Colonial Makeover

Mixing big-picture goals with stylish details brings this Bloomfield Hills home to life. Photography by Martin Vecchio.
A Quadrille wall-covering in the foyer was custom-colored in gold and adds to the welcoming feel in the foyer.
PLEASE COME IN! A Quadrille wall-covering in the foyer was custom-colored in gold and adds to the welcoming feel in the foyer.

Interior designer Dayna Rasschaert is a big-picture designer, but don’t think for a second that she’s not into soulful details, right down to the front doorknob — in this case a piece by Water Street Brass that has knurled detail around the edge.

The owner of Bloomfield Hills-based Dayna Flory Interiors is crazy about other detail elements, too, like the custom-colored wall-covering in this home’s foyer — a Quadrille wall-covering that turned both the homeowners’ and the designer’s heads.  It also wowed judges in this year’s Detroit Design awards competition, winning honors in the wallpaper category. “We loved the motion of it, but I didn’t want it too strong, so we custom-colored it in gold. It’s more subtle,” Rasschaert says. Then there’s the charming flamingo wallpaper in a children’s bathroom. “It’s very fun. I mean, you don’t want flamingos in certain rooms, but it works here!”

“The staircase had a handrail with a newel on the right side and was partially in the dining room,” designer Dayna Rasschaert says. They changed the configuration and gave the staircase presence.
CALL FOR CREATIVITY! “The staircase had a handrail with a newel on the right side and was partially in the dining room,” designer Dayna Rasschaert says. They changed the configuration and gave the staircase presence.

Each room in the five-bedroom, 4.5-bath Bloomfield Hills Colonial features creative touches and well-thought-out furnishings that are both practical for a large family with three dogs and pretty. In fact, beyond the wallpaper, several spaces including the master closet, dining room, and laundry/mud room won awards in this year’s Detroit Design awards competition. One of the most unique elements is the Schumacher fabric dining table. “Schumacher will laminate fabric or treat it with a coating, so basically the table is upholstered. It works great and you don’t have to worry about scratching or wear and tear,” Rasschaert says. Color details also wow, like the rich Benjamin Moore black paint that coats the pantry cabinetry, the front door (inside and out), and the living room fireplace. “The color has a blue undertone; it’s a beautiful black,” the designer says.

“When I walk into each room I see details that spark happiness,” the homeowner says. The goal was to update the 1990s interior of the classic home and make the space function for a family of eight (including three grade-school-age kids) and a crew of pets. They had previously lived on a smaller lot in Birmingham and wanted more space for a larger yard and a pool, among other things.

Rasschaert started working with the family right before Covid hit. “After our first meeting, I knew we were going to be a great team. She (the wife) has a real strong sense of style.” The plan was to work on a few rooms, but “in the end, we renovated just about every space in the house,” Rasschaert says. The homeowner says her design style stems from her appreciation of the outdoors and wanting to bring a lot of those elements into her home.

Dog-friendly appeal comes in the way of several accents, including the rugs in the dining room and the den. “They’re cowhide and they’re indestructible. They’re also kid-friendly. You could spill anything on them and it would come out,” the designer says.

One of the most unique elements in the home is the Schumacher fabric dining table.
CALL FOR CREATIVITY! One of the most unique elements in the home is the Schumacher fabric dining table.

Although the team worked within the existing footprint, some of the layout was changed, including the dining room and stairway. “The staircase had a handrail with a newel on the right side and was partially in the dining room. We encased the opening and added an arch, so it looks more like an intentional wall. It gives the stairway its own look,” Rasschaert explains.

The handsome kitchen, pantry, and breakfast nook. The island was built from scratch to expand the seating area.
ROOM FOR ALL! The handsome kitchen, pantry, and breakfast nook. The island was built from scratch to expand the seating area.

In the kitchen, Rasschaert and the team salvaged what they could. “We painted the perimeter cabinetry a brighter white before adding new hardware,” she says. New countertops, pendant lighting, and a handsome new island round out the beautiful space. “We built the island from scratch because we wanted seating at the end, and we wanted a warming drawer,” the designer adds.

The handsome kitchen, pantry, and breakfast nook. The island was built from scratch to expand the seating area.
ROOM FOR ALL! The handsome kitchen, pantry, and breakfast nook. The island was built from scratch to expand the seating area.

A nearby nook features a darling banquette, designed by Rasschaert in a green Schumacher seating fabric treated for stain-resistance. The builder created drawers beneath, for storage. The bleached walnut table, from California, pairs well with the black-leather chairs the homeowners already owned. Special details are important here, too: Each of the children has their initial hanging on the wall in the way of a typewriter key photo, “And they sit beneath their initial,” Rasschaert says.

The handsome kitchen, pantry, and breakfast nook. The island was built from scratch to expand the seating area.
ROOM FOR ALL! The handsome kitchen, pantry, and breakfast nook. The island was built from scratch to expand the seating area.

More makeovers occurred in the living room, where a striking black fireplace, which used to look like an “old-fashioned wedding cake with scrolls and moldings everywhere” takes center stage. Rasschaert added clean lines and moldings, and today the fireplace warms up the space considerably — as does the artwork, which once hung in the homeowners’ master bedroom, and is now placed above the mantel. “It fits there perfectly,” Rasschaert says of the striking black-and-white piece depicting what appears to be a winged woman.  The living room’s settee is covered in an indoor-outdoor Schumacher fabric, “so the white is forgiving,” Rasschaert explains. Detailed drapes in a cream and smoky-blue hue feature embroidery and beads.

Rich, dark colors complement the lighter tones in the living room, where there’s a light-filled sitting area near large windows.
ENHANCEMENTS! Rich, dark colors complement the lighter tones in the living room, where there’s a light-filled sitting area near large windows.

The den is one of the most unique rooms. Rasschaert says it was a blank slate and offered opportunity for whimsy. “It was fun to have a pattern on the sofa in an indoor-outdoor Schumacher fabric and then rich green block-print pillows. A shearling-style chair is a cozy spot for reading and I love the ball pillow in the chair and the newsprint wallpaper,” Rasschaert says. The fireplace received new tile and a limestone threshold.

Rich, dark colors complement the lighter tones in the living room, where there’s a light-filled sitting area near large windows.
ENHANCEMENTS! Rich, dark colors complement the lighter tones in the living room, where there’s a light-filled sitting area near large windows.

“The homeowner’s distinctive style means the overall look is layers of elevated fun,” Rasschaert says. “Just like the family, the design is playful and energetic. It’s a happy house.” Adds the homeowner: “Dayna and her crew have done an amazing job morphing our house into a bright, fun, livable home for our family and friends to enjoy.”

 A cute children’s bath is awash in flamingos. A dressing room features magnificent cabinetry work with a mix of materials, by MAC Construction in Royal Oak.
ENHANCEMENTS! A cute children’s bath is awash in flamingos. A dressing room features magnificent cabinetry work with a mix of materials, by MAC Construction in Royal Oak.

 


BUYER’S GUIDE 

Pops of green and textured pieces in the den showcase the creativity of both the designer and the homeowners.
FUN THROUGHOUT! Pops of green and textured pieces in the den showcase the creativity of both the designer and the homeowners.

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Dayna Rasschaert, Dayna Flory Interiors, Bloomfield Hills, daynafloryinteriors.com

A chic carpet pattern in the dressing room is “one of my favorites of all time, a Missoni,” Rasschaert says.
FUN TRHOUGHOUT! A chic carpet pattern in the dressing room is “one of my favorites of all time, a Missoni,” Rasschaert says.

BATHROOM

Art – France & Son

Bathtub – Kravet, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park; Tile, Kravet, Virginia Tile Co., Troy

Chandelier – Kravet, Regina Andrew Detroit, Wyandotte

Flooring – Virginia Tile Co., Kravet, Troy

Wall Treatment – Cole & Son, Kravet, Kravet|Lee Jofa |Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Window Shade – Julia Knevels Interiors, Birmingham

 

BREAKFAST NOOK

Art – Roy Barloga, Barloga Studios

Booth – Custom, Dayna Flory Interiors, Bloomfield Hills and MAC Construction, Royal Oak; Fabric, Schumacher and Pollack, Schumacher and Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Centerpiece – Mr. Brown

Chairs, Dining – Grayson Living

Chandelier – Regina Andrew Detroit, Wyandotte

Table, Dining – Noir

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Super White

 

Den

Armchair – CB2

Art – Natural Curiosities

Chest – Hickory Chair

Drapery – Julia Knevels Interiors, Birmingham

Lamp, Chest – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Mirror – Horchow

Ottoman – Crate & Barrel

Rug (Green) – Kyle Bunting

Rug (White) – Professional Rug Works, Troy

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

Sofa – Custom, Dayna Flory Interiors; Fabric, Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Table, Occasional – CB2

Tables, End – Worlds Away

Tray – Spring Sweet, Holland

Wall Treatment – Kravet, Kravet|Lee Jofa|Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy

 

DINING ROOM

Chairs, Dining (Teal) – Ballard Designs

Chairs, Dining (White) – Janus et Cie

Chandelier – Oly Studio

Drapery – Julia Knevels Interiors, Birmingham

Lamps, Table – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Mirror – Regina Andrew Detroit, Wyandotte

Rug – Professional Rug Works, Troy

Shelf – MAC Construction, Royal Oak

Table, Dining – Custom, Dayna Flory Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; Fabric, Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Wallcovering – Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

 

DRESSING ROOM

Armchair – Grayson Living

Chair, Vanity – Amazon

Countertop – Ciot, Troy

Flooring – Kravet, Virginia Tile Co., Troy

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

Mirror – Chelsea House

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

Shelving and Cabinetry – MAC Construction, Royal Oak

Vanity – MAC Construction, Royal Oak

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Super White

Window Shade – Conrad, Holly Hunt

A unique chest in the den continues the use of green in that space.The homeowner says her design style stems from her appreciation of the outdoors and wanting to bring a lot of those elements into her home.
GREEN SCENE A unique chest in the den continues the use of green in that space.The homeowner says her design style stems from her appreciation of the outdoors and wanting to bring a lot of those elements into her home.

FOYER

Fixture, Ceiling – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Flooring – Refinished White Oak

Planter – Crate & Barrel

Rug – Vintage

Runner – Stark Carpet, Troy

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

Wall Treatment – Quadrille, Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy

 

KITCHEN

Countertop – Ciot, Troy

Drapery – RH

Faucet, Sink – Waterstone, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park

Lighting, Island – Hudson Valley, Lighting Resource Studio, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Stools, Counter – Made Goods

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Super White

LIVING ROOM

Armchair – Hickory Chair

Bench – Custom, Dayna Flory Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; Fabric, Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Bench (Occasional Table) – Made Goods

Drapery – Julia Knevels Interiors, Birmingham

Fireplace – MAC Construction, Royal Oak

Lamp, Floor – West Elm

Pillow, Accent – Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Rug – Vintage Beni, Etsy

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

Table, Occasional – CB2

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Super White

 

PANTRY

Bowl – Home Goods, Bloomfield Hills

Cabinetry, Countertop, and Shelving – MAC Construction, Royal Oak

Flower Pot – Trader Joe’s

Gumball Machine – Carousel, Amazon

 

ADDITIONAL PROJECT CONTRIBUTOR

General Contractor – Shane McClure, MAC Construction, Royal Oak

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