From Refined to Relaxed

Thanks to a carefree style, this traditional Bloomfield Hills home has become uniquely expressive // Photography by Martin Vecchio
Custom-Cool Handcrafted British Christopher Peacock cabinetry and hardware is like high-end custom furniture, says designer Lisa Petrella.

Often, the jumping-off point for a home’s interior design is a wonderful fabric. That was the case for interior designer Lisa Petrella when she dove into a Bloomfield Hills project.

“It was the Schumacher Andromeda fabric that we planned to use in the dining room. That was the starting point of the entire palette,” says Petrella, who runs Troy- and Detroit-based Petrella Designs. The printed linen is reminiscent of the classic shibori (Japanese) technique, which features soft, blurred edges. “I fell in love with it and have it in my own living room in a different color. I showed it to my client in blue, and she loved it!”

The Schumacher Andromeda fabric used for the drapery was the jumping-off point for much of the home’s redesign.

Petrella, who had worked on this house in the past, was called in to give the home a fresh start. The wife, who had embraced bright colors in her home’s previous look, was ready to tone it down. “I think she wanted a little bit of a Bohemian look, and definitely (was looking for) a more relaxed feel,” Petrella says. The overhaul stressed the removal of nearly all formality, and involved transforming a “classic, traditional Bloomfield Hills home” by bringing in different elements, the designer explains.

SETTLE IN
The inviting family room is hang-out central for everyone. The “blending of pieces makes everything much more relaxed but still luxurious,” interior designer Lisa Petrella says.

“Lisa (Petrella) uses the newest fabrics and designs without making it dated,” enthuses the homeowner (wife). “She has an eye for what’s here today and dated tomorrow — and that helps for longevity!”

In the dining room, which features the aforementioned fabric around its windows, the table and side chairs from the homeowners’ previous dining room were reupholstered, while head chairs were upholstered in the Andromeda fabric. New millwork in the room adds dimension, while a fresh  linen-weave wallcovering and a more modern chandelier — to “cut that traditional look and make it less contrived” — add appeal.

Big changes for the home, whose renovation concluded in early 2019, included raising the ceiling and adding square feet in the master suite, removing a wall between the kitchen and family room, moving the family room fireplace, and creating an entirely new kitchen and mud hall. The second floor also received a design overhaul. Outdoors, the homeowners called on Matt Mosher of Mosher & Associates to move the pool from one side of the yard to the other, to make room for a lovely backyard living space.

“The only room we didn’t touch was the living room,” says Petrella, who also worked with Joseph Mosey Architecture and Kellett Construction Co.

In the Detroit Home Design Award-winning family room, guests and family alike embrace the cozy, tufted sofa and durable Four Hands coffee table. “We purchased the pillows online from Etsy; they’re inexpensive and complement the more high-end sofa and elegant trim molding,” Petrella says. “This blending of pieces makes everything much more relaxed but still luxurious,” she contends, adding: “The homeowners’ three sports-loving sons are comfortable hanging out here.” Custom leather chairs also offer comfort; Petrella says the husband was specific about the chairs’ height and seat depth. The console features a custom-made linen fabric front.

Wall art includes a nod to bulls and cows. Several family members are involved with cattle farms, and thus some of the couple’s favorite animals star in a few wall photos. Abstract artwork (created by the wife) showcasing painterly blue puzzle-piece-like elements also hangs in the space.

LUXURIOUS LEATHER
Custom leather chairs feature specific height and seat-depth measurements that accommodate the husband well, the designer explains. The console has a custom-made linen fabric.

A hidden door (the fireplace was moved to the left to accommodate the secret entrance) leads to the new master suite, replete with a sitting space that looks out to the inviting new pool. “Here we created a whole new grooved ceiling, which involved raising the roofline to be able to create the higher ceiling,” Petrella says. A Visual Comfort Roark chandelier by Ralph Lauren and Visual Comfort avant-garde leather lamps add perfect lighting.

SHIP-SHAPE
The powder room mixes vintage finds with select details. Custom shiplap designed/installed by Kellett Construction Co. puts the accent on casual.

“The wife wanted this space calming but not too feminine, so the husband would feel good there,” Petrella explains. A vintage Barbara Barry desk and a sunburst mirror from the couple’s collection perfectly complement the room’s new furniture. At the foot of the bed, a custom-made fabric-front console allows the television to pop up and turn at an angle. The wall behind the bed, meanwhile, is covered with a silk-linen wall covering. Sheer gray-blue drapery, backed by a layer of white drapery, provides a restful feel. Petrella explains that the drapes are on independent track systems, so the couple can choose full white or just the sheer. The designer added special details like brass Anthropologie nightstand pulls. “Mixing materials and resources gives a home more character than everything matching,” she says.

The adjoining bathroom features a pass-through shower with doors that lead to the wife’s part of the bathroom (done in whites) and the husband’s bathroom (done in dark colors).

As for the kitchen, the homeowners opted for handcrafted British Christopher Peacock cabinetry and hardware, which is made-to-order in the United States. “The cabinetry is like high-end custom furniture, and the company (and staff member Sean, in Chicago) is phenomenal to work with,” Petrella says. A custom-made nickel range hood is the finishing touch. There’s also a doggie door for the family’s beloved pet, Jersey Girl.

SWEET SUITE!
The wife wanted the master suite calming but not too feminine, designer Lisa Petrella shares. Below, a vintage Barbara Barry desk, looks out to the beautiful grounds. “We created a whole new grooved ceiling,
which involved raising the roofline,” Petrella says. A pretty chandelier, avant-garde leather lamps, custom millwork, and a sunburst mirror evoke a peaceful mood.

Outdoors, there’s more besides the new pool. A fireplace, full kitchen, and fire pit join a custom-made dining table and Lane Venture furniture, all perfect for creating fun family memories. The practical-and-pretty pool house features a full bathroom.

“My favorite spots in the house are the kitchen, at the kitchen table, or on the couch in the family room — or anywhere outside!” the homeowner (wife) says.

Petrella says the homeowners didn’t move out during reconstruction, and used the dining room as a makeshift kitchen. “That can be stressful during a renovation,” she notes.  Adds the homeowner: “The temporary kitchen in our dining room was our saving grace in getting through all the months of work.”

Now that the project has been completed, those stressful days are paying off a hundredfold. From the newly designed second-floor spaces and the marvelous kitchen to the family-friendly outdoor haven and relaxed dining room, this is a home that suits its inhabitants well.

“The dining room is just great. I love the juxtaposition of the traditional wainscoting and ceiling detail with the modern chandelier and Boho fabric,” Petrella says. “That space tells the story of the whole house.”


BUYER’S GUIDE

INTERIOR DESIGNER
Lisa Petrella, Petrella Designs, Studios in Troy and Detroit, petrelladesigns.com

BATHROOM, MASTER
Cabinetry – Millennium Cabinetry, Farmington Hills
Countertop – Carrara Marble, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy
Flooring and Shower – Ann Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Mirrors and Shower Door – Reid Glass, Southfield
Sconces – Camille Sconce, Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, White Down OC-131
Wall Treatment – Custom Millwork, Joseph Mosey Architecture Inc., Northville; Kellett Construction Co., Bloomfield Hills

BATHROOM, POWDER
Cabinetry – Millennium Cabinetry, Farmington Hills
Flooring – Cement Tile Shop
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Bleeker Beige HC-80
Wall Treatment – Custom Shiplap, Kellett Construction Co., Bloomfield Hills
Wicker Basket – Vagabond Vintage

BEDROOM, MASTER
Armchairs – Jules Dressmaker Swivel Chair, Hickory Chair
Bedframe and Headboard – Petrella Interiors Custom with Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy; Fabricated by Designer Furniture Services and Fabrics, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Ceiling Treatment – Old White, Farrow & Ball; Custom Millwork, Joseph Mosey Architecture, Northville; Kellett Construction Co., Bloomfield Hills
Chandelier – Roark, Visual Comforts, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Chests, Bedside – Petrella Interiors Custom in Walnut Finish; Fabricated by Designer Furniture Services and Fabrics, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Comforter – Matouk Luxury Linens
Desk – Baker Furniture, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Desk Chair – Laurent Chair, Hickory Chair   Drapery – Custom Great Plains by Holly Hunt, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Dresser – Petrella Interiors Custom with Pindler-Gilles; Fabricated by Designer Furniture Services and Fabrics, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Lamps, Bedside – Bayliss Table Lamp, Visual Comforts, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy; Kelly Wearstler
Lamp, Desk – Ella Table Lamp, Currey & Co., RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy
Ottoman – Hickory Chair
Pillows, Accent – Petrella Interiors Custom with Kravet, Rozmallin, and Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy; Fabricated by Accent Custom Drapery, Sterling Heights
Round Mirror – Baker Furniture, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Rug – Stark Carpet, Troy
Table, Occasional – Milano Drink Table, Regina Andrew Design, Wyandotte
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, White Down OC-131
Wall Treatment – Winfield Thybony Design, Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Design Center, Troy

DINING ROOM
Ceiling Treatment – Custom Millwork, Kellett Construction Co., Bloomfield Hills
Chairs, Dining – Lee Industries, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy
Chairs, Side – Kravet Fabric in Indigo, Lillian August; Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Chandelier – Metro Rectangular Chandelier, Currey & Co., RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy
Drapery – Andromeda in Indigo, Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Flooring – Hardwood Sand and Finish
Lamp – Anita Lamp, Visual Comforts Lighting, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Rug – Stark Carpet, Troy
Table – Custom Bausman & Co., Hickory Chair Interior Design Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, White Down OC-131
Wall Treatment – Appalachia Weave, Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

FAMILY ROOM
Armchairs – Petrella Interiors Custom; Fabricated by Designer Furniture Services and Fabrics, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Chest – Petrella Interiors Custom, Designer Furniture Services and Fabrics, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Lamp – Signature Table Lamp in White Porcelain and Brass, Currey & Co., RJ Thomas Ltd., Troy
Ottoman – Schumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Pillows, Accent – Blue Stripe Fabric Hickory Chair, Etsy and Pearson
Rug – Stark, Troy
Sofa – Anna Button Seated Sectional Sofa in Blue Velvet, Pearson and Hickory Chair
Table, Coffee – Ryan Coffee Table from Vino Collection, Four Hands Furniture
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, White Down OC-131
Wall Treatment – Joseph Mosey Architecture, Northville; Kellett Construction Co., Bloomfield Hills

KITCHEN
Appliances – Wolf Range, Witbeck Home Appliance Mart, West Bloomfield Township
Backsplash – Carrara Marble, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy
Bar Stool – Walnut Perch Stool with Leather-Wrapped Seat
Cabinetry – Christopher Peacock
Countertop – Carrara Marble, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy
Flooring – Hardwood and Sand Finish
Hood – Custom in Polished Nickel, Christopher Peacock
Lighting, Bar – Morris Lanterns, Visual Comforts, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, White Down OC-131

PATIO
Chairs and Chaise Lounges – South Hampton Collection, Lane Venture
Fire Pit – Mosher & Associates, Royal Oak
Fire Pit Seating – Saranac Lounge Chairs, Lane Venture
Landscaping – Mosher & Associates, Royal Oak
Ottoman – Elena Collection, Lane Venture
Pool – Mosher & Associates, Royal Oak
Table – Petrella Interiors Custom in Clear Cedar; Fabricated by Eric Vogler of Eric Vogler Construction, West Bloomfield
Umbrella – Ocean Master Max Collection, Tuuci

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS
Architecture – Joseph Mosey Architecture Inc., Northville
Builder – Kellet Construction Co., Bloomfield Hills
Landscape Design – Mosher & Associates, Royal Oak

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