2016 DHDA: Details

2016 Design Awards

Judges | Details | Exteriors | Interiors | Commercial Design
Homes | Rising Star | Reader’s Choice


Photo By Beth Singer

1st – Walter Herz Interiors, with Vogue Furniture

This beautiful Art Deco elevator foyer is enhanced by its octagon shape and exquisite mahogany panels. The gold leaf domed ceiling, with an antique chandelier and matching sconces, reflects onto the beautiful grain of the wood panels. One of the panels hides the opening to the elevator, creating an illusion of an all-paneled room. The custom-designed furnishings reflect the Art Deco period.

Photo by Brad Ziegler

2nd – VanBrouck & Associates Inc., with Luxe Homes Design + Build and Oliver Max Interiors

Photo by Beth Singer

3rd – Cranbrook Custom Homes, with Eleni Interiors Inc.

Stair and Railing

Photo by James Haefner

1st – DesRosiers Architects, with Northern Staircase Company Inc.

This exciting, sculptural, 12-inch-diameter, 4-foot by 6-inch-wide helical circular stair is a pleasure to navigate and to view. The stringers, LED-lit treads, and railings are fabricated from clear sapele mahogany wood. The glass and railing supports are solid half-inch bronze metal, with stainless steel inserts. The curved walls and stepped ceiling radiate from the center of this magnificent focal point.

Photo by Beth Singer

2nd – Walter Herz Interiors, with Gallery Steel

Photo by Lynn Stinson

3rd – Kevin Hart & Associates, with Macomb Stairs & Millwork

Decorative Glass & Mirror

Photo by Adam Kunselman

1st – AZD Architects, with T2 Fabrication Company

This water feature was creatively fabricated and engineered. Fourteen pieces of glass were suspended on pivoting hinges at adjustable opposing angles. The water then flows past five levels of living space, starting at the fifth-level spa and going all the way down to the kitchen. The one-of-a-kind glass element can be viewed from every single room in the house.

Photo by Beth Singer

2nd – Walter Herz Interiors, with Reid Glass

Photo by Glen Rauth

3rd – DesRosiers Architects


Photo by Zecchini Photography

1st – Yarema

The team at Yarema worked closely with an architecture firm to design and create this traditional Russian inlaid floor for a client’s elegant dressing room.

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2nd – Yarema

Photo by Zecchini Photography

3rd – Yarema

Interior Use of Stone

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1st – VanBrouck & Associates Inc., with Luxe Homes Design + Build and Ellwood Interiors

In this master bath, his-and-hers vanities draw the eye to the free-standing bathtub, which is the focal point. Driftwood shelves built into the stone walls create niches for storing towels and soaps, and the rough-cut texture of the limestone alcove walls are juxtaposed with the smooth limestone floor and countertops. The room, a study of textures and patterns, is united by a palette of soothing grays.

Photo by Beth Singer

2nd – Amy Miller Weinstein/AMW Design Studio, with Sterling Development

Photo by Eric Perry

3rd – Jacob & Co.

Interior Use of Tile

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1st – Cranbrook Custom Homes

The Esperance’s grand, two-story foyer features smooth, crisp marble on the floor and walls, contrasted with a rustic, rugged terra-cotta ceiling. The tiled terra-cotta ceiling was modeled after a church in France, and is a continuation of the curves seen throughout the rest of the home — from the ceiling in the great room to custom muntins in the windows to elegant archways.

Photo by Brad Ziegler

2nd – VanBrouck & Associates Inc., with Luxe Homes Design + Build

Photo by Eric Perry

3rd – Jacob & Co.

Interior/Exterior Lighting

Photo by James Haefner

1st – DesRosiers Architects

This magnificent residence is situated on the tip of a peninsula on the largest inland lake in Oakland County. Seeing it from the lake at night is breathtaking: The exquisite interior materials, furnishings, see-through fireplace, helical curved staircase, and indirectly lit LED stepped, arched ceilings are all exposed through the expansive bronze tinted glass exterior. By night, this residence is an absolute shining jewel.

Photo by John Carlson

2nd – Tutto Interiors

Photo by Carlson Productions

3rd – Reem Akkad Design


Photo by Beth Singer

1st – Walter Herz Interiors, with Marie Howard Showroom

This stunning fireplace creates the focal point for a large master bedroom. Gold gilt, vertical relief panels complement the scale of this dramatic wall. The Italian antique mirrors from the 1940s were removed from their original frames and joined together, amplifying the height of the room. The marble surround is an impressive background for the custom-designed brass screen, which accessorizes the grandness
of this fireplace wall.

Photo by Beth Singer

2nd – Cranbrook Custom Homes

Photo by Beth Singer

3rd – Amy Miller Weinstein/AMW Design Studio, with Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.

Custom Cabinet Installation

Photo by Brad Ziegler

1st – VanBrouck & Associates Inc., with Luxe Homes Design + Build and Oliver Max Interiors

In the tradition of English country houses, an anteroom transitions the main entry hall from the stately paneled library in this residence. The cabinetry conceals a beverage refrigerator and icemaker, while copper wire mesh upper cabinets enhance the display of heirloom glassware. Under-cabinet lighting highlights the repurposed vintage walnut-framed, antique mirror squares installed as the backsplash, and a refined, classic egg-and-dart detail decorates the crown molding frieze.

Photo by Laurie Tennent

2nd – Brandywine Construction & Management, with The Teich Group

Photo by Kate Bruinsema

3rd – Benchmark Wood Studio, with Mike Schaap Builders

Custom Furniture

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1st – Vogue Furniture, with Schuster Homes

Constructed of bleached koa, this modern bar has a soft, flowing, organic wood grain panel wrapping the back wall, with lighted display niches. The ceiling panel supports a custom-made minimal box light fixture. The balance of the functional cabinetry consists of dark mahogany, with stone work surfaces. The stone wall to the right of the bar slides to access a hidden room.

Photo by Beth Singer

2nd – Amy Miller Weinstein/AMW Design Studio, with Vogue Furniture

Photo by Beth Singer

3rd – Cottage Company Interiors, with Van Dam Boats

Repurposed Furniture

Photo by Martin Vecchio

1st – Cotton Bucket Designs

This kitchen island was found in northern Michigan, covered with snow. The rusted wheels, oversprays of paint, and planked top added to the character of the oversized wooden cart. It was transported downstate, cleaned thoroughly, and the planked top was heavily sanded, planed, and reworked. Once in place, careful attention was used to drill through the huge metal wheels to secure it permanently to the floor.

Photo by Danielle Becklin

2nd – Benchmark Wood Studio

Photo by Brett J. Lawrence

3rd – Blue Trail Studio, LLC