Case Study 3: Go With the Flow

By removing a wall, this space is now perfect for entertaining | Photos by Jeff Garland
Ann Arbor Kitchen Before
Kitchen before

Case Studies: Problems & Fixes

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WHO: Margaret Skinner, owner, Margeaux Interiors, Birmingham


The kitchen in this Ann Arbor home was isolated from the adjoining dining room and living room. It felt very claustrophobic and dark, and didn’t provide a functional layout for entertaining.

Margeaux Interiors
Kitchen after


“Removing the wall that existed between the dining room and kitchen created a dining area (now part of the kitchen) that can seat 10 and allows people in the various spaces to communicate with each other,” Skinner says. With the addition of comfortable seating, the bar area — formerly the breakfast nook — now serves as a cozy place to watch TV

Ann Arbor Living Room Before
Living room before


Because this renovation included removing existing walls, the columns that were required to support the second floor (which wasn’t changed) needed to remain where they were.

Ann Arbor Living Room After
Living room after


By encasing the necessary support columns with walnut 3-D linear panels, Skinner cleverly added architectural interest to the space. The walnut wood accents tie in with many other elements in the home.


Interior design, Margaret Skinner, Margeaux Interiors, Birmingham, Kitchen: Cabinetry, bar, and shelves, Omega, through Cobblestone Kitchen & Bath, Berkley, Countertops, Solid Surfaces Unlimited, Sterling Heights, did the fabricating; Dwyer Marble & Stone Supply, Farmington Hills,, supplied the material from Aurea stone, Byron Center, Appliances, Thermador,; Wolf,; and Jenn-Air, Column wood panels, Duchateau, Sconces and lighting, Visual Comfort, Michigan Design Center, Troy, Sofa off kitchen, Precedent, through R.J. Thomas, Michigan Design Center, Troy, Fabric, Pindler, Michigan Design Center, Troy, Living Room: All fabric from Pindler, Pollack, Kravet, and Seema Krish. Fireplace tile, Virginia Tile,

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