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A Birmingham new-build features unique details. Photography by Beth Singer
The library is where work truly gets done, thanks to comfortable furnishings and lots of natural light.
The library is where work truly gets done, thanks to comfortable furnishings and lots of natural light.

For empty-nesters who had a traditional home in Bloomfield Hills, the successful construction of a second residence in Colorado eventually led to another custom build, this time in Birmingham. β€œThis was a huge departure from the home they originally had,” Marianne Jones says about the contemporary dwelling she worked on with her design partner, Elle Tor. β€œIt’s definitely a lifestyle house. It’s very well-planned and low-maintenance, so they can lock up and leave.”

In addition to Marianne Jones, LLC, based in Birmingham and California, the homeowners retained Kelly Building & Development Co. and Birmingham architect Christopher Longe.

White oak walls warm the library, where a customized partners’ desk joins upholstered chairs that share an ottoman by the quartzite fireplace. Built-in cabinetry merges metal mesh doors with file drawers below. β€œThis is our favorite room, based on the amount of time we spend here,” the husband says.

β€œWe really enjoy the library, with the fireplace and the TV, and the lounge chairs and the windows,” the husband says.
TAKE A SEAT β€œWe really enjoy the library, with the fireplace and the TV, and the lounge chairs and the windows,” the husband says.

In the living room, an art television was mounted above the marble fireplace, which was offset to connect to the fireplace in the library. The stepped ceilings, which begin in the foyer of the elegant home, break up the long and narrow space. Swivel chairs along the window wall face another style of chair. β€œWe wanted something that would look sexy from the hallway with beautiful, open backs that add visual interest,” Jones says. A velvet sofa with a tufted seat grounds the space.

The living room and dining room spaces feature similar palettes, for a cohesive flow.
GO WITH THE FLOW The living room and dining room spaces feature similar palettes, for a cohesive flow.

A dining area is located between the living room and the kitchen. β€œThere’s a little formality to it,” Jones explains. β€œIt’s a sophisticated space, with the floating staircase β€” (truly) an engineering feat spanning four floors.” Featuring steel construction and open treads, the railing showcases a classic spindle pattern. The one-of-a-kind design, with a 30-foot-high window as a backdrop, was further embellished by pendants strategically planned by the homeowner.

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The living room and dining room spaces feature similar palettes, for a cohesive flow.
GO WITH THE FLOW The living room and dining room spaces feature similar palettes, for a cohesive flow.

Walnut cabinetry was used in the bar area and on one of two kitchen islands. The homeowner wanted the island facing the dining area to feel more like a buffet, so the seating is tucked behind it. Tor chose a neutral motif for the dining chairs. β€œIt gave it a splash of a texture and pattern that breaks up the space and moves the eye,” she says.

Similar tones appear in the kitchen and dining area light fixtures. β€œThere’s a connection and a lot of symmetry on the entire first floor,” Jones says. In the kitchen, Shaker-style cabinets conceal a refrigerator and a freezer that flank a pantry with a walnut frame. Glass-front cabinets are great for display.

Symmetrical elements continue on the second floor, where the master bath has an enclosed toilet area to the right and a shower on the left. Ombre film provides privacy. A floating vanity, porcelain tile flooring, and a soaking tub are among the other deluxe touches. A niche features custom cabinetry.

The master suite has a marble fireplace with window seats on either side, and includes furnishings from a previous home. β€œWe wanted to evoke a response for the whole upstairs that has soft, subtle tones and sea glass colors,” Jones says.

A top-floor suite is a big hit with the couple’s three grown children, who visit often. β€œIt’s like a little apartment,” Jones says. The homeowner says people claim the guest suite on the second floor until they see the one above it.

Butterfly counter stools are just the ticket for the home’s bar area.
DETAILS, DETAILS! Butterfly counter stools are just the ticket for the home’s bar area.

On the lower level, a custom bar on casters can be tucked away, while a round table hosts games and meals. β€œWe wanted it to be multifunctional,” Tor says. A console behind the sectional offers additional seating, with stools below. β€œThe vibe is warm and cozy,” she adds. β€œWe wanted some warm tones down there, to give it a lounge feel that’s comfortable and casual, with a sophisticated spin.”

The powder room and foyer both include warm woods that evoke a luxurious feel.
WONDERFUL WOOD The powder room and foyer both include warm woods that evoke a luxurious feel.

The designers both praise the homeowners. β€œThe clients were very open-minded and they had a passion for the project,” Tor says. β€œThey put thought into everything we proposed to them, and that made for a really good experience.”

β€œWe enjoyed the whole process,” the husband says. β€œThey were able to overcome the challenges from the narrow lot, and city restrictions led to better solutions in the end.” The couple also loves the location and the layout. β€œWe wanted an in-town home with a great flow for entertaining friends and family,” the wife adds.

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Walnut cabinetry was used on one of two kitchen islands (and also in the bar area).
ADDING WARMTH Walnut cabinetry was used on one of two kitchen islands (and also in the bar area).

Guests are greeted on the front porch, which features solid cedar posts. Decorative metal roof supports adorn the distinctive exterior, where stone is combined with stained cedar-shake shingles and zinc siding. β€œWe wanted a contemporary floor plan that was open, and a design that would be compatible with the neighborhood,” the husband says. β€œThe team worked well together and we’re happy with the result.”

 The master bedroom and bath and their quality appointments exude pure luxury, ensuring sweet dreams.
DETAILS, DETAILS! The master bedroom and bath and their quality appointments exude pure luxury, ensuring sweet dreams.

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BUYER’S GUIDE

INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Marianne Jones and Elle Tor, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham,Β  California,
mariannejones.com

BAR

Bar Stools – Butterfly Counter Stools, Verellen

Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Chandelier – Bocci 14 Series 26 Pendant Light Fixture, Arkitektura, Birmingham

Countertop – Platinum Quartzite, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy

Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy

Shelf – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

The master bedroom and bath and their quality appointments exude pure luxury, ensuring sweet dreams.
DETAILS, DETAILS! The master bedroom and bath and their quality appointments exude pure luxury, ensuring sweet dreams.

BATHROOM, MASTER

Bathtub – Trivento Freestanding Tub, Victoria + Albert, Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co., Walled Lake

Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Countertop – Caesarstone Blizzard 2141, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy

Ottoman – Thimble Ottoman, Baker Furniture, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Sconces – Large Bath Sconce, Polished Nickel with Etched Crystal, Barton, Visual Comfort

Tile, Floor, and Shower – Valentino Piazza DS Polished, Cercan Tile, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Swiss Coffee

Window Treatment – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Namaste Pumice, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

BEDROOM, MASTER

Armchair – Nicholas Swivel Chair, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Zurich Marcona, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Fireplace – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy

Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy

Rug – Modern Flat Weave Rug, French Accents

Table, End – Nicholas Marble Round Side Table, RH

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Paper White

Window Seat Cushion – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Streamline Whistler Blue Velvet, Romo, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Window Shades – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Linen Sateen Marble, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

 A third-floor guest bedroom makes visitors feel right at home.
COZY NIGHTS A third-floor guest bedroom makes visitors feel right at home.

BEDROOM, THIRD-FLOOR GUEST

Artwork – β€œEvening View” and β€œHighrise,” Itinerant Studio

Bed Frame – Sawyer Upholstered Bed with Graded Fabric, Bernhardt Furniture

Bedding – Blair Midnight Duvet Cover and Hampton Flax Coverlet, Pom Pom at Home

Bench – Lincoln Bench, Cisco Brothers Corp.; Fabric, Cesta Coal, Sien + Co.

Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy

Pillows, Accent – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Barbara Jones; Fabric, Tulu Ink, Zak and Fox

Rug – Kennedy Platinum Area Rug, Stark Carpet, Troy

Sconces – Ravello Reader Wall Sconce, Astro Lighting

Tables, Bedside – Maris Nightstand, Gry Faux Belgian Linen, Made Goods

The lounge features everything one could need for a night in.
COZY NIGHTS The lounge features everything one could need for a night in.

DINING ROOM

Artwork, Set of 12 – Architectural Bronze Cube Sculpture, Kaiser Suidan, Next Step Studio & Gallery, Ferndale

Backsplash and Countertop – Crystal Premium Quartzite, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy

Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Candleholders – Gold Candlesticks, Dovetail Furniture

Chairs, Dining – Tate Arm and Side Chairs, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Interlock, Golden Grey, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy

Light, Table – Trapeze 6 Pendant Flush Mount, Apparatus Studio

Rug – Shearling Beach Rug, Tufenkian, Ghiordes KnotΒ  Michigan Design Center, Troy

Stairs and Railing – Custom, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham

Table, Dining – Parisian Two-Legged Dining Table, Robert James Collection

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

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The lounge features everything one could need for a night in.
COZY NIGHTS The lounge features everything one could need for a night in.

FOYER

Armchair – George Occasional Table, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Zoffany Verdi Applique

Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy

Flower Arrangements – Olive’s Bloombox, Ferndale

Light, Ceiling – Arc Well Pendant Light, Allied Maker

Light, Wall – Otto Flush Mount, Visual Comfort

Mirror – Antiqued Mirror, Texture Imports

Rug – Aventine White Rug, Tufenkian, Ghiordes Knot, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Table, Display – Max Console, Julian Chichester

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

Window Treatment – Faradine Grass Weave Roman Shade, Hartmann & Forbes, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

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KITCHEN

Bar Stools – Linden Counter Stools, Fyrn

Cabinetry – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Ceiling Treatment – Design, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham

Countertop – Crystal Premium Quartzite, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy

Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy

Hood – Custom, Blackened Steel; Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication; Cole Wagner Cabinetry, Rochester Hills

Light, Ceiling – Trapeze 6 Pendant Flush Mount, Apparatus Studio

Light Fixture, Kitchen Sink – Otto Flush Mount, Visual Comfort

Lighting, Bar – Trapeze 1 Pendant Light, Apparatus Studio

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

Window Treatment – Faradine Grass Weave Roman Shades, Hartmann & Forbes, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

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LIVING ROOM

Armchairs, Gray – Carnelian Lounge Chair, Baker Graded Fabric, Baker Furniture, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Armchairs, Leather – Judy Swivel Chair, Pearson, Hickory Chair

Ceiling Treatment – Design, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham

Drapery – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Suitor First Class, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Fireplace – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy

Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy

Flower Arrangements – Olive’s Bloombox, Ferndale

Rug – Burlap-Ivory Gold Rug, Tufenkian, Ghiordes Knot, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Sofa – Bennett Sofa, Baker Graded Fabric, Baker Furniture, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Table, Coffee – Thaddeus Glass Coffee Table, RH

Tables, End – Kelsie Side Tables, Arteriors

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

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LOUNGE

Artwork – β€œMemories,” Donald Bustraan Fine Art

Chairs – Loire Chair, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Gaston y Daniela Horizontal, Kravet, Kravet | Lee Jofa | Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Chairs, Dining – Profile Dining Chair, Bernhardt; Fabric, Heathered Wool Gray, Kravet, Kravet | Lee Jofa | Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Chandelier, Table – 60/40 Dot 22-inch Pendant, Stone Black, Visual Comfort

Fireplace – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy

Flooring – Smoked Rustic Pine LVT, Coretec, Everlast Floors, Troy

Ottoman – Haskell Ottoman, Vanguard Furniture; Fabric, Peyote Mineral, Romo, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Sofa – Custom, TCS Designs; Fabric, Forenza Carbon, Romo, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Table, Coffee – Campbell Cocktail Table, Arteriors

Table, Dining – 48-inch Round Ash Dining Table, Giacometti, Verellen

Table, Display – Maison Console Table, Hickory Chair

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray

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OFFICE

Armchairs and Ottoman – Averline Lounge Chairs and Ottoman, Hickory Chair; Fabric, Pollack, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Armchairs, Wingback – Martin Host Chairs, Hickory Chair

Cabinetry – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, Aria Custom Cabinetry, Rochester Hills

Desk – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, ANA Woodwork Studio, Oak Park

Drapery – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Somerset, Bart Halpern

Fireplace – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy

Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy

Pillows, Accent – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Barbara Jones; Fabric, Kravet, Kravet | Lee Jofa | Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Rug – Herrick, Watch, Stark Carpet, Troy

Sconces – Arc Wall Lamp, Allied Maker

Tables, Occasional – Charleston Forge

Wall Treatment – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham; Fabrication, Aria Custom Cabinetry, Rochester Hills

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POWDER ROOM

Cabinet – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Countertop – Onix Quartzite, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy

Flooring – Boen Oak Brown Jasper, Everlast Floors, Troy

Flower Arrangements – Olive’s Bloombox, Ferndale

Light Fixture – Lariat Large Pendant, Apparatus Studio

Mirror – Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy

Shelving – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors Birmingham; Fabrication, Kelly Building & Development Co., Birmingham

Sink – Stone Forest Papillon Vessel, Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co., Walled Lake

Tray and Soap Dispenser – Remy Large Tray and Soap Pump, Pigeon & Poodle

Wall Treatment – Canvas Linen, Java, Phillip Jeffries, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Window Treatment – Design, Marianne Jones, LLC, Birmingham; Fabrication, Designs Designs Ltd., Wixom; Fabric, Linen Sateen Marble, Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

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EXTERIOR

Building Materials – Cedar Shake

Landscaping – Matt Mosher, Mosher Design Co., Royal Oak

Masonry – Scott Albaugh, Albaugh Masonry Stone & Tile Inc., Waterford Township

Paint Color – Benjamin Moore, Amherst Gray

Siding – Rheinzink

Windows – Marvin Windows, Bolyard Lumber, Birmingham

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ADDITIONAL PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS

Architect – Christopher J. Longe, Christopher J. Longe AIA Architecture & Interiors, Birmingham

Builder – John Kelly, Mark Belden, and Eric Mallory, Kelly Building & Development Co., Birmingham

Countertop Fabrication – PMP Marble & Granite, Troy

Home Entertainment System – Neal Check, SoundCheck, Southfield

Landscape Architecture – Matt Mosher, Mosher Design Co., Royal Oak

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