’s a feast for the eyes — and the perfect spot for resting one’s feet after a long day. Its color is repeated on the bed’s bolster, again allowing the eye to travel and pick up repeats in tone. Neutral cotton-blend drapery from Pindler keeps the look soft. Hickory Chair nightstands (which Shammo adores) in cream with brass details are timeless and evoke a mod-traditional vibe. The Visual Comfort sconces repeat the brass, making everything feel especially balanced. “There’s a flow and repeats,” Shammo says. Large art (from Wendover Art Group) featuring a charming bird motif hangs above the bed. The entire space has a monochromatic feel, but still offers interest and details that are reminiscent of perfect hits of staccato in a musical piece. “The depth is in the fabrics, like the mohair pillow (Schumacher with a faux-leather Samuel & Sons blush-pink trim) on the settee, which ties in with the pink from the chairs,” Shammo explains. “You just need one pillow like that.” Overall, Shammo says approaching the design was about being thoughtful about the space so it could live up to its potential. “It’s about a feeling,” she says. “What was the design that would make the room speak?”

SIMPLE & SUMPTUOUS

A timeless feel travels throughout this master bedroom’s updated space. “This room is in a traditional, Grosse Pointe-area home,” the designer says. “We kept the tradition, but made it more clean and streamlined, and not overly ornate.”

More information: kourtneyannestudios.com

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Just Breathe Ahhhh, this Upper Straits lakeside master is all about going with the flow TEXT BY TRACY DONOHUE PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH SINGER

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ith a stunning water view to maximize and a large interior space to minimize, lights. “The paint color name says it all,” Feiten says. “It’s the perfect spa color Paul Feiten, of Paul Feit- and relates to the calmness of the lake — a soft blue with a little green in it.” en Design in Bloomfield He utilized a chandelier to “bring down the ceiling” and added a four-poster Hills, had a lot to consider when he began design- platform bed flanked by large silver chests to beautifully fill the space. “The ing the master bedroom of a home on Upper Straits chests are very special,” Feiten says. “They’re wood with a silver painted finish Lake in Orchard Lake Village. and drawer front panels done in eglomise, which is real silver leaf applied to “The view of the lake from the master bedroom the back of glass. It’s durable and exquisite.” is spectacular; you’re on top of the lake To give the bedroom a beachy feel, Feiten featured crisp white faband it takes your breath away,” Feiten says. rications throughout the room. In a nod to functionality, he used white SERENITY “However, when a room is really large it The designer’s Sunbrella fabric on the headboard and sitting area furniture, since it’s can be unappealing. The challenge is to fill challenge was to easy to clean and won’t fade from sunlight entering the room. create an intimate it up and make it more intimate. The drapery showcases the corner windows, which offer a full view feel in a very large “The personality and vision of the cli- master bedroom. of the lake on both sides, while the cornice board above the drapery Goals met! ent should come through in their home,” conceals roller shades that can be lowered for complete privacy. The he continues. “We envisioned a simple but sitting area near the window was designed so the homeowners could sexy, swanky, beachy look and mood for the room.” relax and enjoy the view, and savor an evening nightcap before bed. Feiten began with a wall paint shade called Quiet “It was a good marriage between the clients and designer. The clients were Moments, by Benjamin Moore, because it reflects delightful and receptive; they knew they needed assistance pulling together the color of the lake, and then paired it with a custom the look they wanted for their master bedroom, and called in a professional for carpet by Stark in a soft blue hue with frosty high- professional results,” Feiten reflects. More information: paulfeitendesign.com

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Casual Chic A couple’s niece enjoys her nicely appointed room TEXT BY TRACY DONOHUE PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF GARLAND

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ike many homeowners today, Jennifer Barnes and her husband bought their Grosse Pointe Farms home to make the walls more dimensional and interesting,” Kordas explains. “We with the idea that updates would be went with a super neutral palette in white, cream, tan, and brown, and added needed to meet their taste and grow- subtle patterns and textures.” ing family. “The home was a bit of a fixer-upper The homeowners had had the hardwood floors in the house refinished with great bones, and we wanted to make it our after moving in, and were reluctant to cover them. They ended up comproown,” Barnes says. mising in the guest room with a cozy, neutral layered rug featuring a thicker, They had previously hired Annie Kordas, of textural rug on top of a larger wool rug. Annie Kordas Interiors in Grosse Pointe Barnes wanted to keep the first bedroom set she had purchased at SPRUCING UP Farms, to design their second child’s nurs- This guest room Marshall Fields as an independent young woman, and was pleased ery and were happy with the results, so it needed love, and at how Kordas made the sentimental matching headboard and nightseemed natural to have Kordas transform designer Annie stands look fresh. She also requested that the room have a ceiling fan. their “catch-all” guest room before their Kordas was just In her designs, Kordas often likes to mix old with new for a the person to niece moved in to attend Wayne State Unimore interesting look. “I especially enjoyed how the desk area came embrace it. versity and help with child care. together with a well-curated, charming mix of vintage and modern. “We knew the guest room was going to be used, The high-quality acrylic chair is modern, but it’s in a traditional shape, and so we wanted it to be comfortable — but also beau- it ties in with the acrylic-and-brass ceiling fan.” tiful, fancy, lovely, and upscale. We also wanted it Barnes sums up her satisfaction with the finished room: “The biggest chalto be young but timeless, and (we didn’t want to lenge was that it’s a small room, but Annie was able to bring it to life. I love use) gray,” Barnes says. the crisp, clean, timeless feel of the room. The design is in line with the rest “It wasn’t the most architecturally dynamic of our house — warm, charming, stylish, and comfortable. The vision came space, so we had a carpenter apply wainscoting to life perfectly. Annie knew the room needed some love, and she nailed it.” More information: anniekordasinteriors.com

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Gorgeous Guest Room Designer Anna Versaci turns out a romantic retreat in a Seattle home TEXT BY TRACY DONOHUE PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIN HARRIS

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hen Beverly Hills, Mich.based designer Anna Versaci, of Anna Versaci Design, started working with a client who had recently relocated from New York City to a loft in Seattle for a job in the medical field, she wanted to help the homeowner express her own style in her new home. Part of that style included a dramatic yet welcoming environment for overnight guests. The project came to Versaci as a referral through a mutual friend when the Seattle homeowner admired the Michigan designer’s vision and work. “I love the psychology of business and design — working with people to give them what they want based on who they are and how they live,” Versaci says. “Coming from New York City, it was her dream to have a special home — one in which she had a place to host guests, entertain, and relax,” Versaci notes. “She has a lot of personal style and wasn’t afraid to take risks. When she told me ‘I want to go crazy’ and said she wanted to paint all the walls in the loft black, I was excited. I knew then that there was no need to dial back on design. It was fun envisioning how it would all come together.” According to Versaci, the overall design of the guest room was one of simplicity paired with a sultry, romantic boutique hotel look and feel, plus a touch of fun. “We started with the graphic floral wallpaper and layered from there. The white bedding with a

textured neutral throw and yellow velvet pillows pops against the black walls and ceiling,” Versaci explains. “The painting above the bed was already owned by the client, and worked well with the mood of the rest of the room.” Since maximizing storage is often a consideration in a loft space, Versaci placed leather woven-front bachelor chests on both sides of the guest bed, topping them with “cool, moody lamps” that complement the Mid-century-inspired white George Nelson Ball Bubble Pendant light fixture. Versaci notes there were some logistical challenges with the project leading up to the installation, since she’s based in Michigan and the home is in Seattle, but nothing extraordinary affected the homeowner’s delight in the finished room. “Our shared vision and goal was to make the guest room really dramatic, but the collaboration and trust between us throughout the project made it successful and fun.”

DELIGHTFUL DETAILS

Overnight guests love this room designed by Anna Versaci Design, for a home in Seattle.

More information: annaversacidesign.com

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These glamorous suites treat company and live-ins to luxury living

relationship, a little separation is a good balance.” The third floor includes a living area, bedroom, bathroom, and a kitchen eluxe hotels may deliver the fin- that’s equipped with a dishwasher, cooktop, oven, and small fridge. Because est amenities, but these residen- she has her own kitchen, the nanny can choose to eat with the family or in tial accommodations could easily her suite, and having her own kitchen makes it easy for her to have a friend rival any four-star facility. With over for a snack or a meal. “I like that she likes hanging out there; it makes the right planning and expertise, me happy,” Tolles says. “It’s light and bright and comfortable and durable.” Some of the furnishings came from sample sales, while others are from visitors feel right at home. the family’s former home. “It was a good way to go through my personal and showroom inventory,” Tolles says. She explains that before the third floor was Distinctive Digs Lauren Tolles, founder of Maison Birmingham occupied, visiting family members stayed there and gave their feedback. At some point, she says, one of her kids may be lucky enough to claim and co-owner of KSI, turned an unfinished attic into the ultimate nanny quarters in her GOOD DESIGN the entire suite. Who wouldn’t Birmingham abode. want to be a “The third floor really feels like the rest Maximum Impact nanny here? of the home — maybe a little bit younger Beautiful living For a Birmingham property with a deep lot, Renee Cetnar, lead and hipper,” she says. “It has nice finishes, quarters are a big interior designer and project manager for House of M Design in Birfringe benefit. like marble, with more contemporary furmingham, created a guest house that was limited to 650 square feet niture to spice it up a bit.” Surplus materiabove ground, due to zoning restrictions. A high ceiling, expansive als, such as tile from a previous home project, add windows, and a doorwall visually expand the space. “Architectural details to the cohesiveness. became very important, to make it feel as open as possible,” Cetnar says. Thoughtful touches include empty picture Materials like stone and brick have a connection to the main house. “It frames that the family’s nanny — who cares for was very helpful having the main home be the inspiration for the guest house Tolles’ son Matheson, 7, and daughter Piper, 2 — — but at the same time, it was a blank canvas, which gave us the freedom to can fill with her own photos. “I wanted her to feel at home; it’s her space,” Tolles says. “For every

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Above: This guest house has a kitchen with a NanaWall window for easy outdoor entertaining. Below: A chic guest apartment ensures an excellent stay.

make it what the clients wanted in a new-build,” Cetnar says. Distinctive chairs in the living area, which doubled as a schoolhouse for the kids during the pandemic, look great from any angle, while built-ins provide storage. “It’s very light and airy, but also warm with the stone and the gold, tan, and gray tones,” she adds. The white shiplap ceiling complements warm gray walls. A well-equipped kitchen has a NanaWall window with a counter for outdoor dining. Accessed by a staircase behind the stunning stone fireplace, the lower level features a living space, bedroom, and kitchenette. Each level has a full bathroom and laundry area. An outdoor seating area adds bonus space. When guests spend the night, an egress window in the basement bedroom makes the space feel light and cozy. “You could literally live in the entirety of the lower level and not come upstairs if the homeowners are entertaining by the pool,” Cetnar says. “The entire basement is fully functional.”

of town. “We call it ‘the apartment’ because (my parents) have two other guest suites, and the kids stay in the space by themselves,” she says. “They love having their own fridge.” Anton, who was given free rein aesthetically, designed a casual space with an urban vibe. “It’s pretty monochromatic, with earth tones and black

accents,” she says. “I wanted to make it very livable for somebody, as well as homey and clean, so they’d have all the creature comforts anyone would have living in any home.” A multipurpose island maximizes the modest footprint with a quartz counter that can stand up to crafts, laptops, and games. The goal was for someone to be able to live there and have company. “It’s casual, comfortable, and welcoming for one person, or for entertaining four to six people. Because it’s small, I wanted to keep it clean and uncluttered,” Anton says. “It’s really about being diligent in your space planning and making it as functional as you can,” she adds. “You have to picture yourself living there. My mom and dad lived in the space before their house was done, and they ended up loving it.” More information: houseofmdesignllc.com, itspersonaldesign.com, maisonbirmingham.com

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This caregiver apartment by Ann-Marie Anton for It’s Personal Design in Grosse Pointe Woods was a project for her parents’ Grosse Pointe Farms residence. A part of the main house, the self-contained space also has its own entrance which leads to a living area, bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room. Designed with the future in mind, the apartment underwent a trial run with Anton’s nieces from out

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Light Your Fire Autumn’s color changes are best savored around a bonfire TEXT BY MEGAN SWOYER PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFF GARLAND STYLED BY BIRCH DESIGN ASSOCIATES

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Northern Michigan cottage owner Michelle McShane enjoys bonfires amid autumn’s colorful hardwoods in Gaylord, at Treetops Resort. “I just had look at the history of bonfires a group of sorority sisters up for a mini-reunion,” she shares. “We had the best reveals that the tradition goes time making use of the bonfire pit and my Adirondack chairs. To see the stars waaaay back, and was — and so clearly up here is just wonderful. It’s so peaceful and relaxing. We’re all is — prevalent in many parts of about bonfires and s’more-making.” She says her husband and his golf pals the world. For example, these also like to gather around the flames after their golf rounds. McShane’s State “festive fires” were lit in certain parts of Europe of Michigan-shaped Adirondack chairs, shown here, were handmade by a craftsman in Vanderbilt. “I found him through Facebook Marketplace, as part of an ancient Celtic custom of FIRE UP and ordered (the chairs) through his daughter,” she recalls. building large ceremonial fires to honor A Gaylord-area Whether it’s a rustic cottage-style fire pit similar to McShane’s or the sun. Beyond spring and summer fires, cottage owner’s winter solstice flames were said to be lit on bonfire is inviting. a mod-luxe fire table setup, these attractions inspire relaxation and peace of mind. And whether your flames come from a multilevel fire Christmas Eve in certain parts of France. Centuries later, we still cherish a robust fire in pit or a simpler in-ground design (or even a cute little chiminea for tighter the great outdoors and the fire-pit industry is alive spaces), they’re sure to be just the ticket for relishing autumn’s colors and the and well, creating everything from modern stools great outdoors. From steel and aluminum to copper and concrete, an abunon which to perch fireside to stainless steel eco- dance of material choices is available. smart sticks (for logs) and cutting-edge fire-pit cooking utensils.

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Fresh Start Special celebration takes extensive makeover to new heights TEXT BY JEANINE MATLOW PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH SINGER

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eadlines can yield miracles. Just ask Meg Corley, founder and principal designer of Meg Corley Premier Interiors in Birmingham, who was put to the test with a 9,300-square-foot home remodel in Rochester that needed to be finished in time for the backyard wedding of her clients’ son. “We had pretty much demolished the entire home, and then the lockdown started,” Corley says. “The initial wedding date was moved to early September, and luckily my clients weren’t living (in the home). “We wanted to save the amazing bones and other details, like the molding that was already in place,” Corley continues, describing the Moceri custom home which was built in 1999. (Mario Moceri, one of the owners of Moceri Custom

Homes, had lived in the home.) The property made quite the impression on Steven and Anne DiMaggio, who have four grown children. “It has an amazing backyard. They fell in love with the pond, four waterfalls, and the bridge, and they wanted to love the inside just as much,” Corley says. Classic updates make a statement right from the start, with a series of intaglio prints above a smoky gray velvet sofa in the great room, near the entrance. “It’s very dramatic,” Corley says. She explains that she considers the new look more current, with a relaxed traditional aesthetic. The existing millwork got a makeover, including the oak details in the library. “We used a really dark gel stain that made them sing a little more, and added wallcovering to the back of the

CHIC TOUCHES

Both pages, from left to right: The DiMaggios’ breakfast room basks in wonderful natural light. The great room’s art features an intaglio technique. Designer Meg Corley is in her element.

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The entertainment room has a nice mix of patterns and decorative accents. A Schumacher fabric with a feline pattern is fun.

bookshelves,” she says. “We took the bones of the house and made them better.” A cozy kitchen nook features a custom banquette with a tapestry back and an easy-to-clean vinyl seat. The wallcovering and ceiling beams draw the eye up, while the view to the terrace that overlooks the pool and pond is captivating. More eye candy can be found in the master

bathroom, where grasscloth covers the paneling. “It gives some warmth and texture,” Corley says. Wool carpet and a crystal chandelier join nightstands with a two-tone effect that add contrast to the more streamlined background. “It’s more traditional, so I wanted to marry the two to flow together, making it seem a little more timeless,” the designer explains. Embroidered floral draperies inspired the peaceful palette, which features warm neutrals on a wider spectrum that includes grays, coppers, and green at the forefront.

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HEIRLOOM TREASURES Library Legends: The DiMaggio library, above, tells many stories, and not necessarily just in its books. First, there’s the family crest that hangs on one wall. Then there’s the pottery crafted by the couple’s children, and a sentimental stamp collection Anne DiMaggio received from her father. “It’s a wonderful place to go and sit, surrounded by family mementoes and memories,” homeowner Steven DiMaggio says. DiMaggio, who’s also passionate about baseball history, keeps a picture of his grandfather above the family crest to remind him of that. And how does Grandpa DiMaggio relate to baseball? Well, it’s in the name. Legendary center fielder Joe DiMaggio was Steven’s grandfather’s cousin. — JM

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CLASSIC SPIN

Above and opposite page, left: The kitchen’s relaxed, traditional aesthetic is perfect for a family that likes to cook together and entertain often.

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FEAST FOR THE EYES

Right: The elegant dining room is all set for an autumnal dinner.

“WE HAD PRETTY MUCH DEMOLISHED THE ENTIRE HOME, AND THEN THE LOCKDOWN STARTED.” — MEG CORLEY

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The master bath was demolished to open up the space. “It had a lot of angles and they wanted a larger shower, so we had to square things up to get that great shower and a freestanding tub,” Corley says. A tile runway sets the tone as you walk through the double doors. “It gives a really great ground for the tub,” she says. The lower level, meanwhile, was completely redone. “They wanted a lower level that felt like an extension of the rest of the home, not a basement,” Corley says. A TV built-in joins a custom coffee table that’s edged in leather and is a multifunctional piece. The lower-level dining area, where a new archway echoes the built-in, makes it easy to seat

20 for Thanksgiving dinner. A new powder room with feather wallpaper speaks to Anne’s fondness for whimsical motifs. “A little pattern pulls her heartstrings, and it plays well against the black-and-white hex marble,” Corley says. “A powder room should be like a jewelry box.” Corley, who was still installing two days before the wedding, deserves praise for her efforts, but she’s hesitant to take the spotlight. Instead, she credits her clients and colleagues for the project’s success. “They were so easygoing, and I couldn’t have done it without my staff and all the trades. It’s a team effort. I want to give them kudos.” Steven gives it right back: “Meg was very professional and she GC’d (general contracted) the project,” he says. Guests say they feel like they’re at a resort, and when the wedding planner posted photos of the big day, people said: “I want to book my wedding there!”

ONLY THE BEST

Both pages. from left to right: The master bedroom, master bath, and powder room all feature top-notch elements, from lighting and linens to drapery and wall treatments.

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Shower Accent Tile – Pixel Décor Mix

BEDROOM, MASTER

Window Shades – – Hartmann&Forbes,

in Glacial, Virginia Tile, Michigan Design

Bed Frame – Burbank, Century Furniture;

Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design

Center, Troy

Fabric, Finn, Schumacher, Michigan Design

Center, Troy

Shower Tile – Anatolia Mayfair, Virginia

Center, Troy

Tile, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Bedding – Serena and Lily

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Stool – Custom, Meg Corley Private

Chandelier – Milazzo Waterfall, Visual

Ceiling Treatment – Custom, Meg Corley

Meg Corley, Meg Corley Premier Interiors,

Label, Birmingham; Fabric, Sarong Weave,

Comfort

Private Label, Birmingham

Birmingham, megcorley.com

Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Chests, Bedside – Tribeca nightstand,

Bench, Dining – Custom, Meg Corley

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Big Chill

Century Furniture

Private Label, Birmingham; Fabric, Walden,

BATHROOM, MASTER

Window Shades – Custom; Border,

Drapery – Japonica, Romo, Tennant &

Cowtan & Tout

Artwork – By the Pond II, Paragon

Samuel & Sons, Fabrics, Lange Glazed,

Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Chairs, Dining – Matter Vinyl Seats,

Bathtub – Jacuzzi Soaking Tub, Ferguson

Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Flooring – Whitfield Natural Textiles

Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils,

Lamps, Table – Contemporary Balustrade,

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Troy Cabinet – Omega Cabinets, Acorn Kitchen

BATHROOM, POWDER ROOM

Visual Comfort

Drapery – Lange Glazed Linen/Arches

& Bath, Pontiac

Flooring – Hex A Peel, Mission Stone Tile

Sofa – Custom, Meg Corley Private Label,

Embroidered Tape, Schumacher, Michigan

Countertop – Crystallo, PMP Marble and

Lighting – Open Work Sconce, Visual

Birmingham; Fabric, Kravet/Lee Jofa/

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Comfort

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Table, Dining – Custom, Century Furniture

Floor Tile (decorative) – Verona Blend

Sink – Archer, Kohler, Ferguson Bath,

Table, Coffee – Paragon Club, Century

Wallpaper – Regatta Raffia, Thibaut,

Polished Herringbone, Beaver Tile & Stone,

Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Troy

Furniture

Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Wallpaper – Quill Gold, Designers Guild,

Wall Insets – Haruki Sisal, Schumacher,

Flooring – Anatolia Mayfair, Virginia Tile,

Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Michigan Design Center, Troy

DINING ROOM

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Wall Paint, Trim – Sherwin-Williams,

Artwork – LeftBank ART

Sconces – Oxford Sconce, Visual Comfort

Passive

Chairs – Meg Corley Private Label

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Lamps – Visual Comfort

Flooring – Whitfield Natural Textiles

Table, End – Bridgeton, Century Furniture

Table and Buffet – Alfonso Marina

Pillows, Accent – Feline/Rocky/Arlo,

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Mindful

Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Gray

DINING ROOM (lower level)

Sofa – Meg Corley Private Label,

Chandelier – Farlane, Visual Comfort

Birmingham; Fabric, Alistair, Schumacher,

KITCHEN

Chairs, Dining – Streamline Side Chair,

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Backsplash – Virginia Tile

Caracole

Table, Coffee – Redford Ottoman, Century

Countertop – Victoria Falls, PMP Marble &

Drapery Fabric – Feline, Schumacher,

Furniture

Granite, Troy

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Mindful

Drapery – Schumacher

Flooring – Whitfield Natural Textiles

Gray

Stools – Meg Corley Private Label ,

Sconces – Edie Baluster, Visual Comfort

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Both pages from left to right: A lower-level dining room comes in handy for large parties. The master bath’s flooring, decorative tile, and shower tile play well off of each other, lending sheer beauty to the space.

Birmingham

Table, Dining – Open Invitation Table,

GREAT ROOM

Caracole

Artwork – Mint Wood Home, Intaglios

LIBRARY

Sofa – Meg Corley Private Label,

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Mindful

Flooring – Aria, Prestige Mills

Armchairs – Meg Corley Private Label,

Birmingham; Fabric, Hue, Kirby

Gray

Lamps, Table – Ponte Chap, The Natural

Birmingham; Fabric, Louis, Kravet/Lee

Table, Coffee – Long Shelf Life, Caracole

Light

Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design

Wallpaper –Sisal, York Wallcoverings,

ENTERTAINMENT ROOM

Pillows, Accent – Yves/Xanadu, Kravet/

Center, Troy

Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Cabinet, Entertainment – Custom, Meg

Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan

Ceiling Treatment – Cork Metallic, Thibaut,

Corley Private Label, Birmingham

Design Center, Troy

Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy

ADDITIONAL PROJECT

Ceiling Treatment – Easy Elegance Ceiling

Sofa – Meg Corley Private Label,

Light, Ceiling – Basil, Visual Comfort

CONTRIBUTOR

Tiles, Armstrong

Birmingham

Pillows, Accent – Tomato, Romo, Tennant

Design Assistant – Calynn Berry, Meg

Drapery – Fabric, Feline, Schumacher,

Table, Coffee – Louviers Cocktail Table,

& Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Corley Premier Interiors, Birmingham

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Alfonso Marina

Rug – Stark Carpet, Troy

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Into the Woods Birmingham designer works his magic on a dwelling nestled in a forest in Sylvania, outside Toledo, Ohio TEXT BY PATTY LANOUE STEARNS PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH SINGER

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his place is all about trees and nature,” says designer Jimmy Angell, owner of James Douglas Interiors in Birmingham. “The homeowners found an amazing lot on a ravine.” The interior of this newly-built 5,700-squarefoot, three-level family home in Ohio is as restful as the trees that surround it. The four-bedroom, four-bath, two half-bath home with a first-floor master utilizes a timeless neutral palette with natural materials that flow from room to room. “I’m a stickler that my interiors be cohesive,” the Detroit Design Award-winning Angell says. “I like there to be a change, but to still use an element from one space to another.” The homeowner, a manufacturer’s rep with whom Angell developed a friendship over the years, wanted something comfortable, beautiful, and livable that would highlight the property’s striking forest views. Angell used wood, iron, stone, and natural fabric (linen, wool, and cotton) to complete the design.

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DAY DREAMS

Sitting in the sunroom is almost like being outside, thanks to a perfect palette that allows the outdoors to take center stage.

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TIMELESS TASTE

Both pages, clockwise from above: It’s easy to enjoy a meal in this splendid space. In the kitchen, two black soapstone islands and quartzite main counters gleam. Upon entering the home’s foyer, the eye is treated to unique adornments and peaceful colors.

Angell says he loves to accessorize his interiors with found objects from all over the world, such as the circular barrel strap on the mantel in the living room, fabricated by Michael Barna Design Studio. On the wall next to the custom iron stairway, he hung intriguing vintage tools formerly used for testing cheese. His design work in this home is fastidiously symmetric and elegantly minimalistic, with clean, simple lines that complement the leafy outdoor views, beautiful millwork, and stunning lighting. The dwelling is warm and cushy, and offers different areas for entertaining in an open-plan configuration. Quarter-sawn oak flooring in antique brown creates a sense of continuity throughout the house. Keeping with the darker tones, many of the interior doors and window frames are black.

“WHEN A CLIENT TRUSTS THEIR DESIGNER, PURE CREATIVITY IS ACHIEVED.” — JIMMY ANGELL

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In the kitchen, which has two black soapstone islands and quartzite main counters, a glorious custom hood in blackened steel with stainless straps crowns the Thermador stove. Across the room, a lighted row of stainless-and-glass cabinets echoes the straps. The dining room, on the other side of the kitchen, features plush seating for six. Angell designed the unique console in the powder room with accents in brass. Meant to be seen, the exposed brass drain pipe, along with sconces and a mirror, also add interest against the abstract black-and-white-striped wallpaper. Off the kitchen is a screened-in room with a skylight, modern seating, and a handsome stone fireplace that keeps the homeowners snug and mellow through the changing colors and moods of the seasons. In the den, through the steel doors, Angell covered the ceiling with a faux bois wallcovering and paired it with linen Roman shades, dip-dyed black on the edges. A modern chandelier tops it all off in a space that’s perfect for putting up your feet and reading a book. The end result is everything the owners wanted, thanks to the fertile imagination of a trusted friend and brilliant designer. Indeed, Angell made the most of the orientation of the home and its large windows for the best forest views. Says the designer: “When a client trusts their designer, pure creativity is achieved.”

PLEASING PATTERNS

Both pages, clockwise from above: Interior designer Jimmy Angell has a keen eye, especially when it comes to patterns and materials, as seen in the living room, powder room, and den.

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BUYER’S GUIDE

Wall Tile – Ann Sacks, Michigan Design

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Armchairs – Hickory Chair

Jimmy Angell, James Douglas Interiors,

Artwork – Soicher Marin Gallery

Birmingham, jamesdouglasinteriors.com

Cabinets, Fireside – Custom, Bruce

Center, Troy Window Shades –Fabric, Samuel & Sons LIVING ROOM

Campbell Designs DEN

Chandelier – Cisco Home

Ceiling Treatment – Nobilis

Daybed – Cisco Home

Chandelier – Lowcountry Originals

Drapery – Fabric, Samuel & Sons

Doors, Double – Custom, Drew Derkacz

Fireplace – Raven-Honed, Capital Granite,

Design, Berkley

Bridgeport

Lamp, Floor – Visual Comfort

Flooring – White Oak

Lamp, Table – Visual Comfort

Lamps, Table – Visual Comfort

Media Cabinet – Four Hands

Pillows, Armchair Accent – Ryan Studio

Ottoman – Hickory Chair

Home

Pillows, Accent – Robert Allen Design

Pillows, Daybed Accent – Lee Jofa,

Sofas – Cisco Home

Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils,

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Neutral

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Ground

Center, Troy

Window Shades – Trend Fabric, Holly Hunt

Pillows, Sofa Accent – Lee Jofa, Kravet/ Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan

DINING AREA

Design Center, Troy

Bar – Tom Broderick, The Cabinetry

Rug – Cavan Artisan Weavers

Bar Stools – Palecek

Sconces, Fireside – Custom, Patra & Patra

Chairs, Dining – Hickory Chair

Studios Inc., Royal Oak

Chandelier – Lowcountry Originals

Sculpture, Mantle – Michael Barna Design

Countertop, Bar – White Macaubas

Studio, Royal Oak

Marble, Cutting Edge Countertops

Sofa – Hickory Chair

Flooring – White Oak

Tables, Small ¬– Four Hands

Lighting, Island – Visual Comfort

Wall Paint – Sherwin Williams, Neutral

Table, Dining – Chaddock Furniture

Ground

Workroom

Wall Treatment – Custom, Tom Broderick,

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Neutral

The Cabinetry

Ground POWDER ROOM FOYER

Flooring – White Oak

Bench – Roberta Schilling

Light, Ceiling – Visual Comfort

Flooring – White Oak

Mirror – Arteriors

Linear Lighting Fixture – Lowcountry

Sconces – Visual Comfort

Originals

Sink – Kohler

Rug – Loloi

Vanity – Custom, Bruce Campbell Designs

Runner – Prestige Mills

Wallpaper – Sandberg

Sconce – Ralph Lauren

Window Shades – Fabric, GP&J Baker,

Staircase – Custom, Patra & Patra Studios

Samuel & Sons

Inc., Royal Oak SUNROOM

Window Shades – Cowtan & Tout

Armchair – Gloster KITCHEN

Blanket, Throw – Nobilis

Cabinets – Tom Broderick, The Cabinetry

Fireplace – Custom, Patra & Patra Studios

Countertop, Islands – Soap Stone, Cutting

Inc., Royal Oak

Edge Countertops

Flooring – Exposed Aggregate

Countertop, White – White Macaubas

Lantern – Visual Comfort

Marble, Cutting Edge Countertops

Sofas – Gloster

Islands – Tom Broderick, The Cabinetry

Stools, Black – Made Goods

Sink – Kohler

Table, Coffee – Custom, Gloster

Stove – Thermador

Wall Treatment – Boral Siding

Wall Sconces – Visual Comfort

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Laid-back Luxe Bloomfield Hills home evokes easygoing East Coast style TEXT BY KHRISTI ZIMMETH PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH SINGER

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ade for Living,” an oversized book on the coffee table in Rob and Colleen Nagle’s newly-built Bloomfield Hills home, sums up both the family’s overall design philosophy and their priorities. Located on a cul de sac, the house sits on a long and narrow 2.75-acre lot that abuts the Rouge River and was originally occupied by a house that dated to the 1930s. Prior owners had tried to renovate the home, but its proximity to the river caused a series of problems — issues that still hadn’t been solved when the Nagles first toured the existing structure. “We walked in and got blasted with mold and mildew,” Colleen remembers. “It was nasty.” The couple knew they might have to start from scratch to get what they wanted, and the property was the perfect blank slate they were looking for. “We were OK with knocking something down if we had to,” Colleen says. They had to. The couple purchased the lot in 2017 and brought in a team that included architect Alexander Bogaerts of Bloomfield Hills, builder Thomas Sebold & Associates Inc. of Bloomfield Hills, and Birmingham interior designer Marianne Jones and her assistant, Elle Tor. Together, they crafted a plan that included an approximately 6,600-square-foot home with five bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and a 700-square-foot cabana. When building began in 2018, the family hoped to be in before the 2019 holidays. “(The builder) had people there seven days a week,” Colleen says. The Nagles’ wish list included a Shingle-style house similar to those found on Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod — a look that Colleen says was “right up Marianne’s alley.” One of their sons had worked at a summer job on the East Coast, and they had grown to love the architecture and the relaxing and laid-back feel often found in that region. “That look just screamed vacation to us,” Colleen says. “We wanted the house to feel like a retreat.” Jones was on board from the start. “Nantucket is my happy place, so I knew exactly the vibe they wanted,” she says, adding that the philosophy extended to the home’s easygoing yet elegant interiors. Choices included low-maintenance porcelain countertops in the kitchen (“they needed it to be bulletproof for the family,” Jones explains), fun wallpapers, and multipurpose spaces that welcome their large extended family, yet also work when it’s

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KICK BACK

Comfortable furnishings and pleasant views welcome in the well-appointed conservatory,

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SMART DESIGN

This page: The kitchen includes a pleasing mix of light and dark elements. Opposite page: The pantry keeps the family organized, and “Colleen loves it,” the designer says.

HEIRLOOM TREASURES Luck O’ the Irish: Choosing a favorite space is difficult, homeowner Colleen Nagle says, but her home’s lower-level Irish pub (left) — officially known as Ballynagle Public House, according to the sign — would definitely make the list. “We’re both Irish,” Colleen says of herself and her husband, Rob, “and we have a lot of family still in Ireland.” They also have a lot of family here, whom they can accommodate, Jones says, with “one of the longest bars I’ve ever seen.” The Nagles chose to honor their shared heritage in the space, which includes a lot of memorabilia inherited from family and brought back from trips, including a vintage hurling stick and a bodhran, a traditional 19th-century Irish drumlike instrument that resembles and evolved from the tambourine. “We had an Irish pub in our old house and wanted to build on that here,” Colleen says. “It’s our winter gathering spot.” — KZ

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“THE HOUSE FEELS LIKE YOU’RE IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN WITHOUT THE DRIVE. IT’S VERY COMFORTABLE AND WELCOMING, BECAUSE THAT’S WHO THEY ARE. IT’S A TESTAMENT TO THEM.” — MARIANNE JONES

COMFORT ZONES

Both pages, clockwise from left: Who wouldn’t want to take a serene soak in the master bath’s deep standalone tub? A daughter’s room is done in soothing shades of blue and beige. A son’s bedroom is restful and relaxing.

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just the two of them. The vacation-like attitude extends to the exterior, which includes a pool and tennis courts (Rob spaces so they could work from home, as well as comfortable places where coaches varsity tennis at the University of De- they could come together at the end of a long workday. “We love that we troit, and the couple’s grown children have been can live on the first floor and open up the lower level and upstairs bedrooms state champs). “This lot fit the bill perfectly,” when the kids come home,” Colleen says of the flexible layout. An in-law suite with an elevator, located near the back of the house, also has Colleen says, adding that she and her STYLE GALORE a small coffee bar and refrigerator. “(It’s a) good thing Rob and I husband also enjoy being able to bike or walk into Birmingham — another Ample storage and an are super casual and pretty easygoing,” Colleen says of the year’s eye-catching tile floor unexpected challenges. wish list item. ensure that the master Other highlights include a master bedroom sitting room; a One thing they hadn’t planned for bath is both pretty and practical. three-season room with screens, a fireplace, and heaters off the was a pandemic, but the house respondgreat room; the lower-level bar, theater, and game room; and the ed admirably. “The house was a lifesaver during COVID,” Colleen says, noting that it was 700-square-foot cabana, which overlooks the pool and tennis courts. “It’s a completed in February 2020, in time for their three great party spot,” Colleen says of the indoor/outdoor setup, adding that it grown children to move back. Colleen says the worked well for hosting COVID-safe events, including a family reunion held mandatory shelter-in-place orders put the house last October. “The house feels like you’re in northern Michigan without the drive,” the to the ultimate test, as everyone needed separate designer explains. “It’s very comfortable and welcoming, because that’s who they are. It’s a testament to them.” A house made for living, indeed.

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BUYER’S GUIDE

Lace

LLC, Birmingham

Chandelier – Paxton Ring Chandelier,

Wall Treatment – Custom, Millwork

Bedding – Custom, Julia Knevels,

Visual Comfort

Paneling, Marianne Jones, LLC,

Birmingham; Design, Marianne Jones, LLC,

Chests, Bedside – Parker Nightstands,

Birmingham

Birmingham; Pacific Coral Chintz Rose

Made Goods

Window Shades – Custom, John Rosselli

Duvet and Euro Shams, Jim Thompson

Drapery – Custom, Designs Designs;

INTERIOR DESIGNER

& Associates; Fabric, Cardiff Sheer Pumice,

Fabrics

Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham

Marianne Jones, Marianne Jones, LLC,

Kerry Joyce

Drapery – Ralph Lauren, Kravet, Caterina

Flooring – Monarch Plank Hardwood

Shearling, Pearl, Michigan Design Center,

Flooring, Voltaire Boulevard European Oak,

Troy

Everlast Floors, Troy

BATHROOM, POWDER ROOM

Flooring – Monarch Plank Hardwood

Lamps, Bedside – Glass Globe Mobile

BATHROOM, MASTER

Artwork – Framed Nest Study, Barloga

Flooring, Voltaire Boulevard European Oak,

Lever Table Lamp, RH

Bathtub – Toulouse Freestanding Bateau

Studios

Everlast Floors, Troy

Pillows, Toss – Custom, Barbara Jones

Tub, Victoria & Albert, Advance Plumbing

Basket, Towels – Black Basket, Huzza,

Lamp, Table – Elsie Table Lamp, Blush,

Rug – Custom, Coventry Cord, Crescent

and Heating Supply Co., Walled Lake

Harbor Springs

Visual Comfort

Carpets

Cabinets – Maison Birmingham,

Flooring – Pierre Noire Limestone, Ann

Light, Ceiling – Betty Hang Pendant, The

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, November

Birmingham

Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Urban Electric Co.

Rain

Flooring – Villa D’Oro Grigio Palermo

Lighting – Cosmopolitan, Visual Comfort

Rug – One of a Kind, Indo Trans Wool, Loloi

Brushed, Virginia Tile, Michigan Design

Mirror – Black Nickel Mirror, Mirror Image

Table, Bedside – Conrad Nightstand, Made

Center, Troy

Home

Goods

CONSERVATORY

Light, Ceiling – Yves Hang, The Urban

Sink – Gilford Sink, Kohler, Advance

Wallpaper – Cornflower, Montclair Strie,

Ceiling Treatment – Beadboard; Design,

Electric Co.

Plumbing and Heating Supply Co., Walled

Peter Fasano, Rozmallin, Michigan Design

Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham

Mirrors – Custom, Marianne Jones, LLC,

Lake

Center, Troy

Chairs, Dining – Jardin Side Chair, Hickory

Birmingham

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Silver Satin

Sconces – Roadster Wall-Mounted

Wall Tile – Tiempo Linea Hex Tile, Ann

Single Arm Sconce, Waterworks, Russell

Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Birmingham, mariannejones.com

Chair Flooring – Monarch Plank Hardwood BEDROOM, SON

Flooring, Voltaire Boulevard European Oak,

Hardware, Bloomfield Hills

Armchair – Ethan Lounge Chair,

Everlast Floors, Troy

Shower – Simple Solutions Plaza Base B in

Bungalow 5

Lighting, Table – Bryant Small Chandelier,

Pearl Gloss, Virginia Tile, Michigan Design

BEDROOM, DAUGHTER

Artwork – Acendant/Decendant, Loloi

Visual Comfort

Center, Troy

Armchair – Gripsholm Chair, Chelsea

Bed Frame – Elio Bed, Oly Studio

Ottoman – Inman Ottoman with Custom

Sinks – DXV Pop Up UC Oval Grande

Textiles

Bedding – Hampton White Coverlet and

Cover, Hickory Chair

Lavatory Sink, Advance Plumbing and

Artwork – T. Botero Galleries

Blair Ocean Duvet with Euro Shams, Pom

Pillows, Accent – Custom, Johnstons of

Heating Supply Co., Walled Lake

Bed Frames – Custom, Designer Furniture

Pom at Home

Elgin, Solid + Pattern; Fabrication, Barbara

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Chantilly

Services, Pontiac; Design, Marianne Jones,

Bench – Safari Bench, Katy Skelton

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Rug – Custom, Lenny Wheat, Stark Carpet,

Flooring, Voltaire Boulevard European Oak,

Pillows, Accent – One of a Kind, LoLoi

Troy

Everlast Floors, Troy

Rug – Miles Stripe, Safavieh

Sofas – Sutton Skirted Sofa, Hickory Chair

Hood – Maison Birmingham, Birmingham

Staircase – Everlast Floors, Troy

Table, Coffee – Hobe Sound Coffee Table,

Lighting, Ceiling – Chisholm Clean, The

Wall Sconce – The Urban Electric Co.

Oomph

Urban Electric Co.

Wall Treatment – Shiplap; Design,

Table, Dining – Ingold Dining Table,

Sink – Multiere 45 Kitchen Sink, Kallista,

Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham

Hickory Chair

Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co.,

Wall Treatment – Shiplap; Design,

Walled Lake

PANTRY

Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Wind’s

Baskets, Storage – The Container Store

Breath

Bowl, Fruit – Crate & Barrel

DOG ROOM

Cabinets and Shelving – Maison

Bins, Storage – Target

LAUNDRY ROOM

Birmingham, Birmingham

Flooring – Pierre Noire Limestone, Ann

Cabinets – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Countertop – SapienStone Countertop,

Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Flooring – Pierre Noire Limestone, Ann

White Calacatta Mirrored, Ciot, Troy

Pet Bed – Petsmart

Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Ladder – Custom, TSA

Shelving – Custom, Marianne Jones, LLC,

Lighting, Ceiling – Lundy Hang, The Urban

Light, Ceiling – Eddystone, The Urban

Birmingham

Electric Co.

Electric Co.

Wall Treatment – Shiplap; Design,

Rug – One of a Kind, Loloi

Sink – Apron Front Ceramic Sink, Rohl,

Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham

Sink – Concrete Sink, Native Trails,

Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co.,

Wallpaper – Calvin & Lewis, Peter Fasano,

Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co.,

Walled Lake

Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Walled Lake Wall Tile – Soft White Glazed, Lava Calda,

ADDITIONAL PROJECT

KITCHEN

Ann Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy

CONTRIBUTORS

Backsplash – Tundra, Nottingham

Wallpaper – Noir, Blommen, Schumacher,

Architect – Alexander V. Bogaerts +

Diamond, Ann Sacks, Michigan Design

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Associates, PC, Bloomfield Hills

Center, Troy

Builder – Thomas Sebold & Associates

Bar Stools – Hunt Counter Stool, Hickory

MUDROOM

(TSA), Bloomfield Hills

Chair

Bench – Custom Millwork; Design,

Cabinet Manufacturers and Designers

Cabinets – Maison Birmingham,

Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham;

– Maison Birmingham, Birmingham;

Birmingham

Cushion, Custom, Designs Designs, Wixom

Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Countertops – SapienStone and White

Flooring – Pierre Noire Limestone, Ann

Interior Designer – Elle Tor, Marianne

Mirrored Calacatta, Ciot, Troy

Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Jones, LLC, Birmingham

Flooring – Monarch Plank Hardwood

Hooks – Teddy Hook, Alice Tacheny

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Both pages, from left to right: A geometric tile wall in the powder room resembles wallpaper. Even the family dog, Bowie (named after Boseman, Montana), has her own special hideaway, including her custom portrait painted by the homeowner. The laundry room features a whimsical wallpaper by Schumacher, and tile and flooring by Ann Sacks. The mudroom includes shiplap and a custom bench.

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Get Smart Technology and clean lines play important roles in Ann Arbor renovation TEXT BY TRACY DONOHUE PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF GARLAND

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hen Carl Calfin purchased his 1957 Ranch-style home in Barton Hills Village in 2015, it was all about location. Private, quiet, secluded, and close to downtown Ann Arbor, the home is situated on the golf course of the exclusive Barton Hills Country Club. To an avid golfer like Calfin, the view and easy access to the golf course were paramount. “Since there are only two houses on the golf course, I felt a responsibility to create something that blended in with the prestige of the country club,” Calfin says. “My vision was to have openness and high ceilings, and to invite the outside in with big windows, since (the house) backs up to the golf course.” Calfin focused on enhancing the home’s landscaping before beginning major renovations in the spring of 2018, ultimately taking the house from 2,000 to 3,500 square feet. After considering other architects, Calfin hired Brad Moore, of J. Bradley Moore & Associates Architect in Ann Arbor. The process of transforming Calfin’s vision into reality took nearly two years. “Carl loves golf, nature, and art, so we set about trying to build a home focusing on

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“My vision was to ... invite the outside in with big windows,” says Ann Arbor homeowner Carl Calfin.

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“SINCE THERE ARE ONLY TWO HOUSES ON THE GOLF COURSE, I FELT A RESPONSIBILITY TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT BLENDED IN WITH THE PRESTIGE OF THE COUNTRY CLUB.” — CARL CALFIN

MODERN MAGIC

Both pages, clockwise from above left: The living room, kitchen, dining area, and sitting area feature clean-lined, modern appointments.

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PEACEFUL SPACES

Opposite page: Limestone flooring in the bathroom is beautiful, while the team at Young Cabinetry in Saline added more beauty to the space. A similar palette flows thoughout the home, including in the study and sitting room.

his loves,” Moore explains. “It was similar to a lake house, with the challenges of topography and working with the existing house to see the (overall picture), while creating an interior environment with windows for views and walls for his increasing art collection.” The contractor selected for the project was Johnson Brothers Construction Ann Arbor. Owner Don Johnson served as the project manager and his son, Jake Johnson, assisted on the project. Once the renovation began, plans were updated and became more complex, in an effort to ensure the homeowner’s evolving vision became reality. What started out as an addition developed into gutting the whole house and leaving the original shell to build upon. “There are always special challenges with custom homes, and with making a 1950s Ranch a complete, finished contemporary home,” Don Johnson says. “The old structure, with its small, boxy rooms, was converted to an open floor plan, to fit Carl’s current lifestyle. The new portion is at a higher level than the golf course, to maximize the view,” Moore says. “I love the connected ceiling and smooth, deliberate transition — it moves seamlessly from a dynamic space overlooking the golf course to the intimate space of the kitchen.” The focal point of the home’s renovation, and one of its major challenges, was the eye-catching, custom fireplace in the great room. Explains Don Johnson: “The fireplace is gas, open flame, and linear — it was fabricated like a car or motorcycle, and took about 15 versions over three and a half months to get everything just right.” Another stunning feature of the great room is the wine wall, which became a functional yet artistic way to display the homeowner’s wine collection. According to Jake Johnson, smart house technology and an incredible sound system were also important to the homeowner. “Everything inside of the home is controlled by Siri — the lights, fireplaces, Sonos (sound system) — everything. The sound system speakers in the great room are painted the same color as the ceiling, and appear invisible. When music is playing, the sound basically rains down on you.” Other smart features in the home include the security and temperature control systems, a hidden TV in the master bedroom ceiling, and the bathtub and shower system, which allows the homeowner to start drawing a bath from his phone before he

“THE OLD STRUCTURE, WITH ITS SMALL, BOXY ROOMS, WAS CONVERTED TO AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN, TO FIT CARL’S CURRENT LIFESTYLE. THE NEW PORTION IS AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN THE GOLF COURSE, TO MAXIMIZE THE VIEW. ... IT MOVES SEAMLESSLY FROM A DYNAMIC SPACE OVERLOOKING THE GOLF COURSE TO THE INTIMATE SPACE OF THE KITCHEN.” — BRAD MOORE

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THE RIGHT TOUCH

Both pages, clockwise from left: A storage space features sleek Fiandre-French clay flooring. Exterior seating areas look out to Mother Nature’s finest. Again, great views take center stage, including in this bedroom.

gets home. Interior designer Anna Owen, of Anna Owen Interiors in Ann Arbor, notes: “The smart features weren’t challenging from a design perspective, but it was mindful design — something I had to have awareness of, especially in the spa-like bathrooms. (I had to really think about things like) the placement of switches, control panels, and the fact that, in the master bathroom, the tub fills from the ceiling.” When it came to the home’s interior design, Owen says she had to stay flexible and incorporate the homeowner’s own furniture selections. “Carl’s style is very modern. We had to transition the existing home into something clean, sleek, and modern, with some modern-rustic elements. The focus was on clean, simple design and a neutral palette with colorful pops from the artwork, to allow the artwork to speak for itself.” According to Owen, the lighting was key in making all the special features such as the flooring, wine wall, and wood elements stand out. “Wood tone is everywhere in the home, and it had to be right. All the wood elements came together so cohesively, which was the result of all the trades involved working together for a common goal,” she says. Creating a comfortable outdoor space with a modern vibe was also important to the homeowner for entertaining, relaxing, and, of course, taking in the view. “My house has exceeded my vision and is the perfect example of needing a team. It’s the most relaxing house I’ve ever been in. It’s a haven. The calm and welcoming nature of the house embraces you,” Calfin says. “The dream in my head has manifested into reality. I am humbled by it and full of gratitude.”

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BY THE YARD

Both pages: The homeowner focused on enhancing the home’s landscaping before beginning major renovations.

BUYER’S GUIDE

Mirror – Custom

Shelves, Floating – Young Cabinetry,

Ann Arbor; Fabrication, Latvala Brothers,

Shower – Limestone, Virginia Tile,

Saline

Ypsilanti

Farmington Hills

Table, Dining – Baker Furniture, Michigan

Flooring – White Oak, Custom Stain

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Rodeo

Design Center, Troy

Table, Glass End – RH

CONSTRUCTION

BEDROOM

KITCHEN

Johnson Brothers Construction, Ann Arbor,

Flooring – White Oak, Custom Stain

Cabinets – Young Cabinetry, Saline

SITTING AREA

jbcaa.com

Bed Frame – RH

Flooring – White Oak, Custom Stain

Armchairs – RH

Chests, Bedside – RH

Lighting, Island – RH

Chandelier – RH

BATHROOM

Rug – The Artisan’s Bench, Brighton

Refrigerator – Thermador

Flooring – White Oak, Custom Stain

Cabinet – Custom, Young Cabinetry, Saline

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Rodeo

Stove – Thermador

Rug – The Artisan’s Bench, Brighton

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Silver Satin

Table, End – RH

Table, Wooden Display – RH

Faucets – Kohler

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Rodeo

Flooring – Limestone, Virginia Tile,

DINING AREA

Farmington Hills

Cabinets – Young Cabinetry, Saline

LIVING ROOM

Lighting, Cabinet and Shelf – Young

Chairs, Dining – RH

Armchairs – RH

SITTING ROOM

Cabinetry, Saline

Pendant, Table – RH

Chandelier – RH

Armchair – RH

Lighting, Sconce – RH

Rug – The Artisan’s Bench, Brighton

Fireplace – Custom, Anna Owen Interiors,

Fireplace – Custom, Johnson Brothers

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Construction, Ann Arbor

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Rodeo

Flooring – White Oak, Custom Stain

Grass Lake

Hardwood Floors – County Line Floors,

Paint – Benjamin Moore, Amber Slate

Chelsea

Windows – Andersen Windows

Heating and Cooling – CMR Mechanical,

Rug – The Artisan’s Bench, Brighton

STUDY

Sofa, Gray – Living Modes, Ferndale

Cabinet and Shelves, Storage – Custom

Table, Occasional – RH

Chair, Desk – Cedrick Desk Chair, Hooker

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS

Interior Designer – Anna Owen Interiors,

Table, Wooden Coffee – RH

Furniture

Architect – J. Bradley Moore & Associates

Ann Arbor

Tables, End – RH

Desk – Curate Desk, Hooker Furniture

Architects Inc., Ann Arbor

Painting – Bordier Painting, Ypsilanti

Tables, Portable – RH

Flooring – White Oak, Custom Stain

Audio/Visual – Just Press Play, Livonia

Plumbing – GF Wilbur Plumbing, Ypsilanti

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Silver Satin

Rug – The Artisan’s Bench, Brighton

Countertops – Wolverine Stone Co.,

Stair Fabricator – Latvala Brothers,

Wine Storage – Custom, Anna Owen

Warren

Ypsilanti

Interiors, Ann Arbor; Fabrication, Brian

Electrician – Lee Electric, Livonia

Trim and Stair Rail System Installer –

EXTERIOR

Excavation – Wolverine State Concrete,

D&D Trim Works, Chelsea

Building Materials – Cedar Siding

Dundee

STORAGE

Furniture – RH

Framer – J.F. Binder Custom Framing,

Cabinet and Bench – Custom

Manufacturer – Mans Lumber and

Ann Arbor

Flooring – Fiandre-French Clay, Dwyer

Millwork, Canton

Glass Walls and Showers – Wolverine

Marble and Stone Supply, Farmington Hills

Masonry – Wilkerson Building & Masonry,

Moore Glass, Dexter

Lewis

Dexter

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WHAT A VIEW

The inviting family room boasts a large picture window that looks out over Walloon Lake.

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Walloon Lake Transformation A northern Michigan cottage undergoes a warm and inviting overhaul TEXT BY KHRISTI ZIMMETH PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH SINGER

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he original cottage that once stood overlooking the west arm of Walloon Lake near Petoskey was a “1970s type with very low ceilings and had probably been added on to through the years,” recalls interior designer Nicole Withers, of Jones-Keena & Co. in Birmingham. Perched high above the lake, the original structure’s views were remarkable. Maximizing those views and reorganizing the interior spaces to make them more open and take better advantage of the lot’s scenic setting were priorities for the redo that began in 2017. “Really comfortable and family friendly” were touch-points for the homeowners and described the end results they had in mind when they started the project. Team members included the homeowners, Withers, who had worked with them on a few other design projects, and builder Steve Steffes, of North Bay Construction in Petoskey. “We took it down to the studs,” Withers explains. “We redid the entire façade, changing it into a charming farmhouse.” Since the homeowners were starting over with the property, the team seized the opportunity to improve on the floor plan and the 3,800-square-foot home’s interior flow. “We definitely reorganized the space,” the designer explains, adding that in addition to moving some rooms, they decided to follow the roof structure and add beams to emphasize it. “We took the ceilings up to get interesting ceiling details. Doing so changed the whole feeling of the house,” she says.

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UP NORTH APPEAL

Opposite page, clockwise from left: A comfortable guest bedroom looks out to surrounding pines. The dining area is a pleasing mix of classic and contemporary. A new stone fireplace with a reclaimed wood mantel anchors the sitting room.

OVER EASY

This page: A cozy breakfast nook is a great place to start the day.

HEIRLOOM TREASURE Painting the Past: Much of this Walloon Lake home may have been reimagined, but one important piece of the past remains. The previous owner started Lavender Hill Farms, a popular lavender farm in Boyne City. Local artist Kevin Barton created an original oil painting, not shown, of the farm and the surrounding rolling hills filled with trees, fields, and lavender, and she had the piece hanging in the entrance to the house. “When she was going to have an estate sale I asked if she was selling that,” the current homeowner explains. “She agreed to sell it to me. I had it reframed and now have it hanging in the entrance, as well. I like that it honors the home’s history.” — KZ

A working stone fireplace was added for what the homeowners call “that real Up North look.” Hues found in the stone inspired the colors used throughout the house, according to the designer. Reorganizing the interior enabled the team to rethink the existing space and take full advantage of the views. “We tried to make the spaces flow together,” Withers says. “The old kitchen was closed off, but the space is now open to the view of the lake. When you walk in from the front door you can see the lake; that was important to them.” Other priorities included creating a warm and welcoming getaway that accommodates the homeowners as well as their three boys and dogs. “It had to be family friendly, for sure,” Withers says, adding that the active boys often bring friends. “The house had to be able to sleep a crew,” she says. Because the family has all boys and a certain built-in masculinity, Withers made the guest rooms more feminine, ensuring a pleasing balance. “There’s a lot of male energy,” she jokes. She also added whimsical touches through her wallpaper, color, and accessories choices. Challenges included the lot, which has a steep hill and semi-rugged terrain that “makes it feel like both a journey and an adventure,” especially in winter, when four-wheel drives are definitely needed, Withers says. The four-bedroom, five-bath project took approximately a year to complete. Withers says she’s proud of the entire house, but admits to being partial to the black-and-green master bedroom, with its bold art. “It’s a very interesting space; it just feels good when you walk in there,” the designer reports. The homeowner agrees. “It feels like a happy room,” she says. The homeowner and the designer were pleased that things went according to plan. “I have no regrets,” Withers says. “I feel like we really made good choices. This is one of those projects where everything aligned.” The homeowner seconds that opinion, adding: “There’s nothing I would do differently. Nicole nailed it.” She says she relaxes the minute she walks in and sees the lake. “Everything slows down,” she says. “It’s just a cozy, easy place.”

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Clockwise from top: The master suite is one of both the interior designer and the homeowner’s favorite spaces. The walk-in closet has a nice view of the lake, while the bath features natural quartz countertops.

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BUYER’S GUIDE

Design Center, Troy

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Armchair – Custom, Jones-Keena & Co.

Nicole Withers, Jones Keena & Co.,

Upholstery Studio, Birmingham; Fabric,

Birmingham, jones-keena.com

Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Pillows, Accent – Amity Home Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Egret White BEDROOM, MASTER

Artwork – South & English BATHROOM, GUEST

Bed Frame – Wellesley Bed, Redford

Cabinet – Framingham Vanity, Fairmont

House, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design

Designs, Pointe Cabinets and Design,

Center, Troy

Grosse Pointe Woods

Bedding – Peacock Alley

Faucet – American Standard, Ferguson

Chest, Display – Greene Cupboard,

Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Troy

Phillips Scott

Flooring – Virginia Tile, Michigan Design

Chests, Bedside – Sofia Chest, Phillips

Center, Troy

Scott

Mirror – Finnick Mirror, Uttermost

Drapery – Kravet, Kravet/Lee Jofa/

Sconces – Yoke Suspended Sconce, Visual

Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center,

Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan

Troy; Trim, Fabricut, Designer Furniture

Design Center, Troy

Services and Fabrics, Michigan Design

Center, Troy

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Shower Tile – Virginia Tile, Michigan

Center, Troy

Flooring – White Oak, Surfaces Material

Rug – Patchwork Vintage, Creative Touch

Design Center, Troy

Flooring – White Oak, Surfaces, Material

Gallery, Petoskey

Sofas – Emory Sofa, Hickory Chair,

Wallpaper – Birds & Butterflies,

Gallery, Petoskey

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Egret White

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Lamps, Bedside – Porter Lamps, Currey

Wardrobe – Custom, Detroit Woodworking,

Table, Coffee – Modern History

& Co., RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design

St. Clair Shores

Vase – Asian Loft

TAKING FLIGHT

Fun wallpaper of birds and butterflies, by Schumacher, and a peaked ceiling add life to the neutral guest bath.

Wall Treatment – Thibaut, Fog, Rozmallin,

BATHROOM, MASTER

Center, Troy

Artwork – Trowbridge Gallery

Rug – Kenya Collection, Safavieh

DINING ROOM

Cabinetry – Custom, Detroit Woodworking,

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Egret White

Chairs, Dining – Scarsdale Dining

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Chair, Worlds Away, Jones-Keena & Co.,

SITTING ROOM

Countertop – White Princess Natural

BREAKFAST NOOK

Birmingham

Armchair – Deb Chair, Stafford Furniture

Quartz, PMP Marble and Granite, Troy

Chairs, Dining – Sloan Chairs, Four Hands

Chandelier – Belden Linear Lantern, Visual

Fireplace – Stone, Emmet Brick & Block,

Faucet – Rohl, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen &

Door, Barn – Custom, North Bay

Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan

Petoskey; Mantle, Reclaimed Wood,

Lighting Gallery, Troy

Construction, Petoskey

Design Center, Troy

Surfaces Material Gallery, Petoskey;

Flooring – Virginia Tile, Michigan Design

Flooring – White Oak, Surfaces Material

Drapery – Kravet and Lee Jofa, Kravet/Lee

Masonry, Emmet Brick & Block, Petoskey

Center, Troy

Gallery, Petoskey

Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design

Flooring – White Oak, Surfaces Material

Mirror – Custom, North Bay Construction,

Fruit Bowl – Jan Barboglio

Center, Troy

Gallery, Petoskey

Petoskey

Light, Ceiling – Timpano Pendant, Currey

Flooring – White Oak, Surfaces Material

Lamps, Floor – Elena Floor Lamps, Gabby

Sconces – Ruhlmann Sconce, Visual

& Co., RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design

Gallery, Petoskey

Ottoman – Custom, Jones-Keena & Co.

Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan

Center, Troy

Sculptures, Gear – Cyan Design, Perigold

Upholstery Studio, Birmingham; Fabric,

Design Center, Troy

Staircase – Custom, North Bay

Table, Dining – New Trestle Table,

Kravet, Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig &

Shower – North Bay Construction,

Construction, Petoskey

Curations

Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy, Zimmer

Petoskey

Table, Dining – Austin Table with Zinc Top,

Vase, Teal – Clubcu

& Rohde

Shower Tile (decorative) – Virginia Tile,

Noir Trading

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Pure White

Rug – Greta Rug, Surya

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Wall Treatment – Thibaut, Fog, Rozmallin,

Wall Treatment – Nickel Gap, North Bay

Sectional – Riley Sectional, Universal

Sinks – Mirabelle, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Construction, Petoskey

Furniture

& Lighting Gallery, Troy

Window Shade Fabric – Kravet, Kravet/

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Eider White

Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan

FAMILY ROOM

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Pure White

Design Center, Troy; Scalamandre, Troy

Armchairs – Houston Swivel Chair, Wesley

Wall Treatment – Nickel Gap, North Bay

Hall, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design

Construction, Petoskey

St. Clair Shores

BEDROOM, GUEST

Table, Occasional – Lucinda Table, Gabby

Bed Frame – Amy Howard, Amy Howard at

CLOSET, WALK-IN

Center, Troy

Window Shades – Kravet and Lee Jofa,

Home Furniture Collection

Artwork – Bungalow 5

Bench – Mansfield Bench, Bernhardt, RJ

Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils,

Bedding – Amity Home

Bench – Surya

Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Drapery – Kravet, Kravet/Lee Jofa/

Chandelier – Flanders Chandelier, Visual

Cabinetry – Pointe Cabinets and Design,

Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center,

Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Woods

ADDITIONAL PROJECT

Troy; Trim, Fabricut, Designer Furniture

Design Center, Troy

Drapery – Kravet, Kravet/Lee Jofa/

CONTRIBUTORS

Services and Fabrics, Michigan Design

Drapery – Kravet, Kravet/Lee Jofa/

Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center,

Builder – North Bay Construction,

Center, Troy

Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center,

Troy; Scalamandre, Troy

Petoskey

Lamp, Table – Harper Table Lamp, Visual

Troy; Trim, Fabricut, Designer Furniture

Flooring – White Oak, Surfaces, Petoskey

Drapery Fabrication – Designs Designs,

Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan

Services and Fabrics, Michigan Design

Lamp, Floor – Currey & Co., RJ Thomas

Commerce Twp.

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A Decade in the Making Steady improvements and livable spaces make this house a cherished home TEXT BY JEANINE MATLOW PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH SINGER

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or the past 10 years, Wanda Brown, CEO/director of interior design for Wanda Brown Interior Design in West Bloomfield, has been helping the McAdory family enhance their Rochester Hills home. “We’ve gone room by room,” Brown says about the ongoing remodel, which began with the lower level and continued with projects like the daughters’ bedrooms and Jack and Jill bathroom, now used as a guest suite. “They’re looking forward to having grandkids stay there someday,” Brown says. Another recent redo in the 4,600-square-foot house was the master bedroom, which reflects the couple’s passion for travel. “They wanted the space to feel like their oasis,” Brown says about her clients, Machelle and Randall McAdory. Machelle’s penchant for purple appears in the lavender tones that were incorporated in a soothing capacity, without making the space overly feminine. A convenient seating area joins a custom headboard and TV console in the master suite, which evolved as the couple’s lifestyle needs changed. “We wanted a space where we could spend a lot of time,” Machelle says. “We’re both big readers, and we can sit and read or watch TV.” Custom storage, like the tall cabinets that incorporate a window seat and hold handbags and shoes, was one of the suite’s practical updates. His-and-hers sinks on opposite walls create personal space in the master bathroom. “It looked like a little cave, and they also had a big jet tub, but they wanted a freestanding feel,” Brown says. The new shower and tub are surrounded by spa-like colors that complement the bedroom. A decorative paint finish contributes to the peaceful atmosphere. “Machelle likes simple, clean lines with nice details,” Brown continues. “Her style tends to be more transitional, but some elements of the home

are traditional, depending on the room. It’s a really nice family home.” The kitchen serves the family well, with an island that has comfortable bar stools and USB ports. “Machelle works from home and likes to work in the kitchen. She wanted it to be the hub of the house. Now she says it’s become the heart of their home,” Brown asserts. The couple has ample room to cook together and enjoys their meals at a table that can seat the whole family, which was important to them.

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“Whenever their kids and their friends are there, everybody’s in that kitchen,” Brown says. Other updates include hardwood floors and a built-in TV that gets plenty of use. Another popular spot is the remodeled living room, which has been filled with comfortable seating and personal pieces. Of note is a wall of framed photographs that were taken by Randall McAdory. The works showcase famous buildings and monuments the couple has visited during their travels

around the world. “When they were stuck at home, they didn’t even mind,” Brown says. “It’s been a great experience working with the family, getting to know them, and helping them bring their vision to life. We started back in 2010 and we’ve completed a dozen rooms, but we’re not done yet.” The couple, who now has three grown children, has lived in the house since their oldest was still in elementary school. “We should have gotten

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Both pages: Designer Wanda Brown filled the living room with comfortable seating and personal pieces.

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Both pages, clockwise from above left: The foyer, kitchen, dining room, and master suite brim with classic elegance.

Wanda from the start,” Machelle says. “We did the lower level first because we wanted a kids’ room, where they could go with their friends. We always wanted to be the house everyone comes to and enjoys.” Soon after the lower level was completed, the home office and family room were updated. “We wanted a nice space for us to be able to gather, as well as our kids,” Machelle adds. “They got theirs, and then it just went on and on.” Brown understands the couple’s taste so well, she became a design consultant for their oldest daughter’s upcoming wedding. “She’s been instrumental in the look and feel and tone of the day,” Machelle says. “Wanda is brilliant at deciphering what you really want versus what you say. Our goal is to have livable space, not just a showplace. Everything has been designed with usefulness and family friendly rooms in mind. We love entertaining, and we always want to have a very welcoming vibe,” she says. “We’re very pleased with the way all the projects came out. The house is nice for everyone. We don’t feel like people are hesitant to get comfortable, and that’s important to me.”

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HEIRLOOM TREASURES Gather ’Round: A dining room set, above, passed down to Randall McAdory from his mother, who inherited it from his grandmother, is well over 100 years old. “It has very sentimental value,” designer Wanda Brown says. Her challenge was to make the more ornate pieces — including a refractory pedestal table and five of the set’s original 12 chairs — suit the updated space. The solution involved finding the perfect blend of past meets present, with new host and hostess chairs, and contemporary accents like art and lighting. “We wanted it to look as current as it could,” Brown says. — JM

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PURPLE PASSION

The homeowners wanted their master bedroom to feel like their oasis.

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BUYER’S GUIDE

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Drapery – Custom, Decoroom, Utica

Rug – Hand-Knotted Wool Rug, Stark

Faucets – Hansgrohe, Advance Plumbing &

Carpet, Troy

Heating Supply Co., Walled Lake

Table, Circular End – RJ Thomas Ltd.,

Flooring – Custom, Chelsea Wood Floors,

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Michigan Hardwood Distributors, Wixom

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Perfect

Fruit Bowl (counter) – Curated by Wanda

Wanda Brown, NCIDQ, Wanda Brown

Greige

Brown Interior Design, West Bloomfield Fruit Bowl (table) – Brass Bowl, RJ Thomas

Interior Design, West Bloomfield, DINING ROOM

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Accessories – Curated by Wanda Brown

Light Bulbs – Soraa Vivid LED 2700 Kelvin,

BATHROOM, MASTER

Interior Design

Ray Electric, Novi

Bathtub – Ferguson Bath, Kitchen &

Art – Original Mark Wolak (Mount Clemens)

Lighting, Island – Lighting Resource Studio,

Lighting Gallery, Troy

Contemporary Acrylic on Canvas Abstract

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Cabinetry – Medallion Cabinetry, Wanda

Painting (above buffet), TRA

Stool Back – Kravet, Kravet/Lee Jofa/

Brown Interior Design, West Bloomfield

Art Group, Clawson

Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Countertop – Quartz Stone, World Stone

Carpet – Stark Carpet, Troy

Stool Seat – Leather-Look Vinyl, Newt,

Group, Farmington Hills

Chairs, Host and Hostess – Marge Carson

Kravet, Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils,

Flooring – Cercan Tile Showroom, Michigan

Furniture, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Design Center, Troy

Center, Troy

Table and Chairs, Dining – Saloom

Mirror – Custom, Bruce White Galleries,

Chandelier – Visual Comfort Lighting, City

Furniture, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design

Clawson

Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Center, Troy

Shower Glass, Panels, and Door – Rain-

Drapery – Fabric, Pindler, Created by

Topper Fabric – Kravet/Lee Jofa/

Style Glass Shower Door, The Shower Door

Decoroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center,

wandabrowndesigns.com

Troy

Store, Rochester Hills Tile, Accent Border Shower – Jeffrey

FOYER

Vases – Curated by Wanda Brown Interior

Court, Beaver Tile & Stone, Michigan Design

Bench – Century Furniture, RJ Thomas Ltd.,

Design, West Bloomfield

Center, Troy

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Tumblin’

Tile, Large-Scale Shower – Cercan Tile

Drapery – Custom, Kravet Fabric, Decoroom,

Tumbleweed

Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Utica

Window Toppers – Custom, Decoroom,

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Realist Beige

Flooring – Custom, Chelsea Wood Floors,

Utica

Window Shades – Shangri-la Blinds,

5-inch Plank Red Oak, Michigan Hardwood

Comfortex, Royal Crest, Oak Park

Distributors, Wixom

LIVING ROOM

Window Valance – Custom, JF Fabrics,

Rug – Hand-Knotted Wool Rug, Hickory

Armchairs – Caracole Furniture, RJ Thomas

Decoroom, Utica

Oriental Rugs, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy; Fabric,

Design Center, Troy

Pindler

BEDROOM, MASTER

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Softer Tan;

Artwork – RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design

Armchairs – Century Furniture, RJ Thomas

Trim, Greek Villa

Center, Troy Bench – Century Furniture, RJ Thomas Ltd.,

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy Bed Frame – Custom, ANA Woodwork

KITCHEN

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Studio, Ferndale

Appliances – Wolf/Sub-Zero, Sargent

Cabinet, China – Vanguard Furniture, RJ

Bedding – Custom, Wanda Brown Interior

Appliance, Rochester

Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Design, West Bloomfield; Fabric, Robert Allen

Backsplash – Beveled Subway Tile, Beige,

Ceiling Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Softer Tan

Duralee

Cento H Matte, Genesee Ceramic Tile,

Draperies – Custom, Decoroom, Utica

Bench – Custom, California Closets,

Farmington Hills

Flooring – Hand-Knotted Wool Rug, Stark

Birmingham; Cushion Fabric, Next Wave in

Backsplash, Cooktop – Robert Kuo Carved

Carpet, Troy

Peri Sky, Old World Weavers, Stark Carpet,

Stone Tile, Wasabi, Ann Sacks, Michigan

Lamp, Floor – Visual Comfort, City Lights

Troy

Design Center, Troy

Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Blinds – Shangri-la Blinds, Comfortex, Royal

Blinds – Hunter Douglas Panel Track and

Lamp, Table – RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan

Crest, Oak Park

Roller Shades, Huntington Window Fashions,

Design Center, Troy

Cabinets, Storage – Custom, California

Oak Park

Pillows, Sofa Accent – Custom, Marge

Closets, Birmingham

Cabinets – Dynasty by Omega, Acorn

Carson Fabrics, Royalty Crest Fabric

Ceiling Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Diverse

Kitchen & Bath, Pontiac

Rug – Stark Carpet, Troy

Beige

Ceiling Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Dirty

Sofa – Century Furniture, RJ Thomas Ltd.,

Chests, Bedside – Lexington Home Brands,

Martini

Michigan Design Center, Troy

RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center,

Counter Stools – Fairfield, Decoroom,

Table, End – Lexington Home Brands, RJ

Troy

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Drapery – Custom, JF Fabrics, Decoroom,

Countertop, Island – Cambria and Mineral

Wall Paint (and trim) – Sherwin-Williams,

Utica

Quartz, Kohler Signature Store, Birmingham

Macadamia

Flooring – Stark Carpet, Troy

Countertop, White – Quartz Stone, World

Window Valance – Custom, Decoroom,

Lamps, Bedside – Curry & Co., RJ Thomas

Stone Group, Farmington Hills

Utica; Fabric, Mushroom, Pindler

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The View This Cass Lake home has it all: beauty, brains, and a waterscape vista from every room TEXT BY PATTY LANOUE STEARNS PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH SINGER

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f you build a house on a lake, the focal point should be the water. That was the homeowners’ mandate when Bloomfield Hills architect Corey Campbell drew up the blueprints for this 5,300-square-foot (not including garages) Shingle-style home. Campbell’s firm, C-arc Design Group, specializes in lakefront homes, and he pulled this one off spectacularly. First, though, the dated 1975 house on the property in Orchard Lake Village had to be razed, and the site had to be reworked to meet the new-house design criteria, including a complete outdoor living area featuring an infinity pool, waterfalls, a fire feature, and more. The three-floor, five-bedroom/eight-bath home

is family friendly, with a lake view from every room and a special space for each member of the five-person household. Smart-home features with remote-everything make living easy, while speakers in every room are a treat for the ears. Outdoors, there’s even a custom beachfront with retaining walls and soft sand. C-arc also created the threeflight staircase, the cabinetry, and all the extensive custom millwork throughout the house. Designer Sandra Lousia, of SLS Designs Inc. in Bloomfield Hills, worked with Campbell and the homeowners from the three-year project’s onset. “There isn’t a detail that wasn’t thought through,” says Lousia, who also specializes in lakefront homes. “Everything flows together, with a con-

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sistency that’s very classy, elegant, and timeless.” Lousia and the female homeowner bonded immediately. “Everything about the project was a powder room showcases a backlit onyx sink and pleasure,” Lousia says. “She trusted my opinion mirror, and the faintly textured wallpaper is subtle about everything.” but refined. The homeowner agrees: “It’s never easy goThe home is breathtaking, starting with the ing through the building process, but Sandra and romantic, sweeping arch of the front entryway, I clicked right away and I enjoyed every where the lake shimmers across the great STAY AWHILE minute because I love design myself.” room beyond. A majestic fireplace with This page: The For the home’s main and top floors, rift-cut, flipped-grain walnut paneling inviting sunroom light-and-airy yet warm-and-cozy were is a homeowner soars to the ceiling, and a huge modern the goals, Lousia says. In the basement, favorite. Opposite chandelier adds warmth to the white walls. which walks out to the pool and lake, they page: The beau- Indirect cove lighting adds dimension to wanted more of a bold and modern look, tiful exterior is the tongue-and-groove-paneled ceiling, with a lounge feel for entertaining after extra-welcoming. and is nestled into the ceilings throughout boating and jet-skiing on the county’s the home. largest and deepest lake. A three-story chandelier hangs from the top Beyond the serene water views, designer Lou- floor above the staircase, which can be seen from sia says every room includes another special in- the bright, well-equipped main-floor kitchen with dulgence, whether it’s a fireplace, fabulous custom its porcelain countertop and Miele range. A stone lighting, or glorious flooring such as that found in fireplace warms the area, and a banquette for dinthe master bath, with its inlaid-marble “rug.” The ing is located underneath a striking round paneled ceiling across from the kitchen island. A four-season sunroom opens up fully to a walk-down patio.

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“IT’S NEVER EASY GOING THROUGH THE BUILDING PROCESS, BUT SANDRA AND I CLICKED RIGHT AWAY AND I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE BECAUSE I LOVE DESIGN MYSELF.” — THE HOMEOWNER

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BEST IN CLASS

Both pages, clockwise from upper left: The lower-level entertaining space, breakfast nook, and kitchen all feature quality appointments.

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“That’s my favorite room,” says the wife, who’s also the mom of three. “I love drinking coffee in there, starting my day looking out at the serenity of the lake, and I love watching the sunsets at the end of the day.” The seating and furnishings in the home are all about comfort, Lousia says. “(It’s) comfort over anything,” she emphasizes. Her biggest challenge was finding pieces that didn’t obscure the lake; the result is low-slung seating from room to room, Lucite chairs in the breakfast nook, and a see-through desk in the dark-colored (Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron) study. Nothing hides the view. In the swanky lower level, cream and charcoal are punctuated with touches of brushed gold; a highlight is the 60-inch round ring chandelier in

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CRÈME DE LA CRÈME

The living room’s soft palette echoes the colors outdoors.

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LUXURY TIMES TWO

Clockwise from above: A pleasing mix of materials is showcased in the study, bar, and a dining area/ game room.

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BATHING BEAUTIES

Clockwise from far left: The master bath, basement bath, and powder room feature the best in fixtures and appointments.

the lounge area. Just across from the seating area is a magnificent bar with a wine cellar, and a second kitchen. The lower-level’s dining area features a custom live-edged table, a pool table, and an expanse of deep-brown wall covering with golden studs and stripes by Phillip Jeffries called “Nailed It.” A nearby bath with a dressing area and towel cubbies is the next stop before jumping in the pool — or the lake. Outside, the patio and pool area is just as grand, with a daybed in front of the window and loads of other cushy spots to take in the sun, including an artistic circular sculpture that’s actually more seating. Another kitchen and a fire pit ensure every inch of outdoor living is a dream.

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BUYER’S GUIDE

BATHROOM, BASEMENT

Lighting, Bathtub – Arteriors, Herald

Bontempi, Designer Group Collection,

Cabinet – EuroCraft, White Oak with

Wholesale, Troy

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Custom Stain, EuroCraft Interiors Custom

Mirrors (frames) – EuroCraft Interiors

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply

Cabinetry, Sterling Heights

Custom Cabinetry, Sterling Heights

White

Countertop – Geoluxe Bluette Polished,

Sconces – Polished Nickel, Circa Lighting,

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Ciot, Troy; Fabricator, Preferred Marble &

Herald Wholesale, Troy

DINING/GAME ROOM

Sandra Lousia, SLS Designs Inc.,

Granite, Fraser

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply

Centerpiece – Handmade, Ciot, Troy

Bloomfield Hills

Flooring – Kyoto White, Ciot, Troy

White

Chairs, Dining – Bravo Black, Bernadette Dining Armchair, Sunpan

Mirror – EuroCraft Interiors Custom BAR

Cabinetry, Sterling Heights

BATHROOM, POWDER ROOM

Chandelier, Dining – Aged Brass, Cinema

Booth – Foam N’ More, Clawson

Sconces – Hubbardton Forge, Chrome,

Candle Holders – John-Richard

Chandelier, Modern Forms, Herald

Cabinetry – EuroCraft, EuroCraft Interiors

Herald Wholesale, Troy

Faucet – Newport Brass, Herald Wholesale,

Wholesale, Troy

Custom Cabinetry, Sterling Heights

Shelving – EuroCraft Interiors Custom

Troy

Chandelier, Pool Table – Antique Brass,

Ceiling Treatment – Corey Campbell,

Cabinetry, Sterling Heights

Flooring – Blanco, Maxfine Folio, Ciot, Troy

Wahlburg Two-Tiered Chandelier, Arteriors,

C-arc Design Group, Bloomfield Township

Sink – Toto, Herald Wholesale, Troy

Mirror – Custom, Preferred Marble &

Herald Wholesale, Troy

Countertop – Quartz, Preferred Marble &

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply

Granite, Fraser

Flooring – Cercan Tile, Michigan Design

Granite, Fraser

White

Vanity, Marble – Maer Charme Quartz

Center, Troy

White, Ciot, Troy; Fabricator, Preferred

Pool Table – Pro Billiards, Brighton

Flooring – Bianco, Stone Tech, Cercan Tile, Michigan Design Center, Troy

BATHROOM, MASTER

Marble & Granite, Fraser

Table, Dining – Legnor

Lighting, Bar – Gold, Fritz Mini Pendant,

Bathtub – BainUltra, Herald Wholesale,

Vase, White – Slades, West Bloomfield

Wall Treatment (textured) – Glazed

Hubbardton Forge, Herald Wholesale, Troy

Troy

Wallpaper – Meridian, Weitzner, Tennant &

Abaca, Phillip Jeffries, Tennant &

Lighting, Bar Underlighting – Rope

Cabinets – EuroCraft, EuroCraft Interiors

Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Lighting

Custom Cabinetry, Sterling Heights

Lighting, Table – Bronze, Arteriors, Herald

Countertop – Geoluxe Dionysos, Ciot, Troy;

BREAKFAST NOOK

ENTERTAINMENT AREA

Wholesale, Troy

Fabricator, Preferred Marble & Granite,

Bench, Window – Custom, House Millwork,

Chandelier – Corbett Lighting, Herald

Masonry (bar) – Lux Random Pewter, Ann

Fraser

Foam N’ More, Clawson

Wholesale, Troy

Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Flooring – Pietra Piasentina Honed Tile,

Chairs, Dining – Worlds Away

Fireplace – Nero, Porcelain MaxFine Folios,

Table (booth) – Custom, The Table Factory

Ciot, Troy

Chandelier – John-Richard

Ciot, Troy; Fabricator, Preferred Marble &

Wine Cooler – Sub-Zero, Witbeck Home

Flooring (decorative tile) – Studio Genesi

Flooring – Blanco, Maxfine Folio, Ciot, Troy

Granite, Fraser

Appliance Mart, West Bloomfield Township

Loren Version A, Ciot, Troy

Table, Dining – Barbone Dining Table,

Flooring – Bianca, Stone Tech, Cercan

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CREATIVE TOUCHES

Hood – Downsview Kitchens, Bolyard

Chairs, Black Leather – Vintage Black,

Sofa – Claremont Sofa, Vanguard Furniture

Both pages: Jump in the breathtaking pool or Cass Lake at this fabulously appointed home.

Lumber, Birmingham

Anton Lounge Chair, Sunpan

Table, Coffee – Shagreen and Chrome

Lighting, Ceiling – Indirect Custom

Chandelier – Jalen Small Chandelier,

Coffee Table, Theodore Alexander, Michigan

Lighting

Arteriors, Herald Wholesale, Troy

Design Center, Troy

Lighting, Island – Circa, Herald Wholesale,

Desk – Finished in Tiza Gesso, John-

Tables, End – Shagreen and Chrome End

Troy

Richard

Tables, Theodore Alexander, Michigan

Sink – Herald Wholesale, Troy

Flooring – White Oak, Herringbone Pattern

Design Center, Troy

Tile, Troy

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply

Rug, Animal Skin – Decoroom, Michigan

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply

Lighting, Ceiling – Corbett Lighting, 60-

White

Design Center, Troy

White

inch Round, Herald Wholesale, Troy

Table, Black Occasional – Modloft

Rug, Animal Skin – Surface Rug

LIVING ROOM

Sofa – Bonn Sectional, Nathan Anthony

Armchairs – Brooks Swivel Chair, Hickory

Furniture

White

SUNROOM

Landscaping – Cut-N-Care Landscaping,

Tables, Coffee – Willem Coffee Tables,

Ceiling Treatment – Shiplap

Ceiling Treatment – Corey Campbell,

Wixom

Sunpan

Chandelier – Hammerton Lighting

C-arc Design Group, Bloomfield Hills

Landscaping Design – Wilson Design

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply

Fireplace – Blue Hydro, Granite Galaxia,

Chairs, Armchairs – Upholstered in Tepro

Associates, Troy

White

Ciot, Troy

Ash, Vanguard Furniture

Masonry – Capital Stoneworks, Keego

Wall Treatment (fireplace) – Nero,

Sculpture – Phillips Collection

Doors, Folding – Nana Doors, Pella

Harbor

Porcelain, MaxFine Folios, Ciot, Troy

Sculpture, Wooden – Snookering

Windows & Doors

Outdoor Furniture – Avianne, six-piece

Sculpture, Phillips Collection

Fan, Ceiling – Minka Lighting, Herald

Sectional with Sunbrella Fabric, Bernhardt

KITCHEN

Sofa – Performance Cream, 921 Sectional,

Wholesale, Troy

Furniture

Backsplash – Porcelain Sapienstone,

Burton James

Fireplace – Exterior Stone

Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply White

Bright Onyx

Table, Coffee – Rocco Square Table,

Flooring – Blanco, MaxFine Folios, Ciot,

Pool – Evolution Pools

Ceiling Treatment – Millwork, Corey

Vanguard Furniture

Troy

Windows – Pella Windows & Doors

Campbell, C-arc Design Group, Bloomfield

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply

Flowerpot, White – Decoroom, Michigan

Township

White

Design Center, Troy

ADDITONAL CONTRIBUTOR

Countertops – Porcelain Sapienstone

Wall Treatment (fireplace) – Benchmark,

Lamp, Table – Circa, Troy

Architect – Corey Campbell, C-arc Design

in Bright Onyx, Ciot, Troy; Fabricator,

Walnut Wood

Lighting, Ceiling – Herald Wholesale, Troy

Group, Bloomfield Hills

Preferred Marble & Granite, Fraser

Building Materials – Western Red Cedar

Masonry (fireplace) – Exterior Stone,

Flooring – Blanco, MaxFine Folios, Ciot,

STUDY

Capital Stoneworks, Keego Harbor

Troy

Ceiling Treatment – Indirect Cove Lighting

Rug – White, Surya

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Materials Girl Designer Merien Daka deftly mixes a variety of elements with a transitional style for a fashionforward Shelby Township couple TEXT BY MEGAN SWOYER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTIN VECCHIO

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competition, including first place in the Overall Home category. With four bedrooms, four full baths, two half-baths, and a finished basement, the elehen a couple with three gant-chic layout is quite impressive, thanks to the skills of Daka, who shared grown children decided to recently that she’s currently juggling eight home-design projects. Upon entering the home, a striking foyer greets visitors, thanks to textured build a dream home from scratch, they called on Me- wallpaper and metal sculptures in the shapes of flowers that adorn a large wall. rien Daka. “They had come “At first we were going to do a lot of wall paneling and wainscoting, but the homeowners were second-guessing themselves, so I suggested a fun, from a more traditional home and wanted their style to be more fun and contem- GLAM GLOW dramatic wall covering,” Daka says. “They asked me to show them The master some options, and then fell in love with a brown textural wallcovering. porary,” recalls Daka, who runs Merien bedroom, below, Daka Design Group in Birmingham and and great room, It has a shimmer to it and it’s stunning, especially as the foyer has a attended the Illinois Institute of Art, where opposite page, 20-foot-high ceiling.” The floral wall sculptures work well with the she received a bachelor’s degree in interior are two of many other white items in the space, including the door and window casdesign. Before moving to Michigan, Daka gorgeous spaces. ings. Here, it’s all about high contrast. The family spends a lot of time in the great room, and any visitor worked for The Design Bar in the Chicago can likely tell you why. With a prominent modern chandelier, a 5-by-5-foot area, where she grew up. Completed in June 2020, this splendid Shelby coffee table, and a commanding fireplace, the comfortable, inviting space Township project features 4,600 square feet of turns heads. “The family loves to entertain,” Daka says, “and that means fillaward-winning beauty. The home, in fact, captured several honors in the 2021 Detroit Design Awards

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“THE COUPLE WANTED A LOT OF NEUTRALS THROUGH THE HOME, BUT IN THE DINING ROOM I WAS PUSHING TO ADD SOME COLOR, SO WE WENT WITH A MAUVE GRASSCLOTH WALLCOVERING BY SCHUMACHER. THE LARGE PAINTING, FROM LEFTBANK ART, WAS PERFECT FOR THAT SPACE.” — MERIEN DAKA

SIP & SAVOR

The kitchen, above, is all about contrasts. It features a nifty beverage niche, right, with a drop-dead backsplash.

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ing that huge coffee table with appetizers.” A 20foot ceiling height adds to the drama. “It’s actually my favorite room in the home,” Daka says. “They black countertops. All the white cabinetry features really wanted something outside the box and were brass hardware and all the black cabinetry features open to new ideas. That floor-to-ceiling fireplace polished nickel hardware. The hardware dresses made of stone is very special, and the entrance up the kitchen perfectly, and brass strapping to the into the great room features custom-made divider hood was the ‘wow’ factor we needed in there,” Daka explains. On the range hood wall panels painted in black gloss. It was such a wide opening, I felt it needed something. OUTSTANDING (the back wall), the team wrapped the back FEATURES of both glass cabinets in the same stone That room came together beautifully.” Daka’s team accented the side walls of the Above: A unique as the countertop and full splash. “The foyer perspective. homeowners are edgy, fashion-forward fireplace in antique mirror with brass roBelow: A large people, and I knew this would be nice for settes in each corner, which added a level dining room painting pulls the them.” The couple did, indeed, fall in love of sophistication to the room. Nearby, the kitchen, replete with a room together. with the notion of adding blacks, and also embraced Daka’s suggestion for selecting snazzy coffee niche, features crisp blacks and whites. “The homeowners knew they wanted brass material. The dining room showcases Daka’s penchant a specific white tile in the kitchen, and then I suggested we complement the white cabinetry with for injecting color in small doses. “The couple white countertops and the black cabinetry with wanted a lot of neutrals through the home, but in the dining room I was pushing to add some color, so we went with a mauve grasscloth wallcovering

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GOOD NIGHT

A trio of bedroom vignettes that showcase masculine appointments as well as a daughter’s love of art.

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SPLASHY STYLE

This page, clockwise from left: The master bath, daughter’s bath, and son’s bath are breathtaking, thanks to a chic mix of materials. Opposite page: A glamorous stand-alone tub in the master bath is welcoming.

by Schumacher. The large painting, from Leftbank Art, was perfect for that space.” Meanwhile, the table’s side chairs, covered in a soft green velvet, pick up on the green in the painting. “I like the fun geometric pattern in the host and hostess chairs, too,” Daka says. Light, airy drapery in a Holly Hunt fabric lets the room breathe. The dining room’s light mauve shows up again in the master bedroom sitting area, which features a balcony that overlooks the backyard. Leftbank Art and swivel chairs that are “very comfy,” Daka says, due in part to their velvety fabric, add to that area’s appeal. A velvet Phillip Jeffries wallcovering in Peacock complements the room’s cocoa tones. The adjoining bath’s chic tub was a must, Daka says, and glass tile in the shower creates a “super simple, sleek, and clean look. They wanted the master suite to feel like a boutique hotel.” Like the master bedroom, a son’s bedroom, with dimensional wall art made of wood (from the Z Gallerie) has a balcony overlooking the backyard. As for the son’s bathroom, it features cement flooring with a unique geometric pattern. “He’s in his early 20s and my goal was to create something a little more masculine,” Daka says. Marble, waterfall-style countertops from Ciot, and cabinetry painted in Benjamin Moore’s Forest Green give a sense of unity to the look. Leather pulls with brass screws on the cabinetry add more masculinity. A daughter’s room showcases the inhabitant’s

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“By being involved from the architectural phase, it enabled us to make proper adjustments,” love of art. “She’s very artistic and requested a gal- she adds. Examples include slightly reducing lery-style wall,” says Daka, who chose art from room sizes to create wider, grander corridors; and reconfiguring bathrooms to ensure spethe Z Gallerie, Wendover Art, and LeftSTUNNERS cialty electrical locations. “All these minbank Art. This page: Of ute adjustments might seem insignificant, The second-floor study inspires work, note in the study but they really make a huge difference to reading, and contemplating the day’s to-do are rich hues list. “The wife spends a lot of time here,” and a handsome the final product.” leather desk. From open gathering spaces to those Daka says of the inviting room. Navy blue shelving, a leather desk, calming art, and Opposite page: offering peace and quiet, the entire home The luxe master suits this family well. “They were a pleaa double door that leads to a little balcony bedroom. sure to work with,” Daka says. “They realcreate the perfect spot in which to get work done. “We made sure to create the right depth for ly trusted and believed in the process and in me.” the built-in cabinetry so it could accommodate the computer’s printer,” Daka explains.

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BUYER’S GUIDE

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Caracole, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design

Tile – Antique Mirror Heirloom, Devotion,

Countertop – Imperial Danby Marble,

Center, Troy

Virginia Tile Company, Michigan Design

Ciot, Troy; Fabrication, Top Surface, Clinton

Drapery – Fabricator, Foam N’ More,

Center, Troy

Township

Clawson; Fabric, Trend, 03349-T, Alabaster,

Faucet – Matte Black, Concord Faucet,

Designer Furniture Services, Michigan

DINING ROOM

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Kingston Brass

Design Center, Troy; Trim, Cream, Chrysler

Artwork – Nymph’s Serenade, Leftbank Art

Merien Daka, Merien Daka Design Group,

Flooring – Cement Tile, Wow Décor Tile,

Embroidered Border, Samuel & Sons,

Candle Holders – CB2

Birmingham, meriendakadesigngroup.com

Gray, Virginia Tile Co., Michigan Design

Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design

Chandeliers – Regency Large Chandelier,

Center, Troy

Center, Troy

Joe Nye, Visual Comfort

BATHROOM, DAUGHTER

Mirror – Walnut Frame, Bentwood

Fireplace – 40-inch Landscape FullView,

Chairs, Dining – Keno Bros. Dining Chairs,

Cabinet – River Valley Cabinets and

Rounded Rectangular Mirror, Rejuvenation

Modern Flames, Bourlier’s Barbecue and

Theodore Alexander, Michigan Design

Millwork, Vassar; Paint, Sherwin-Williams,

Picture Frames – Black Wood Frame,

Fireplace, Royal Oak

Center, Troy; Fabric, Aqua, Antique Linen

Cityscape

West Elm

Fireplace Wall Treatment – Peacock,

Velvet, Schumacher, Michigan Design

Countertop – Mystery White Marble,

Sconce – Ziyi Sconce, Bronze, Thomas

Velvet Walls, Phillip Jeffries, Tennant &

Center, Troy

Ciot, Troy

O’Brien, Visual Comfort

Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Chairs, Patterned Dining – Purrr-fect

Faucet – Luxe Gold, Vero, Brizo, Advance

Sink – White, Pop Vessel Sink, DXV,

Flooring – Carter Lumber, Macomb

Chair, Caracole, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan

Plumbing & Heating Supply Company,

Advance Plumbing & Heating Supply

Lamp, Table – Mod Low Table, Suzanne

Design Center, Troy; Fabric, Dove,

Detroit, Walled Lake

Company, Detroit, Walled Lake

Kasler, Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit,

Vanderbilt Velvet, Schumacher, Michigan

Mirror – Brass, Oversize Wall Mirror, Regina

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Design Center, Troy

Andrew

Wall Tile – Del Ray, White Caps Gloss

Mirror – Salon Gilt Mirror, RH

Display Chest – Rio 4 Door Buffet, John-

Sconces – Vendome Single Sconce,

Beveled Subway Tile, Virginia Tile Co.,

Rug – Opal, Prosperity, Stark Carpet,

Richard, CAI Designs

Thomas O’ Brien, Visual Comfort

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Drapery – Raise the Bar: Sandbar II, Holly

Sink – Vertical Rectangle, Kohler, Advance

Window Shade – Barbier Pewter, Mark

Sculpture, Wall – Reeve Rattan Wall Décor,

Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan

Plumbing & Heating Supply Company,

Alexander, Tennant & Associates, Michigan

Palecek

Design Center, Troy

Detroit, Walled Lake

Design Center, Troy; Fabricator, Foam N’

Wall Paint – RH, Gravel

Flooring – Carter Lumber, Macomb

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

More, Clawson

Window Shade – Diamond Monochrome,

Rug – Halsten, Dune, Stark Carpet, Troy BEDROOM, SON

Sculptures, Circle – CB2

Kirkby Design, Tennant & Associates,

BEDROOM, DAUGHTER

Armchair – Jules Chair, Sapphire, Four

Sculptures, Wall – Hand-Blown Glass,

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Armchair – Corbin Chair, Four Hands

Hands

Bueno Glass

Artwork (large) – Season Shift, Z Gallerie

Artwork – Cubic Array, Z Gallerie

Table, Dining – Noir Dining Table, Lillian

BATHROOM, MASTER

Artwork (medium) – Ingenue IV, Leftbank

Artwork (bottom) – Follow Me 4 (Limited

August for Hickory White, RJ Thomas Ltd.,

Bathtub – Oval Evanescence Freestanding

Art

Edition), Z Gallerie

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Tub, BainUltra, Advance Plumbing &

Artwork (small) – Midnight on the Bay,

Artwork (top) – Z Gallerie

Vase, Face – Dora Maar Large Vase,

Heating Supply Co., Detroit, Walled Lake

Wendover Art Group

Bedding – Lacoste

Jonathan Adler

Cabinet – River Valley Cabinets and

Flooring – Carter Lumber, Macomb

Bed Frame – Newhall King Bed, Vintage

Wall Treatment – Mauve, Haruki Sisal,

Millwork, Vassar; Paint, Benjamin Moore,

Lamp, Floor – Dauphine Floor Lamp,

Tobacco, Four Hands

Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Balboa Mist

Studio VC, Visual Comfort

Drapery –Tavish Flannel, Pindler, Michigan

Countertop – Mystery White Marble,

Pillow, Accent Fabric – Linen/Onyx,

Design Center, Troy

FOYER

Ciot, Troy

Graffito, Kelly Wearstler, Kravet, Kravet/Lee

Flooring – Carter Lumber, Macomb

Candles – Petrified Wood Candle Holder,

Drapery – Crystal, Prodigy, Pollack,

Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design

Lamp, Bedside – Ralph Lauren

CB2

Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design

Center, Troy

Lamp, Reading – Robert Task Floor Lamp,

Chandelier – Folgate Grande Chandelier,

Center, Troy; Trim, Dove, Etienne Silk Greek,

Pillow, Fabrication – Foam N’ More,

Lauren Ralph Lauren, City Lights Detroit,

Currey and Company

Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Clawson

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Flooring – Varenna Carrara Polished

Flooring – White Thassos, Ann Sacks,

Rug – Rani Rug, West Elm

Pillow, Accent – White Woven Leather

Porcelain Tile, Cercan Tile, Michigan Design

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Sculpture, Gold – Scoppio Sphere, Z

Pillow, CB2

Center, Troy

Mirror – RH

Gallerie

Rug – Offset Black Stripe Cotton Rug,

Flowers, Large – Fleurdetroit, Bloomfield

Sconces – Ojai Sconce, Barbara Barry,

Table, Occasional – Capri Accent Table,

Four Hands

Township

Visual Comfort

Z Gallerie

Tables, Bedside – Shagreen Bedside Table,

Mirror, Gold – Custom, Bruce White

Shower – Vetrite Tile Fuliggine, Virginia Tile

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

Four Hands,

Galleries, Troy

Co., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Desk – Mayfair Steamer Desk, RH

Tables, Nested – Vincent Accent Tables,

Sculpture, Wall – Dimensional White

Z Gallerie

Dandelions, Phillips Collection

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

Table – Twister Table, Caracole, RJ Thomas

Table, Bathtub – Forest Park Table, Arteriors

BEDROOM, MASTER

Wall Paint – RH, Gravel

Basket – Rattan Basket, CB2

Window Shades – Trend, 03349-T -

Bed Frame – Modena Platform Bed, RH

COFFEE BAR

Vase – Urn Vase, Global Views, RJ Thomas

Alabaster, Designer Furniture Services,

Bedding – Matouk

Cabinet Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Black

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Bench – Mansfield Hide Bench, Bernhardt,

Magic

Wall Treatment – Umber, Brushed Silk

RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center,

Lighting – Puck Light, Ray Lighting Center,

Vinyl, Maya Romanoff

BATHROOM, SON

Troy

Sterling Heights

Artwork – Boyle Brown, Herringbone,

Chandelier – Hardy Chandelier, Arteriors

Shelving – Clear Glass, Birmingham Glass

GREAT ROOM

Phillip Jeffries, Tennant & Associates,

Chests, Bedside – Back to Square One,

& Mirror, Birmingham

Armchairs – Bigelow Chairs, Caracole,

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

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RELAX & RESTORE

Above: A lovely sitting area in the master suite conveys a peaceful feeling. Left: Another unique view of the foyer.

RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center,

Shagreen Coffee Table, RH

Advance Plumbing & Heating Supply

Table, Occasional – End Quote, Caracole,

Troy; Fabric, Cracked Ice, Crosscut Plush,

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

Company, Detroit, Walled Lake

RJ Thomas, Ltd., Michigan Design Center,

Pollack, Tennant & Associates, Michigan

Wall Treatment – Pietra Grey Porcelain

Stools, Island – Margarita Swivel Counter

Troy

Design Center, Troy

Slab, SapianStone, Ciot, Troy

Stool, TCS Designs; Fabric, Mushroom,

Wall Paint – RH, Gravel

Bench, Leather – Cocktail Tufted Ottoman,

Caballero, Pindler, Michigan Design Center,

Lee Industries, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan

KITCHEN

Troy

STUDY

Design Center, Troy

Appliances – Sub-Zero, Witbeck Home

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, London Fog

Armchair – Kaishi Black Chair, CB2

Chandelier – Elegant Lighting, Corsica

Appliance Mart, West Bloomfield

Window Shade – Beige, Derain, Manuel

Artwork – Modern Improvisation, Leftbank

Burnished Brass, Ray Lighting Center,

Backsplash – Calacatta Laza Quartz, MSI

Canovas, Tennant & Associates, Michigan

Art

Sterling Heights

Detroit, Wixom; Fabrication, Top Surface,

Design Center, Troy; Fabricator, Foam N’

Cabinets – River Valley Cabinets and

Fabric, Bench – Mushroom, Caballero,

Clinton Township

More, Clawson

Millwork, Vassar; Paint, Benjamin Moore,

Pindler, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Cabinetry – River Valley Cabinets and

Fireplace – 60-inch Landscape FullView,

Millwork, Vassar; Paint, Sherwin-Williams,

MASTER SUITE SITTING AREA

Chair, Desk – Patent Leather Chair, CB2

Modern Flames, Bourlier’s Barbecue and

Pure White

Armchairs – Naples Swivel Chair, TCS

Chandelier – Farlane Chandelier, Thomas

Fireplace, Royal Oak

Countertop – Calacatta Laza Quartz, MSI

Designs; Fabric, Rose Buvard, Rivoli,

O’ Brien, Visual Comfort

Flooring – Carter Lumber, Macomb

Detroit, Wixom; Fabrication, Top Surface,

Manuel Canovas, Tennant & Associates,

Drapery – Teal, Lowick Plaid, Colefax

Pillows, Accent – Dove, Fiji, Clarke

Clinton Township

Michigan Design Center, Troy

and Fowler, Cowtan & Tout, Tennant &

& Clarke, Kravet, Kravet / Lee Jofa /

Flooring – Varenna Carrara Polished

Artwork (left) – Waves of Light, Leftbank

Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center,

Porcelain, Cercan Tile, Michigan Design

Art

Flooring – Carter Lumber, Macomb

Troy; Logan, Westminister Houndstooth,

Center, Troy

Artwork (right) – Leaf Blade, Leftbank Art

Lighting, Cabinet – Dean Picture Light,

Holland and Sherry

Hood – River Valley Cabinets and Millwork,

Flooring – Carter Lumber, Macomb

Alexa Hampton, Visual Comfort

Pillows, Armchair – Mocha, Lanark Plaid,

Vassar; Brass Strapping, Unlacquered

Lamp, Floor – Mia Floor Lamp, Thomas

Rug – Sway Black Tufted Rug, CB2

Cowtan & Tout, Tennant & Associates,

Brass, Patra & Patra Studios, Royal Oak;

O’Brien, Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit,

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Paint, Sherwin-Williams, Pure White

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Mirrors, Wall – Antique Mirror with Brass

Island – River Valley Cabinets and

Ottoman – Custom, Designer Furniture

ADDITIONAL PROJECT

Rosettes, Atelier 26

Millwork, Vassar; Paint, Benjamin Moore,

Service, Pontiac; Fabric, Gray, Babe’s

CONTRIBUTORS

Rug – Quartz, Thimbu, Stark Carpet, Troy

Black Magic

Tweed, Schumacher, Michigan Design

Architect - Joe Vaglica, Ph.D., P.E., Gateway

Sofa – Off the Cuff Sofa, Caracole, RJ

Lighting, Island – Allen Large Chandelier,

Center, Troy; Christian Pleating Piping,

Engineering & Surveying, Shelby Township

Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center,

Ralph Lauren, Visual Comfort

Lori Weitzner, Samuel & Sons, Tennant &

Builder - A and G Building, Avery Gilaj,

Troy; Fabrication, Gray Flannel, Opuzen,

Sconce – Gild, Go Lightly Sconce, Barbara

Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Bruce Township

Anthony Inc.

Barry, Visual Comfort

Pillows, Accent – Quartz, Octavia,

Table, Coffee – Dove, Saunderson

Sink – Vault Undermount Sink, Kohler,

Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Old Navy

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FashionForward Designer channels haute couture in hip Birmingham residence TEXT BY KHRISTI ZIMMETH PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK CLINE

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Chanel suit with sneakers” is how Boca Raton, Fla.-based designer Jamie Herzlinger describes the house she recently designed for Dr. Nicole Teifer of Today’s Orthodontics; her husband, Steve Milot; and their two West Highland terriers, Lily and Spike. The couple had been living in a larger house in Plymouth Township and thinking about renovating when they fell in love with the four-bedroom Birmingham house built in 1989. “We actually weren’t even looking,” Teifer explains, adding that she and her husband had been researching renovation ideas online when they came across their current house on Zillow. That chance encounter led them to start thinking about moving rather than renovating, she says. They toured the home with realtor Lora Kazanjian. “We liked that the work had already been done and all we had to do was decorate,” Teifer explains. That’s where Herzlinger came in. The designer had worked with the couple on a former vacation home in Arizona and understood their taste, which she describes as fashion-forward. “Nicole likes gorgeous, upscale, modern, and classic,” Herzlinger explains. “She’s glamorous and wanted a

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Homeowners Dr. Nicole Teifer and Steve Milot fell in love with their new Birmingham home when they first saw it.

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INTRIGUING ADORNMENTS

Both pages: The living room features a light and bright look. Homeowner Nicole Teifer likes that many of the pieces make a statement and don’t necessarily fit into one style.

glamorous interior.” Teifer was equally complimentary about the designer’s work and her vision for the project. “Jamie does a lot of unique things, things that make a statement,” she says. “We’ve always liked that. We also like that she chooses interesting pieces that don’t always fit into one style.” After the couple bought the house in 2020, Herzlinger “jumped right in,” she says. While she works all over the world, the designer had never been to Birmingham before the home’s installation. She was impressed by the house and the neighborhood’s many attributes, including its cen-

tral location. “It’s on a beautiful tree-lined street near a park,” she says. “It’s stunning, within walking distance of everything.” Even though the house represented the best of Birmingham, the designer wanted the interiors to incorporate influences from around the country. “I wanted to highlight the best artisans of today who are working in places like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Florida,” she says. She also wanted to tweak tradition throughout the home, she says, interpreting and updating classic style in a modern way. Examples include the living room’s Chesterfield sofa, done in black

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HEIRLOOM TREASURE Poppies Add Pop: While there are few official antiques — defined as more than a century old — in her clients’ Birmingham house, designer Jamie Herzlinger insists that more recently made items can also qualify as heirlooms. She points to the Donald Sultan prints in the living room, above right, that she purchased from the David Klein Gallery. “Poppy prints are very famous and indicative of the 1970s pop art movement,” she explains. “They’re cheerful and happy and collectible. That’s why I chose them.” — KZ

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SHINING GEMS

In the kitchen and dining areas, many of the accessories evoke pieces of jewelry, each with hints of glint and glam.

“HOW TO MAKE OLD NEW WAS A MAJOR PART OF THE PHILOSOPHY AND DROVE THE PROJECT. WE KEPT ASKING OURSELVES, ‘HOW DO WE MAKE CLASSIC FUN?’ ” — JAMIE HERZLINGER

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suede; the dining room table, which has a classic marble slab on a contemporary gold square base; and velvet chairs that feature an unexpectedly modern shape. “How to make old new was a major part of the philosophy and drove the project,” the designer says. “We kept asking ourselves, ‘How do we make classic fun?’ That question, and the results, drove the entire project.” Herzlinger helped the couple with the breakfast room, entry, living room, and master bedroom, working with them when it came to choosing paint, wallpaper, chandeliers, and “all the good stuff,” she says. After living in a “kind of dark” former home, the couple was looking to lighten up. “We really wanted something light and bright,” Teifer explains. She likes that many of the pieces look like jewelry, including lighting, fixtures, and draperies. Favorite furnishings include the dining room

table, with its chunky contemporary base — something Teifer says is “so unique, very blingy, and different with great texture. I just love it.” She also loves the master bedroom, especially “the wallpaper and the feel of the leather on the bed,” she raves, adding, “it’s so soft, it feels like butter.” The project took about eight months to complete, Teifer says. Herzlinger worked remotely during the pandemic, which added its own set of challenges, but none proved unsurmountable, according to the designer, who says she’s used to working long-distance. Teifer says aesthetics were important, but so was comfort. “We wanted the house to be glamorous and beautiful, but also livable. We love to spend time here with the dogs and just chill out.” She admits to only one regret: “I’m sad that it’s over,” she says. “I’d like to start again, but I would still want the same stuff. There’s not one thing in this house I don’t love 100 percent.”

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GOOD LOOKS

A unique chandelier in the dining room, above left, and an inviting bench, below, by Madeline Stuart in the adjoining foyer, both from Jerry Pair, make an impression.

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SIMPLY DREAMY

Right: The bedside chest in the master bedroom features a capiz shell motif from John Lyle Design. Opposite page: Details like a Halo chandelier and soft custom draperies from Lee Parker Inc. combine to create a peaceful bedroom.

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DINING ROOM/FOYER

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Chantilly

Bench – Madeline Stuart, Jerry Pair

Lace

Chairs, Dining – Artistic Frame

Wallpaper – Marshmallow Hemp, Phillip

Chandelier – Bijout, Serip, Jerry Pair

Jeffries

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Table, Dining – John Lyle Design

LIVING ROOM

Jamie Herzlinger, Jamie Herzlinger Design,

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Chantilly

Armchairs – Angie, Minotti

Boca Raton, Fla., jamieherzlinger.com

Lace

Artwork – Donald Sultan, David Klein

Wallpaper – Mallow, Phillip Jeffries

Gallery, Birmingham

Sconce – Giotto, Matthew Fairbank Design

Dish, Decorative – Haas Brothers, L’Objet

BEDROOM, MASTER Bed Frame – Designer Furniture Services,

KITCHEN

Geode – Kathryn McCoy

Pontiac

Bar Stools – Artistic Frame

Geode Sculpture – Ron Dier Design

Bedding – Graffiti, E. Braun & Co.

Centerpiece – L’Objet

Lamp, Table – Atollo, Minotti

Chandelier – Halo

Chair, Dining – Custom, Artistic Frame

Mirror – Caste, Holly Hunt

Chest, Bedside – Capiz Shell, John Lyle

Chandelier – Sapphire, Joseph Pagano

Pillows, Purple Accent – Custom, Jamie

Design

Studios

Herzlinger Design

Drapery – Lee Parker Inc.

Chest – Nicchi, Natasha Baradaran, J.

Rug – Mod, Art + Loom

Lamp, Table – Diamond Lamp, Bella

Nelson

Sofa – Custom, Lee Parker Inc.; Fabric,

Figura, MADE Resource Group

Drapery – Lee Parker Inc.

Suede, Garrett Leather

Mirror – Custom, Jamie Herzlinger Design

Geodes – Kathryn McCoy

Table, Coffee – Benson, Minotti

Plaques, Selenite – Ron Dier Design,

Glasses – Baccarat

Table, Occasional – Droplet, John Pomp

MADE Resource Group

Lamp – Sway Lamp, Porta Romana, Jerry

Studios

Rug – Snake, Art + Loom

Pair Atlanta

Tray – L’Objet

Sculptures, Crystal – Stromberg, The End

Lighting, Island – Axis Linear, Hammerton

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Chantilly

of History

Studio

Lace

Wallpaper – Custom, StudioElnc

Painting, “LOVE” – Jane Waterous

Wallpaper – Mallow, Phillip Jeffries

Wallpaper, Ceiling – Indigo, StudioElnc

Sculptures – Salvador Dalí

Wallpaper (fireplace) – Wood, Essence de

Table, Dining – John Lyle Design

bois, Elitis, MADE Resource Group

Vase – Lalique

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Hundreds showed up in their finest for the 2021 Detroit Design Awards, where some 200-plus winning design projects headlined the evening. Everyone from builders and designers to architects and upholstery specialists enjoyed drinks, dinner, the ceremony, and more at The Fillmore Detroit. To enter projects for the 2022 competition, visit detroitdesignawards.com.

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Loaf & Laze

A cozy sitting area offers inspiration during autumn’s ‘indoor days’ TEXT BY MEGAN SWOYER PHOTOGRAPH BY WERNER STRAUBE

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olive-green microfiber with a luxe velvet/linen material featuring a diamond pattern and white s fall arrives, this homeowner velvet trim, the comfy lounge is now the perfect knows just where she’ll be spend- spot for reading, sipping on hot cider, or enjoying ing more time: lounging on an in- a nightcap. “The chaise belonged to our client’s motherviting chaise in the sitting area of in-law,” Zender says. “She purchased it in her master bedroom. CHOICE CHAISE 1967.” Zender says the modern, graphic Located on the west side of Ann Arbor, “Come fall, most many of this home’s spaces were made homeowners want pattern juxtaposes well with the traditionover by interior designer Laura Zender, someplace in their al lines of the piece. Custom draperies in of Laura Zender Design in Ann Arbor. home that’s cozy,” a crisp tribal pattern, paired with a George says designer Nelson cigar lamp, complement the heir“We changed up paint colors, furniture, Laura Zender, “and rugs, and lighting, to give the home a new this is the perfect loom chaise. Painting the walls in Sherwin-Williams’ warm Utaupeia completes look,” says Zender, who won an award for spot.” the space, which has a view of the woods her work in this space in the Repurposed Furniture category of the most recent Detroit De- through a bay window. Add a spicy-hued chenille throw, a pillow with a chinoiserie pattern, and a sign Awards. The repurposed furniture, in this case, was the cowhide rug and you get one nice reading nook. chaise. “I loved that piece and the lines, but it needed to be recovered,” Zender says. By replacing an

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