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73 Colonial Makeover
Whole-house renovation gives a 1920s Craftsman a Mid-century spin.
Take a tour of interior designer Pam Singer-Nodel’s Birmingham home.
This Northville home is both modern and classic, with intimate spaces, many fireplaces, and loads of luxe for family entertaining.
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56 Modern Love
Mixing big-picture goals with stylish details brings this home to life.
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93 Good Judgment
Retiring judge’s Plymouth condo takes a three-decade leap into contemporary coolness.
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46 City Living
Downstate designer updates a 1970s Up North cottage as a getaway for an active family.
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Sensitive updates and keeping the best of the past help a Mid-century Modern residence live in the present.
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42 Designs On Work-Life Culture
Bloomfield Hills garden pays tribute to a favorite travel destination.
20 Editor ’s Letter
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We salute these cool shades of blue and enlist them for accent pieces.
31 Snapshot: Italian Dreams
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38 Snapshot: Made in the Shade
Davis & Davis recently put their cre ative stamp on two area businesses.
A glimpse at the ever-popular Detroit Design Awards party, plus an Italian design gathering, Detroit-style.
An OB/GYN had her eye on design when it came to outfitting her own child’s nursery.
With their textures, natural shades, and weave-intrigue, you’ll want to include these in your décor.
24 The Case for Baskets
Child-friendly design details create a welcoming nursery.
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Another change-up: I was leaving home the other day when I turned my head to take in a new painting my husband had hung on the wall, unbeknownst to me. Although it wasn’t actually a new piece, it seemed new because it had previously been upstairs in an unused bedroom. Again, I felt that sensation of something dif ferent, lively! And all it took was one suprise modifi cation.
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He said that when his mother died, his father decided to move into a condominium, and rather than take all or many of his and his wife’s furnish ings (mostly traditional) when he moved, he decided to start fresh. The couple had had a solid marriage, but the man had al ways loved clean lines and a more mod ern look. So he kept a few things and then purchased pieces that provided a wonder ful Mid-century appeal. He completely started over in the design department and, in his 80s, he felt like a new man!
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What made him feel refreshed? Was it that he was surrounded by new and dif ferent things, and his everyday scenery was significantly altered? Or was it that he was proud of the fact that he was able to make a drastic leap and listen to his inner voice? I’m betting it was all of the above.Interior design alter ations can be tough for me. I crave change, but I want things to stay the same. A new home with a fresh style sounds fantastic, but when I’m away from home, I real ly miss my bedroom, even though my husband and I purchased the furniture 30 years ago. (The thing about buying quality is that it lasts.) I also pine for the houses I grew up in and all their furnish ings — yet when I lived there, I wanted to be at other people’s homes and was fas cinated by different looks. (My friends, meanwhile, said they wanted to be at my home, and we’d talk about switching par ents/homes and how fun that might be.)
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On Mother’s Day, for example, one of my sons gave me the most vivid blue hydrangea plant I’d ever seen. I planted it in a vibrant turquoise pot, placed it on our petite patio, and voila — the entire backyard took on a new look, as if we’d changed part of our landscaping. And it all boiled down to adding just one big plant.
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widowed friend, the home owners in this issue yearned for exten sive changes and big effects. Interior designer Dan Davis worked with home owners in Royal Oak to turn a 1920s Crafts man-style home into a Mid-century dream. Meanwhile, Michael Talbot was approaching retire ment from his position as chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals and Court of Claims. The verdict was in after he met with designer Kathleen McGovern at his Plymouth-area condo and said yes to making some de sign amendments. Then there’s designer Staci Meyers, who worked with homeowners whose previous homes had encompassed a variety of architectural styles, in cluding soft contemporary and French Norman, but were intent on finding a Mid-century Modern house when they decided to downsize. Talk about change! But keep in mind that change doesn’t always require a complete overhaul. Sometimes little edits can provide you with just the change of scenery you need.
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2: The Romo Rattan Basket by PALECEK features a gray wash finish with a cane matting base. To the trade, CAI Designs, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com, palecek.com
1: A LaundryPineappleBasket from ANTHROPOLOGIE will add charm to laundry day. $198$298, BirminghamAnthropologie,andTroy, anthropologie.com.
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3: Otzi Log Baskets by OTIS INGRAMS are a fresh take on traditional orchard baskets. To the trade, MichiganSchumacher,DesignCenter, fschumacher.com, michigandesign.com.
6: The BasketSiobhanbyCURATED KRAVET adds flair and practicality. To the trade, Kravet | Lee Jofa | Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy, kravet.com, michigandesign.com.
7: PALECEK’s Cairo Basket boasts a natural seagrass frame with hand-wrapped black cotton and leather handles. To the trade, CAI Designs, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com, palecek.com.
5: Wicker and a classic scalloped edge give the Scallop Basket by SERENA & LILY a timeless quality. $298-$648, serenaandlily.com.
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4: Stylishly stow laundry, blankets, and toys with SERENA & LILY’s Riviera Rolling Storage Bins. $298-$348, serenaandlily.com.
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5: The Dreamin’ White Cloud Wall Mirror by LEANNE FORD for CRATE & KIDS adds a sense of whimsy to your baby’s room. $149, Crate & Barrel, Novi, crateandbarrel.com.
4: A Kids Canyon Natural Wide Dresser by LEANNE FORD for CRATE & KIDS will grow with your little one. $1,299, Crate & Barrel, Novi, crateandbarrel.com.
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7: The Deer Love wallpaper by SCHUMACHER creates a magical setting for sweet dreams. To the trade, Troy,MichiganSchumacher,DesignCenter, fschumacher.com, michigandesign.com.
3: This Light-Up Pillow House by LA LOVIE features a Liberty of London print and safe, cool-burning LED lights. $62, Petite Cabane, Birmingham, petitecabane.com.
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4: CRATE & BARREL’s Cosima Channel Tufted Sofa makes a statement in a rich sapphire navy hue. $2,499, Crate & Barrel, Novi, crateandbarrel.com.
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nspiration can come from near and far, like this expansive Bloomfield Hills property that emulates Italy, a favorite destination for homeowners Annamarie Acierno-Young and Bill Young. For the project, Amy Schimmel Bessolo, a registered landscape architect with Goldner Walsh Garden and Home in Pontiac, conducted extensive research on Italianate gardens — and she also had to get creative.
“Italian cypress are really scarce and they don’t grow in Michigan,” she says, explaining that her substitutions for the tall and narrow plants came from vertical elements, like Trautman juniper.
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Deer posed a challenge, too. “They eat everything,” Bessolo says, “so the plants we chose, such as Russian sage and boxwood, keep in line with the concept and can survive theTowildlife.”addlayers, sweetgum slender silhouette joins scented geranium topiaries and containers of lantana. “There are layers of simple color, but (there’s not) a lot of color,” Bessolo says. “The garden is really green, framed with simple layers like the climbing hydrangea by the pergola. You also have color with the wisteria on the trellis that’s almost like a wall.”
Autumnal decorative elements like pumpkins, gourds, and mums suit the scenic setting. “The garden is beautiful in the fall, with evergreens that hold the strength during
the season, as well as boxwood and upright juniper,” Bessolo says.
company, Crooked Tree, constructed the pergola trellis, which features 200-year-old barn wood.
The couple’s outdoor oasis even has a pizza oven. “I love to cook and it’s a fun way to entertain,” Acierno-Young says about the al fresco space that’s cozy enough for her and her husband, and can easily accommodate 50 guests. “We can have coffee in the morning and a glass of wine out there on the weekend. It’s peaceful, and it’s designed well.”
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Working with Bessolo was a dream for Acierno-Young, who has family in Italy. “We love Italy and we travel there often,” she says. “You can never bring Italy here because they have different growing conditions, but Amy (did a lot of) research and really made it a point to listen.”
Derek Spurlock, of Spurlock’s Natural Stone and Brick Paving (based at Goldner Walsh), did the hardscape, while skilled carpenter Jason Cornish, from a subsidiary
“We’re really happy with it,” Young adds. “We would see so much in Italy that wasn’t fussy. It was pretty without being showy.” Adds his wife: “We can’t be in Italy every day, but we can be reminded of it.”
Both pages: This home features Italian flair, thanks to landscape designs by Amy Schimmel Bessolo.
In addition to the Italian feel, the homeowners wanted plenty of outdoor seating for entertaining. A pergola-covered dining area and a curved sofa by the stone fireplace create authentic Italian-style gathering areas.
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A fountain chosen by the homeowners — “They really wanted that water element,” Bessolo says — became a focal point for the formal garden. Gravel walks, patios lined with granite block, and stacked limestone walls contribute to the Old-World feel.
“It’s a very comfortable space,” Bessolo says. “Once you go there, you don’t want to leave.”
An OB/GYN had her eye on design when it came to outfitting her own child’s nursery
The room’s evolution began when O’Shell discovered Phillip Jeffries’ Desert Dunes wallcovering in Midnight Onyx on Instagram. “Everything was based on that,” O’Shell says.
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“I like to leave things where not everything is perfectly planned,” Versaci says. “Those heads were just Anotherhappenstance.”oneofhercoincidental discoveries was a vintage Mid-century iron gilt tree she stumbled upon at Judy Frankel Antiques in Troy. “We knew we wanted something in that corner that was a statement,” Versaci says. “You can change the ornaments, or you can leave it bare. It’s just another opportunity for design.”
“I love how unique (the tree) is,” O’Shell adds. “We almost had to return it because we
With its hand-painted, textured feel, the metallic wallcovering beautifully set the tone for Versaci’s moody design. It was also a practical choice. “It’s vinyl, which is great. I put vinyl wallpaper in my son’s room when he was little, too,”
Versaci says. “He plays basketball in his room. You can’t destroy these walls; it’s a great invention for kids!”
An animal print Stark rug was chosen for its “more is more” feel, while metallic Pindler drapery hangs dramatically over the window, thanks to its heavier weight. A stunning RJ Thomas rocker plays an essential role, as does its rust-colored Rozmallin velvet upholstery — a hue Versaci says perfectly complements the palette of the papier-mâché animal heads from Royal Oak’s Rail & Anchor. An unexpected find, Versaci says the head-turning décor “tied everything together.”
n April of 2021, OB/GYN Ashlee O’Shell moved into her current home in Birmingham. That June, she and her husband were expecting the birth of their now 1-year-old son, Archer. A nursery was needed, and quickly. Having already had the help of interior designer Anna Versaci, of Beverly Hills-based Anna Versaci Design, on her previous residence, O’Shell called on her longtime friend to create a room for her son that didn’t have a typical newborn look and would reflect her love of bold Versaciinteriors.opted
for a rich and layered look that feels both luxurious and cozy. “It’s still childlike, without being childish,” Versaci explains. “There are curiosities in there for a child that are interesting to look at, but it’s not over-the-top baby.”
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Both pages, clockwise from far left: The homeowners and designer opted for a rich, layered look. Designer Anna Versaci reviews final details. The space is both luxurious and cozy.
didn’t think it could fit into the doorway, but we loved it so much that we said we had to make it Versaciwork.”added forward-facing bookshelves as a practical home for baby’s favorite reads, but also for their ability to showcase ever-changing cover art. “I love how there are so many different features in the room that are unique and that have a lot of playfulness,” O’Shell says. “I just love how Anna is really creative and finds very special pieces. I wanted something that was going to be unique to our space, to Archer, and she really made that happen.”
With its deep hues, contrasting textures, layered appeal, and imaginative charm, the nursery is unlike any other nursery the designer and O’Shell have seen, and it’s a space Archer is sure to cherish as he grows. “I think when you take things like a nursery and go in a different direction than what’s expected, it can end up being really fun,” Versaci says. “And when you have a client who trusts you and is playful and takes risks, that’s when you absolutely get the best results.”
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“I’ve been lucky,” she says. “I worked for Fieldcrest designing bedding and towels for a year,” but she says she soon discovered that “just doing flowers” wasn’t her thing. She quit, went to Europe, and sold some of her creations — hand-painted batik designs, using wax on silk — at trade shows. Weitzner says they were “too contemporary” for America at the time, because everything back then was chintz. “People loved (my designs) in Europe,” she says. “I sold out.”
Weitzner has broadened her design work to include collaborations with Samuel & Sons on passementerie, Perennials and West Elm on
Today, most of her wares have what she calls a “cultural sustainability” story. “A big chunk of our wallcoverings and rugs are handmade by artisans around the world, including the U.S., and I’m very proud of that. We want to support artisans. We call it handmade for the modern world. Our rugs and wallcoverings have a soul to them. They go into Tiffany’s or Four Seasons or a high-end home, but they begin in various parts of the world.”
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“I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was a child,” says Weitzner, owner of Manhattan, N.Y.-based Lori Weitzner Design, a partner at Weitzner Limited, and a recent guest presenter hosted by Tennant & Associates at the Michigan Design Center in Troy. “I would draw fashion models with clothes. I was focused on the patterns on the dresses.” Little by little, she came into her own as a designer of fabrics, wallcoverings, and more.
Her new book, “Ode to Color: The Ten Essential Palettes of Living and Design,” provides her unique perspective on the uses and significance of color. The designer says she discovered her color sense at Syracuse University, where she had planned to get a degree in fine arts. One of her art professors took note of her eye for color and composition and suggested she focus in those areas, so Weitzner opted for the college’s textiles track, and pursued a degree in textile design.
he evolution of Lori Weitzner’s artistic self, beginning as a young child growing up in Westchester County, N.Y., is inspirational.
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Both pages: A sampling of wallcoverings and fabric, designer Lori Weitzner, and Weitzner’s new book on all things color.
readers into 10 “color worlds,” Weitzner’s book combines essays, literary quotations, and dazzling visual images as she explores the power color holds over our tastes, decisions, and moods. “Color speaks to the senses on an emotional level, influencing our moods and jogging memory, and simply speaking to who we are, functioning as a form of self-expression,” she says.
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rugs, Artistic Tile on stone, and gifts and cards withAsPapyrus.forherbook on color, it’s a must-read for artists, designers, and anyone who loves color. “Everyone sees color differently,” she says, adding that her favorite shades include warm neutrals and greens, as well as what she calls the “whisper” colors — whites, off-whites, and purple
MORE INFORMATION: loriweitzner.com. Obtain the book at products/ode-to-color.loriweitznershop.com/
Submit your best work by Oct. 15, 2022, DetroitDesignAwards.comat
Davis & Davis recently put their creative stamp on two businessesarea
Davis, principal and chief design officer, explains: “As a society, we haven’t experienced anything like this before and we’re collectively moving forward into the unknown. We know there’s been a shift toward work-life integration and that there’s a continuing need for physical workspaces — people are social by nature, young people need mentoring, and the development of a company culture can’t be done virtually.”
Last year, Davis & Davis announced that Jamie Jordan, a longtime employee, had become
Prior to the pandemic, the firm had begun working on innovative projects with Butzel, a Troy-based law firm, and Mission Veterinary Partners (MVP)
hen Michelle Davis co-founded the awardwinning Farmington Hillsbased interior design firm Davis & Davis in 1990, the typical office environment was a very different place. Three decades and a pandemic later, the firm’s blend of commercial interior design and architectural services is helping clients creatively transform their interior spaces to reflect the changing workplace.
a third partner, making the firm a majority women-owned business with an 80 percent female staff. Jordan serves as partner and managing director, focusing on all facets of project workflow.
“Despite the pandemic, we’re doing some of our best, most creative work, and our business has grown,” Jordan explains. “Ultimately, it all comes back to our mission of creating exceptional spaces to elevate the human experience and to our incredible team.”
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The Troy offices of law firm Butzel, shown here, have become the model for the firm’s downtown Detroit renovation.
“This project was ahead of its time and worked out beautifully,” Davis says. “MVP’s leadership team is young, fun, and forwardthinking. They needed a functional workspace with an unconventional, uplifting atmosphere where people can engage, connect, and create.”
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“The intent was to create a place to practice law for future decades with a progressive, adaptable workplace that conveys trust, confidence, success, and their history,” Jordan explains. “The Troy office became the model for Butzel’s downtown Detroit office renovation.”
The new office emphasizes collaborative and inclusive spaces including a meditation room, a new mothers’ room, and an area known as “the commons,” which is an informal work and gathering space. The refined palette features dark wood tones that contrast with light walls, and the prominent use of glass softened by taupe textured carpet. Demountable glass walls enable offices to become open spaces if needed. Artwork from Butzel’s impressive collection provides color and interest to the space.
in Southfield. That work was completed earlier this year, and serendipitously translated well to post-pandemic work-life culture.
The MVP headquarters project involved the transformation of a former American Cancer Society building into a dynamic hospitality hub and showroom, training center, and office space with an accent on the veterinary field. The finished product includes areas for collaboration, socialization, and learning.
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“The pandemic has created a new mindset regarding lifestyle, work-life balance, and wellness. Spaces in which people live, work, and play have a profound effect on their health, productivity, and mood, and should be memorable, functionally supportive, and have a positive impact on the human experience,” Davis says. “We’re creating workplaces for the now.”
The new locationVeterinaryMissionPartnersinSouthfield is a dynamic hub for the veterinary field.
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The design features natural wood materials that contrast black-and-white features with bold accents in MVP’s corporate colors of blue and green. The “Instagram-worthy space” highlights whimsical touches such as a dog bone-shaped island and playful animal murals. Behind the main reception desk is a decorative structure that flows down from the ceiling and glows at night.
Davis explains that when it comes to office trends, the current emphasis is on collaborative spaces and flexible work zones with easily manipulated furniture. She notes that despite the fact that many people now spend more time working from home, office square footage hasn’t changed significantly, since more space is needed per individual.
Simultaneously, the Davis & Davis team was working on an innovative project for Butzel, a law firm founded in Detroit nearly 170 years ago. Jordan worked on this job in close coordination with designer Phil Melcher of Woodbury Design Group and Joanne Klimko, chief administrative officer at Butzel.
f you love flowers and the rich colors of the garden, then “Color In and Out of the Garden” (Abrams, $24.99, hardcover), a new book by artist and garden expert Lorene Edwards Forkner, should be at the top of your book list. Throughout the book, Forkner offers practical advice on topics from painting (no matter your skill level) to gardening mindfully and celebrating life’s seasons.
As for her favorite season, the gardener says she prefers autumn. “I love the fall. It’s when everything comes to fruition. You’re not planting and working it; you sit back and let it come to you.” Many who follow Forkner on her Instagram feed are inspired by her photos to create outfits, wedding themes, and home interiors. “The colors and combinations you see in nature feel comfortable. We should be living in nature, as we’re part of nature,” she says.
From top to bottom: The fir cone features quintessen tial autumn shades.
Arranged by color, each chapter helps readers improve their powers of observation. Plant profiles and personal reflections mingle with gorgeous strokes of watercolor.
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She started her book after deciding to launch a 100-day project following her father’s death. “I needed something to take me out, and when I was making these color studies, it consumed my attention. I also wondered if time really does heal. Color is meditative, and became a mantra.” For Forkner, the garden’s colors capture moments in time as plants change through the season. “The book is a memoir that’s told in color and plants. Color is a compelling, powerful force, and I thought about how we can use it in our lives to improve, enhance, and enrich all we do.”
Forkner photographed all her studies with her iPhone, which surprises some readers because the resolution and clarity are top-notch. “Using the phone and that camera function makes me more present. I got to the end of the 100 days and thought, ‘This is good for me. This improves my life.’ And I kept going. I’ve not missed a day.”
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A new book takes readers on a journeycontemplativecolor-rich,throughthegarden
“I was fascinated by the idea of gardening beginning as a young child,” says Forkner, who lives in Seattle. “(I loved) the idea that apples had seeds and that if you planted them you get an apple tree. I was the kid who started avocado plants with pits in the windowsill, and I’m still fascinated with growing things.”
Find “Color In and Out of the Garden” at Target stores, on amazon.com, and at bookshop. org. You can also follow Forkner on Instagram at @gardenercook.
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In addition to Marianne Jones, LLC, based in Birmingham and California, the homeowners retained Kelly Building & Development Co. and Birmingham architect Christopher Longe.
or empty-nesters who had a traditional home in Bloomfield Hills, the successful construction of a second residence in Colorado eventually led to another custom build, this time in Birmingham. “This was a huge departure from the home they originally had,” Marianne Jones says about the contemporary dwelling she worked on with her design partner, Elle Tor. “It’s definitely a lifestyle house. It’s very well-planned and low-maintenance, so they can lock up and leave.”
fireplace. Built-in cabinetry merges metal mesh doors with file drawers below. “This is our favorite room, based on the amount of time we spend here,” the husband says.
In the living room, an art television was mounted above the marble fireplace, which was offset to connect to the fireplace in the library. The stepped ceilings, which begin in the foyer of the elegant home, break up the long and narrow space. Swivel chairs along the window wall face another style of chair. “We wanted something that would look sexy from the hallway with beautiful, open backs that add visual interest,” Jones says. A velvet sofa with a tufted seat grounds the space.
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A dining area is located between the living room and the kitchen. “There’s a little formality to it,” Jones explains. “It’s a sophisticated space, with the floating staircase — (truly) an
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This page: “We really enjoy the library, with the fireplace and the TV, and the lounge chairs and the windows,” the husband says. Opposite page: The library is where work truly gets done, thanks to comforable furnishings and lots of natural light.
White oak walls warm the library, where a customized partners’ desk joins upholstered chairs that share an ottoman by the quartzite
Walnut cabinetry was used in the bar area and on one of two kitchen islands. The homeowner wanted the island facing the dining area to feel more like a buffet, so the seating is tucked
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engineering feat spanning four floors.” Featuring steel construction and open treads, the railing showcases a classic spindle pattern. The one-ofa-kind design, with a 30-foot-high window as a backdrop, was further embellished by pendants strategically planned by the homeowner.
Both pages, left to right: The living room and dining room spaces feature similar palettes, for a cohesive flow.
behind it. Tor chose a neutral motif for the dining chairs. “It gave it a splash of a texture and pattern that breaks up the space and moves the eye,” she Similarsays.tones appear in the kitchen and dining area light fixtures. “There’s a connection and a lot of symmetry on the entire first floor,” Jones says. In the kitchen, Shaker-style cabinets conceal a refrigerator and a freezer that flank a pantry with a walnut frame. Glass-front cabinets are great for display. Symmetrical elements continue on the second floor, where the master bath has an enclosed toilet area to the right and a shower on the left. Ombre film provides privacy. A floating vanity, porcelain tile flooring, and a soaking tub are among the other deluxe touches. A niche features custom cabinetry. The master suite has a marble fireplace with window seats on either side, and includes furnishings from a previous home. “We wanted to evoke a
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A top-floor suite is a big hit with the couple’s three grown children, who visit often. “It’s like a little apartment,” Jones says. The homeowner says people claim the guest suite on the second floor until they see the one above it.
response for the whole upstairs that has soft, subtle tones and sea glass colors,” Jones says.
On the lower level, a custom bar on casters can be tucked away, while a round table hosts games and meals. “We wanted it to be multifunctional,”
Tor says. A console behind the sectional offers additional seating, with stools below. “The vibe is warm and cozy,” she adds. “We wanted some warm tones down there, to give it a lounge feel that’s comfortable and casual, with a sophisticated spin.”
The designers both praise the homeowners. “The clients were very open-minded and they had a passion for the project,” Tor says. “They put thought into everything we proposed to them, and that made for a really good
“Weexperience.”enjoyedthe whole process,” the husband says. “They were able to overcome the challenges from the narrow lot, and city restrictions led
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The powder room and foyer both include warm woods that evoke a luxurious feel.
Walnut cabinetry was used on one of two kitchen islands (and also in the bar area).
“THEY (THE HOMEOWNERS) PUT THOUGHT INTO EVERYTHING WE PROPOSED TO THEM, AND THAT MADE FOR A REALLY GOOD EXPERIENCE.”
— ELLE TOR
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Guests are greeted on the front porch, which features solid cedar posts. Decorative metal roof supports adorn the distinctive exterior, where
to better solutions in the end.” The couple also loves the location and the layout. “We wanted an in-town home with a great flow for entertaining friends and family,” the wife adds.
stone is combined with stained cedar-shake shingles and zinc siding. “We wanted a contemporary floor plan that was open, and a design that would be compatible with the neighborhood,” the husband says. “The team worked well together and we’re happy with the result.”
Both pages, from left to right: Butterfly counter stools are just the ticket for the home’s bar area. The master bedroom and bath and their quality appoint ments exude pure luxury, ensuring sweet dreams.
BAR Bar Stools – Butterfly Counter Stools, Verellen
Bathtub – Trivento Freestanding Tub, Victoria + Albert, Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co., Walled Lake Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy Countertop – Caesarstone Blizzard 2141, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Ottoman – Thimble Ottoman, Baker Furniture, Michigan Design Center, Troy Sconces – Large Bath Sconce, Polished Nickel with Etched Crystal, Barton, Visual Comfort
Romo, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy Window Shades – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Linen Sateen Marble, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Artwork – “Evening View” and “Highrise,” Itinerant Studio
Bedding – Blair Midnight Duvet Cover and Hampton Flax Coverlet, Pom Pom at Home
Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy Pillows, Accent – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Barbara Jones; Fabric, Tulu Ink, Zak and Fox Rug – Kennedy Platinum Area Rug, Stark Carpet, Troy Sconces – Ravello Reader Wall Sconce, Astro Lighting Tables, Bedside – Maris Nightstand, Gry Faux Belgian Linen, Made Goods
DS Polished, Cercan Tile, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Swiss Coffee Window Treatment – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Namaste Pumice, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Tile, Floor, and Shower – Valentino Piazza
Fireplace – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy
Rug – Modern Flat Weave Rug, French Accents
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Bed Frame – Sawyer Upholstered Bed with Graded Fabric, Bernhardt Furniture
Advance Plumbing, Bathtub –Bathroom, Master, Sink – Powder Room Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com For more information on this company, see page 2.
Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy Chandelier – Bocci 14 Series 26 Pendant Light Fixture, Arkitektura, Birmingham Countertop – Platinum Quartzite, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy Shelf – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray
Armchair – Nicholas Swivel Chair, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Zurich Marcona, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Table, End – Nicholas Marble Round Side Table, RH
Tennant & Associates, Window Treatments – Bathroom Master, Armchair, Window seat cushion, Window shades – Bedroom, Master, Chairs, Dining – Dining Room, Window treatments – Foyer Window Treatments – Kitchen, Drapery, Ottoman, Sofa – Living Room, Arm chair and Ottoman – Office, Wall Treatments, Window Treatments – Powder Room, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com. For more information on this company, see page 71.
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Paper White
Marianne Jones and Elle Tor, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, California, mariannejones.com
Window Seat Cushion – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Streamline Whistler Blue Velvet,
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Bench – Lincoln Bench, Cisco Brothers Corp.; Fabric, Cesta Coal, Sien + Co.
Table, Dining – Parisian Two-Legged Dining Table, Robert James Collection Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray
Ceiling Treatment – Design, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray Window Treatment – Faradine Grass Weave Roman Shades, Hartmann & Forbes, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Everlast Floors, Troy Flower Arrangements – Olive’s Bloombox, Ferndale Light, Ceiling – Arc Well Pendant Light, Allied Maker Light, Wall – Otto Flush Mount, Visual Comfort Mirror – Antiqued Mirror, Texture Imports Rug – Aventine White Rug, Tufenkian, Ghiordes Knot, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Drapery – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Suitor First Class, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy Fireplace – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper,
Everlast Floors, Troy Flower Arrangements – Olive’s Bloombox, Ferndale Rug – Burlap-Ivory Gold Rug, Tufenkian, Ghiordes Knot, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Bar Stools – Linden Counter Stools, Fyrn Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy Ceiling Treatment – Design, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham
Artwork – “Memories,” Donald Bustraan Fine Art Chairs – Loire Chair, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Gaston y Daniela Horizontal, Kravet, Kravet | Lee Jofa | Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Table, Coffee – Thaddeus Glass Coffee Table, RH Tables, End – Kelsie Side Tables, Arteriors Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray
Chairs, Dining – Profile Dining Chair, Bernhardt; Fabric, Heathered Wool Gray, Kravet, Kravet | Lee Jofa | Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy Chandelier, Table – 60/40 Dot 22-inch Pendant, Stone Black, Visual Comfort Fireplace – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy
Artwork, Set of 12 – Architectural Bronze Cube Sculpture, Kaiser Suidan, Next Step Studio & Gallery, Ferndale Backsplash and Countertop – Crystal Premium Quartzite, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy
Sofa – Bennett Sofa, Baker Graded Fabric, Baker Furniture, Michigan Design Center, Troy
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Armchairs, Gray – Carnelian Lounge Chair, Baker Graded Fabric, Baker Furniture, Michigan Design Center, Troy Armchairs, Leather – Judy Swivel Chair, Pearson, Hickory Chair
Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy Candleholders – Gold Candlesticks, Dovetail Furniture Chairs, Dining – Tate Arm and Side Chairs, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Interlock, Golden Grey, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy Light, Table – Trapeze 6 Pendant Flush Mount, Apparatus Studio Rug – Shearling Beach Rug, Tufenkian, Ghiordes Knot Michigan Design Center, Troy Stairs and Railing – Custom, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray Window Treatment – Faradine Grass Weave Roman Shade, Hartmann & Forbes, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Countertop – Crystal Premium Quartzite, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy Hood – Custom, Blackened Steel; Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication; Cole Wagner Cabinetry,
Armchair – George Occasional Table, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Zoffany Verdi Applique Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper,
Table, Display – Max Console, Julian Chichester
Rochester Hills Light, Ceiling – Trapeze 6 Pendant Flush Mount, Apparatus Studio Light Fixture, Kitchen Sink – Otto Flush Mount, Visual Comfort Lighting, Bar – Trapeze 1 Pendant Light, Apparatus Studio
Light Fixture – Lariat Large Pendant, Apparatus Studio
Sink – Stone Forest Papillon Vessel, Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co., Walled Lake Tray and Soap Dispenser – Remy Large Tray and Soap Pump, Pigeon & Poodle Wall Treatment – Canvas Linen, Java, Phillip Jeffries, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy Window Treatment – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Linen Sateen Marble, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Countertop Fabrication – PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Home Entertainment System – Neal Check, SoundCheck, Southfield Landscape Architecture – Matt Mosher, Mosher Design Co., Royal Oak
Mirror – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy Shelving – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors Birmingham; Fabrication, Kelly Building & Development Co., Birmingham
Fireplace – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy Pillows, Accent – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Barbara Jones; Fabric, Kravet, Kravet | Lee Jofa | Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy Rug – Herrick, Watch, Stark Carpet, Troy Sconces – Arc Wall Lamp, Allied Maker Tables, Occasional – Charleston Forge Wall Treatment – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, Aria Custom Cabinetry, Rochester Hills
Architect – Christopher J. Longe, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham
Builder – John Kelly, Mark Belden, and Eric Mallory, Kelly Building & Development Co., Birmingham
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray
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Cabinetry – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, Aria Custom Cabinetry, Rochester Hills Desk – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, ANA Woodwork Studio, Oak Park
Drapery – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Somerset, Bart Halpern
Armchairs and Ottoman – Averline Lounge Chairs and Ottoman, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Pollack, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy Armchairs, Wingback – Martin Host Chairs, Hickory Chair
Cabinet – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy Countertop – Onix Quartzite, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy Flower Arrangements – Olive’s Bloombox, Ferndale
Both pages: The lounge (far left and far right) features everything one could need for a night in. A third-floor guest bedroom makes visitors feel right at home.
Paint Color – Benjamin Moore, Amherst Gray Siding – Rheinzink
Flooring – Smoked Rustic Pine LVT, Coretec, Everlast Floors, Troy Ottoman – Haskell Ottoman, Vanguard Furniture; Fabric, Peyote Mineral, Romo, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy Sofa – Custom, TCS Designs; Fabric, Forenza Carbon, Romo, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy Table, Coffee – Campbell Cocktail Table, Arteriors
Table, Dining – 48-inch Round Ash Dining Table, Giacometti, Verellen Table, Display – Maison Console Table, Hickory Chair
Windows – Marvin Windows, Bolyard Lumber, Birmingham
Building Materials – Cedar Shake Landscaping – Matt Mosher, Mosher Design Co., Royal Oak Masonry – Scott Albaugh, Albaugh Masonry Stone & Tile Inc., Waterford Township
n this totally revamped Royal Oak home, the magic happens before you reach the front door. The overhaul was a team effort between Dan Davis and Paul Johnson with Dan Davis Design in Ferndale, and homeowner Jeannine Caesar, who lives with her husband, Tim Keffer, and their daughter, Peyton Keffer. The deep charcoal exterior exudes a Mid-century Modern feel that continues once you’re inside, while horizontal wood slats define the porch, which features a new ceiling, siding, flooring, and steps. “Everything down to the mailbox (was redone),” Davis says. “(And all) the little details bring it together.”
A Mid-century look is apparent as soon as you reach the front door of this Royal Oak home. In the living room, the TV fades into the dark gray finish of the new tile fireplace.
The designer and homeowner met when they worked together in advertising. Years ago, Davis helped Caesar find ways to display her collections in the home. “If you take two creative people and put them in the same room, they can clash sometimes, or they can play off each other; we played off each other. She has so many ideas, it wasn’t necessarily us leading the design so much as a collaboration,” he says. “She (just) needed help editing her ideas and making sure the big picture was always top of mind.”
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Caesar says she bought the house back in 1989, before she was married. Prior to the recent renovation, she and her husband considered moving and looked at other homes, but they had no luck. “We love our house,” she says. “This was about making it more open.”
Davis and Caesar agree that both projects were a joint effort. “The first time was about how to utilize the existing space; (this time), we got to start from scratch,” Davis says. Caesar adds: “Before, we tried to create (spaces for) things, but now the architecture sings more.”
“YOU DON’T ALWAYS HAVE CLIENTS WITH STRONG IDEAS AND A STRONG AESTHETIC. WITH JEANNINE, THAT’S ALL THERE, SO YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE SENSE OF IT AND PULL IT TOGETHER ... ” — DAN DAVIS
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A new composite deck on the side of the house stretches the modest footprint. “With the glass doors opening up to that area, it makes the space feel huge (and gives a) connection from inside to outside,” Davis says. An outdoor sofa and woven chairs are arranged below a metal awning designed by Caesar, a creative-director-turnedceramicist. “The deck is like another room,” she says. “We eat out there all the time.”
In the living room, the TV fades into the dark gray finish of the new tile fireplace, where a built-in cubby highlights art with a personal connection. Special pieces include a miniature chair made by Caesar and a charcoal done by her husband.
New wood floors on the main level start in the front room/living room, where an original beam was left exposed. “It gives it a little industrial feel,” Caesar says. Vertical wood slats along the staircase reveal a light blue accent wall. The homeowner’s inspired workspace, below the stairs, features a vintage Gehry chair and a Jack light by Tom Dixon.
Both pages, clockwise from far left: A new composite deck is perfect for gath erings. A hallway features an Italian light fixture that once hung in the dining room. Angled ceiling beams make a statement in the kitchen. Another living perspective.room/stairway
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Angled ceiling beams make a statement in the kitchen, which was expanded by knocking down walls and adding two sets of sliding glass doors that follow the Mid-century philosophy of bringing the outside in. “We wanted to open up the space, but also have it open to the exterior,” DavisCaesarexplains.loves the results. “I had a galley kitchen before,” she says. “It’s so nice to be organized and have a place for everything. In my other kitchen, I would put cookie sheets from the oven on top of a garbage can. The way this kitchen works is so beautiful.”
Both pages, clockwise from right: The kitchen has white upper cabinets and gray lower cabinets that complement quartz count ers. The master bedroom boasts wood beams and a stud wall behind the bed to display art. New windows were installed throughout.
“When I’m upstairs and look out the window, I feel like I’m in a treehouse,”
Jeannine Caesar says. A terazzo-topped island in the kitchen is a creative nod to the Mid-century look.
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The way it looks makes a difference, as well, with white upper cabinets and gray lower cabinets that complement engineered quartz perimeter counters and a terrazzo-topped island. A dimensional hexagon tile backsplash “kind of sparkles when you walk by,” Caesar says. Metal pendants work their way around the room, and orange strikes a cheerful note on the counter stools and the stove. The pantry and fridge flank storage, surface, and display space for Caesar’s pottery and collections.
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Flooring – Jeffrey Court, Beaver Tile & Stone, Michigan Design Center, Troy Sconces – West Elm
Virginia Tile Co, Wall Tile - Master Bathroom, locations in Troy, Livonia, and Farmington Hills, virginiatile.com. For more information on this company, see page 8.
Caesar says she enjoyed the creative process. “As a designer, Dan gets to know you. It’s not about making it his design; it’s your design, together. The team is good at figuring out your personality.”
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Davis appreciates her input. “It was a unique project,” he says. “You don’t always have clients with strong ideas and a strong aesthetic. With Jeannine, that’s all there, so you just have to make sense of it and pull it together — which is fun in a different way. It’s like having a design partner instead of a client.”
“It’s a very dramatic space,” Davis adds. “She wanted a dark bathroom with a pop of the light wood seen in Mid-century Modern design. The lighting took a little effort; each fixture has its ownAdiscussion.”similarpairing appears in the secondfloor master bath, where another floating vanity contrasts with dark tile. “It doesn’t feel dark because of the ceiling height, the windows, and the white walls,” Davis explains.
Cabinet – Wetstyle, Herald Wholesale, Troy Cabinet, Medicine – Kohler, Kohler Signature Store, Birmingham Countertop – Wetstyle, Herald Wholesale, Troy
Charcoal-colored ceramic tiles with distinct finishes make a statement in the main-floor bathroom. Caesar found the floor tile first. “It’s super distressed, and I like that well-worn look against the honed tile on the walls,” she says.
Below: A similar pairing appears in the second-floor master bath where a floating vanity contrasts with dark tile.
Artwork – Kathleen Coe Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White
Backsplash – Exagoni, TileBar Bar Stools – The Lucy Stool, Bend Goods, 2Modern Cabinetry – Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Bed Frame – West Elm Chandelier – West Elm Rug – West Elm Table, Bedside – AllModern Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White Wall Tile – Virginia Tile Co., Troy
Dan Davis Design, Ferndale, dandavisdesign.com
Furniture – Article
Scavenger, Royal Oak Chair, Desk – Hat Trick Chair, Knoll Desk – LumiSource
Flooring – Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Wall Treatment – Cercan Tile, Troy
Artwork, Graphic – Annie Einheuser
Hood – Zephyr, Specialties Showroom, Berkley
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Countertop – Caesarstone, Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Extra Sourcing – Design Scavenger (Jeannine Caesar), Royal Oak
Building Materials – Wood and Composite
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White
Awning – Custom, Design Scavenger, Royal Oak; Fabrication, Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Table, Wooden Occasional – Custom, Brandon Stanko, Rochester
Organic touches and sculptural accents create an intriguing vignette overlooking the deck.
Cabinet – Wetstyle, Herald Wholesale, Troy Flooring – Cercan Tile, Troy Light Fixture – Custom, Design Scavenger, Royal Oak; Fabrication, Kastler
Flooring and Deck – Trex Paint Color – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White
Ceiling Treatment – Custom, Design Scavenger, Royal Oak; Fabrication, Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson Chair, Decorative – LCM Eames Chair, Vertu, Royal Oak
Torso – Takaan, Ridgefield Gallery, Ortonville
Deck – Trex, Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Architect – Ekocite Architecture, Royal Oak Builder – Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Flooring – Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Stair Partition – Custom, Design Scavenger, Royal Oak; Fabrication, Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White; Accent, Benjamin Moore, Waterfall
Artwork, Graphic – Annie Einheuser Artwork, Stairs – Custom, Design
Flooring – Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Entertainment Stand – Custom, Design Scavenger, Royal Oak; Fabrication, Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Lighting, Island – Nuevo, Herald Wholesale, Troy
Construction Inc., Clawson Mirror – Ikea
Door – Custom, Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson
Sculpture, Geometric – Tom Dixon
Sofa – Rove Concepts
Planters – Anthropologie Shelves, Floating – Custom, Kastler Construction Inc., Clawson Stove – Bertazzoni, Specialties Showroom, Berkley
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A tour of Singer-Nodel’sdesignerinteriorPamBirminghamhome
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After earning a graphics design degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and an interior design degree from the New York School of Interior Design, Singer-Nodel began her career fashioning interior spaces for hotel chains. She moved back to Michigan nearly three decades ago and serendipitously started her interior design business, Pamela Singer & Associates. “(My husband and I) built a house for our family, and I decorated it. Someone visiting loved what I had done and asked for help with
rowing up in a family of homebuilders, Pam SingerNodel’s attraction to interior design was sparked at a young age. “It’s a natural thing for me; I grew up going on jobs with my dad. I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she says.
their house,” she recalls. “It’s been word-of-mouth and never a dull moment ever since. I’m very lucky.”
About five years ago, Singer-Nodel and her husband, Richard Nodel, sold their Orchard Lake home, which had been designed by the late, renowned contemporary architect Irving Tobocman. “It was so hard to leave. I loved everything about that house, but my life was centered in the Birmingham area,” the designer says.
“The house is located on a typical Birmingham lot, so it almost has a large townhouse feel,” she continues. “There’s a four-car garage that takes up most of the backyard, and a screened-in porch, so there’s no backyard maintenance.”
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The couple was elated to find a home in Birmingham with a more modern rather than a traditional feel. The 5,000-square-foot residence was built about 30 years ago, and it had never been updated. “My husband fell in love with the house. I knew we’d have to gut it to make it our own. It was a dated, ‘needs everything’ house with a choppy layout. Now that it’s done, I’m obsessed with it,” Singer-Nodel admits.
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Since Singer-Nodel operates her business from her home, it was essential to have ample office space in which to work and hold client meetings. “It’s a beautiful room located right off the screened-in porch, so I can work inside or out. I get a lot of jobs because of my home. It’s easier for some people to hire a designer when they’ve seen how they live.” While she brings clients into her home for meetings and inspiration, she emphasizes that all selections must be viewed in the client’s own home and under their lighting.
Throughout the house, striking, black-stained wide-plank oak floors anchor and balance the high ceilings, and add warmth to the white walls. The couple’s artwork collection provides splashes of color. “Art adds another texture or layer to the walls,” Singer-Nodel explains. “This house has outstanding wall space to showcase art.”
A soaring fireplace takes center stage in the living room. Comfortable seating makes this a favorite spot.
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Singer-Nodel worked with builder Randy Spagna (“the best of the best”) on her extensive home project, which took about a year to complete. During the process, she says she discovered that being her own client was challenging. “People hire me because they’ve seen my work and like it. I provide expertise and guidance, and there’s trust. As a designer, you’re constantly seeing new choices. There were so many ‘I have to have this’ things that came up while my home project was in process. It was so difficult. Ultimately, I just went with my gut.”
While Singer-Nodel is passionate about the entire house, she shares that her favorite room is the kitchen. She worked with John Morgan at Perspectives Cabinetry in Troy to create a statement white galley kitchen that won first place in the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest in 2017-18.“Everything always revolves around the kitchen, and in every kitchen something must shine,” she says. In her kitchen, the focal point is the refrigerator area, which is flanked by large display shelves — and, above the refrigerator, there’s a pop of “unexpected fun,” courtesy of Campbell Soup-themed artwork by street artist Mr. Brainwash.
Among the many renovation updates, Singer-Nodel looked to the future and had an elevator installed to ensure comfort in their next phase of life.
Huge windows in the living room ensure there’s plenty of natural light and bring the outdoors in.
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“I love the openness, light, and grandness of the house. It was a huge change from our Orchard Lake house, and my style has changed, too — I’m more modern and classic now, with touches of Deco. My inspiration for this house was to make it clean, classic, and timeless. It’s all these things, and I love it.”
While there’s no upper cabinetry in the kitchen, due to the configuration of the windows, the lower cabinets have a white lacquered finish with flush, channel-set doors topped with white statuary marble countertops for a streamlined look. White honed marble is featured on the kitchen walls and stainless-steel island’s waterfall countertop.
A scullery area with a pantry and coffee bar was created after removing a fireplace between the kitchen and dining room. Singer-Nodel says the area can also be used by a bartender when entertaining — which she hopes to do more of at this stage of the pandemic.
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Opposite page: The powder room’s simple palette complements the colorful art in nearby spaces.
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This page: While there’s no upper cabinetry in the kitchen due to the configu ration of the windows, the lower cabinets have a white lacquered finish with flush, channel-set doors topped with marble countertops, for a streamlined look.
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White
Artwork, Woman – Kelly Reemsten Drapery – Designs Designs, Wixom Table, Dining – Holly Hunt
& Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy Rug – Stark Carpet, Troy Sconces – Custom Sofa – Custom
Wallpaper – Phillip Jeffries, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Bar Stools – deAurora
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Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White
Pillows, Accent – Holly Hunt and Tennant
Flooring – Wood Lighting, Mirror – Custom, Randy Spagna, Winnick Homes, Bloomfield Hills Mirror – Reid Glass
For more information on this company, see page 71.
Fireplace Treatment – Limestone Lamp, Floor – Holly Hunt
Tennant & Associates, Pillows, Accent – Living Room, Wallpaper – Powder Room, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com
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Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White
White honed marble is fea tured on the kitchen walls and the stainless-steel island’s waterfall contertop.
Sink and Vanity – Michigan Marble, Ciot, Troy
Refrigerator – Sub-Zero Sconces – 1st Dibs
Armchairs – William Switzer Artwork – Donald Sultan
Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy Countertop – Marble Drawers, Stainless Steel – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy
Wolf / Sub-Zero, Refrigerator, –Kitchen, Auburn Hills, subzero-wolf.com. For more information on this company, see page 7.
Artwork, Flowers – Donald Sultan
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A Quadrille wallcovering in the foyer was custom-col ored in gold and adds to the welcomingi feel in the foyer.
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The owner of Bloomfield Hills-based Dayna Flory Interiors is crazy about other detail elements, too, like the custom-colored wallcovering in this home’s foyer — a Quadrille
Mixing big-picture goals with stylish details brings this Bloomfield Hills home to life
nterior designer Dayna Rasschaert is a big-picture designer, but don’t think for a second that she’s not into soulful details, right down to the front doorknob — in this case a piece by Water Street Brass that has knurled detail around the edge.
wallcovering that turned both the homeowners’ and the designer’s heads. It also wowed judges in this year’s Detroit Design awards competition, winning honors in the wallpaper category. “We loved the motion of it, but I didn’t want it too strong, so we custom-colored it in gold. It’s more subtle,” Rasschaert says. Then there’s the charming flamingo wallpaper in a children’s bathroom. “It’s very fun. I mean, you don’t want flamingos in certain rooms, but it works here!”
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“Whensays.Iwalk into each room I see details that spark happiness,” the homeowner says. The goal was to update the 1990s interior of the classic home and make the space function for a family of eight (including three grade-school-age kids) and a crew of pets. They had previously lived on a smaller lot in Birmingham and wanted more space for a larger yard and a pool, among other things.
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Rasschaert started working with the family right before Covid hit. “After our first meeting, I knew we were going to be a great team. She (the wife) has a real strong sense of style.” The plan was to work on a few rooms, but “in the end, we renovated just about every space in the house,” Rasschaert says. The homeowner says her design style stems from her appreciation of the outdoors and wanting to bring a lot of those elements into her home. Dog-friendly appeal comes in the way of several accents, including the rugs in the dining room and the den. “They’re cowhide and they’re indestructible. They’re also kid-friendly. You could spill anything on them and it would come out,” the designer says.
This page: “The staircase had a handrail with a newel on the right side and was partially in the dining room,” designer Dayna Rasschaert says. They changed the configuration and gave the staircase presence. Opposite page: One of the most unique elements in the home is the Schumacher fabric dining table.
Each room in the five-bedroom, 4.5-bath Bloomfield Hills Colonial features creative touches and well-thought-out furnishings that are both practical for a large family with three dogs and pretty. In fact, beyond the wallpaper, several spaces including the master closet, dining room, and laundry/mud room won awards in this year’s Detroit Design awards competition. One of the most unique elements is the Schumacher fabric dining table. “Schumacher will laminate fabric or treat it with a coating, so basically the table is upholstered. It works great and you don’t have to worry about scratching or wear and tear,” Rasschaert says. Color details also wow, like the rich Benjamin Moore black paint that coats the pantry cabinetry, the front door (inside and out), and the living room fireplace. “The color has a blue undertone; it’s a beautiful black,” the designer
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In the kitchen, Rasschaert and the team salvaged what they could. “We painted the perimeter cabinetry a brighter white before adding new hardware,” she says. New countertops, pendant lighting, and a handsome new island round out the beautiful space. “We built the island from scratch because we wanted seating at the end, and we wanted a warming drawer,” the designer adds.
ROOM FOR ALL
Both pages: The handsome kitchen, pantry, and breakfast nook. The island was built from scratch to expand the seating area.
Although the team worked within the existing footprint, some of the layout was changed, including the dining room and stairway. “The staircase had a handrail with a newel on the right side and was partially in the dining room. We encased the opening and added an arch, so it looks more like an intentional wall. It gives the stairway its own look,” Rasschaert explains.
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More makeovers occurred in the living room, where a striking black fireplace, which used to look like an “old-fashioned wedding cake with scrolls and moldings everywhere” takes center stage. Rasschaert added clean lines and moldings, and today the fireplace warms up the space considerably — as does the artwork, which once hung in the homeowners’ master bedroom, and is now placed above the mantel. “It fits there perfectly,” Rasschaert says of the striking blackand-white piece depicting what appears to be a winged woman. The living room’s settee is covered in an indoor-outdoor Schumacher fabric, “so the white is forgiving,” Rasschaert explains. Detailed drapes in a cream and smoky-blue hue feature embroidery and beads.
A nearby nook features a darling banquette, designed by Rasschaert in a green Schumacher seating fabric treated for stain-resistance. The builder created drawers beneath, for storage. The bleached walnut table, from California, pairs well with the black-leather chairs the homeowners already owned. Special details are important here, too: Each of the children has their initial hanging on the wall in the way of a typewriter key photo, “And they sit beneath their initial,” Rasschaert says.
Both pages, clockwise from above: Rich, dark colors complement the lighter tones in the living room, where there’s a light-filled sitting area near large windows. A cute children’s bath is awash in flamingos. A dressing room features magnificent cabinetry work with a mix of materi als, by MAC Construction in Royal Oak.
“THE HOMEOWNER’S DISTINCTIVE STYLE MEANS THE OVERALL LOOK IS LAYERS OF ELEVATED FUN.” — DAYNA RASSCHAERT
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The den is one of the most unique rooms. Rasschaert says it was a blank slate and offered opportunity for whimsy. “It was fun to have a pattern on the sofa in an indoor-outdoor Schumacher fabric and then rich green blockprint pillows. A shearling-style chair is a cozy spot for reading and I love the ball pillow in the chair and the newsprint wallpaper,” Rasschaert says. The fireplace received new tile and a limestone threshold.
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Above: Pops of green and textured pieces in the den showcase the creativity of both the designer and the homeowners. Below: A chic carpet pattern in the dressing room is “one of my favorites of all time, a Missoni,” Rasschaert says.
“The homeowner’s distinctive style means the overall look is layers of elevated fun,” Rasschaert says. “Just like the family, the design is playful and energetic. It’s a happy house.” Adds the homeowner: “Dayna and her crew have done an amazing job morphing our house into a bright, fun, livable home for our family and friends to enjoy.”
Sconces – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Sofa – Custom, Dayna Flory Interiors; Fabric, Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Table, Occasional – CB2 Tables, End – Worlds Away Tray – Spring Sweet, Holland
Drapery – Julia Knevels Interiors, Birmingham
Chest – Hickory Chair Drapery – Julia Knevels Interiors, Birmingham
Art – Roy Barloga, Barloga Studios
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Super White
Lamps, Table – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Mirror – Regina Andrew Detroit, Wyandotte Rug – Professional Rug Works, Troy Shelf – MAC Construction, Royal Oak Table, Dining – Custom, Dayna Flory Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; Fabric, Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy Wallcovering – Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Stools, Counter – Made Goods Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Super White LIVING ROOM
Bowl – Home Goods, Bloomfield Hills Cabinetry, Countertop, and Shelving –MAC Construction, Royal Oak Flower Pot – Trader Joe’s Gumball Machine – Carousel, Amazon
Booth – Custom, Dayna Flory Interiors, Bloomfield Hills and MAC Construction, Royal Oak; Fabric, Schumacher and Pollack, Schumacher and Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Armchair – CB2
Bathtub – Kravet, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park; Tile, Kravet, Virginia Tile Co., Troy Chandelier – Kravet, Regina Andrew Detroit, Wyandotte Flooring – Virginia Tile Co., Kravet, Troy Wall Treatment – Cole & Son, Kravet, Kravet|Lee Jofa |Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Countertop – Ciot, Troy Drapery – RH
Virginia Tile Co., Bathtub, flooring – Bathroom, Flooring – Dressing Room, locations in Farmington Hills, Livonia and Troy, virginiatile.com. For more information on this company, see page 8.
Art – France & Son
Art – Natural Curiosities
Wall Treatment – Kravet, Kravet|Lee Jofa|Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Chairs, Dining (Teal) – Ballard Designs Chairs, Dining (White) – Janus et Cie Chandelier – Oly Studio
Armchair – Grayson Living Chair, Vanity – Amazon Countertop – Ciot, Troy Flooring – Kravet, Virginia Tile Co., Troy Lamp – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Mirror – Chelsea House Sconces – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Ottoman – Crate & Barrel Rug (Green) – Kyle Bunting Rug (White) – Professional Rug Works, Troy
Dayna Rasschaert, Dayna Flory Interiors, Bloomfield Hills, daynafloryinteriors.com
Faucet, Sink – Waterstone, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Lighting, Island – Hudson Valley, Lighting Resource Studio, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Tennant & Associates, Booth –Breakfast Nook, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com. For more information on this company, see page 71.
Rug – Vintage Beni, Etsy Sconce – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Table, Occasional – CB2 Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Super White
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Armchair – Hickory Chair
A unique chest in the den continues the use of green in that space. The homeowner says her design style stems from her appreciation of the out doors and wanting to bring a lot of those elements into her home.
General Contractor – Shane McClure, MAC Construction, Royal Oak
Window Shade – Julia Knevels Interiors, Birmingham
Shelving and Cabinetry – MAC Construction, Royal Oak Vanity – MAC Construction, Royal Oak Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Super White Window Shade – Conrad, Holly Hunt
Fixture, Ceiling – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Flooring – Refinished White Oak Planter – Crate & Barrel Rug – Vintage Runner – Stark Carpet, Troy Sconce – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Wall Treatment – Quadrille, Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Bench – Custom, Dayna Flory Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; Fabric, Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy Bench (Occasional Table) – Made Goods Drapery – Julia Knevels Interiors, Birmingham
Centerpiece – Mr. Brown Chairs, Dining – Grayson Living Chandelier – Regina Andrew Detroit, Wyandotte Table, Dining – Noir
Lamp, Chest – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Mirror – Horchow
Fireplace – MAC Construction, Royal Oak Lamp, Floor – West Elm Pillow, Accent – Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy
hen Carrie Long sat down with her clients to talk about the design for their new home in Northville, there was no push-and-pull, as often happens in many first-time meetings.
The designer and clients were so engaged and in sync, Long says, she knew right away that it would be a fun and fantastic project. “The architect (TK Design and Associates of South Lyon) was hired before me, so we (were able to get) to work immediately,” she says. The new build would be an 8,700-square-foot home that blended Modern Farmhouse, Euro, and Tudor sensibilities. “It’s very classic,” Long says.
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“It was an amazing and electric design session,” Long, of Royal Oak’s Carrie Long Interiors, recalls. “They were extremely knowledgeable about construction and building, and they came with great ideas. We literally fed off each other in that session.”
CUE THE CUSTOM Designer Carrie Long’s team created many striking custom pieces for the house, including the sweeping stairs and railing in the entryway.
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Just off the living room, with its coffered ceiling, intimate seating, and limestone fireplace, a four-season sitting room welcomes with a cushy down-and-foam-filled sectional, good lighting for reading, and views of the beautiful outdoors.
Scale was very important to this couple, so no room is too oversized. Cozy, comfy, and inviting are the ruling adjectives, and warm is the feeling Long imbued throughout. Six fireplaces — in the living room, family room, office, master bedroom, and lower level — ensure the home is toasty throughout the cold-weather months.
The wide-open, Euro-style kitchen features a tray ceiling with handscraped beams. It’s equipped with high-end appliances, including a Wolf range and a raised and fully integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator. The island sports a cerused oak finish — a technique that creates a two-toned look, where the open grain of the wood is accentuated against a contrasting base color.
The couple also loves entertaining friends and family, particularly their son, his wife, their daughter, and all of their cousins. As it turns out, every space is so inviting and calming, Long says, you want to enter but you never want to leave. “It’s a big, keeping-everyone-connected house,” she says.
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OPEN & AIRY
“IT’S VERY CLASSIC ... IT’S A BIG, KEEPING-EVERYONE-CONNECTED HOUSE.”
— CARRIE LONG
This page: A Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams round table fits perfectly in the break fast nook. Opposite page: A wide-open, Euro-style kitchen features a tray ceiling with hand-scraped beams.
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Both pages, clockwise from this page: Luxurious details define this Northville home, from the living room to the sitting room to the master bedroom.
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The designer’s team created many striking custom pieces for the house, including handsome floor and accent pillows, the sweeping stairs and railing in the entry, a coffee table, the leatherwrapped mirror above the fireplace in the living room, and the master bedroom’s headboard.
Long so enjoyed the couple’s company — she describes them as “wildly successful and totally into family” — she invited them on to a trip to New York City to hunt for vintage and antique furnishings such as rugs, artwork, and lighting for their new home. For the sitting room, they were thrilled to find a wooden chaise from the deck of the Queen Elizabeth. The chandelier in the living room is another vintage find from New York.
As the house was being built, Long says everybody — from the finish carpenters to the design staff — “became very friendly with the family. Now the landscaper goes biking with them. You can’t help but fall in love with this family.”
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In the mahogany-stained office, the desk, ceiling light, fireplace, and built-in shelves were all designed by Long. “This was a true labor of love,” Long says.
The lower level is just as welcoming as the rest of the house, with a two-way fireplace, a bar, a dining area, and a huge, sitebuilt wine room with soft theater lights and European oak walls that can hold up to 1,500 bottles. Long designed the revolving glass doors and wine display.
All in all, this place is a dream house for a loving family who will spend the rest of their days celebrating their togetherness in the most comfortable way.
Both pages, clockwise from above: A custom desk and rug make the office very accommodating. The lower level offers space for wine-tastings, games, lounging, you name it. A hallway vignette is accented with intriguing art and books.
For the husband, there’s also a full woodworking shop, where he makes his own furniture pieces, including the end tables in the sitting room. In the upper level, the wife has created a craft room as her personal space.
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Sub-Zero / Wolf, Range, Refrigerator - Kitchen, Auburn Hills, www.subzero-wolf.com. For more information on this company, see page 7. Featured Business
Carrie Long, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak, carrielonginteriors.com
Chairs, Dining – Jerry Pair, Lee Industries Chandelier – Williams-Sonoma Flooring – Everlast Floors, Troy Table, Dining – Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Backsplash – Ciot, Troy Bar Stools – HH Leather, Lee Industries Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy Ceiling Treatment – Tray with HandScraped Wood Beams
Armchairs (Tan) – Pierre Frey, R. Jones
LOWER LEVEL Bench, Bar – Brentano, Lee Industries
Chandelier – Visual Comfort Flooring – Ciot, Troy Mirror – Judy Frankel Antiques, Troy
Stairs and Railing – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak Table, Dining – Judy Frankel Antiques, Troy Table, End – Antique
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, White Dove and Black Magic
Fireplace – Ciot, Troy Flooring – Ciot, Troy Pillows, Accent – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak Pillows, Floor – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak Rugs – ABC Carpet & Home Sofa – Lee Industries Tables, End – Global Views, Judy Frankel Antiques, Troy
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Chairs, Bar – Williams-Sonoma
Armchairs – Antique Chairs, Dining – Judy Frankel Antiques, Troy
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Elmira White
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Elmira White
Armchair (Gray) – Brentano, R. Jones
Flooring – Everlast Floors, Troy Mirror – Custom, Leather-Wrapped, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak Pillows, Accent – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak Rug – ABC Carpet & Home Sofa – Brentano, Stewart Table, Coffee – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, China White
Armchairs – HH Fabric, Lee Industries Chair, Desk – Jerry Pair, R. Jones Desk – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak Fireplace – Custom, Gray Stone, Carrie
Countertop – Madre Pearl Quartzite, Granite Source, Ciot, Troy Flooring – Everlast Floors, Troy Lighting, Bar – Visual Comfort Refrigerator – Sub-Zero Sink – House of Rohl
Armchairs – Custom Upholstery, Sunpan Bench – Brentano, Lee Industries Chandelier – Regina Andrew Detroit, Wyandotte Flooring – Everlast Floors, Troy Headboard – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak Lamp, Table – Visual Comfort Rug – ABC Carpet & Home Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Smoke Embers
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Seattle Mist
Flooring – Everlast Floors, Troy Light, Ceiling – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak
Blanket, Throw – Cristions, Birmingham
Architect – TK Design and Associates, South Lyon
Interiors, Royal Oak Sectional – Glant, Lee Industries Table, Coffee – Janus et Cie Table, Occasional – Lee Industries Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Seattle Mist
Long Interiors, Royal Oak
Shelves, Built-In – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak
Armchairs – Judy Frankel Antiques, Troy Chairs, Dining – Vintage Doors, Glass – Custom, Revolving Single Pivot, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak Flooring, Tile – Ciot, Troy Flooring, Wood – Everlast Floors, Troy Rug – ABC Carpet & Home Sconces – The Urban Electric Co. Table, Coffee – Judy Frankel Antiques, Troy Table, Dining – Judy Frankel Antiques, Troy Wall Covering – Gray Woven Linen, Aesthetics Wallpaper
Landscaping – Shecter Landscaping, Keego Harbor Painter – AREi Paint Services, Beverly Hills
Chaise Lounge – Antique Fan – Lumens
Wall Treatment – Minwax, Stained Walnut Window Shades – Designs Designs, Wixom
Armchair and Ottoman – Jerry Pair, Lee Industries
Wine Display – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal Oak
Builder – Mike Miller Building Co., Northville
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Flooring – Everlast Floors, Troy Lamps, Floor – Visual Comfort Pillows, Accent – Custom, Carrie Long
TABLE TALK This page: sittingperspectiveAnotheroftheinvitingroom. page: An antique table and vintage chairs combine to create a welcoming space for games or chit-chat.
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“I thought, I’ve got to freshen it up,” he recalls. “It was kind of stale, if you know what I mean.”
McGovern at her eponymous Grosse Pointe Park studio and asked if she would come and take a look. “I didn’t know where to turn,” Talbot says, “but I knew her work and thought highly of it.” He also knew that he wanted something modern yet classic as he entered the next chapter of his life.As
they toured his 1,600-square-foot condo, built in the late 1970s, deciding what would stay and what had to go, Talbot remembers telling McGovern he liked this or that furnishing, “and there would be silence,” he says with a laugh. “I could hear her wheels turning, but I couldn’t read her.”
HOUSE OF BLUES
He contacted interior designer Kathleen
An inviting living room with classic appeal provides the homeowner with a cozy spot for entertaining.
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hen Michael Talbot was approaching retirement from his position as chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals and Court of Claims, he looked around his condo near downtown Plymouth and decided his digs needed a change, too. While the condo is in a wonderful neighborhood and Talbot can walk everywhere, the interior needed work.
R&R Left: The living room’s Colonnade Tray Table Floor Lamp lights up the living room. Right: The office/library is one of the homeowner’s favorite places to be.
“We did have to do a little negotiating,” she adds. “He acquiesced when it came to a total redo of his kitchen; the dining room furnishings, which were bench-built in Canada; and his sleigh bed. But I gladly accepted two chinoiserie cabinets and a handful of Baker pieces.”
McGovern and her team made their case, and the judge made his final decision: Go blue. “They were very patient, explaining X, Y, and Z to me, so I was willing to trust her,” Talbot says.
“The living room had a strong blue influence, which transitioned into aquamarine in the dining room. But his trust in my team extended all the way to allowing us to paint the living room ceiling a soft blue-gray (Sherwin-Williams’ Network Gray),” the designer says. “And the kitchen looks great in blues, too — it’s beautifully bedecked with a luminous blue Seneca hand-molded tile
One small hang-up, McGovern explains, involved the use of color. “The judge liked the jewel tones, especially amethyst and violet, and also burgundy, but he didn’t think he wanted blue. Try as I might, I couldn’t work any magic unless I could inject some blue.”
McGovern says the judge was a delight to work with, even though they were faced with many challenges — including transforming a dated palette of sunny yellow, gold, and red; popcorn ceilings; and some very last-century appointments. “He had worked with a designer and, in its day, the condo was very nice,” McGovern says. “But that was several decades ago.
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McGovern also happily worked with Talbot’s impressive collection of black-and-white etchings, and his alphabetized library filled with historical novels and books on architecture and Irish history.
Talbot loves McGovern’s stunning changes: “She completely rethought the space. The primary bath floor and walls are all travertine, there’s marvelous cabinetry, and all new lighting.”
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with Pewabic’s famous decorative inserts placed strategically throughout the“Shebacksplash.reallymade a handsome space,” Talbot says.
“The important backgrounds were all up for grabs,” McGovern adds. “We replaced all the original tile floors with 4.5-inch plank hardwood, replaced carpeted areas with comfortable wools, and selected beautiful handmade rugs for the kitchen, foyer, dining room, and bathrooms.”
“I ALWAYS WANTED AN EAMES CHAIR. BLACK LEATHER WITH A CHERRY WOOD FRAME. I LIVE IN IT.” — MICHAEL TALBOT
McGovern’s team also updated the wall coverings and paint in every room, and “the luxury bath that was on his original list, along with the guest bath, were gutted and transformed into beautiful, functional rooms complete with heated floors, body sprays, and favorite pieces of art,” she says.
A total re-do of the window treatments was required to complete the den, and a mini office was created from the den’s walk-in closet, painted a brilliant green (“Just so it didn’t feel like a cave with no windows,” McGovern explains) with a sliding barn door to keep any mess out of sight.
McGovern says working in a multiple-unit building with common plumbing presented unique challenges. Making friends with the
The den features another of Talbot’s original requests: “I always wanted an Eames chair,” he says. “Black leather with a cherry wood frame. I live in it.”
This page: The foyer/center hall sparkles with a Calyp so Chandelier in Vibrant Bronze from Ray Lighting Center. Opposite page: You can’t miss the kitchen’s pretty Pewabic tiles, interspersed throughout the luminous blue Seneca hand-molded backsplash.
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“His style is pretty transitional — updated classic, clean, and masculine.”
That choice gave McGovern the cues she needed for the rest of his furnishings —custom bookcases, a comfy sleep sofa for the occasional overnight guest, and updated lighting. “Those came easily to us because his criteria were that everything needed to be comfortable, approachable, and stylish,” the designer says.
SPARKLE & SHINE
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Flooring – 12x24 Faroe Porcelain, Seashell, Virginia Tile Co., Troy Light, Vanity – Chinoiserie Double Light, Polished Nickel with Glass Shade, E.F. Chapman, Visual Comfort Mirror – Custom, Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park; 1/4-inch Clear Mirror with Bevels, St. Clair Glass & Mirror, Clinton Township Shower, Door – Design, Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park; 3/8-inch Clear Tempered Glass Custom Frameless Door and Panel Shower Enclosure, Polished Nickel Hardware, St. Clair Glass & Mirror, Clinton Township Shower, Floor Tile – Honed Marble
Kathleen McGovern, Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park, kathleenmcgovernstudio.com
Pewabic Pottery, Accent Tiles, Pewabic Decos, Kitchen. Located in Detroit, pewabic.org. For more information on this company, see page 118.
condo association’s building manager at the outset of the project helped to offset neighbors’ responses to frequent water shutoffs.
This page: The homeown er’s favorite amethyst tone shows up in sisal wallpaper in the guest bath. Opposite page: The master bath is luxe with polished nickel lighting and beautiful custom cabinetry..
Virginia Tile Co., Backsplash, Hand-Molded 4-inch Tile, Blue Lagoon, Seneca Studio, Kitchen. Locations in Farmington Hills, Livonia and Troy, virginiatile.com. For more information on this company, see page 8.
Tennant & Associates, Wallpaper, Guest Bathroom, Romo, Jungle in Sisal Amethyst, Michigan Design Center, Troy. michigandesign.com. For more information on this company, see page 71.
Artwork – “Village Collection” Giclee Cabinet – 36-inch Poplin Vanity, Kohler, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Troy Countertop – Enameled Cast Iron Vanity Top and Basin, White, Kohler, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Troy Faucet – DXV Faucet, Polished Nickel, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Troy
“I like coming home,” he says. “I’m proud of it.”
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Because the home’s baths and kitchen were gutted and rebuilt, Talbot had to move out for a month to avoid all the dust, noise, and mess. He says it was well worth the inconvenience. And when he sees his neighbors he invites them in for a tour, to give them ideas of what could be done to their condos.
Cabinetry – Design, Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park; Fabrication, Maplewood Cabinetry, Plymouth
Basketweave Mosaic, Bianco Carrara with Mugwort Dot, Virginia Tile Co., Troy Shower, Walls, Ceiling, Curb Tile – 3x12 Hand-Molded Subway Tile, Gray Gloss, Virginia Tile Co., Troy Wallpaper – Romo, Jungle in Sisal Amethyst, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Rug – Lucent Area Rug, Ghiordes Knot, Michigan Design Center, Troy Table – Barbara Barry for Baker Furniture Wallpaper (Bottom) – Suwon Sisal, Sharkskin, Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Cabinet Painting and Refinishing –Maplewood Cabinetry, Plymouth Custom Upholstery – Kathleen McGovern
Armchair and Ottoman – Jules Swivel Chair and Ottoman, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Kravet, HC 4302-35 with Contrast Welt, Kravet | Lee Jofa | Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy Chair, Wingback – Isaac Wing Chair, Leather Ashen, Hickory Chair
Light, Ceiling – Exos Double, Soft Gold, Hubbardton Forge Pillows, Sofa (Fabric) – Kravet, 33299-5, Kravet | Lee Jofa | Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy Sofa – Kent Sofa, Hickory Chair
OFFICE/LIBRARY/DEN Cabinetry – Hardware, 12-inch Ultima II, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Omnia Industries; Paint Color, Sherwin-Williams, Serious Gray Chair, Recliner and Ottoman – Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller, Design Within Reach Door, Barn – Design, Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park; Maplewood Cabinetry, Plymouth; Paint Color, Sherwin-Williams, Gleeful Fan – Torsion Fan, Dark Bronze, The Modern Fan Co., Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Troy Lighting, Bookshelf – 30-inch Cabinet Maker’s Picture Light, Bronze, E.F. Chapman, Visual Comfort Pillows, Accent (Fabric) – Jeil, Navy, Old World Weavers, Stark Carpet, Troy Rug – Move Area Rug, Louis De Poortere, Ghiordes Knot, Michigan Design Center, Troy Sconces – Architect’s Swing Arm Sconce, Bronze with Silk Shade, Studio VC, Visual Comfort
Sofa – Yucca Valley Boxed Back Twin Sleeper Sofa, Duralee Furniture Table, Occasional – Bessemer Accent Table, Drexel Heritage Furniture
Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park; Fabrication, Tom’s Custom Upholstery, Troy; Cushion Fabric, Jura in Blue with Contrast Welt, Jeil, Navy, Old World Weavers, Stark Carpet, Troy
Paint and Wallpaper Installation – David Bishop, St. Clair Shores
Countertop – Custom, Quartz, Maplewood Cabinetry, Plymouth Flooring – 12x24 Vein-Cut Honed Travertine, Siena Silver, Virginia Tile Co., Troy Light, Ceiling – Titus Semi Flush, Polished Nickel, Kichler, Ray Lighting Center, Sterling Heights; Shade, Steel Mesh Ironwork Shade Sconces – Drunmore Single Sconce, Polished Nickel and Crystal with Linen Shade, Aerin, Visual Comfort Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Vanilla Milkshake
Drapery – Design, Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park; Fabrication, Vantay Draperies, Madison Heights; Fabric, Kravet, 33224511, Kravet | Lee Jofa | Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy; Trim, Samuel & Sons, Greek Fret, Porcelain, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy Floor Lamp (With Shelves) – Colonnade Tray Table Floor Lamp, Robert Abbey Fine Lighting, CAI Designs, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Armchair – Oval X Armchair, Barbara Barry for Baker Furniture; Fabric, Guild Velvet in Varello, Designers Guild, Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy Chandelier – Calypso Chandelier, Vibrant Bronze, Crystorama, Ray Lighting Center, Sterling Heights
Backsplash – Hand-Molded 4-inch Tile, Blue Lagoon, Seneca Studio, Virginia Tile Co., Troy; Accent Tiles, Pewabic Decos, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit Cabinetry (Lower), Paint – Benjamin Moore, Newburg Green Cabinetry (Upper), Paint – Benjamin Moore, Seapearl Wallpaper – Jindo Grasscloth, Navy, Thibaut
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Seapearl
Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Serious Gray; Accent, Sherwin-Williams, Gleeful Window Shades – Graber Natural Shades, Saterra, Azure, Springs Window Fashions Window Seat, Cushion, and Accent Pillows – Design, Kathleen McGovern
Window Shade Installation – Schattler Shades & Blinds, Rochester Hills
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Wallpaper (Top) – Alexander, Metallic Silver, Thibaut
Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park; Tom’s Custom Upholstery, Troy Custom Window Treatments – Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design, Grosse Pointe Park; Vantay Draperies, Madison Heights
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impressive. Born in Shanghai, China, in 1922, he earned two master’s degrees in architecture and served as vice president and chief designer at Minoru Yamasaki and Associates, where he was named president after Yamasaki’s 1986 death.
Sensitive updates and keeping the best of the past help a Midcentury residenceModernliveinthepresent
Their dream came true in 2019, when they purchased the low-slung property on a spacious tree-lined lot. The plan was to jump in and renovate immediately, they explain, and “keep
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The homeowners had long admired Midcentury architecture. After living in a variety of architectural styles through the years, including soft contemporary and French Norman, they were intent on finding an authentic Mid-century Modern house when they decided to downsize.
illiam Ku may not be among the credentialsarchitects,Mid-centurybetter-knownModernbuthisarenonetheless
Built in 1961, it’s a roomy 4,800 square feet, with four bedrooms and 3.5 baths as well as a “big, beautiful lot and a lot of glass.”
The 1961 Bloomfield Hills home designed by architect William Ku has undergone a transformationbeautiful
A Bloomfield Hills residence that designer Staci A. Meyers recently renovated is among Ku’s early works, according to the homeowners.
The couple hired Meyers, who’s based in Bloomfield Hills and runs S|A|M Interiors, to help them achieve their goals. The designer says she jumped at the chance. “The house is wonderful; it really just needed updates,” Meyers says. “The best part is the pure architecture of the structure and the windows, which are floor-to-ceiling throughout the house, so there’s a lot of natural light. There’s also a good floor plan, with the private areas being truly private. The house has an intimacy, yet also feels grand and exciting.”
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Above: The open living room is full of light, thanks to many large windows.
Below: A lower-level family room offers plenty of space.
the integrity of the architecture itself and not change it, yet add light and brighten it up inside.”
“THEIR MAIN FOCUS WAS THE KITCHEN. IT HAD BEEN REMODELED WITHIN THE PAST 10 YEARS, BUT IT WAS REALLY CLOSED OFF AND HAD A TRIANGLE IN THE MIDDLE.” — STACI A. MEYERS
Both pages: The team removed a wall in the kitchen to open the space to the nearby dining room, and added a long island perfect for cooking and entertaining.
That’s not to say there wasn’t room for improvement. “Their main focus was the kitchen. It had been remodeled within the past 10 years, but it was really closed off and had a triangle in the middle,” Meyers explains of the original space. That wouldn’t do for the new homeowners, who have a big family and love to cook. Fixing the kitchen quickly became the top priority, the designer says. She suggested taking down a wall to open the space to the nearby dining room, and adding a long island perfect for making the wife’s signature homemade noodles and cannelloni with her four children and two grandchildren. “We wanted to open it up to make the whole space feel more updated,” Meyers explains.
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Above: The laundry room comes to life with a unique wallcovering by Thibaut, from Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy. Below: Hang a Laurie Tennent bo tanical, like the one shown here, and you’re sure to add an organic wow-factor to any space.
The cabinetry in the powder room and laundry was also replaced. The original laundry was “shoved in the back, by the guest room,” Meyers says, so new laundry space was added to an existing wall of narrow closets that was expanded into the Theygarage.alsoborrowed space from the original guest room, to create a larger master closet. Outdated flooring throughout the house was replaced, and the team removed dated built-ins and carpet in the spacious master suite. “We left the architectural beams because they were original, but otherwise brightened everything up,” Meyers says. They left the office alone, she adds, but updated the foyer, adding a display niche for the homeowners’ Lalique glass collection.
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WALLS DO TALK
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GETTING ORGANIZED Shadows cast from the ET2 lighting fixture from Pine Tree Lighting in Lake Orion create a unique pat tern on the ceiling. There’s a place for just about everything in this stylish dressing room/closet.
The pandemic slowed the process down, but both the designer and homeowners are pleased with the results now that the renovation is complete. The husband, who’s retired from commercial construction, served as the project manager and “loved doing it” despite the delays, his wife says. “Luckily we had ordered the appliances and everything before Covid shortages got crazy,” she explains.
Splashes of blue throughout — including the kitchen’s eye-catching oven area and the living room’s sofa — are a nod to the wife’s favorite hue. “We wanted a color that would make her smile,” Meyers says of their choice. “The house is now a good reflection of the owner and what she loves.”
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wonderful place to entertain,” she says, adding, “elegant or casual, it fits both.”
Both pages, from left to right: The living room has space for an accommodat ing game table, where fam ily and friends often gather. Another perspective of the kitchen. The bright blue tile echoes the living room’s colors.
Meyers says her favorite space in the house is the great room and kitchen area. “It’s such a
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Flooring – Viking Flooring Table – Bontempi Casa
Virginia Tile Co., Backsplash –Kitchen, Flooring – Laundry Room, locations in Farmington Hills, Livonia and Troy, virginiatile.com. For more information on this company, see page 8.
Wolf / Sub-Zero, Refrigerator, Stove and Hood – Kitchen, Auburn Hills, subzero-wolf.com. For more information on this company, see page 7.
EW Kitchens, Cabinets – Kitchen, Laundry Room, locations in Troy and Wixom, ewkitchens.com. For more information on this company, see page 11.
Bar Lighting – Besa Lighting, Pine Tree Lighting, Lake Orion
Chairs – Custom, Designed by S|A|M Interiors, Bloomfield Hills, Universal Furniture
Area Rug – Nourison
Sectional Sofa – CR Laine
Chandelier – ET2, Pine Tree Lighting, Lake Orion
Flooring – Stanton
Wall Color – Sherwin-Williams, Crushed Ice
Cabinets – EW Kitchens, Troy
Soothing colors bedroom
Cabinetry (Wooden) – Custom, Designed by S|A|M Interiors; Fabricated by EW Kitchens, Troy
Wall Color – Sherwin-Williams, Crushed Ice
Drapery – Custom, Designed by S|A|M Interiors, Bloomfield Hills, Paolina’s Custom Draperies, Sterling Heights Flooring – Stanton
Cabinetry – Custom, Designed by S|A|M Interiors, Bloomfield Hills,Yorktown; Fabricated by EW Kitchens, Troy Flooring – Caesar Ceramics, Virginia Tile Co., Troy
Dining Chairs – Precedent
Occasional Table, Armchair – Universal Furniture
Staci A. Meyers, S|A|M Interiors, Bloomfield Hills, s-a-m-interiors.com
Dining Table – Zuo Modern Flooring – Viking Flooring
Artwork, Flowers – Laurie Tennent Botanicals
Wall Color – Sherwin-Williams, Crushed Ice
Armchair and Ottoman – CR Laine
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Stools, Counter – Johnston Casuals
Countertop – LumaLuxe Flooring – Viking Refrigerator – Sub-Zero, Witbeck Home Appliance Mart, West Bloomfield Stove and Hood – Wolf, Witbeck Home Appliance Mart, West Bloomfield
Backsplash – Sonoma, Virginia Tile Co., Troy; Designed by S|A|M Interiors
Table, Console - Universal Table, Occasional/Armchair – Hooker Furniture
Artwork – Antonio Molinari
in the master
Bar Stools – Vanguard Furniture Cabinetry (White) – Custom, Designed by S|A|M Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; AYR Cabinet Co.; Fabricated by EW Kitchens, Troy
Wall Color – Sherwin-Williams, Crushed Ice Wallpaper – Thibaut, Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy Washing Machine and Dryer – Maytag
Coffee and Occasional Table, Sofa –Stone International Console Table – John Richard
Display Shelving – Custom, S|A|M Interiors, Bloomfield Hills Flooring – Viking Flooring
Armchair and Ottoman – Lazar Industries Bed Frame – Precedent Chandelier – ET2
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esidential projects from the 1970s don’t often age well.
The five-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 4,000-square-foot cottage that Alexis Elley, of Textures Interior Design in Grosse Pointe Farms, recently completed is no exception.
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touched since it was built,” Elley explains. The homeowners, who live in Grosse Pointe Farms, “wanted something fresh and different,” the designer says, and were looking for a getaway that complemented the young family’s active lifestyle. “They wanted a space that caters to entertaining and family fun,” Elley says. “Having grown up spending my summers and winter ski weekends in Harbor Springs, I jumped at theTheopportunity.”factthat it was a second home also appealed to the designer. “Since this is a holiday home, I was able to use designs that were a little out of the box,” she says.
Opposite page: The Great room lives up to its name.
Built in 1979, the Harbor Springs property in the L’Arbre Croche development boasted a good layout, with outdoor access on each of the four levels and a walking path to Lake Michigan. But it also had unattractive flooring throughout, an outdated kitchen and bathrooms, painted cedar walls, and popcorn ceilings. “Nothing had been
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For the interiors, the homeowners wanted “a natural and serene environment with subtle color,” Elley explains. She describes the overall interior style she created as “rustic glam, with some transitional and modern elements. I love to use neutrals, including white and brown, with pops of black and little splashes of color.”
The project was “a total gut job,” although the layout remained largely the same except for the master suite, which originally had odd inroom sinks. “We had to reconfigure that, and move the sinks out of the room to make the bathroom private and functional. We also added a wall of custom built-ins in the great room for storage, as well as custom bunk beds in the bunk room.” The team updated other bathrooms and the kitchen, as well.
Nicknamed “The Treehouse,” the property is surrounded by woods. That led Elley to incorporate subtle greens and blues, in addition to “lots of natural textures and tones” throughout theTheresidence.expansive great room is among Elley’s favorite spaces. “We created three areas to accommodate dining, a seating area facing the fireplace for conversation, and a large sectional and ottoman facing custom built-ins for movie nights,” she shares. The original stone fireplace, which serves as the room’s focal point, was updated with a new mantel made from reclaimed white oak and a black granite hearth. Elley topped it with a three-panel art piece featuring a stag — “a different spin on the traditional taxidermy seen in so many northern Michigan homes,” she explains.
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Both pages, clockwise from far left: A perfect set-up for cocktail hour. The cottage’s layout remained largely the same except for the master suite, which orig inally had in-room sinks. It’s now a peaceful oasis. Plexiglass, white oak, and a stunning chandelier make for a beautiful stairway. A feathery bedroom vignette.
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Both pages, clockwise from above: Plenty of seating awaits friends and family. A popular guest bedroom. The cozy lounge features kid-friendly cube seating, Native American art, and a mix of natural materials.
Other highlights, she says, include the bunk room “with its hunter green beds and personal reading lights for sleepovers and late-night bedtime stories,” and the powder room, with its custom scalloped white oak countertop and grass cloth leopard print wallpaper, “because every house needs a little animal print.”
The project was Elley’s first remote undertaking, and the distance between the project and her Grosse Pointe Farms base made for an interesting project. “I like to pop in to see my projects every day,” she says. Although this project prohibited her from checking in every day, she went up to Harbor Springs at least once a month, she says, and she and the homeowner spent a working weekend up north, as well as days at the Michigan Design Center downstate. Elley says she had a great working relationship with contractor Steve Jakeway. “We were all on the same page,” she says. “He called me every day.”
A bathroom with animal-print-themedan wall covering suits the getaway well, while a custom-de signed wood vanity adds extra woodsy appeal.
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“(FOR THE INTERIORS, THE HOMEOWNERS WANTED) A NATURAL AND SERENE ENVIRONMENT WITH SUBTLE COLOR.” — ALEXIS ELLEY
Cabinetry – Preston Feathers Flooring – White Oak Lighting, Island – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Ovens, Double – Thermador Refrigerator – Sub-Zero
Armchairs – Four Hands Artwork – Trowbridge Cabinetry, Mini-Bar – Preston Feathers Chaise Lounge - Bernhardt Chandelier – Ralph Lauren, City Lights
Backsplash and Countertop – Quartz (Envi)
This page: A kitchen vignette captures the cottage spirit. Opposite page: Note the fascinating pattern intricacies of the great room table.
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POWDER ROOM Faucet – Brizo
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The homeowners, who moved just in time to enjoy last year’s summer season, agree that the project went smoothly. “We couldn’t be happier with the end result,” they assert, adding that they consider The Treehouse their “happy place.”
Flooring – Wide Plank White Oak Ottoman, Cube – HomeGoods Pillows, Accent – South African Spring Buck Pelts, Vanguard Furniture Rug – Four Hands
Bed Frame and Bedding – Serena & Lily Blanket, Throw – UGG Chair, Desk – HomeGoods Flooring – White Oak Light, Ceiling – Visual Comfort Light, Wall – Visual Comfort Rug – overstock.com Shelf, Floating – White Oak Table, Bedside – Serena & Lily Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply White
Sectional – Vanguard Furniture, CAI Designs, Michigan Design Center, Troy Stools, Cow Skin – Made Goods Table, Coffee – Made Goods Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply White
Other than that, “it was pretty seamless,” she says, adding that she starts work soon on the family’s main residence. This undertaking may have been her first remote project, but she hopes it won’t be her last. “I would absolutely do more projects Up North,” she says.
“We come up as often as possible,” the couple says. “Alexis brought our very basic vision to life, and then some.”
Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Countertop, Mini-Bar – Quartz (Envi) Fireplace – Black Granite Flooring – Wide Plank White Oak Glassware – Reidel Ottoman – Article
Shelves, Floating – White Oak Sofa – Sleeper Sofa, Vanguard Furniture Table, Coffee – Four Hands Tables, Geometric – HomeGoods Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Simply White
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What’s up next for Tolles and her team in the leather-cabinet project lineup? A man’s closet featuring crocodile and walnut details.
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have the guys over for drinks,” Tolles says. “I think after a divorce, sometimes people want a place just for them, something that fits their personality.”
Tolles joined Sullivan-Strickler Design of Grosse Pointe on the bar project. “They were reworking the floor plan for the living room, and once we started picking up on his masculine vibe, I knew I wanted to run the dark crocodile, walnut materials, and the dark stone and metal by the designers,” she says. “They loved it! They’re game for different types of materials and textures, and cool ways to keep it dark without beingTheoverwhelming.”Marylandcompany from which Tolles procured the crocodile fabric for the cabinetry exterior has been transforming scraps of leather into sustainable material suitable for the building industry since 2005. “The production of hide leather often involves a massive amount of water and the use of harmful chemicals during the tanning process,” Tolles explains. “By using recycled leathers, they’re cutting the demands for hide leathers and fewer leathers end up in landfills.”
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