Detroit Design | Winter 2021

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THE MAGAZINE FOR FINE INTERIOR DESIGN & FURNISHINGS

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Holiday Home, Detroit-Style

A Boston-Edison beauty gets spruced up for the festive season and beyond.

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Neutral rooms embrace color and texture.

Interior designer Carrie Long puts her heart and soul — and dashes of pink — into a Birmingham beauty.

Gilbert Lake-area home undergoes an exquisite makeover.

Historic home in Royal Oak gets a reinvigorating touch of glam.

Two older homes with traditional features spring to life with unique renovations.

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Holiday Cheer

It’s ho-ho festive at the table and around the kitchen.

Cozy Season

Fireside elements to complement your hearth.

Details, Details

Everything from mailboxes to shutters to add that certain je ne sais quois.

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Distinctive details create warmth and glamour all at once.

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A Birmingham designer who transformed her kitchen in less than three months shares her secrets.

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looked up to black-and-whitestriped, café-style umbrellas and felt as if I were in a dream. Tall, vivid-green plants with humongous leaves hugged the petite terrace where I sat sipping my martini. Above, twinkling lights added sparkle to the golden hour. Black-and-white weaved rattan chairs and tiny bistro tables, leafy swathes of rich greens, and cheery dots of light — was I actually in a Parisian painting? I chatted happily with my husband and son, who were quaffing their own favorite beverages. There, on the sidewalk at charming Eatori on Detroit’s Griswold Street, we discussed the day’s happenings, soaked up the vibe, and thoroughly enjoyed kicking back in Motown. Like guardians of dusk, tall buildings complemented the scene. Later, we headed to Downtown Louie’s Lounge for dinner, and then to the Detroit Sports Bar & Grille for a nightcap. This personal downtown tour, led by my enthusiastic son, entranced me. Sure, I’ve been to Detroit dozens and dozens of times, but through this visit’s lens, I saw everything differently. It was just a few weeks before those magical moments that our son was looking for a new home in Detroit. Having just purchased season tickets for the Pistons (yeah, we got some great picks this year!), and being a big fan of professional hockey and football — not to mention having a job downtown — he was itching to say Goodbye, suburbs, and Hello, Motown. When my phone lit up with a captivating photo of Comerica Park accompanied by a text that said, “Imagine if this were my view,” I knew it was only a matter of days before he’d be signing a lease for a downtown property, and probably one that overlooks a sports stadium. And, bingo, not even a week later, just as I was about to ask

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him how the search was going, he sent me an email saying he’s now a resident of Detroit. He chose a renovated downtown high-rise (34 floors) that was built during the Art Deco period and is located right in the swing of it all. (I’ve got a former Hour Media co-worker to thank for showing him the cool building where she once lived.) Am I blue that he no longer lives a couple miles from us? Certainly. But at the same time, what do parents want for their kids? Happiness. He’s now surrounded by happy diversions — coffee shops, quaint parks, easy access to sports and entertainment, bars and nightlife, the nearby gate to Canada, a four-minute walk to the office, and the vibrant international river life (walking, biking, dining, boating, you name it). And it’s only getting better. As overseer of this magazine’s annual Detroit Design Awards, I can tell you the number of Detroit entries for new designs in our Commercial categories has skyrocketed over the past few competitions. Recent projects that have been selected as winners include Hammer & Nail, located in an historic Art Deco building; The Monarch Club bar (at the top of the Metropolitan Building); and the Fisher Theatre’s Nederlander Lounge (love that chandelier!). One of our standout Detroit Design Awards winners is The Stott, a 1929 skyscraper featuring gorgeous apartments. The 38-story building offers some 20 floor plans and its Art Deco façade of marble, limestone, and granite, with distinctive details by sculptor Corrado Parducci, is breathtaking. Originally named after the legendary flour pioneer, David Stott, the building is within walking distance of Grand Circus Park and Campus Martius Park. I can only imagine which Detroit gems will win in the 2022 Detroit Design Awards competition! (If you’re reading this, Orna Fathers of Grace This Space Interiors, I’m hoping you entered your Detroit renovation project that’s the cover story in this issue.) So, yes, there are tradeoffs. My son may be farther away and can’t pop in at the drop of a hat, but you can be sure that when the “Want to meet for drinks and dinner?” question comes up, this empty nester will be flying down Woodward Avenue (or I-75) to see him and to once again savor those dreamy café vibes.

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A Massachusetts home gets a bright, new kitchen.

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Staci A. Meyers and her Birmingham clients created a bright kitchen/laundry space in an area that once had a Tuscan feel.

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efore we renovated this kitchen, it felt Tuscan,” explains interior designer Staci A. Meyers, of Bloomfield Hills’ S|A|M Interiors. “It had rich creams and brown glazes on the cabinets, and was heavy and traditional.” The homeowners wanted a change, so Meyers put on her “freshen-up-and-brighten-up-a-space” cap to create a stunner in this Birmingham home. On the homeowners’ wish list were more seating and a more open feel. “They also wanted it to be more connected with the family room,” Meyers says. Working with Hughes Building, LLC, of Bingham Farms, the designer thought it best to open up one wall, and installed a long island (with tons of storage space) where new places for seating were created. “There was originally a small table by a door wall and narrow cabinets on one wall,” the designer explains. The client loves the color blue, so Meyers added a dash of blue in the seats and the quartzite counter has navy veining. “That veining inspired the color of the stools (from Hancock & Moore), which have seats made of embossed leather; they look like alligator but aren’t,” she explains. Meyers says the homeowners didn’t want simple. “They wanted their kitchen to sparkle, so we’ve got polished nickel hardware with backplates, a water-jetted Julien sink from Kallista, a marble backsplash that kind of sparkles, and chan-

deliers that are perfect (by Schonbek Lighting, from Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting in Orion Township),” the designer shares. The cabinetry is from E.W. Kitchens, and there’s Walker-Zanger tile with stainless steel inserts that pick up light in different ways, depending on where you are in the kitchen. “The intent was to give (the homeowners) elegance,” Meyers says. The kitchen isn’t large (255 square feet), Meyers says, “so we did a tower fridge (covered with antique mirrored glass) in the kitchen and we put the freezer in the laundry room, which is right off the kitchen.” The laundry room is a former breezeway between the garage and house. (Meyers designed antique mirror inserts for some of the cupboards and for the refrigerator and freezer, and Canterbury Stained Glass in Pontiac fabricated them.) The homeowner enjoys lots of storage space in the laundry room now, thanks to floor-to-ceiling cabinets opposite the washer and dryer. Behind the coffee bar in the laundry room, penny round tiles cover the entire wall. “And then we found this light fixture that’s pressed glass with circles to complement it — it’s a fun play on texture and pattern, to tie the room together.” One of the biggest challenges? “The ceilings aren’t high, so we did an overlay of trim and details, to give it the feel of a coffered ceiling.” Meyers looks back at the project and recalls it was one of her favorites. “The design of the home’s interiors was a fun partnership with a client who was key in the final design,” she says. All in all, it’s the exact kitchen the clients wanted. “There’s a lot of detail,” Meyers says, “but it’s not overdone.” More information: s-a-m-interiors.com

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ennifer Calienes was scrolling through social media one day when she saw some recent design work a college friend had posted. She commented on it, and said she loved the designs and wished her friend could help her with a kitchen project. But because Calienes lived in Marblehead, Mass., and her friend was in Michigan, she didn’t think it could happen. To her surprise, the friend, interior designer Elin Walters of Ann Arbor-based Exactly, jumped at the chance to help Calienes. Calienes flew her friend out for a weekend and while they rekindled their friendship (they hadn’t seen each other in 25 years), they also talked about the kitchen makeover. “The design wheels started turning, and the next thing you know, I’m designing her new kitchen,” Walters says. That weekend, the two reimagined the space. “We were looking at making what was two spaces into one large kitchen,” Walters says. “We decided I could help her from afar. She had a contractor, so I communicated with him by phone and email, and all three of us made it happen. There was a wall right down the center of that space and we

took it down.” “My house has tiny rooms and low ceilings,” Calienes explains. “I wanted to re-envision the core two spaces of the home (dining room/kitchen) and open the house from the center. No matter how I envisioned it with previous assistance, it looked like two rooms squished together. Elin helped push it to the next level with my cabinet designer and contractor, and the result is a cohesive, multi-use dream space to live, dance, host, and cook in!” The 1951 Cape Cod-style house, located just a few blocks from the ocean, called for a more traditional look than Walters’ typical modern projects. “I tried to keep it working with the rest of the house. Jennifer had great art with blues and greens and turquoises, and she’s a nature lover, so we pulled in the blues of the sky and water and the greens of the earth, and it all started to feel like her and reflect her personality.” Walters says she enjoys using color to add punch as an accent, but she doesn’t go crazy. “I used the light fixtures and the tiles to draw the eye in,” she says. Calienes wanted a dark element in the space, too, so a deep-gray island creates a grounding effect. Simple pulls on shaker-style cupboards, blue metal pendant lighting (from Umage’s Asteria collection), stacked ceramic tile with a ceramic glaze (“always stacked,” Walters says, “so it’s linear and there’s no interruption for the eye”), and chic stools (from Blu Dot) give the space wonderful appeal. The most unusual element has to be Calienes’ turquoise record player. “It wasn’t originally in the kitchen, but we decided it looked good there,” Walters

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Both pages: “My Marblehead, Mass., house was built in 1951. I have a house with tiny rooms and low ceilings, and wanted to re-envision the core two spaces,” says homeowner Jennifer Calienes. Thanks to teamwork with designer Elin Walters of Exactly, it’s now functional and eye-catching.

says. “Every morning Jennifer plays music from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ It makes her happy, and is part of her morning routine.” “My father collects vintage turntables and vinyls, and I’ve acquired one myself, but this little record player was my first. For the most part, I only used it to play the Charlie Brown Christmas album, which brought joy to my kitchen on nearly a daily basis,” Calienes says. “Elin loved it and it became an anchor ‘feel’ in the kitchen.” Calienes also has a collection of rolling pins that are no longer hidden away. “They’re from the women who cooked before me — my granny, grandmas, and nana,” she says. “I also have my first tiny rolling pin from a Holly Hobby kids’ cooking set. ‘Let’s use them,’ Elin said, as if it was the most obvious choice in the world. I now use a different one each time I bake, with gratitude for the generations of women who got me here.” The rolling pins are on the counter, stacked in an Ikea napkin holder. Designing remotely really wasn’t an issue, Walters says. Plus, she’s happy she got to reconnect and help out an old Bulldog pal from their beloved Butler University. Says Calienes: “I had no idea we could work remotely on such a big project and have so much fun. Elin made the choices so easy.” More information: exactlydesigns.com

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Left: Uncluttered and streamlined were the goals for interior designer Margaret Skinner in her own Birmingham kitchen. Right: Sneezer, her feline assistant, enjoys a special meal area.

Practical & Pretty A Birmingham designer who transformed her kitchen in less than three months shares her secrets TEXT BY KHRISTI ZIMMETH PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH SINGER

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en weeks. That’s all it took Margaret Skinner, of Margeaux Interiors, to transform the 12- by 16-foot kitchen in her 1940s-era Birmingham home. “Selections were in my head for a while, so it was easy to transfer to reality,” the designer says of her wish list and the project’s enviable turnaround. After purchasing the house in 2006, Skinner addressed some of the challenges of the original closed-off 1990s kitchen as part of an earlier reconfiguration of the home’s first floor. She painted the existing cabinets black, replaced vinyl flooring with wood, and added stainless appliances, new tile, and a much-needed second opening to the living room, she explains. Those updates solved some — but not all — of the space’s challenges. “When I did the refresh, I knew I would be changing the kitchen in the near future, or possibly moving.” Skinner never moved, and when it came time for the second redo, her priorities were clear. “Having lived in the space, I was able to pinpoint what I needed,” she says. More counter space, utilizing

previous unusable areas by the refrigerator, adding storage, including island storage, and island seating for four were among her must-haves. Work flow, locations, storage for sometimes-awkward small appliances, and the ease of retrieving items were taken into consideration, as were aesthetics. “I wanted an uncluttered, streamlined approach that reflected a freshyet-classic, modern look with warmth and depth,” she explains. “Mixing the rift-cut white oak lower cabinets, island, floating shelves, and refrigerator surround added warmth to the gray upper cabinetry and pantry.” An Ann Sacks/ Kelly Wearstler marble mosaic backsplash provides a “wow factor,” she says, so she purposely kept the countertops “quiet” with pure white quartz and sleek stainless pulls. Skinner attributes the project’s success — and its quick turnaround — to a “great team of trades,” including Cobblestone Cabinetry, as well as to having been through the process many times, which enabled her to confidently make quick decisions. Favorite features include the island, which includes storage and seating for four, a food prep area, and the pull-out by the refrigerator, which Skinner calls “a perfect breakfast pantry for cereal and the most important element, coffee.” She was grateful to have completed the project before the pandemic hit and has been enjoying the room ever since. “I’m very pleased with the space,” she says. More information: margeauxinteriors.com

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Drama Department Make any space dazzle with black TEXT BY JEANINE MATLOW PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF GARLAND

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n anticipation of the Junior League of Detroit’s most recent Designers’ Show House (the Bingley Fales House in Indian Village), the Georgian-style mansion was dressed to the nines by local talent. Here are a few spaces that put black in the spotlight.

Setting the Stage

Black trim kicks up the window treatments and the bedding. “With a Show House, you can push the envelope,” Crenshaw says. “There’s no resistance, so you can be very creative.” You can also go with darker tones, she says. “Like a lady’s beautiful black dress, you can’t go wrong. (Black is) flattering and somewhat fearless. It can enhance your space and make it come alive. It’s very dramatic.”

Loretta Crenshaw, principal at Crenshaw and Balancing Act Associates in Detroit, created a deluxe guest room Black also made its way around to the back parthat she called “Chinoiserie Chic.” A dark lor, which was styled by lead designer Mary gray hue by Benjamin Moore makes a LAVISH PLUS Baude and senior designer Amanda Bell of Designer Loretta statement on the walls, alongside black Whitetail Farm in Dexter. “I love the mix,” Crenshaw created and white details and colorful accents like a stunning and Bell says. “The white walls (Pale Oak by yellow and turquoise (not shown). color-rich guest Benjamin Moore) pulled out the black deChinoiserie décor includes an orna- room in the Bing- tails in the bay window. We thought it would mental mirror and patterned pillows on ley Fales House. be awesome to bring out that architecture.” the beds and settees, to establish a lavish A buffalo head above the mantel proatmosphere. “I like the drama of black,” Crenshaw vides a focal point for the room, while a black marble says. “We use it frequently. That was my thought end table supports a leather Chesterfield sofa. “Black for this bedroom, which was the second (Show doesn’t have to be static,” Bell explains. “The marble House) one we’ve done in black and white. Some end table has veining in it that adds to the contrast people would be hesitant with black,” she adds, in the room.” “but everything else in a room then pops.” Further distinction comes from gray chairs with Custom headboards were layered with solid cream stripes and a colorful rug that blends black elements and the Chinoiserie fabric on the accent pillows, which was the starting point for the room.

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with lighter shades (as do the leather stools by the fireplace). Decorative black baskets pop atop a white bookcase. “It was a good place to show how to contrast black with white, and balance everything out,” Bell says. Black sconces stand out among other materials, like concrete and brass. “When you have balance and contrast, each piece gets its focus,” she explains. “We love black and we like to pepper it into different areas, but you can also add it through your choice of accessories, so you don’t have to make a big commitment.”

More information: crenshawdesigns.com, klkpartners.com, whitetailfarm.shop Note: The Junior League of Detroit Show House tours are held every other year; the next one will be in September 2022. The team is looking for a suitable site. Contact the League at jldetroit.org with suggestions or to get more information.

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Above: The vestibule, by KLK Design, features luxurious appeal in timeless dark tones . Black is a timeless neutral, says designer Kathryn L. Kircher. A gilded-gold chandelier adds elegance.

Thanks to KLK Design, based in Petoskey, the vestibule made a great first impression. The high-gloss black wainscoting, millwork, and casing set the tone for the historic home, while the ceiling sports a matte black (both Jet Black by Benjamin Moore; one satin and one flat). “Black gloss adds a reflective value that almost has a tendency to brighten a space. Flat black can look like velvet,” Kathryn L. Kircher, design principal, says. While alterations could be made to existing paint colors, stained features like the wood door had to remain the same. Kircher went all out with a gorgeous floral mural wallcovering that has a traditional motif — with a twist. “The blown-out scale has a newness that’s refreshing,” she says. A unique chandelier with gilded gold and crystal accents illuminates the space. As Kircher explains, lighting and reflective values are two of the most important considerations to make with black when selecting the level of drama. “Black is so timeless,” she says. “People think right now it’s so trendy, but it’s a timeless neutral that can work in so many different directions.” It certainly worked wonders here. “We wanted the vestibule to be this space that was a safe yet dramatic transition to move into all the different spaces,” Kircher says.

IN THE PARLOR

Pops of black and charcoal make their way around to the home’s back parlor, thanks to the talents of Whitetail Farm designers.

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Fine Dining The upcoming holidays inspire pretty table settings TEXT BY MEGAN SWOYER PHOTOGRAPH BY BETH SINGER STYLED BY MEG CORLEY PREMIER INTERIORS

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wedding china (Royal Doulton, Carlyle pattern). “It happened to work perfectly with the room’s décor,” Corley says of the china, which was first prot’s said that one of the first American duced in 1972 and features a rich blue and teal border accented with delicate homes to have a room designated for din- floral designs. The room’s adornments include artwork from LeftBank Art, ing was Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, chairs by Meg Corley Private Label, Visual Comfort Lighting lamps, and an built in 1772. First seen in wealthy homes Alfonso Marina table and buffet. As for the centerpiece, it’s a delightful mix across America, the dining room soon of white blooms, late fall berries, and sprigs of green and copper. In her own Commerce Township home, Corley enjoys using flowers from was embraced by many. her garden to create a centerpiece, “especially hydrangea, because Here’s a look at one of the prettiest dinA TOAST! ing rooms in metro Detroit. As the holidays Wedding china their color changes as the seasons change,” she says. “I love to create approach, we’re all likely giving our dining sets the stage for floral centerpieces. It’s another outlet for me. I always look at what spaces a good review, checking to be sure this tablescape. other colors and textures complement the space,” says Corley, who’s fashioned floral arrangements for clients throughout the years for dinthey’re inviting for family and welcoming for all. This dining room, a gem of a layout in the ner parties, graduation celebrations, and the holidays. “Over-the-top flowers, Rochester home of Steven and Anne DiMaggio, is decorative-yet-classic materials that showcase the dishes, and pretty candlesticks to provide a dinner-party mood” all make up Corley’s tabletop look. most definitely prepped for entertaining. Come Christmas, she’ll be hosting her own family of 25. “It takes me Interior designer Meg Corley, founder and principal designer at Meg Corley Premier Interiors in about two weeks to decorate my whole house. I like to shoot for the stars at Birmingham, set the table recently for a special Christmas.” photo shoot. Corley started by pulling out the homeowners’

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Blank Canvas Neutral rooms embrace color and texture TEXT BY JEANINE MATLOW PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MCCAFFERY

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hat began as a builder’s spec home in Birmingham can now best be described as vibrant after a major transformation guided by Dan Davis and Paul Johnson, owners of Dan Davis Design in Ferndale. Their client, Joe Luther, who lives in the house with his wife, Sonya, says he discovered his love for color along the way. “I’m partial to nature and art,” Luther says. “Dan

and Paul really helped me develop that theme in other ways, and I began to blossom with some of my decisions.” The 4,200-square-foot home had fine features and finishes, but its neutral palette didn’t reflect the owner’s personality. Fortunately, his fondness for bronze, wood, and substantial objects like geodes, crystals, and sandstone would solve that problem. “What Paul and Dan really did was to help me to get past my hesitation to buy art when traveling or in a gallery without knowing where it would go,” Luther says. “For instance, I saw the sandstone piece that’s now behind my desk in New York and thought, ‘I love this, but I have no idea where I

PLEASE BE SEATED

The dining room’s leather chairs with velvet backs are unique, while abstract art from Hawaii has a lava-flow appeal.

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would put it,’ so I wrote it off. Dan said, ‘If you love something, get it and we’ll figure it out.’ ” Johnson says their client also came to know his aesthetic, which is eclectic, colorful, and naturalistic. “Colors have to feel natural for him, even if they’re bright,” the designer says. Luther appreciates his design team’s creative approach to the living room/family room he calls a hybrid space. Rather than choosing to divide or unify the area, they suggested a custom rug that

ties the entire room together, while allowing it to function as one space or two. The expansive rug also connects the colors that awaken the long and narrow space, including orange and teal. On one side of the room, an amethyst geode sparkles on an old woodworker’s table, while native art from Sedona, Ariz., strikes a colorful note above the mantel. In the dining room, leather chairs with velvet backs surround a custom table made from re-

“COLORS HAVE TO FEEL NATURAL FOR HIM (THE HOMEOWNER), EVEN IF THEY’RE BRIGHT.” — PAUL JOHNSON

A CALL FOR UNITY

The homeowner calls the family room a “hybrid space.” A custom rug ties everything together.

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THE RIGHT TONE

Both pages, clockwise from above: Shades aplenty provide interest in the kitchen, home office, sitting room, and Zen room.

claimed wood from Detroit. Abstract artwork from Hawaii simulates a lava flow. The existing kitchen was beautiful, but neutral. “It had no color. It didn’t feel like Joe,” Davis says. “He likes rough metal and a rustic feel.” New light fixtures and some fresh paint in a mid-tone sea green for the island and hood, with a custom copper overlay, did the trick. Accents and art add more color, while metal counter stools with leather seats lend texture. “Joe was in the scrap metal business. He loves metal,” Davis says. French doors lead to Luther’s home office, where a custom adjustable desk joins a chair he already had and the substantial sandstone displayed on the wall makes a great conversation piece. Urban art and a cowhide rug are among the highlights in the colorful seating area. Distinctive guest rooms are defined by unique wall treatments, from woven wood to a mural wallcovering in soothing shades of blue. Existing furniture was incorporated into the mix whenever possible. “Just changing a few key things completely transformed (one of the guest rooms),” Johnson says. Davis adds: “The whole room was beige.”

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INTRIGUING DETAILS

Clockwise, from above left: Pretty wallpaper adds beauty in a bedroom. An amethyst geode sparkles in the family room. The home office features a collection of pottery, books, and art.

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BOOK IT!

The sitting room, from another viewpoint. The homeowner says this is his favorite room in the winter.

In the master bedroom, warm gray walls act as the perfect backdrop for the new window treatments, a custom nightstand, and the bed. The designers stood in line to get first dibs on the walnut slab with a live edge, from Long White Beard, that became a handsome headboard. A custom rug made from marine-grade fiber defines the luxurious space that was mostly white before blue was introduced to key features. In the end, the team’s creative endeavor led to a special bond. “Joe is one of those rare people that, as you get to know him, it becomes less about the project and more about the friendship,” Johnson says. Davis adds: “This was really just a journey. In the beginning, he didn’t know to trust himself. We really pushed him, and he pushed us, and we grew at the same time.” The results speak for themselves. “When we walked in, it was a gorgeous home and we thought, ‘Why are we here?’ ” Davis says. “Now it’s gorgeous and has a very different vibe.”

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Winter Haven Other than the hot tub out back, Joe Luther says the sitting room, above, is his favorite winter retreat. A custom bookcase and a metal chess set that reflects his penchant for the material are among the details. Color comes from the warm gray walls, framed artwork, and a richly-hued rug. “I love to be able to sit in a comfy reading chair, look out the front window, and have the view outside and be cozy inside,” he says. “I like to read there and take phone calls. I want a place to feel grounded. It’s my favorite little spot, sitting on one of the chairs in the room.” — JM

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GEM-LIKE BRILLIANCE

Both pages, clockwise from far left: The master bath’s Ghiordes Knot rug cozies up the space, while the master bedroom features lots of wood and vibrant earth tones. A television room is yet an additional playful spot for relaxing. Another perspective of the master bath.

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BUYER’S GUIDE

Birmingham

OFFICE

ZEN ROOM

Rug – Nourison, Ghiordes Knot, Michigan

Armchairs – Precedent Furniture, RJ

Artwork – Newman, Danielle Peleg Art

Design Center, Troy

Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Gallery, Keego Harbor

Table, Gold End – Currey & Co., RJ Thomas

Artwork, Armchair – Cardiff, Danielle

Cabinets – Custom, JoBecks Custom

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Peleg Art Gallery, Keego Harbor

Designs, Oxford

INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Chelsea

Artwork, Cabinet – Nathan Thomas

Planters – Telly’s Greenhouse, Troy

Dan Davis and Paul Johnson, Dan Davis

Gray

Artwork, Sandstone – Astro Gallery of

Rug – Kalaty, Ghiordes Knot, Michigan

Design, Ferndale, dandavisdesign.com

Window Shades – Custom, Trendsetting

Gems

Design Center, Troy

Window Trims, Southfield

Cabinetry – Custom, JoBeck Custom

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Revere

Designs, Oxford

Pewter

BATHROOM, MASTER Flooring – Custom, Delos Custom Carpet

DINING ROOM

Desk – Long White Beard, Troy

and Rugs, Ghiordes Knot, Michigan Design

Bowl, White – Astro Gallery of Gems

Plant Stand – Long White Beard, Troy

ADDITIONAL PROJECT

Center, Troy

Candleholders – Albert Paley, Hawthorne

Planter – Emissary, Dan Davis Design,

CONTRIBUTORS

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Mountain

Gallery

Ferndale

Cabinetry – James Becker, JoBecks

Stream

Chairs, Dining – Holly Hunt, RJ Thomas

Rug, Animal Skin – Roden Leather, Royal

Custom Designs, Lake Orion

Window Shade – Hunter Douglas,

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Oak

Custom Furniture – Shelby Holtzman,

Trendsetting Window Trims, Southfield

Island Paint – Benjamin Moore, Balsam

Table, Occasional – Uttermost, Dan Davis

Long White Beard, Troy

Table, Dining – Custom, Architectural

Design, Ferndale

Custom Furniture – Andrew Ward, Line

BEDROOM 1, GUEST

Salvage Warehouse of Detroit, Detroit

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Revere

Studio Detroit, St. Clair Shores

Bedding – Custom, Trendsetting Window

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Revere

Pewter; Accent, Benjamin Moore,

Custom Furniture – Architectural Salvage

Trims, Southfield

Pewter

Metropolis

Warehouse of Detroit, Detroit

Lamps, Bedside – Jamie Young, Dan Davis

FAMILY ROOM

SITTING ROOM

Highland Park

Design, Ferndale

Armchair, Orange – Bernhardt, RJ Thomas

Armchairs – Michael Weiss, RJ Thomas

Window Treatments – Barb Murfey,

Pillows, Accent – Custom, Trendsetting

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Trendsetting Window Trims, Southfield

Window Trims, Southfield

Armchair, Teal – Lee Industries, RJ

Bookcase – Custom, JoBecks Custom

Table, Gold End – RH

Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Designs, Oxford

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Revere

Artwork – Timothy Allen Shafto, Tiffany’s

Chairs, Chess Table – Vanguard Furniture,

Pewter

Art Agency

RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center,

Wallpaper – Omexco, Tennant &

Drapery Fabric – Jim Thompson, Tennant

Troy

Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

& Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Chess Board – Gregory Hawthorne,

Window Shade – Graber, Trendsetting

Geode – Astro Gallery of Gems

Hawthorne Gallery

Window Trims, Southfield

Lamp, Couchside – Albert Paley,

Light, Ceiling – Troy Lighting, Herald

Hawthorne Gallery

Wholesale, Troy

BEDROOM 2, GUEST

Lamp, Floor – Jamie Young, Dan Davis

Planter – Telly’s Greenhouse, Troy

Bedding – Custom, Trendsetting Window

Design, Ferndale

Rug – Anadol Rug Co., Ghiordes Knot,

Trims, Southfield

Rug – Custom, Concos, Ghiordes Knot,

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Lamps, Bedside – Jamie Young, Dan Davis

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Table, Chess – Custom, Architectural

Design, Ferndale

Sofa – Duralee

Salvage Warehouse of Detroit, Detroit

Table, White End – Emissary, Dan Davis

Table, Occasional – Crate & Barrel

Table, Hexagonal – Bernhardt, RJ Thomas

Design, Ferndale

Table, Slate Coffee – Custom, Andrew

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Revere

Ward, Line Studio Detroit, St. Clair Shores

Table, Square – Andrianna Shamaris

Pewter

Table, Wooden Display – Leon & Lulu,

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Metropolis

Wallpaper – Phillip Jeffries, Tennant &

Clawson

Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Vases, Marbled – Scout, Royal Oak

TELEVISION ROOM

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Revere

Lamp, Table – Surya, Dan Davis Design,

BEDROOM, MASTER

Pewter

Ferndale

Bed Frame – Custom, Long White Beard,

Window Shades – Graber, Trendsetting

Ottoman – Custom, Jones-Keena & Co.,

Troy

Window Trims, Southfield

Birmingham

Metalworking – Amy Weiks, Smith Shop,

Blanket, Animal Skin – Neiman Marcus

Pillows, Accent – Duralee

Bedding – Custom, Trendsetting Window Trims, Southfield

KITCHEN

Rug – Anadol Rug Co., Ghiordes Knot,

Chest, Bedside – Custom, Long White

Backsplash – Jeffrey Court, Beaver Tile &

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Beard, Troy

Stone, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Sofa – Precedent Furniture, RJ Thomas

Drapery – Custom, Trendsetting Window

Bar Stools – RH

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Trims, Southfield

Lighting, Bar – Uttermost, Herald

Tray – RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design

Lamps, Bedside – Currey & Co., RJ

Wholesale, Troy

Center, Troy

RELAX & RESTORE

Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Hood – Custom, Smith Shop, Highland

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Revere

Light, Ceiling – Hubbardton Forge, Herald

Park

Pewter

Wholesale, Troy

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Revere

Wallpaper – Phillip Jeffries, Tennant &

Ottoman – Custom, Jones-Keena & Co.,

Pewter

Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Opposite page: Two bedrooms feature calming hues and a gorgeous Benjamin Moore paint called Revere Pewter.

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BIRMINGHAM JEWEL

Modern Romance Interior designer Carrie Long puts her heart and soul — and dashes of pink — into a Birmingham beauty TEXT BY PATTY LANOUE STEARNS PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN CARLSON

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arrie Long has been designing homes pretty much all of her life. When she was in kindergarten, her late builder father, Robert Long, let her choose a palette of colors for her room, which he painted and admired, and her career path was set. As she grew, she enjoyed working side by side with her dad, who would take her out to job sites where she would dream up ideas that he often implemented, and always appreciated. At age 29, after working for big Birmingham names like the late Brian Killian, and Stephen Knollenberg, plus design firms in Sydney, Australia, and Tel Aviv, Israel, she started her own company, Carrie Long Interiors in Royal Oak. For the past two decades, she has been in high demand. As this romantic three-level, 4,500-plussquare-foot Tudor she designed exemplifies, Long is big on details. The house, a quick walk to downtown Birmingham, oozes with character, charm, tray ceilings, and custom moldings. Working from Birmingham architect Brian Neeper’s drawings, she detailed out the interior, all the millwork, and specified finishes for the exterior. Royal Oak’s HM homes served as the builder. “I put my heart and soul into it,” the designer says. “I wanted it to be modern classic Birmingham, true to the city’s architecture. I also wanted it to be timeless.” The residence was built to be a family home where the owners’ grown son, daughter-in-law,

PERFECT BLEND

Both pages, clockwise from above: The designer put her heart into creating a beautiful home with a gorgeous palette, including in the living room and home office.

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CHIC APPOINTMENTS

Both pages, clockwise from above left: The kitchen features a lovely glass mosaic backsplash and refreshing creamy tones. The living room is clean and bright, while hot pink chairs dazzle in the home office.

and grandchildren could gather comfortably around the holidays. It features two master suites — one for the homeowners and another in the guest wing over the garage, which has its own special entry and stairway. Two more bedrooms and a total of seven baths guarantee privacy and deluxe accommodations for every overnight visitor. The kitchen is bright and creamy white, with a glass mosaic backsplash, quartzite countertop, stainless-strapped steel vent hood, custom cabinets, high-end appliances, and three seats at the island. LED lighting from the tray ceiling adds ambience and texture. The dining area flows from the kitchen, with dark wood cabinetry and a table for eight. Another LED tray ceiling is further enhanced with a modern rock crystal chandelier. The flooring throughout the house is dark, custom oak hardwood. The living room is clean and bright with hand-hewn ceiling beams, a limestone fireplace, light walls, and comfy neutral furnishings. A dreamy pop of

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WINTER HAVEN The homeowners love to curl up by the fire in the living room, where they can sink into one of their sumptuous sofas or armchairs and read a book, watch movies on the big-screen TV above the limestone fireplace, or simply commune after an evening on the town. The center ottoman is a resin piece by Canadian sculpture artist Martha Sturdy. The circular stools are from Lee Industries, the acrylic occasional tables are by Holly Hunt, and the handsome carpet below this comfy nesting area is by Stark. — PLS

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pink fills one wall, which showcases a large floral painting by Italian contemporary artists Sandra Casagrande and her husband, Roberto Recalcati. luminated by crystal sconces. In the lower level, which spans the entire footprint of the house, there’s a Another floral by the Milan-based artists graces the office, where hot-pink chairs dazzle. Other bar, a wine room, a game room, and a huge library — one of the husband’s favorite places to spend cozy winter days. paintings around the house include works TAKE A DIP The homeowners love everything about their house, and Long by Peter Max and Cathy Daley; all of the Who wouldn’t art is from Birmingham’s Robert Kidd want to soak in adores her clients. “They were the most amazing people I ever worked this luxurious with,” says the designer, adding that she incorporated their ideas but Gallery. Victoria + was given free rein. “Pink is the wife’s favorite color, so we went Upstairs, a large circular anteroom Albert bathtub from there.” leads to the master bedroom, bath, and in the master Long calls her design eclectic and transitional. “That blend gives master closet. Lavish materials, custom bathroom? Vanilla furniture, plush Scandia bedding, a crys- tones are restful. the house a little soul,” she explains. Her clients tell her the longer they live there, the more they appreciate all the details. tal chandelier, and built-ins abound. In During this particular home’s design, one detail loomed large: Long was the bath there’s a clawfoot tub, marble floor, and a long, two-sink console with loads of storage, nine months pregnant, and she hoped she wouldn’t deliver on the job site. That topped with a French vanilla marble slab and il- was three years ago. Everything turned out fine, and her 3-year-old son, Ari Sobol, recently picked out the colors for his own Smurf-themed bedroom — just like his mother did when she was a tiny girl.

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DREAMS COME TRUE

Clockwise, from above: The master bedroom, a guest bath, and an exquisite vanity area sing, thanks to quality elements.

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BUYER’S GUIDE INTERIOR DESIGNER

Chandelier – Visual Comfort

VANITY

Carrie Long, Carrie Long Interiors, Royal

Chest, Bedside – Barbara Barry

Chair – Global Views

Oak, carrielonginteriors.com

Collection, Henredon

Flooring – Oak Hardwood

Drapery – Cream Linen

Mirror – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors,

BATHROOM, GUEST

Flooring – Oak Hardwood

Royal Oak

Bench – Brentano, Lee Industries

Headboard – Stewart, Perennials

Sconces – Visual Comfort

Countertop – Caesarstone

Rug – Custom Silk, ABC Carpet & Home

Table – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Faucet – The House of Rohl

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, China White

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, China White

Sconce – Visual Comfort

KITCHEN

ADDITIONAL PROJECT

Wall Treatment – Tile, Ciot, Troy

Artwork – Cathy Daley, Robert Kidd

CONTRIBUTORS

Gallery, Birmingham

Architect – Brian Neeper, Brian Neeper

BATHROOM, MASTER

Backsplash – Glass Mosaic, Ciot, Troy

Architecture, Birmingham

Bathtub – Victoria + Albert

Bar Stools – Brentano, Lee Industries

Builder – HM Homes, Royal Oak

Bench – Global Views

Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Countertop – Quartzite

Countertop – French Vanilla Slab, Ciot,

Flooring – Oak Hardwood

Troy

Hood – Venta Hood

Flooring – French Vanilla Marble, Ciot, Troy

Lighting – Led Tray Detail

Sconces – Visual Comfort

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, China White

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, China White

Window Shades – Roman Shades, Designs

Window Shades – Roller Shades, Hunter

Designs

Flooring – Tile, Ciot, Troy

Douglas LIVING ROOM BATHROOM, POWDER ROOM

Armchairs – Stewart, Jim Thompson

Cabinet – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors,

Artwork – Casagrande & Recalcati, Robert

Royal Oak

Kidd Gallery, Birmingham

Faucet – The House of Rohl

Light, Ceiling – The Urban Electric Co.

Flooring – Oak Hardwood

Fireplace – Limestone

Sconces – Boyd Lighting Co.

Flooring – Oak Hardwood

Sink – Stone Forest

Ottoman – Resin, Martha Sturdy

Towel, Decorative – Scandia Home,

Rug – Stark Carpet, Troy

Birmingham

Sofas – R. Jones, Perennials

Wall Treatment – Phillip Jeffries, Tennant

Stools, Circular – Lee Industries

& Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Table, Occasional – Acrylic, Holly Hunt Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, China White

BEDROOM, GUEST

Window Shades – Linen Roller Shades

Artwork – Peter Max Bedframe – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors,

OFFICE

Royal Oak

Artwork – Casagrande & Recalcati, Robert

Bedding – Scandia Home, Birmingham

Kidd Gallery, Birmingham

Bench – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors,

Cabinetry – HM Homes, Royal Oak

Royal Oak

Chairs, Desk – Bright Chair

Flooring – Oak Hardwood

Desk – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors,

Rug – Stark Carpet, Troy

Royal Oak, HM Homes, Royal Oak

Sconces – Ralph Lauren, Visual Comfort

Flooring – Oak Hardwood

Table, Bedside – Global Views

Lamp, Floor – Visual Comfort Pillows, Accent – Pierre Frey Rug, Animal Skin – Custom, Sheared

Artwork – Cathy Daley, Robert Kidd

Sheep, Stark Carpet, Troy

Gallery, Birmingham

Sconces – Boyd Lighting Co.

Bedding – Scandia Home, Birmingham

Sofa – Stewart, Sahco

Bench – Custom, Carrie Long Interiors,

Table, Cube – Martha Sturdy

Royal Oak

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, China White

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MORE BEAUTY

BEDROOM, MASTER

Opposite page, clockwise from above: Peter Max artwork pops in a guest room; the simple-but-elegant powder room; and lavish details in the master bedroom.

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Stunning Renovation Gilbert Lake-area home undergoes an exquisite makeover TEXT BY TRACY DONOHUE PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH SINGER

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early a century ago, this home was built in an idyllic setting along Gilbert Lake in Bloomfield Hills. Featuring distinctive Michigan split-face fieldstone, the prominent structure was designed in a grand Colonial Revival Farmhouse style on a nearly 8-acre, picturesque parcel of land. The property includes the island in the middle of the lake. Its current owners purchased this historic gem in 2007. “The home was more than we ever imagined. We’d been looking for a house, and the day before I saw the listing email, we’d decided to take a break from our search,” the homeowner recalls. “When we first saw the property, (we knew) it was magnificent. It was out of our price range, but we bought it on a whim. My husband said it would be the best real estate investment he would ever make — and he’s in real estate.” In 2016, the homeowners decided to embark on an extensive four-year, multiphase renovation and expansion project to better showcase their collective passions centered on art, wine, entertaining, and family gatherings. They also wanted to maximize the home’s stunning water views. Maintaining the integrity, tradition, and many of the historical details of the original house was challenging, but paramount to the project. Robert Clarke, president and owner of CBI Design Professionals in Bloomfield Hills, explains that the project started with a bathroom renovation and led to two additional large-scale phases. “The second phase was to add a wing to the house that included an attached garage, kids’ activity area, new mudroom and rear stairs, laundry, and updates to the family room. It was the owners’ way of seeing whether the home could be expanded in a way to look as if it had been there 100 years. The original stone on the house is much larger, a bit darker, and more squared than what you find today, but (getting a close) match to the new stone needed for the addition was critical to the project.” According to Clarke, who also runs Integrated Architectural Interiors, the masonry work involved a lengthy process, but the new stone harmoniously blended in with the aged patina of the original stone after it was cleaned and restored to its former condition. The same stonework was also used outside, for the terraces and kitchen patio area, as well as indoors for the library’s fireplace and the mudroom area archways. Due to the success of the initial work, the next

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PROMINENT DESIGN

Both pages: The renovation project at this Gilbert Lake-area home started with a bathroom overhaul and led to two additional large-scale phases.

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CUSTOM CREATIONS

Both pages, clockwise from far left: The library, powder room, and wine room showcase magnificent details.

phase of expansion began with a two-story library, an additional staircase, a garden room, and a master suite, along with an exercise room and a significant wine cellar and tasting room in the lower level. Ultimately, the impressive home’s total square footage across three floors increased by about 9,583 square feet, to nearly 15,000 square feet. Considering the magnitude of the transformation, the homeowners have more than a few favorite areas. “The master bedroom is my favorite. I love how the room has windows on all four sides. It’s comfortable, spacious, clean, open, and bright,” the wife says. “I also love the peacefulness of the garden room, with windows on all sides, and I love how the furniture fits perfectly.” She says her husband’s favorite room is the library, a dramatic yet “warm, comfy, welcoming space” with a double-sided stone fireplace, soft leather furniture, custom tables with intricate designs, and a well-curated selection of art. To accommodate the lifestyle of the homeowners, the house now has three entrances: a mudroom entrance, a main entrance, and a third entrance for larger-scale gatherings that has an interior door separating the entertaining space from the family living space. All three entrances have beautiful, unobstructed views to the outdoors. “I didn’t realize how little we could see of the lake before — the views were minimal. The changes have let in more lake. Now we live on the lake,” the homeowner says. In addition to Clarke and CBI Design Professionals, the collaborative team on this complex project included Mosher Dolan (builder), Integrated Architectural Interiors (interior design), Dana Jacob Designs (furnishings), and Richard Hass from Stewart Hass and Associates (landscape architect). The CBI Design project manager was Amanda Fox. By all accounts, this team’s efforts during the multiphase project have been a large-scale success. “These kinds of homes were prominent homes in the community when they were built, and they stood out. Over time, they become tucked away and not as prominent as they once were. We tried to stay true to the original style and bring the home back to its stately position. I think we were successful and did that with this home. The owners were thrilled and got more out of it than anticipated,” Clarke explains. “I’ve always loved this home — it’s close to everything, but you feel like you’re a million miles away. Living here has always made us feel like we’re on vacation,” the homeowner says. “It’s a larger scale than we ever imagined, but it’s peaceful, quiet, and everyone feels welcomed and happy here.”

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LAKESIDE NUANCES

Above: The beautiful garden room is filled with light. Below: The master bath is impressive.

BUYER’S GUIDE DESIGNERS Robert Clarke, CBI Design Professionals, and also Integrated Architectural Interiors, both in Bloomfield Hills, cbidesign.net Dana Jacob, Dana Jacob Designs, Franklin BATHROOM, MASTER Cabinetry – Custom, Integrated Architectural Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; Cole Wagner Cabinetry, Rochester Hills; Patra & Patra Studios, Royal Oak; The Nielsen Group, Fenton Countertop – Glacier White, Corian, Korcast Countertop Solutions, Troy Faucets – Descanso Series with Knurl Handle, California Faucets, Advanced Plumbing & Heating Supply, Walled Lake Flooring – Constellation Blackout, Artistic Tile, Beaver Tile & Stone, Michigan Design Center, Troy Lighting, Mirror – Custom, Integrated Architectural Interiors, Bloomfield Hills, Cole Wagner Cabinetry, Rochester Hills Mirrors – Reid Glass, Southfield Shower Door – Reid Glass, Southfield Shower Walls – Statuario Light, Epic Porcelain, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Toilet Room Doors – Custom, Integrated Architectural Interiors, Troy; Patra & Patra Studios, Royal Oak Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White BATHROOM, POWDER ROOM Faucet – Descanso Series with Knurl Handle, California Faucets, Advanced Plumbing & Heating Supply, Walled Lake

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ARTISTICALLY CLASSIC

Above: The master bath’s Constellation Blackout, Artistic Tile, from Beaver Tile & Stone is head-turning. Below: This stately home is nearly 100 years old.

Flooring – Craze in White, Ann Sacks,

Madison Heights

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Staircase and Railing – Northern

Mirror – Reid Glass, Southfield

Staircase Co., Pontiac

Sconces – Magni Home Collection, Jean

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s

de Merry

White

Sink Unit – Custom, Grigio Armani Polished Marble, Integrated Architectural

WINE CELLAR

Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; PMP Marble &

Ceiling Treatment – Custom, Salvaged

Granite, Troy

Wood Timbers

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s

Flooring – Polished and Stained Concrete

White

Wall Treatment – Chatham Gray Modular,

Wall Tile – Davlin in Rose Gold Leaf, Ann

Belden Brick, Redland Brick

Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Wine Storage – Custom, Integrated Architectural Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; The Nielsen Group Inc., Fenton

GARDEN ROOM Armchairs – Jiun Ho Flooring – Red Oak Herringbone, Deluxe

WINE TASTING ROOM

Floors Inc., Madison Heights

Ceiling Treatment – Custom, Salvaged

Rug – Stark Carpet, Troy

Wood Timbers

Sofas – Kimberly Denman, Jean de Merry

Flooring – Bluestone, Genesee Cut Stone

Table, Coffee – Custom, Dana Jacob

& Marble Co., Grand Blanc

Designs, Franklin

Lighting, Ceiling – Shades of Light

Table, Occasional – Custom, Dana Jacob

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s

Designs, Franklin

White

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s EXTERIOR

White

Masonry – Dan Gagnon, Michigan LIBRARY

Fieldstone

Armchairs – A. Rudin

Railing – Artistic Ironworks, Detroit

Bookshelves – Custom, Integrated

Windows – Marvin Windows and Doors

Architectural Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; The Nielsen Group Inc., Fenton Flooring – White Oak, Deluxe Floors Inc.,

ADDITIONAL PROJECT

Madison Heights

CONTRIBUTORS

Table, Coffee – Custom, Dana Jacob

Builder – Doyle Mosher, Mosher Dolan,

Designs, Franklin

Royal Oak

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s

Landscape Architect – Richard Hass,

White

Stewart Hass & Associates, Eastpointe

LIBRARY STAIRCASE Fireplace – Custom, Dan Gagnon, Michigan Fieldstone, Firebrick, Black Firebrick, Superior Clay Flooring – White Oak, Deluxe Floors Inc.,

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Chic Retreat Historic home in Royal Oak gets a reinvigorating touch of glam TEXT BY JEANINE MATLOW PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTOPHER ILICH

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fter purchasing a 1920s Tudor-style house with highly desirable original details like a bay window, herringbone wood floors, plaster ceilings, and stained glass doors, the owners were already well on their way to having an extra-special home base. But they wanted more. They wanted to enhance what they had and maximize the potential for everyday usage, regular entertaining, and celebrating special occasions. Enter Rachel Nelson, principal and CEO of RL Concetti in Detroit and her design team, who were tasked with working their magic and updating the contents of the historic home so it would meet their clients’ needs and dreams. The sophisticated revamp included the living room, dining room, foyer, and a loft off the master bedroom. As Nelson explains, the living room had a large footprint and a fireplace that was off-center. Her clients wanted to better utilize the space and

the adjacent dining room. “The rooms had great bones, but we needed to make the two spaces connect,” she says. A substantial sofa upholstered in a charcoal gray velvet anchors the living room, along with a coffee table and accent rug. “We played around with multiple floor plans. With such a big space, we could divide it or match the grandness of it with a really (special) sofa,” Nelson explains. A series of mirrors above reflects the fireplace, and floor lamps stand on each side. “They create some solid symmetry,” she says. The window treatments evoke a watercolor painting. “The fabric looks like paintbrush strokes,” Nelson says. Original details include a medallion ceiling and a classic archway. “We modernized it with sconces on either side that look like cherry blossoms. They echo the Chinoiserie mural (in the dining room) in a really subtle way,” she notes. A modern wingback chair in blue chenille cre-

A SENSE OF SPACE

A substantial sofa anchors the living room, along with a coffee table and accent rug. The drapery fabric features a look reminiscent of watercolors, keeping the space airy and light.

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ates a cozy spot for sitting and enjoying the newly imagined space. “It’s a really sculptural piece with gorgeous nailheads that help accentuate the shape,” she says. “The polka dot pillow is just a little playful.” The design team wanted to create an intimate nook by the fireplace based on the needs of the family. “We figure out the desired usage of a space and really zero in on who uses it and how they use it, and when they entertain and when it’s just ‘you and a friend,’ ” Nelson explains. “They don’t just have a beautiful space; they have a beautiful space that enhances their life and makes it easier.” Swivel chairs in a blush pink fabric offer flexibility, while the artwork was intentionally set off-center. Touches of teal and blush pink echo the Chinoiserie mural wallcovering in the dining room that was inspired by an image the wife found. A dome ceiling enhances the dining room, where woven side chairs join

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STAY AWHILE

An adept use of color and materials in the living room creates sheer beauty. The off-center fireplace now becomes a key element.

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velvet end chairs at the custom quartz tabletop with its double-pedestal base. The expansive seating area in the elegant space, which incorporates a black buffet the couple already had, perfectly suits their entertaining needs. The crystal and iron chandelier may be original to the house, but the new Chinoiserie mural wallcovering that features Japanese cherry blossoms sets the color palette — and the tone — for the home. “There’s an elevated sense of whimsy with bird statues (in the living room) and a porcupine quill mirror,” Nelson says. As for the aesthetic, “We call it ‘Chinoiserie Chic,’ ” she says. “Naming our projects helps to identify every client’s individual style. Overall, this home embodies a sophisticated yet warm vibe, with a little whimsy.” That comfortable environment extends to a loft off the master bedroom featuring repurposed and repositioned items like the slipcovered chairs that were previously in the living room, and a gold mirror that came from the dining room. “We embrace pieces clients have that they don’t know how to

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IN THE DETAILS

Both pages, clockwise from far left: The crystal and iron chandelier in the dining room is original to the house. The space’s Chinoiserie mural wallcovering features Japanese cherry blossoms and sets the color palette for the home. A painting’s colors pair well with the fireplace vignette. Cozy niches warm the living room. Original flooring in the foyer is eye-catching amid the new design elements.

“WE DON’T ALWAYS GET A HOME THAT HAS THIS MUCH HEART AND HISTORY TO IT.” — RACHEL NELSON

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HAVE A SEAT

Left: The loft attached to the master bedroom is a welcoming respite. Below: A dining room chair detail.

use,” Nelson says. “Reimagining them can (make a huge difference.)” Nelson says she embraced this project, which she thoroughly enjoyed. “We don’t always get a home that has this much heart and history to it,” she explains. “It’s especially rewarding to work with a client who gave us inspiration and freedom. She was an incredible collaborator. The Chinoiserie wall (in the dining room) spirals into these incredible, whimsical spaces.”

“THERE’S AN ELEVATED SENSE OF WHIMSY WITH BIRD STATUES AND A PORCUPINE QUILL MIRROR.” — RACHEL NELSON

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DELICIOUS SPACE

The dining room design ingredients combine to create a perfect recipe for beauty.

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WINTER HAVEN When asked about her favorite retreat, the wife shared her thoughts with Rachel Nelson, principal and CEO of RL Concetti. “The loft (sitting room) off the master bedroom is my favorite winter retreat,” she says. “I don’t use it much in the summer, as life gets so busy. I love the rug that Jackie (senior designer) helped me select, as well as the lamp and table. It’s the perfect reading spot on dark winter evenings.” A star motif that was already on the ceiling contributes to the dreamy retreat, with its leaded glass windows. Slipcovered chairs and an ottoman offer perfect spots to perch. — JM

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IN THE STARS

A sitting area off the master suite exudes pure serenity and comfort. Note the celestial-themed ceiling treatment.

BUYER’S GUIDE

Chair, Wingback – Bernhardt, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy Drapery – Transitions Drapery, Sterling Heights Lamps, Floor – Arteriors

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Mirrors – John-Richard

Rachel Nelson, RL Concetti, Detroit,

Pillows, Accent – Custom, Foam N’ More,

rlconcetti.com

Clawson Pillows, Armchair – RJ Thomas Ltd.,

DINING ROOM

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Centerpiece – John-Richard

Rug – Surya

Chairs, Dining – Designmaster, RJ Thomas

Sconces, Cherry Blossom – Regina

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Andrew, Riverview

Lamps – Visual Comfort

Sconces, Storage Cabinet – Rejuvenation

Mirror, Sun – Janice Minor

Sofa – Lillian August, RJ Thomas Ltd.,

Mural – Caitlin Wilson Design

Michigan Design Center, Troy

Table, Dining – Custom, Rypen

Table, Coffee – Vanguard Furniture, RJ

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, White

Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Winged Dove

Table, Gold Accent – Regina Andrew, Riverview

FOYER

Tables, End – Arteriors

Bench – Custom, Clark’s Fabrication and

Trim, Casing, Ceiling Paint – Benjamin

Design, Madison Heights

Moore, Chantilly Lace

Lamp, Beaded Floor – John-Richard

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Nimbus Window Niche Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Vanderburg Blue

LIVING ROOM Armchair and Ottoman – Century Furniture, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design

SITTING ROOM

Center, Troy

Lamp – Arteriors

Armchairs, Swivel – Bernhardt, RJ

Pillows, Accent – Surya

Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Rug – Stark Carpet, Troy

Cabinet, Metallic Storage – Palecek, RJ

Table, End – Bernhardt, RJ Thomas Ltd.,

Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Michigan Design Center, Troy

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Updated and Delightful Two older homes with traditional features spring to life with unique renovations TEXT BY MEGAN SWOYER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTIN VECCHIO

A 1960s Bloomfield Georgian Gets a Face-Lift

Mariam and Alex Chapman can’t get over how much they love the kitchen and bar in their Bloomfield Township home. “I’m huge on functional spaces, and these just are so practical but just so beautiful. I’m constantly happy in this space,” Mariam says. The couple, who purchased a 1969 Neoclassical-style home in February 2020, renovated pretty much the entire house, and then

moved in in September 2020. They hired Lauren Tolles, owner of Maison Birmingham, to oversee their kitchen/bar renovation. “Lauren was amazing to work with from the get-go,” Mariam says. “It was like we were saying yes, yes, yes! to (everything she) proposed. And she listened to us so well. Lauren also knew about my apprehension of colors.” Like a forest sprinkled with freshly fallen snow, the kitchen is especially pretty during the holidays. With white-as-snow quartzite countertops and cabinetry, and deep-green accent colors for the island and part of the breakfast-nook cabinetry amid solid walnut accents, it’s classic and contemporary

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at once. “I’m not a color person,” Mariam reiterates. “I’m black and gray and white. I was so nervous, but Lauren convinced me that the green island would be a nice neutral and would add a nice design element. It did!” Adds Tolles: “I like having something dark to ground the space.” When the Birmingham-based designer first met with the couple about the project, she knew that Mariam preferred a modern look and Alex liked a more traditional feel. “I knew that if we put super modern into what is a traditional design, it wouldn’t work. So our design walks the line of historic, but it’s modern and more transitional,” Tolles explains. “They were very much focused on

function and durability.” Restained floors, light, custom-stained white oak cabinetry, brass pulls, and quartzite counters (“a natural stone featuring less maintenance than other popular materials, like marble,” Tolles says) round out the look. “The quartzite was also carried up beneath the hood, to keep things simple and easy to clean,” the designer says. One of Mariam’s favorite elements is the open shelveing near the stove. “You can change out decorative items with

REFRESHING STYLE

Both pages: Designer Lauren Tolles mastered the mix of materials in this Bloomfield Township home. Here in the kitchen, it’s about practical elements mixing with stylish appointments. Hints of holiday brighten the season.

“I’M NOT A COLOR PERSON ... I WAS SO NERVOUS, BUT LAUREN CONVINCED ME THAT THE GREEN ISLAND WOULD ... ADD A NICE DESIGN ELEMENT. IT DID!” — MARIAM CHAPMAN

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the seasons, and it’s fun to rearrange them,” the homeowner says. The stacked refrigerator and freezer feature white oak paneling, and to the left is an identical door that leads to the mudroom. “I really love that cool hidden design element,” Alex says. A covered patio’s space, meanwhile, was turned into a pantry. “The patio’s cement slab naturally keeps the space cool, which helps store food better and is more energy-efficient,” Tolles adds. Regarding the bar, there was a dated entertainment center right off the kitchen that was transformed into a neat little beverage spot with plenty of style. “I said, you like to entertain and don’t really need an actual space to store wine, but a place to make drinks would be great,” Tolles recalls. So they decided to go a little more modern with this area, but used walnut for the cabinetry. “Walnut is an historic material, but with the porcelain counter and backsplash, along with a ledge (for artwork), it’s got a more contemporary edge,” she explains. Also designed into the mix is a wine refrigerator, trash area, and storage. “The door panels have clean lines and we used hardware that’s modern but has texture,” the designer says. In addition, she says knurled satin brass knobs and handles don’t show fingerprints — and that’s a nice touch for those who entertain a lot or have young children. “I really like the built-in walnut-paneled bar re-

frigerator,” Alex says. “The whole bar is stunning.” Everything came together so easily, the couple agrees. “We used Lauren’s contacts for the installs. Everything was executed perfectly. The trades respect her; she has a great reputation in the design industry,” Mariam says. Adds Alex: “Lauren went above and beyond our expectations.” The homeowners, with two young girls ages 5 and 7, love to entertain. In fact, they’re looking forward to hosting Christmas Eve at their home. In the breakfast nook, the kids enjoy using the lower drawer, which is stocked with juice boxes and water that’s just for them. They also have their own drawer for arts and crafts items, conveniently located right next to the dining table. “We entertain a ton,” Alex says. “And, of course, everyone always circles into the kitchen.” Adds his wife: “The kitchen is always beautiful. It’s like looking at art.”

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GREEN SCENE

Opposite page: Part of the breakfast-nook cabinetry features the same green as the island.

ART OF THE MIX

This page, clockwise from above: A Crue faucet by Kohler adds elegance. The homeowners’ artwork in the bar provides a splash of modern. The bar features walnut, a classic “historic material,” designer Lauren Tolles says.

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TRIPLE DUTY

A large custom high-gloss navy and glass cabinet provides both display and storage, as well as an additional serving area hidden behind the center doors.

A Fresh Spin on Classic English Design

Lauren Tolles also had the pleasure of updating a traditional kitchen, breakfast nook, and scullery in Grosse Pointe. The moment she stepped into the 1920s Tudor-style home, she was overwhelmed by its beauty. “It was really grand and ornate, and had beautiful, vaulted ceilings with an impressive scale,” Tolles recalls. When she first set eyes on the kitchen, however, she was surprised to discover low ceilings and a more nondescript look. “It’s the way these areas in the old homes

were,” the designer says. “It was more for servants; this one even had a little back stair in the kitchen that led to the servants’ bedrooms.” Working with interior designer Victoria Strickler, Tolles says the homeowners’ biggest concerns were function and creating a more open feel. “The rest of the home was a little more transitional than traditional. I remember the homeowner saying it’s unfortunate we’re in this room (the kitchen) so much, and it doesn’t feel like the rest of our house.” Without removing walls or raising ceilings, the team decided to gut the space. “We had to get creative with the layout and finishes to make it feel taller,” Tolles says. As for color, the house is an English-style Tudor, so Tolles wanted to try to embrace its English roots with lots of brass and keep the original steel

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windows. “The homeowners installed new unlacquered brass window screens so they could actually open and use the original push-out, casement-style windows.” Because the ceilings are so low, Tolles went with a white oak for the flooring. “We chose a herringbone pattern, in keeping with the rest of the house, but wanted it a bit lighter.” To stay true to the home, she added darker navy and walnut to provide some contrast. The cupboards store all kinds of elements including bread, mixers, and more. There’s also a warming drawer that comes in handy for entertaining or keeping meals warm when the kids are at sports practice late. Although the man of the house was thinking marble countertops, his wife was more practical, Tolles says. “She didn’t want a lot of maintenance or

stress, so we went with porcelain with an onyx pattern. It’s got subtle movement to it, but it’s an engineered material so it’s easy to wipe down and clean.” The hood and niches also are wrapped in or lined with the porcelain. As for lighting, Tolles says that again, because of the ceiling height, it wasn’t possible to have pendant lighting. “I chose huge flush-mounts. They feature a diffused light, and they look historic,” she explains. Task lighting was added over the sink. “It would be difficult to add recessed lighting because the house is so old,” the designer says.

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CREATING A MOOD

Because of the low ceiling height, designer Lauren Tolles chose flush-mount lighting, which features a diffused light and looks historic.

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BRASS TACKS

The homeowners installed unlacquered brass window screens so they could open and use the original push-out casement-style windows. The over-the-sink lighting complements the look perfectly.

The bottom line is that the homeowners didn’t want to get into construction. “We thought, we’ll embrace it and work with the walls and ceiling, and just make it feel airier,” Tolles says. One of the ways to do that was to feature subway tiles. “This tile style is more classic, and it wraps around all four walls to bounce light and reflection around the space so it feels larger and airier,” Tolles says. “Cladding the walls in subway tile also is a nod to the home’s architectural history.” A family that loves to entertain and host parties during the holidays, these homeowners were all about durability. “That was a big deal to them,” Tolles shares. A dining table is located six feet from the end of the island. The nook features a large custom, high-gloss navy and glass cabinet that provides both display and storage space, and there’s an additional serving area hidden behind the center doors. It stores everything from placemats to files and paperwork, as the home-

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owner often uses the nearby table as her home office. Tolles and her team also added a part-mudroom/part-pantry/part-coffee-bar space (also known as the scullery). “Here, they make juice drinks and coffee, change their shoes, and keep their dog leashes,” Tolles says. “The homeowners wanted somewhat of a trendy tile, so I found some hand-painted marble tiles. He loves marble and these have a pop to them.” The designer wanted to keep a lot of the original features in these spaces, including a 1920s swinging door. “That oak is beautiful and original. I didn’t want to change it.” She also had a radiator cover custom-made to match the cabinetry, with coordinating unlacquered mesh grilles. She carried the same grilles into the scullery, and lined the interior of the radiator spaces with stainless steel to protect the cabinets (and their contents) from the radiator’s heat. “It’s fun working in older homes. You’ve got parameters, and I like that challenge,” Tolles says. “Also, everything we did had to relate to the rest of the house.”

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TILE STYLE

Lauren Tolles chose hand-painted marble tile for the scullery after she learned the homeowners wanted a unique look in this space. “He (the homeowner) loves marble,” she says. Also shown: a perspective of the cabinets, showing their storage capabilities.

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BUYER’S GUIDE

Refrigerator, Tan – Thermador, Witbeck

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Alabaster

Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Home Appliance Mart, Orchard Lake Sconces – Kelly Werstler/Visual Comfort,

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST NOOK/

Lighting, Island – Ralph Lauren, Visual

City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center,

SCULLERY (Grosse Pointe)

Comfort, Cloth & Kind, Ann Arbor

Troy

Bar Stools – Michael Coyne Design, Troy

Light, Mini Bar Sink – Visual Comfort,

DESIGNER

Shelves, Floating – White Oak, Maison

Cabinets – Maison Birmingham,

Cloth & Kind, Ann Arbor

Lauren Tolles, Maison Birmingham,

Birmingham, Birmingham

Birmingham

Sconces – Visual Comfort, Cloth & Kind,

Birmingham, maisonbirmingham.com

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Alabaster

Cabinet, Display – Maison Birmingham,

Ann Arbor

Birmingham

Stove – Ilve 48” Majestic Range, Maison

KITCHEN (Bloomfield Township)

BAR

Cabinets, Storage – Maison Birmingham,

Birmingham, Birmingham

Artwork – Kayla Gale

Artwork (large) – Jordan Nickel, Library

Birmingham

Table and Chairs, Dining – Sullivan-

Cabinets – Maison Birmingham,

Street Collective, Detroit

Countertop – Walnut Top by Grothouse,

Strickler Design, Poltrona Frau, Arkitektura,

Birmingham

Artwork (small) – Alfred Leslie, Special

Maison Birmingham, Birmingham

Birmingham

Candleholders – Emmett Antique Brass

Edition 1961

Faucet and Mini Bar Sink – Kallista,

Wall Treatment – Crossville Handwritten

Candleholders, Crate & Barrel, Novi

Cabinet – Maison Birmingham,

Wittock Kitchen and Bath, Birmingham

Field Tile, Virginia Tile, Michigan Design

Ceramicware – Williams-Sonoma, Crate &

Birmingham

Faucet, Gold Sink – Waterstone, Wittock

Center, Troy

Barrel, Novi

Countertop – Nero Tunisi Porcelain,

Kitchen and Bath, Birmingham

Wall Treatment, Patterned – Painted

Chairs, Dining – Lawnie Dining Chair, Lulu

Leonardo’s Marble & Granite, Wixom

Flooring – Herringbone White Oak, Sullivan

Marble Tile, Virginia Tile, Michigan Design

& Georgia

Drink Mixing Tools – CB2

Building Co., Grosse Pointe Farms

Center, Troy

Faucet – Crue. Kohler, Kohler, Birmingham

Faucet – Crue. Kohler, Kohler, Birmingham

Lighting, Gold Sink – Visual Comfort,

Flooring – Refinished Oak

Flooring – Refinished Oak

Cloth & Kind, Ann Arbor

ADDITIONAL PROJECT

Fruit Bowl – Crate & Barrel, Novi

Lights, Ceiling – Visual Comfort, City

Hood – Vent-A-Hood, Witbeck Home

CONTRIBUTORS

Hood – Maison Birmingham, Birmingham

Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Appliance Mart, Orchard Lake; Fabricator,

Builder – Sullivan Building Co., Grosse

Lighting, Island – Kelly Werstler/Visual

Mirror – Rench Antiqued Mirror, Reid

Leonardo’s Marble & Granite, Wixom; Shell,

Pointe Farms

Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan

Glass, Southfield

Custom, Sapienstone Porcelain, Ciot, Troy

Interior Designer – Victoria Strickler,

Design Center, Troy

Tray – West Elm, Birmingham

Light, Ceiling – Sullivan-Strickler Design,

Sullivan-Strickler Design, Grosse Pointe

THE MESH MESHES

Left: The designer had a radiator cover made for the Grosse Pointe kitchen to match the cabinetry, with coordinating mesh grilles. Right: In the Bloomfield kitchen, the dark island grounds the space.

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omeowners often envision interiors that resemble their favorite boutique hotel. Few, however, actually move to a city because of a hotel experience. Pat and Paula Garrity are an exception. The couple moved to Michigan from New Canaan, Conn., with their son, when Pat accepted a job with the Detroit Pistons. “We chose Birmingham because my husband used to stay at The Townsend Hotel when his team came to town to play the Pistons,” Paula explains. “He loved the town and thought I’d like it, too.” She did. One of the things the family liked most about the area — and felt strongly about having in their future home — was access to Birmingham’s downtown. They purchased their lot from Brandywine Construction “because it was one of the few available that was truly walking distance to town,” Paula explains, adding, “it’s also a bit larger than many of the lots in the neighborhood.” After taking down an existing structure, the couple started from scratch with Brandywine, Krieger Klatt Architects, and designer Katie Rodriguez on a replacement that included 5,000 square feet, with four bedrooms and four baths. Using an existing design as a starting point, the team tweaked and tailored the floor plan to fit the family’s tastes and needs. They added a sport court in the backyard and a full gym in the basement, as well as an apartment above the garage for guests and the couple’s parents. Frequent moves through the years helped the couple hone their wish list. “You learn many things in that process,” Paula says. “We wanted to be efficient with space. We didn’t want a bunch of excess square footage. With a family of three (as well as a dog named Harper), we didn’t want big — just nice. We wanted it light and bright, with lots of windows.”

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A clean, modern, and bright look runs throughout the home, including here in the living room.

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They also wanted the interiors to reflect that goal, which spurred the builder to recommend Rodriguez as part of the design team. “We liked were also taken into consideration during planning. “The Garritys were pretty her so much that I continued to use her for interior consistent in the style of furnishings from their prior home, so integrating new design afterward,” Paula says. “She’s so easy to pieces was easy,” Rodriguez says. Paula says the designer “quickly picked up on my vision and style.” Rowork with.” The admiration is mutual, says Rodriguez, driguez describes that look as “clean, modern, and bright,” and says the goal who praises Garrity for her eye for design as well was achieved through a minimal palette of neutral colors and adding accents in as her sense of organization. Much of the project pillows and art. A light white oak floor reinforces the “modern, yet welcoming” feel the designer and homeowners were after. was done while the family was still livWELCOME! Project highlights include the kitchen, which features a clean, ing in Connecticut, which added logistiA modern, streamlined design and transom windows over the cabinets. “I don’t cal challenges — something the team streamlined design in the see that often,” Rodriquez says. “It accomplished bringing in light solved through frequent communication kitchen and without having a window that was looking at the neighbor’s house.” and visits. “Paula flew back and forth for wine areas (both She also loves the main living area. “It feels like something you can final selections,” the designer explains, pages) creates an really sink into with close family and friends, yet is polished enough adding that doing so made the building inviting look. for entertainment.” process easier. “It’s important for clients The building process took about 16 months. Rodriguez says that with the to see tile and counters in person. No one likes floor plan, they were able to do “a fantastic job of utilizing the space we had. a surprise.” The house was completed before Zoom meet- With the openness of the kitchen, living space, and breakfast nook, it’s easy ings revolutionized the process, she points out, to live and entertain in. A bonus is the covered loggia just outside the living adding, “now I do Zoom meetings for houses that space, which extends the entertaining area.” “We love Birmingham and living in Michigan,” Paula says. “It’s been a are a half-hour away!” The family’s existing furniture and other items that were making the move great place to raise our son, and we walk to town all the time. Neither of us has family here, but we’re extremely happy and have no plans to leave. It’s a house we could easily live in forever.”

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“WE WANTED TO BE EFFICIENT WITH SPACE. WE DIDN’T WANT A BUNCH OF EXCESS SQUARE FOOTAGE. WITH A FAMILY OF THREE, WE DIDN’T WANT BIG — JUST NICE.” — PAULA GARRITY

LET THERE BE LIGHT

A Visual Comfort chandelier (City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy) is the crowning jewel in the dining room.

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UNIQUE TOUCHES

Clockwise, from above: The master suite and stairway exude elegance with special lighting and quality materials.

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BUYER’S GUIDE INTERIOR DESIGNER

Faucet – Grohe, Universal Plumbing

Katie Rodriguez, Katie Rodriguez Design,

Supply, Oak Park

Birmingham, katierodriguezdesign.com

Flooring – White Oak Hood – Specified by Ideology, Birmingham

BATHROOM

Lighting, Island – Arteriors, Lighting

Bathtub – Neptune Products, Universal

Resource Studio, Michigan Design Center,

Plumbing Supply, Oak Park

Troy

Cabinet – Ideology, Birmingham

Refrigerators – Specified by Ideology,

Countertop – Ciot, Troy

Birmingham

Faucet – Grohe, Universal Plumbing

Sink – Thompson Traders, Universal

Supply, Oak Park

Plumbing Supply, Oak Park

Floor, Shower – Sinto Carerra Marble Hex,

Wine Cooler – Specified by Ideology,

Cercan Tile, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Birmingham

Flooring – White Mini Crystal, Ciot, Troy

Wine Storage – Specified by Ideology,

Sconces – RH

Birmingham

Sink – Decolav, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park

LIVING ROOM

Stool – Lighting Resource Studio, Michigan

Chairs, Patterned – Mitchell Gold + Bob

Design Center, Troy

Williams

Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Gray

Fireplace – Alaska White, Ciot, Troy

Screen

Flooring – White Oak Lamp, Floor – RH

BATHROOM, POWDER ROOM

Ottoman – Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Cabinet – Ideology, Birmingham

Rug – Milliken, Main Floor Carpet One

Chandelier – RH

Floor & Home, Royal Oak

Mirror – Custom, Brandywine

Sofas, Gray – RH

Construction & Management, Birmingham;

Stools, Wooden – Bernhardt, RJ Thomas

Surround, Ideology, Birmingham

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Sink – Kohler, Universal Plumbing Supply,

Table, Glass End – Bernhardt, RJ Thomas

Oak Park

Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy

Wall Treatment – Candice Olson, Duralee

Wall Paint – Custom Mix, White

BEDROOM

STAIRCASE

Armchair – Robert Allen and Duralee,

Chandelier – RH

Decoroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Flooring – White Oak

Blinds – Hunter Douglas, Interior Services

Stair Runner – Masland, Main Floor Carpet

by Peter Maurer

One Floor & Home, Royal Oak

Chandelier – RH

Wall Paint – Custom Mix, White

Fireplace – Silver White, Ciot, Troy Flooring – Main Floor Carpet One Floor &

EXTERIOR

Home, Royal Oak

Exterior Siding Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Functional Gray

DINING ROOM

Exterior Trim Paint – Sherwin-Williams,

Chandelier – Visual Comfort, City Lights

Backdrop

Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Masonry – Columbus Brick Stonechase

Rug – Silver Gray Sisal, Hagopian,

Genuine Papercut

Birmingham Wall Treatment – JF Fabrics BATHROOM BEAUTY

A chandelier from RH, plus Candace Olson (Duralee) wallpaper, equal pure elelgance in the powder room.

CONTRIBUTORS KITCHEN

Architect – Krieger Klatt Architects, Royal

Cabinetry – Ideology, Birmingham

Oak

Chairs, Dining – Sandler Seating,

Builder – Brandywine Construction &

Hampton Products Inc., Royal Oak

Management, Birmingham

Countertop – Ciot, Troy

Cabinet Designer – Ideology, Birmingham

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Total Transformation Birmingham designer converts a once-humble rental into a beautiful home TEXT BY KHRISTI ZIMMETH PHOTOGRAPHY BY BOSWELL

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eige carpet, beige walls, and lots of closed-in rooms” is how interior designer Jeffrey King, of Jeffrey King Interiors, describes the 1,400-square-foot Birmingham rental he moved into almost three decades ago. It wasn’t exactly his dream house. “It had been a rental for years and years,” he explains. “There was absolutely nothing that attracted me to the house, other than that it was available.” Owned by a client and built in 1920, the Saltbox-style home was one of three identical models on George Street. The fact that he’s still there is a testament both to his talents as an interior designer and to the power of potential. Once the home was his, King moved in and started improving. Up came all the old carpet, and down came some walls to open up the once-boxy space. He rearranged the kitchen and turned a small upstairs bedroom into a dressing room. “In those days, it was all about decorating,” he says. Soon his life began changing, too. “The house was a bachelor pad for a while but not for long,” he says. He began dating David, now his husband, and the couple soon adopted three daughters. The house, purchased in 1995, had to evolve to meet the family’s changing needs. That led to a major renovation, as two bedrooms upstairs became colorful children’s rooms. “The kids motivated the addition,” King explains. “At the time, we started wondering if we should stay or move. We looked at all the options and decided to stay.” Around the same time, an elementary school across the street was torn down and the space was converted into a park. “Having a lot with no neighbors across the street is a big deal in Birmingham,” King says, adding that it was another reason the family decided to stay put. The addition added 1,000 square feet to the back of the house, including a family room downstairs and a master suite up, as well as a 500-square-foot playroom and exercise room in the basement. When they were done, the house measured 2,500 square feet, with three bedrooms and three and a half baths. Once they had more space, King turned once again to decorating. He calls the house’s style a “transitional blend,” adding that it “definitely has touches of contemporary, and a clean and unclut-

MAKING MORE ROOM

The stunning master bathroom is part of the addtional 1,000 square feet added at the King home.

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GATHERING SPACES

Above: One of several cozy gathering areas. Below: The kitchen’s stainless steel brick-pattern backsplash adds pizzazz.

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EBB & FLOW

A harmonious color scheme flows from kitchen to dining room to living room.

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A SLICE OF PARADISE

Both pages, clockwise from left: A spacious master dressing room is off the master bath. The inviting bar features plenty of storage. The master bedroom focuses on comfort and style.

tered look, but it’s still warm.” The couple’s “very eclectic mixture” of art, including photography and original oils, is found throughout. The ensuing years brought a new garage and landscaping, a new roof, and “lots of little projects,” the designer says. Rooms have evolved, along with the family, and the onetime basement playroom is now a mini-theater with a big-screen television. King calls it “a super comfy space.” All changes, he says, have been true to the house’s original architecture and spirit. The kitchen renovation is a good example of King’s signature blend of contemporary and classic, he says. He kept the original textured walls and added both beadboard and wainscoting. “We took the look and carried it through the house,” he explains. “I call it modern farmhouse with contemporary.” He considers the family room one of the home’s highlights, and it’s where he often spends time hanging out with his husband or their two dogs, Levi and Hudson. “It’s a cozy spot in the back of the house with a big TV and lots of windows,” King explains. The first floor’s open circle plan makes it ideal for parties. “It’s a wonderful entertaining house,” he says. “It has good size and great traffic flow.” Decorating his own home was both easier and harder than working with clients, he says. It’s been easier because he knows what he wants and likes, and can make a quick decision. It’s also been harder, he says with a laugh, because “there are so many options” and “then you have to live with it.” While King never expected to stay, he’s glad he did. The once-humble rental turned out to be the perfect home for his family, he says, and it’s just a six-minute commute to his nearby office. He and David love the park across the street, and the neighborhood’s convenience to downtown Birmingham. “The house has been a blessing,” King says. “It looks so much better now than it did when I moved in. It’s become our own little slice of paradise.”

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BUYER’S GUIDE

Sconces – RH

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Custom

Shade, Gallery Steel, Waterford Loveseat – Custom, Jeffery King Interiors;

Shower – Hansgrohe Sinks – Barbara Barry Collection, Kallista

KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

Fabric, Pindler and Pindler

Skylights – VELUX

Artwork – “Decorators Art,” High Point

Ottoman – Home Goods

Urinal – Kohler

Backsplash – Stainless Steel Brick

Pillows, Accent – Custom, D.V. Kap Home

INTERIOR DESIGN

Vases, White – Global Views Studio A

Pattern, Beaver Tile & Stone, Michigan

Rug – Custom, Professional Rug Works

Jeffrey King, designer, Jeffrey King

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Custom

Design Center, Troy

Inc., Troy

Bar Stools – Sunpan

Sculpture (coffee table) – Global Views

Interiors, Birmingham, jeffreykinginteriors. com

BEDROOM, MASTER

Cabinetry – Custom, Perspectives

Studio A; Gallery Steel, Waterford

David King, operations manager,

Armchair – Holly Hunt

Cabinetry, Troy

Sculpture (fireplace) – “Acrobats,” Global

Jeffrey King Interiors, Birmingham,

Artwork – “Dancing Men,” Danielle Peleg

Chandelier – Stroma Crystal, Herald

Views Studio A

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Art Gallery, Keego Harbor

Wholesale, Troy

Shelf, Display – Baker Furniture, Michigan

Bed Frame and Headboard – Custom,

Countertops – White Carrara Marble

Design Center, Troy

BAR

Gallery Steel, Waterford

Flooring – Red Oak with Coffee and Ebony

Sofa – Custom, Jeffery King Interiors;

Cabinetry – Custom, Perspectives

Bedding – Scandia Home, Birmingham

Stain

Fabric, Pindler and Pindler

Cabinetry, Troy

Chests, Bedside – Custom, Perspectives

Jars, White – Dog Treat Jar, Bitch New York

Tables, End – Global Views Studio A

Drapery – Niagara, Fabricut, Vantay

Cabinetry, Troy

Kettle – Le Creuset

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Custom

Draperies, Madison Heights

Drapery – Custom, Vantay Draperies,

Sculptures – Global Views Studio A

Flooring – Red Oak with Coffee and Ebony

Madison Heights

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Custom

Stain

Drawers, Built-In – Perspectives

Glassware – Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath &

Cabinetry, Troy

LIVING ROOM

Awning, Royal Oak

Beyond

Flooring – Red Oak with Coffee and Ebony

Armchair – Custom, Jeffery King Interiors;

Building Materials – Hardie Board Siding

Statue, Hand – Global Views Studio A

Stain

Fabric, Pindler and Pindler

Door and Shutter Paint – Benjamin

Tray, Decorative – Global Views Studio A

Lighting, Ceiling – Track Lighting, Halo,

Blanket, Fur Throw – ZGallerie

Moore, Black

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s

Herald Wholesale, Troy

Blinds – Hunter Douglas

Fence – Action Fence of Michigan, Royal

White

Rug – King Cheetah 2, Stanton Carpet,

Candleholder (coffee table) – The Home

Oak

McLeod Carpet One Floor & Home,

& Garden Shop, Troy

Landscaping, Hard and Soft – Andy’s

BATHROOM, MASTER

Bloomfield Hills

Candleholders, Glass – Global Views

Landscape Services, Berkley

Bathtub – Herald Wholesale, Troy

Skylights – VELUX

Studio A

Masonry – Pisa Unilock Pavers, Andy’s

Blinds – Hunter Douglas

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Custom

Chairs, Dining – Refurbished Vintage with

Landscape Services, Berkley

Khaki and Black Croc Leather

Siding Paint – Benjamin Moore, Custom

Cabinetry – Custom, Perspectives

EXTERIOR Awning – Royal Oak & Birmingham

Cabinetry, Troy

DRESSING ROOM

Chaise-Sofa – Custom, Jeffery King

Trim Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s

Candleholder, Hand – Global Views

Closet Space, Built-In – California Closets,

Interiors, Fabric, Pindler and Pindler

White

Studio A

Birmingham

Drapery – Custom, Vantay Draperies,

Windows – Andersen Home Windows,

Countertops – Gold Marble, Calacatta

Drapery – Custom, Vantay Draperies,

Madison Heights

Hurd Windows

Faucets – Dornbracht

Madison Heights

Fireplace – Cold Rolled Steel, Gallery Steel,

Flooring – Ceramic Tile, Virginia Tile

Flooring – Red Oak with Coffee and Ebony

Waterford

Light, Ceiling – Track Lighting, Halo,

Stain

Flooring – Red Oak with Coffee and Ebony

Herald Wholesale, Troy

Lighting, Ceiling – Track Lighting, Halo,

Stain

Mirrors – Custom, Perspectives Cabinetry,

Home Depot

Lamps, Floor – Visual Comfort

Troy

Runner – King Cheetah 2, Stanton Carpets

Light, Ceiling – Custom, Fine Art Lamp

HOME SWEET HOME

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DECK THE HALLS

Designer Orna Fathers decks this Detroit home out for the holidays.

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Holiday Home, Detroit-Style A Boston-Edison Historic District beauty gets fixed up and spruced up for the festive season and beyond TEXT BY MEGAN SWOYER PHOTOGRAPHY BY INGRID FRANKOVICS

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n the summer of 2020, when interior designer Orna Fathers first saw the Boston-Edison Historic District home that she would soon take on as a project, her initial thought was that she couldn’t wait to “pull the personality out of the house,” she shares, adding, “The thing I love about that area in Detroit is that each house has its own personality.” This particular Georgian-style home definitely oozed with a specific look and feel. Her client, an investor who owns multiple Detroit properties, had purchased the home — which was operating at the time as a vacation rental — with the goal of renovating it and eventually leasing it for short- to long-term rentals. It could even be used for weddings and events, Fathers says. After the designer and her team at Northville-based Grace This Space Interiors toured the historic home, there was no doubt in their minds that the structure, built in 1919, could be transformed into a beauty that exemplified warmth, character, and charm. “We wanted it to be something like a space for big families to come into and enjoy spending time together in Detroit, to soak up the atmosphere,” Fathers says. She imagined that visiting families could spend Thanksgiving or Christmas there. Various scenarios were possible, Fathers explains. “Our client had the idea that a family could stay here — like one that’s visiting grandparents in the area, but doesn’t want to stay at a hotel and can’t stay with their grandparents. Not everyone

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has a house that can host a large family, so folks could stay here and entertain here.” Fathers’ client provided her with not only a ren- and antiques merchants like Cherish and Etsy. “If you have a sense of what you’re looking for ovation budget, but also one for seasonal décor. “That’s not common for these types of rentable and a feel for the space, then when you’re at an spaces,” Fathers says, “but he wanted to create antiques mall you’ll see a piece and you know that something inviting for families. The only IN THE SPIRIT it belongs in a certain spot. It looks like it’s always been there.” design constraint was to stick to a budget.” This page: The On the third floor, a kids’ retreat with Fathers’ design goal was to fashion var- music room has ious areas that were distinct in function, nutcracker cheer. a sports-oriented theme awaits. “I put Opposite page: vintage sports pieces there and games style, and personality, yet flowed. “The The living room, rooms each have an element of individu- with and without like vintage Monopoly board games that guests can play,” the designer says. A ality, but the house (which can sleep up to holiday trim. bathroom and bunkroom are off this space. 20) is still cohesive,” Fathers asserts. “We Fathers calls the front room “the music room.” wanted it to stay true to its vintage.” With that thought in mind, Fathers says she She explains: “I started calling it that once I “hunted high and low for vintage items,” and was sourced a baby grand piano (1900s Brambach). happy to find, for example, an Underwood type- It just felt like a piano invoked a welcoming writer at an antiques mall in Northville. “I spent space that would have hosted many guests over hours scouring antiques malls and online vintage the years. I styled it with a Detroit Motown feel. There’s Aretha Franklin album art on the wall, and an old record-turned-artwork. The piece, which

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has the Detroit skyline cut into it, was created by a local artist Fathers discovered at the Laurel Park Mall in Livonia. She also hung black-and-white paint ceilings white — but it was so worth it, she portraits of musicians on the wall, including The says, given the comfortable feel the space evokes. Supremes, Martha Reeves, Bob Seger, Marvin More comfort comes with the undulating flooring, she says. “You get a bit of creakiness, and that adds Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Eminem, and Kid Rock. Old-fashioned Christmas tree ribbon with mu- character.” Meanwhile, the dining room was designed to sical notes was purchased online and mixes well with the newer items, and the sheet music that sits have a warm feeling, like a place you’d want to on the piano has an old-time feel. “A non-function- sit in for hours, Fathers explains. Velvet curtains ing vintage record player doubles as a side table join upholstered gray seating that surrounds a long wood table, while an old-time blackand a functional modern record player creates a great atmosphere to relax and enjoy LOUNGE LOVE and-white Detroit wallcovering accents This page: A thirda couple of the walls. A brass chandelier good Detroit music. I wanted to create a floor hangout feeling of coziness, of family time where for youngsters. with a simple-but-antiquated look lights people could gather to enjoy music.” Nut- Opposite page: the space. Fathers says another room feels a bit crackers were strategically placed around The music room, the fireplace. “I imagined a family attend- with and without Mid-century. “There were two Mid-cenholiday trim. tury orange chairs already here, so I had ing “The Nutcracker” on stage downtown, one refurbished and re-stained. The chair and returning to this room to enjoy the is what inspired the bedroom’s look. (My) client evening and carry on the outing’s theme.” The front room and back living room are equal- gave me a lot of creative leeway and he trusted my ly cozy. With rich velvet curtains in a burnt-orange instincts. He gave me a general direction of what color, the back room features complementary deep- he’s trying to achieve with the house,” she shares. Fathers says the biggest challenge the team blue walls. Fathers even had the ceiling painted blue, which perplexed her painters, who normally faced occurred when COVID-19 hit. “We completed the project in December 2020, so navigating the unknown during COVID was really difficult,

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but doable.” Other than that, the team didn’t experience many difficulties, and they were even able to keep the original floors. Many of the discoveries made during the course of the journey were downright joyful. “The home has some cool elements. We loved the built-in shelf pantry, for example,” Fathers says. In addition, built-in bookcases, antiqued, original mirrored doors to the bedroom closets, original hardware on the doors, detailed crown moldings, the fireplace, and mantel were all workable. The original molding and trim had weathered the years well, she adds. Fathers had both painted the same color as the walls, to create a monochromatic look. The renovation involved overhauling two of the four bathrooms down to the studs. “There were so many issues with these old bathrooms.We managed to save two with minor refreshes, but the others had to be taken back to the studs. This stately home has what was considered large bathrooms, but by today’s standards they’re very small. I had to design them to increase the space, switching out tubs for larger showers, stealing space from neighboring closets, and making selections that would make the space feel bigger while staying true to the integrity of the home.” From the sports-themed loft and the inviting dining room and its streets of Detroit wallcovering to the Motown music vibe in the front room, and with lots of holiday décor sprinkled in, Fathers’ designs certainly met her original goal: This home’s got personality, and then some.

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CITY STYLE

This page: The dining room’s Detroit-themed wallpaper puts the accent on history. Opposite page: Fathers’ festive treats.

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SLEEP TIGHT

Clockwise, from above: Fathers refers to this room as “Lush Tropical,” thanks to exotic wallpaper and the use of greens and greenery. Nautical and Mid-century Modern motifs greet visitors to these guest rooms.

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BUYER’S GUIDE INTERIOR DESIGNER Orna Fathers, Grace This Space Interiors, Northville, gracethisspace.com BEDROOM, GUEST (LUSH TROPICAL) Armchair – Pier 1 Bedding – Flax Linen Duvet, Pottery Barn Bedframe – Aspen Upholstered Platform Bed, Jennifer Taylor Home Blanket, Throw – Fjorn Chests, Bedside – Safavieh Drapery – Etsy Lamps, Bedside – West Elm, Birmingham

Bedframe – World Market

Threshold, Target

Table, Console — Terrace Console, West

Mirror – Etsy

Blanket, Throw – Nordstrom, Troy

Christmas Tree – Classic Blue Spruce

Elm, Birmingham

Pillows, Accent – Etsy

Chests, Bedside – West Elm, Birmingham

Artificial Christmas Tree, Balsam Hill

Table, End (Radio - Record player) –

Planters – Ikea and Etsy

Drapery – Linen with Privacy Sheers, West

Drapery – Bellacor

Antique

Table, End (Armchair) – Rattan Side

Elm, Birmingham

Hanging Snowflakes – Etsy

Toy Train – 30-Piece Motorized Train Set,

Table, Etsy

Lamp, Bedside – West Elm, Birmingham

Lamp, Floor – Martus Floor Lamp,

FAO Schwarz, Kohl’s

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Chantilly Lace

Mirror – Oval Metal Framed Mirror,

Rejuvenation

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Chantilly

Wallpaper – LUSH, The Detroit Wallpaper

Rejuvenation

Lighting, Ceiling – Canned Lighting

Lace

Co., Ferndale

Pillows, Accent – Custom, Etsy

Pillows, Accent – Rejuvenation

Planter – Custom, Vietnamese Seagrass

Planter, White – Ikea, Canton

THIRD-FLOOR SPORTS (YOUTH

BEDROOM, GUEST (TWIN,

Belly Basket, Etsy

Rug – Brushed Flowers Rug, West Elm,

SPACE)

NAUTICAL)

Rug – Genuine Cow Hide Rug, Pottery Barn

Birmingham

Chairs – Yokota Wide Polyester Slipper

Artwork, Horses – Antique

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, White Dove

Sofa – 70s Faux Leather Sleeper Sofa,

Chair, Highland Dunes

Vintage

Christmas Tree (orange) – Aspen Estate

Artwork, Scenery – Antique Bedding – Restoration Hardware, Troy

DINING ROOM

Table, Coffee – Industrial Storage Pop-up

Fir Artificial Christmas Tree, Balsam Hill

Bedframes – Pottery Barn and Vintage,

Candleholders – Etsy

Coffee Table, West Elm, Birmingam

Christmas Tree (white/gold) – Arctic

Charish

Chandelier – Quoizel

Table, Occasional – Marlow Matchstick

Fir Artificial Christmas Tree, Puleo

Blanket, Throw – Avah Striped Throw

Chairs, Dining – Seth Tufted Side Chair,

Pedestal Table, Four Hands

International, Macy’s

Blanket, Pottery Barn

Lark Manor

Table, Tree Stump – Artistica Home

Drapery – West Elm, Birmingham

Chest, Bedside – Antique

Table, Dining – Custom, Shelby Holtzman

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Midnight

Pillows – Rejuvenation

Chest, Wooden – Antique

and Dan Erickson, Long White Beard,

Blue

Shelf – Helix Walnut Bookcase, CB2

Drapery – Pocket Blackout Curtain with

Ferndale

Belgian Linen Rod, Pottery Barn

Wallpaper – The Detroit Wallpaper Co.,

MUSIC ROOM (FRONT ROOM)

EveryRoom, Bed Bath & Beyond

Lamp, Bedside – Emilie USB Bedside

Ferndale

Armchairs – Brandi Armchair in Green,

Table, Coffee – Amoeba Wild Walnut Wide

Christopher Knight Home

Coffee Table, Article

Lamp, Pottery Barn

Sofa – Lenna Velvet Tufted Futon,

Lighting, Ceiling – Conical Drum Semi

KITCHEN

Blanket, Throw – Highland Tartan Tweed

Table, Display – Vintage

Flush, Rejuvenation

Bar Stools – Sanctuary Solid Wood Bar

Throw Blanket, Prince of Scots, Macy’s

Table, Foosball – Table provided by the

Model Boat – Antique

Stool, Charlton Home

Christmas Tree – Silverado Slim Artificial

client; Custom decal, Grace This Space

Rug – Chenille Jute Basketweave Rug,

Cabinet Paint – Benjamin Moore, Black

Christmas Tree, Balsam Hill

Interiors, Northville

Pottery Barn

Beauty

Drapery – Velvet Curtain in Regal Blue,

Table, Occasional – Tripod Side Table, West

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore,

Countertop – Quartz

West Elm

Elm, Birmingham

Newburyport Blue

Light, Ceiling – Quoiziel

Garland – Custom, Grace This Space

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Chantilly

Window Shades – Custom, Bali Cordless

Shelf Paint – Benjamin Moore, Black

Interiors, Northville

Lace

Blackout Shade, Pottery Barn

Beauty

Lamp, Table – Ballard Designs

Wall Decals – Custom, The Detroit

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Calm

Mirror – Antique

Wallpaper Co., Ferndale

Nutcracker – Musical Nutcracker, Grandin

BEDROOM, GUEST (WESTERN, MID-CENTURY MODERN)

LIVING ROOM (BACK ROOM)

Road

EXTERIOR

Artwork, Cactus – Etsy

Armchair (1) – Xena Slipcovered Swivel

Piano – 1900s Baby Grand Piano,

Door Paint Color – Rust-Oleum Ultra

Artwork, Circle – Woven Plate Set in Blue,

Accent Chair, Club Furniture

Brambach

Cover Gloss Spray Paint, Dark Green

Kazi, Bed Bath and Beyond

Armchair (2) – Peoria Wood, Target

Rug – Overstock

Landscaping – Grace This Space Interiors,

Bedding – European Flax Linen Duvet and

Bar Cart – Bamboo Motif Bar Cart, Vintage

Sofa – Napa Sofa in Cognac Tan, Poly

Northville

Shams, West Elm, Birmingham

Chest, Display – Accent TV Stand,

and Bark

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Interior Designers (ASID) Michigan Chapter gathered recently at Hastens in Birmingham to swear in six board members and celebrate the organization’s new board. “It was an intimate gathering where attendees enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres. After the board was sworn into office, President-elect Doreen Hunter presented her vision for the upcoming year,” says Elizabeth Peret, owner of Elizabeth Helen Design and the chapter’s communications director. Information: mi.asid.org

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interior designer Bob Schaerer for the complex installation. This type of setup could feature a screen he owners of a luxurious Lake An- with an adjustable height, but that wasn’t a requiregelus residence designed by Des- ment this time. Instead, when the TV reaches its Rosiers Architects in Bloomfield stopping point, a wide piece of tile fills the gap in the Hills had a special request: They floor. When the Future Automation TV system isn’t in use, another tile folds back into place, wanted to have a TV in the UP & DOWN making it completely flush with the floor. hub of the home and preserve the gloriThis TV easily Bellanti says they could have posious panoramas from their expansive winhides away in the dows. Jason Bellanti, a partner with Spire floor when it’s not tioned the TV in a corner, but that would Integrated Systems Inc., a luxury home in use. Tech design require a much smaller screen and might technology company headquartered in by Custom Homes have blocked the windows. In the future, Troy, recalls telling the couple how they by Derocher and he says, there will be technology that feaSpire Integrated tures a TV on a glass window that simply could ensure the best of both worlds with Systems Inc. disappears when not in use. Although he a creative solution. “They wanted to be able to watch TV and be says that option currently exists, it’s in its infancy and the quality of the picture is best at night. able to see the view from the kitchen or the taHigh-tech setups like these show that creativity ble,” he says. “We’ve done quite a bit with hiding TVs, and there are lots of different ways to do it. conquers all. “TV is important to a lot of our cliThey can either fold down or drop down from the ents, and aesthetics are equally important to them, ceiling, but that tends to not put the TV at optimal so we put a lot of effort into working with our cliviewing height and it takes a lot of room from the ents and their interior designers to let them enjoy TV without ruining the space,” Bellanti says. ceiling, where you might want to have lights.” Having a dedicated mechanical place so the More information: desarch.com, spireinteTV can hide in the floor, like they did here, takes grated.com teamwork. Bellanti credits Royal Oak-based general contractor Custom Homes by Derocher and

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