2020 DDA: Interiors

2020 Detroit Design Awards – Interiors – Winning spaces include chic, finished basements, gorgeous great rooms, and more.
2020 Detroit Design Awards - Interiors
The kitchen in this 1923 home has designated spaces for prepping, cleaning, cooking, and serving. It won first place in the Kitchen (more than 500 square feet) category. // Photograph by Martin Vecchio

Guest Suite

Guest Suite - 1st Place
Cottage Company Interiors, with Cottage Company of Harbor Springs – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – Cottage Company Interiors, with Cottage Company of Harbor Springs

This completely remodeled guest suite features expansive windows with water views and a window seat that spans the entire length of the windows. Wool carpet, a walk-in closet, and a door to a private deck make this a perfect place for visitors to relax. The navy-and-blue color scheme nicely complements the water views.

Guest Suite - 2nd Place
Schaerer Architextural Interiors, with DesRosiers Architects – Photograph by James Haefner

2nd Place – Schaerer Architextural Interiors, with DesRosiers Architects

Guest Suite - 3rd Place
VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Oliver Max Inc. – Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd Place – VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Oliver Max Inc.


Laundry Room/Mud Room

Laundry Room - 1st Place
Design Ideology, with Brandywine Construction & Management – Photograph by John D’Angelo

1st Place – Design Ideology, with Brandywine Construction & Management

In this luxury new-construction home, it was important that the mudroom/laundry room was a space that incorporates both aesthetics and function. It contains two floor-to-ceiling custom storage built-ins, a large island, floor-to-ceiling storage lockers, and an area for a washer/dryer with folding counters. The high-traffic room needed enough storage space for everyday items, in addition to offering auxiliary storage. It also had to meet the family’s everyday needs, and be able to accommodate catering/service people assisting for special events.

Laundry Room - 2nd Place
Witmer Design, with Petrucci Homes – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Witmer Design, with Petrucci Homes

Laundry Room - 3rd Place
KSI – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

3rd Place – KSI

Judge’s Insights:
What a great space (created by Design Ideology, with Brandywine Construction & Management) with excellent storage!
— Judge Meggie Hosler


Specialty Room (Gym, Music, Billiards, Crafts, Etc.)

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Specialty Room - 1st Place
VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Ellwood Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Ellwood Interiors

Drawing inspiration from the ateliers of the French Impressionist painters and sculptors, the art studio/loft in this Tuscan-style villa is energizing and artful. The space is a source of inspiration, thanks to the architectural framework, the aged beauty of the floors, sunny-yellow walls, and, most important, perfect lighting. A pair of French doors opens to a balcony overlooking a quaint inner motor-courtyard, and three expansive windows provide abundant natural light. An eclectic collection of vintage tables provides ample work surfaces.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Specialty Room - 2nd Place
VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Oliver Max Inc. – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Oliver Max Inc.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Specialty Room - 3rd Place
Schaerer Architextural Interiors, with DesRosiers Architects – Photograph by James Haefner

3rd Place – Schaerer Architextural Interiors, with DesRosiers Architects

Designers’ Goal:
(We wanted this space) to be a rich source of inspiration for a professional artist, from the architectural framework and aged beauty of the floors to the cheerful, sunny-yellow color of the walls, and, most important, the perfect light.
— VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Ellwood Interiors


Conservatory/Screen Room/Sunroom

2020 Detroit Design Awards - 1st Place
Heller & Associates, with Marilynn Silberman/Studio Loft, LLC – Photograph by Mike Kline

1st Place – Heller & Associates, with Marilynn Silberman/Studio Loft, LLC

Ashlar patterned, blue stone flooring, a silver ledgestone wall enclosure, and a beveled tongue-and-groove ceiling beautifully integrate with the exterior of the home and surrounding landscape. Recessed automated screen panels offer an open-air experience as well as a screened-in, three-season room; electric infrared heaters provide comfortable temperatures in cooler weather. The floating limestone fireplace is a focal point in the gorgeously appointed lanai. Natural gas coach lights flank the flat-screen television, which can be enjoyed while lounging on the wicker furniture.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - 2nd Place
Laura Zender Design – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

2nd Place – Laura Zender Design

2020 Detroit Design Awards - 3rd Place
VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Ellwood Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd Place – VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Ellwood Interiors


Wine Room

2020 Detroit Design Awards - 1st Place
DesRosiers Architects, with Schaerer Architextural Interiors – Photograph by James Haefner

1st Place – DesRosiers Architects, with Schaerer Architextural Interiors 

Taking the tasting experience out of the cellar, this wine room features a frameless glass center pivot door and takes center stage in this sophisticated dining room. A wall-hung tasting console is accented by a panel of backlit onyx. Polished stainless steel struts with indirect LED light channels suspend and present a wine collection that’s ready to delight the palate of any guest.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - 2nd Place
Ellwood Interiors, with VanBrouck | Luxe Homes – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Ellwood Interiors, with VanBrouck | Luxe Homes

2020 Detroit Design Awards - 3rd Place
Paul Feiten Design – Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd Place – Paul Feiten Design


Bar

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Bar - 1st Place
Maison Birmingham, with Tutto Interiors – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

1st Place – Maison Birmingham, with Tutto Interiors

Situated within a grand-scale living room, surrounded by traditional wainscoting, this modern, high-gloss, emerald-and-brass bar adds a pop of color and contrast within this more transitional space. Warm LED lights were placed in, under, and on top of the emerald lacquer cabinetry to create an alluring glow. The arched ceiling of the alcove was painted gold to further enhance the dramatic mood. The moody lighting, brass fixtures, and dark “nero marquina” porcelain give this bar an opulent, cosmopolitan feel.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Bar - 2nd Place
Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

2nd Place – Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Bar - 3rd Place
PRM Custom Builders, with Bolyard Lumber & Design Center – Photograph by Boswell Hardwick

3rd Place – PRM Custom Builders, with Bolyard Lumber & Design Center

Judge’s Insights:
This bar (Maison Birmingham, with Tutto Interiors) is the perfect combination of luxe, modern, and alluring with its brass accents and moody black porcelain countertop. So sleek!
— Judge Renée Gaddis


Library/Study

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Library - 1st Place
Meg Corley Premier Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – Meg Corley Premier Interiors

Once a traditional library, this quickly became an updated space with a sprayed blue/gray lacquer finish, which is a perfect backdrop for the homeowner’s wild game collection. A private balcony allows light into the space, highlighting the warm colors of the desk and the cognac-colored leather chairs against the blue/gray walls. Porcelain slab material surrounds the fireplace for a masculine feel. Not pictured is a full wall of built-in shelving behind the desk, perfect for storage and to showcase accessories.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Library - 2nd Place
Carrie Long Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Carrie Long Interiors

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Library - 3rd Place
VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Ellwood Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd Place – VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Ellwood Interiors

Judge’s Insights:
Meg Corley Premier Interiors, those walls! And, Carrie Long Interiors, very cozy!
— Judge Meggie Hosler


Home Office

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Home Office - 1st Place
Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design – Photograph by Jeff Garland

1st Place – Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design

In spite of “his” office’s location in the lower level, the large window wells allow sunlight to flood the space. There’s a sofa to stretch out on, and a large TV ensures he never misses a game. An adjoining “sports room” has custom racks for fly rods, waders, and other sporting goods. “Her” office, tucked away on the second floor and not pictured, was inspired by the color palette of a pink Hermes scarf. It’s perfect for planning vacations and family events, and displaying art and memorabilia.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Home Office - 2nd Place
Carrie Long Interiors, with HM Homes – Photograph by Carlson Productions

2nd Place – Carrie Long Interiors, with HM Homes

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Home Office - 3rd Place
Heller & Associates, with Marilynn Silberman/Studio Loft, LLC – Photograph by Mike Kline

3rd Place – Heller & Associates, with Marilynn Silberman/Studio Loft, LLC


Powder Room

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Powder Room - 1st Place
Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

1st Place – Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes

This space evokes all the elements of the classic powder room, with nooks where subtle crystal lighting sparkles. Decadent Calacatta marble is carved in a perfect ogee and holds a polished-silver sink for hand-washing. Dyed fabric wallcovering creates a visual dance with its rhythmic patterns. The mahogany doors feature a circular detail that carries into the custom cabinetry of the vanity. Floors of mink-colored marble, polished-silver hardware, and a mirror of silver-leafed antique glass give this space head-to-toe traditional glamor.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Powder Room - 2nd Place
Vogue Furniture, with Saroki Architecture – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Vogue Furniture, with Saroki Architecture

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Powder Room - 2nd Place
Ellwood Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd Place – Ellwood Interiors


Bath (Up to 150 Square Feet)

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Bath Up to 150 - 1st Place
Forward Design Build Remodel – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

1st Place – Forward Design Build Remodel

Full of charm and wonder, this historic home was in good shape considering its age. It’s graced with large rooms and natural light, but lacked a true master suite. Two underused bedrooms were converted into a walk-in closet and master bath. A found-furniture piece takes center stage in the bathroom; it was lovingly refurbished and modified to accept a sink, honed marble countertop, and appropriate plumbing. Ultimately, this luxurious and functional bath looks as if it has always been there.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Bath Up to 150 - 2nd Place
Stalburg Design, with Chris Morgan and Associates – Photograph by Plac3D Photography

2nd Place – Stalburg Design, with Chris Morgan and Associates

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Bath Up to 150 - 3rd Place
Rima Designs, LLC, with Jessica Rabban – Photograph by Rose Catherine Hohl

3rd Place – Rima Designs, LLC, with Jessica Rabban

Designers’ Goal:
The vanity wall has a plank tile that runs the entire length of the bathroom. At the floating seated shower bench, we maintained a low wall to highlight the run of tile from vanity through to the shower.
— Stalburg Design, with Chris Morgan and Associates


Bath (More than 150 Square Feet)

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Bath More than 150 - 1st Place
EuroAmerica Design, with Moda Design Build – Photograph by Boswell

1st Place – EuroAmerica Design, with Moda Design Build

In this his-and-her bathroom, two Italian-made, wall-mounted vanities frame the bathtub. The extra-wide walnut cabinets seem to be floating on the wall. While keeping with a minimalist look, the size of the cabinets ensures the couple has ample storage. An open white cabinet complements the granite countertop on the vanities, and white drapes and a crystal chandelier soften the modern, sleek look. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors behind both vanities give the appearance that the space is endless.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Bath More than 150 - 2nd Place
Maison Birmingham, with Sterling Development Corp. – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

2nd Place – Maison Birmingham, with Sterling Development Corp.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Bath More than 150 - 3rd Place
CBI Design Professionals Inc., with Colleen Farrell Design – Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd Place – CBI Design Professionals Inc., with Colleen Farrell Design

Judge’s Insights:
What an innovative use of tile and fixtures in the Maison Birmingham, with Sterling Development Corp., bathroom.
— Judge Julianne Hendrickson


Kitchen (Up to 200 Square Feet)

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Up to 200 - 1st Place
Heller & Associates, with Joanne Aronovitz — InteriorSource, LLC – Photograph by Mike Kline

1st Place – Heller & Associates, with Joanne Aronovitz — InteriorSource, LLC 

A dramatic backsplash of bookmatched granite slabs forms the focal point behind a Viking range. The kitchen has a center island with a microwave hidden on the far side; two warming drawers make entertaining easy. Twin hidden cabinets are cleverly disguised behind recessed panels on either side of the cooktop. Not pictured is a pendant light by David Trubridge, which hangs above a round, granite-topped tulip table in the eating space. The box window, set flush to the countertop, provides abundant natural light.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Up to 200 - 2nd Place
Xstyles Bath + More Inc. – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Xstyles Bath + More Inc.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Up to 200 - 3rd Place
Valia Design – Photograph by Lume Photography

3rd Place – Valia Design


Kitchen (Between 201-500 Square Feet)

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Kitchen Between 201-500 - 1st Place
Maison Birmingham, with Sterling Development Corp. – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

 1st Place – Maison Birmingham, with Sterling Development Corp.

Preserving the character of this 1921 Georgian Colonial was an inspiration and a challenge. Oversized, contrasting black windows along the sink wall allow more light into the deep space. The tall glass cabinetry on either side of the range frames it as the centerpiece of the kitchen and offers ample storage. The contrast created by the black cabinetry was inspired by the home’s checkerboard marble tile. The island’s white inset cabinetry hints at the more historic, classic design of the home.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Kitchen Between 201-500 - 2nd Place
Armina Interiors – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

2nd Place – Armina Interiors

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Kitchen Between 201-500 - 3rd Place
Laura Zender Design – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

3rd Place – Laura Zender Design

Designers’ Goal:
Following a devastating hurricane in Florida, this home was revamped and now features a kitchen that’s inviting, with space for people to congregate. The open white porcelain surfaces are grounded with white oak cabinetry that was custom-made in the U.S. Accents of blue connect the home to its ocean vibe.
— Armina Interiors


Kitchen (More than 500 Square Feet)

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Kitchen More than 500 - 1st Place
Maison Birmingham, with Victoria Strickler—Scott Shuptrine Interiors – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

1st Place – Maison Birmingham, with Victoria Strickler—Scott Shuptrine Interiors

This stately home was built in 1923, but needed to be updated for a modern lifestyle. Classic white oak herringbone flooring flows throughout the spaces, tying them together. The kitchen has designated spaces for prepping, cleaning, cooking, and serving (see opening page of this section). The neutral, custom-inset cabinetry has a warm feel. To bounce more light around the space, every other wall is clad in a subway tile that harkens back to the early 1900s. Unlacquered brass fixtures pair well with the home’s original brass hardware.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Kitchen More than 500 - 2nd Place
Marianne Jones, LLC, with Kelly Building & Development Company, LLC  – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Marianne Jones, LLC, with Kelly Building & Development Company, LLC 

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Kitchen More than 500 - 3rd Place
Heller & Associates – Photograph by Mike Kline

3rd Place – Heller & Associates


Contemporary Master Suite

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Master Suite - 1st Place
VanBrouck & Associates, with Ellwood Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – VanBrouck & Associates, with Ellwood Interiors 

The master suite of this contemporary lakehouse encompasses an entire outstretched private wing of the home. The thoughtfully quiet color palette of gray/white/sand imbues a serene and sophisticated ambiance, while the textures, patterns, and patinas create tactile and visual interest. The symmetry of the bedroom and bathroom spaces results in a balanced, peaceful aura. A custom-designed floor-to-ceiling leather-panel headboard creates dramatic scale in the bedroom, while the New Zealand wool carpet emulates ripples of water, playing on the lake theme.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Master Suite - 2nd Place
Schaerer Architextural Interiors, with Vogue Furniture – Photograph by James Haefner

2nd Place – Schaerer Architextural Interiors, with Vogue Furniture

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Master Suite - 3rd Place
Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design – Photograph by Jeff Garland

3rd Place – Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design

Judge’s Insights:
Schaerer Architextural Interiors, with Vogue Furniture, created a symbiotic relationship with the architecture and décor. Great job!
— Judge Anthony Michael


Traditional Master Suite

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Master Suite - 1st Place
Cottage Company Interiors, with Cottage Company of Harbor Springs – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – Cottage Company Interiors, with Cottage Company of Harbor Springs

Board-and-batten cover the bedroom walls, for a casual vibe, and the wool carpet feels nice. Abundant windows sport grass shades in the bedroom, while plantation shutters were used in the bathroom. The lighting in the bedroom separates the sitting, bed, and office spaces. The master bathroom features wood-tone floating vanities, white subway tile, a black freestanding tub, and an iron/ glass wall. Clear pendants, mixed metal plumbing, shadow-box mirrors and under-cabinet lighting solidify the chic design.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Master Suite - 2nd Place
Serba Interiors – Photograph by Justin Maconochie

2nd Place – Serba Interiors

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Master Suite - 3rd Place
Young & Young Interiors, with Young & Young Architects – Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd Place – Young & Young Interiors, with Young & Young Architects


Contemporary Dining Room

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Dining Room - 1st Place
Armina Interiors – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

1st Place – Armina Interiors 

After a hurricane destroyed this winter retreat in the Florida Keys, its owners were motivated to transform their home into a more open space. Taking inspiration from the surroundings, the home has a coastal flair, reflecting the landscapes of the Keys. The dining room contrasts with the rest of the house; its glamour has a pleasant, raw earthiness. The matte finish of the table lets the wallpaper do the talking, but the bubbly glass chandelier steals the show.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Dining Room - 2nd Place
Lucid Architecture – Photograph by Eric De Witt

2nd Place – Lucid Architecture

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Dining Room - 3rd Place
Schaerer Architextural Interiors, with Vogue Furniture – Photograph by James Haefner

3rd Place – Schaerer Architextural Interiors, with Vogue Furniture


Traditional Dining Room

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Dining Room - 1st Place
Katie Rodriguez Design, with Brandywine Construction & Management – Photograph by John D’Angelo

1st Place – Katie Rodriguez Design, with Brandywine Construction & Management

This traditional dining room has entertainment in mind. At the center is a floor-to-ceiling quartzite fireplace. Metallic floral wallpaper perfectly complements the stone, carrying through the same neutral tones found in the fireplace. The chandeliers are pared down, to give focus to the fireplace and the hand-painted ceiling, an elegant silver leaf with a champagne glaze. Blue upholstered chairs stand out among the neutrals, and the blue is carried through to the striped window treatments. A neutral geometric rug is an unexpected touch.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Dining Room - 2nd Place
Serba Interiors – Photograph by Justin Maconochie

2nd Place – Serba Interiors

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Dining Room - 3rd Place
AMW Design Studio – Photograph by Lisa Spindler Studio

3rd Place – AMW Design Studio

Judge’s Insights:
The reflective ceiling and elegant fireplace in Katie Rodriguez Design, with Brandywine Construction & Management’s dining room, are beautiful touches.
— Judge Barrie Spang


Contemporary Foyer

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Foyer - 1st Place
DesRosiers Architects – Photograph by James Haefner

1st Place – DesRosiers Architects

This all-glass, enclosed foyer offers a pleasant view to the outdoor fountain and woods beyond. Horizontal mahogany-framed windows and a blue stone floor create a link to the exterior of the home. This cozy area then expands into the two-story extended foyer, which offers an open view of the great room and stairs, including the vertical butt glass windows with cantilevered horizontal mullions. Suspended lights add a whimsical feeling to the space, in contrast to the powerful Fond-du-Lac stone columns.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Foyer - 2nd Place
Nosan Signature Homes, with Pamela Singer Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Nosan Signature Homes, with Pamela Singer Interiors

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Foyer - 3rd Place
Heller & Associates, with AMW Design Studio – Photograph by Mike Kline

3rd Place – Heller & Associates, with AMW Design Studio


Traditional Foyer

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Foyer - 1st Place
Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

1st Place – Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes

Arches and circles are a design theme throughout this foyer, and the circle detail is repeated in the stair spindles, newel post, carpet runner, door detail, pendant lights, and chandelier. Upon entering the home, you’re greeted by large newel posts with intricately carved spheres. Floor-to-ceiling paneled walls, painted in white, create a striking contrast with the dark iron spindles and ebony handrails. Climbing the stairs, looped wool carpet with circle details leads the way. It’s a new spin on a traditional foyer!

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Foyer - 2nd Place
DesRosiers Architects, with Casa De Decor – Photograph by Wayup Media

2nd Place – DesRosiers Architects, with Casa De Decor

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Foyer - 3rd Place
Heller & Associates, with Serba Interiors – Photograph by Mike Kline

3rd Place – Heller & Associates, with Serba Interiors

Judge’s Insights:
In the Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes, project, I love the custom stair railing and the circle details!
— Judge Barrie Spang


Contemporary Living Room/Great Room

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Living Room/Great Room - 1st Place
VanBrouck & Associates, with Ellwood Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – VanBrouck & Associates, with Ellwood Interiors

The living room in this Prairie-style lakehouse has a sense of connectivity with the surrounding landscape. Expansive windows on two sides offer magnificent panoramic views. An infinity-edge pool that appears to cascade into the lake interlinks with the terrace that wraps around two sides of the living room, heightening the seamless flow between interior and exterior spaces. The horizontal veining of the single-slab Eramosa marble, recessed into the wall to create the surround of the fireplace, echoes the lake’s ripples.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Living Room/Great Room - 2nd Place
Pamela Singer Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Pamela Singer Interiors

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Living Room/Great Room - 3rd Place
Anna Versaci Design – Photograph by Mateo Morrison

3rd Place – Anna Versaci Design

Judge’s Insights:
VanBrouck & Associates, with Ellwood Interiors’ living room is an amazing combination of texture and pattern that solidifies visual interest, while remaining warm and inviting.
— Judge Kayla Cooper


Traditional Living Room/Great Room

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Living Room - 1st Place
Marianne Jones, LLC, with Martini Samartino Design Group – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – Marianne Jones, LLC, with Martini Samartino Design Group

This rustic modern home is the perfect respite for the homeowners, who love the feeling of being up north and yet local. A vaulted ceiling of stained cedar timber flanks the fireplace; continuing the theme of layered tones and texture, the area rug features earth tones similar to the fireplace stones. Also adorning the room is a custom-designed console with a travertine stone top. Although the materials appear dark, the room — bathed in natural light — is bright.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Living Room - 3rd Place
Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Living Room - 2nd Place
Meg Corley Premier Interiors – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

3rd Place – Meg Corley Premier Interiors


Children’s Room/Play Space

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Children's Room - 1st Place
Ellwood Interiors, with VanBrouck | Luxe Homes – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – Ellwood Interiors, with VanBrouck | Luxe Homes

From the moment their feet touch the floor, the tiniest inhabitants of this home spend their day in a haven designed just for them. Built-in twin bunk beds offer more than a place to dream; each is equipped with interior bookshelves to hold books and treasures. When it’s time for a sleepover, out come the roll-out trundles. Bountiful storage makes tidying up a breeze. Other features not pictured include an erasable wall, a desk for homework sessions, and two tables with a storage bench.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Children's Room - 2nd Place
Maison Birmingham – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

2nd Place – Maison Birmingham

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Children's Room - 3rd Place
VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Oliver Max Inc. – Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd Place – VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Oliver Max Inc.


Judge’s Insights:
Maison Birmingham’s nursery is simply stunning. Warm brass accents and palm leaves meet Hollywood glam … a beautiful space for a very sweet baby girl!
— Judge Renée Gaddis


Contemporary Interior Design (More than One Room)

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Interior Design (More than One Room) - 1st Place
Laura Zender Design – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

1st Place – Laura Zender Design

Looking for Palm Springs in the Midwest? This Mid-century renovation features dramatic angles accented by trim in dark colors, and injected with bright, vibrant colors as accents. In the new kitchen, a soaring brick wall was painted to become the backsplash. Organic touches include the wallcovering and floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room. Existing wood beams were kept “as is,” to inject warmth. A surprising touch in the master bath is a black mirror on the face of the tub.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Interior Design (More than One Room) - 2nd Place
AZD Associates, with New Era Construction Inc. – Photograph by Mir Rafay

2nd Place – AZD Associates, with New Era Construction Inc.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Contemporary Interior Design (More than One Room) - 3rd Place
Katie Rodriguez Design, with Brandywine Construction & Management – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

3rd Place – Katie Rodriguez Design, with Brandywine Construction & Management


Traditional Interior Design (More than One Room)

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Interior Design (More than One Room) - 1st Place
Marianne Jones, LLC, with Martini Samartino Design Group – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – Marianne Jones, LLC, with Martini Samartino Design Group

This rustic modern farmhouse was a new-construction project. Throughout the home there’s a common theme of layered textures, tones, and materials, as seen in the rustic beams in the kitchen, hand-forged balusters on the staircase, multicolored ledgestone on the great room fireplace, wood-veneered chevron wallpaper in the powder room, and mixed cut and designed Carrara marble in the master bathroom. The exterior is clad in the same rustic elements.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Interior Design (More than One Room) - 2nd Place
Cottage Company Interiors, with Cottage Company of Harbor Springs – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Cottage Company Interiors, with Cottage Company of Harbor Springs

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Traditional Interior Design (More than One Room) - 3rd Place
Patrick Thompson Design – Photograph by John D’Angelo

3rd Place – Patrick Thompson Design


Use of Fabrics/Upholstery

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Use of Fabrics/Upholstery - 1st Place
Tutto Interiors – Photograph by Carlson Productions, LLC

1st Place – Tutto Interiors

A neutral color palette never has to be boring. A navy contrast fabric for the living room chairs adds contrast to the light color palette. The dining room chairs are adorned with a soft blue wool and dressed with tape trim on the back for added detail. The host chairs are blue-and-white striped with an ombre touch, while the family room follows the neutral theme, with blue silk striped fabrics, and pale blue-and-white paisley.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Use of Fabrics/Upholstery - 2nd Place
Witmer Design – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

2nd Place – Witmer Design

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Use of Fabrics/Upholstery - 3rd Place
Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design – Photograph by Jeff Garland

3rd Place – Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design


Wall Treatment (Special Paint Technique, Wall Covering, Etc.)

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Wall Treatment - 1st Place
Ellwood Interiors, with VanBrouck | Luxe Homes – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – Ellwood Interiors, with VanBrouck | Luxe Homes

The youngsters in this home spend their day playing, learning, and experimenting in a haven designed just for them. Throughout the space, whimsical touches and durable materials encourage carefree wonder. The lighthearted wallpaper stars a ginger-colored Mr. Fox, who romps along the back wall of beds and all around the art niche. Orange accents in the wallpaper coordinate with the rug (not pictured) in the movie zone.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Wall Treatment - 2nd Place
Jane Spencer Designs – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

2nd Place – Jane Spencer Designs

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Wall Treatment - 3rd Place
Katie Rodriguez Design, with Brandywine Construction & Management – Photograph by John D’Angelo

3rd Place – Katie Rodriguez Design, with Brandywine Construction & Management

Judge’s Insights:
I love that Schumacher paper in the Jane Spencer-designed bathroom!
— Judge Meggie Hosler


Use of Color

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Use of Color - 1st Place
Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

1st Place – Dayna Flory Interiors, with Petrucci Homes

The clients requested orange — a vibrant and exciting color — for their new home. The first element of inspiration was a delicious tangerine dyed leather, which made a perfect statement for the center of the room: a large ottoman. Spinning off of this are modern wingback chairs (one shown here) in a perfect orange print; the finishing touch includes custom orange pillows and accessories. With the color choice, the room is cheerful yet cozy. The homeowners were thrilled when their orange dreams came true!

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Use of Color - 2nd Place
Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design – Photograph by Jeff Garland

2nd Place – Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Use of Color - 3rd Place
Heller & Associates, with Perspectives Custom Cabinetry – Photograph by Mike Kline

3rd Place – Heller & Associates, with Perspectives Custom Cabinetry


Use of a Collection, Antiques, or Art

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Use of a Collection - 1st Place
Anna Versaci Design – Photograph by Mateo Morrison

1st Place – Anna Versaci Design

The dining room had to be casual enough for everyday dining, but functional and elegant enough for holiday gatherings. The design challenge was to create some kind of a door that could keep the clutter out but allow the light to filter in. These antique leaded glass doors, far left, were stripped and repainted, contemporary hardware was added, and they were attached to the rail as barn door sliders. In addition to serving their purpose, they give the room authenticity and visual interest.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Use of a Collection - 2nd Place
Heller & Associates – Photograph by Mike Kline

2nd Place – Heller & Associates

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Use of a Collection - 3rd Place
Carrie Long Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd Place – Carrie Long Interiors

Designers Goal:
The combination of the soulful, earth-toned sculptures makes way for bold and colorful artwork that provides depth and a playful pop of color. The mix of textures and heights within the vignette creates further interest for the eye, evoking a tasteful sense of drama. By grouping multiple pieces together in this display, the homeowners have an area of their home that shows their discerning taste and personality to guests.
— Carrie Long Interiors


Window Treatment

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Window Treatment - 1st Place
Meg Corley Premier Interiors – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – Meg Corley Premier Interiors

These embroidered traverse draperies sit perfectly inside a soft blue barrel-vaulted ceiling cove and are the finishing touch to this master suite. With the touch of a button, the draperies will open and close — adding to the ultimate luxury of the space. On the adjacent wall are matching stationary panels that frame a window with white shutters for reflecting daylight. Blackout lining was an important attribute for privacy and the visual integrity of the fabric against sunlight.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Window Treatment - 2nd Place
Cottage Company Interiors, with Cottage Company of Harbor Springs – Photograph by Beth Singer

2nd Place – Cottage Company Interiors, with Cottage Company of Harbor Springs

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Window Treatment - 3rd Place
Spire Integrated Systems, with Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design – Photograph by Jeff Garland

3rd Place – Spire Integrated Systems, with Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design


Closet

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Closet - 1st Place
Maison Birmingham, with Tutto Interiors – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

1st Place – Maison Birmingham, with Tutto Interiors

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Closet - 2nd Place
Witmer Design, with Petrucci Homes – Photograph by Martin Vecchio

2nd Place – Witmer Design, with Petrucci Homes

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Closet - 3rd Place
Vogue Furniture, with Schaerer Architextural Interiors – Photograph by Jim Haefner

3rd Place – Vogue Furniture, with Schaerer Architextural Interiors

Designers’ Goal:
Everything has a place in the custom cabinetry, which uses open and closed storage. The island is unique — it has its own built-in bench.
— Lynn Witmer, with Petrucci Homes


Finished Basement

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Finished Basement - 1st Place
VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Oliver Max Inc. – Photograph by Beth Singer

1st Place – VanBrouck | Luxe Homes, with Oliver Max Inc.

An open-floor-plan “lounging space,” which emulates a chic hotel lobby, features a hotel lobby-style bar and fireplace lounge area. Not pictured is a wine room, billiards area, and music performance area, while a mind-body-soul spa/wellness area offers yoga, barre, and exercise spaces, as well as a “Turkish-spa,” so friends and family can enjoy the experience of a posh hotel “staycation!” The showpiece of the lounging space is the exquisite hotel lobby-style bar, with its curved-glass front featuring a linen-fabric textured relief.

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Finished Basement - 2nd Place
Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design – Photograph by Jeff Garland

2nd Place – Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design

2020 Detroit Design Awards - Finished Basement - 3rd Place
Paul Feiten Design – Photograph by Beth Singer

3rd Place – Paul Feiten Design


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