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Several years ago, when Nancy and John DeAngelis moved to Bloomfield Hills, Nancy envisioned purchasing an old house. But John said he didn’t want “to buy an old house and tear it apart,” she says.
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Nancy’s collection of antique silver boxes and bottles are mostly from her European travels. Some were  gifts from her daughter, who found them in antiques shops in New York.

Several years ago, when Nancy and John DeAngelis moved to Bloomfield Hills, Nancy envisioned purchasing an old house. But John said he didn’t want “to buy an old house and tear it apart,” she says. Instead, “he wanted to build a new house with character and Old World workmanship.” The result? A glorious home that looks as though it dates to the 1920s, with an exterior that consists of pieces of stone that were hand-chiseled the Old World way — and the exquisite interior woodwork (including cabinetry, staircase and handrails, and more) was all built on-site. Here’s another interesting thing: The couple thought it would be nice for their home to sit high up on a hill, but the property they purchased actually sat below the road. To create a hill, “we talked the workmen who were tearing down the Birmingham Bowling Alley into dumping the dirt from that project onto our lot,” DeAngelis says. Come winter — and especially during the holidays — the home takes on a special glow, inside and out.

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Sitting Pretty: Birmingham-based interior designer Jane Synnestvedt and Bloomfield homeowner Nancy DeAngelis decorated the master suite mantel in a perfect palette for Nancy’s handcrafted fairies (many by Mark Roberts).

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Homeowners often envision interiors that resemble their favorite boutique hotel. Few, however, actually move to a city because of a hotel experience.Pat and Paula Garrity are an exception. The couple moved to Michigan from New Canaan, Conn., with their son, when Pat accepted a job with the Detroit Pistons. “We chose Birmingham because my husband used to stay at The Townsend Hotel when his team came to town to play the Pistons,” Paula explains. “He loved the town and thought I’d like it, too.”She did. One of the things the family liked most about the area — and felt strongly about having in their future home — was access to Birmingham’s downtown. They purchased their lot from Brandywine Construction “because it was one of the few available that was truly walking distance to town,” Paula explains, adding, “it’s also a bit larger than many of the lots in the neighborhood.” After taking down an existing structure, the couple started from scratch with Brandywine, Krieger Klatt Architects, and designer Katie Rodriguez on a replacement that included 5,000 square feet, with four bedrooms and four baths.WelcomeA modern, streamlined design in the kitchen and wine areas (both pages) creates an inviting look.Using an existing design as a starting point, the team tweaked and tailored the floor plan to fit the family’s tastes and needs. They added a sport court in the backyard and a full gym in the basement, as well as an apartment above the garage for guests and the couple’s parents.Frequent moves through the years helped the couple hone their wish list. “You learn many things in that process,” Paula says. “We wanted to be efficient with space. We didn’t want a bunch of excess square footage. With a family of three (as well as a dog named Harper), we didn’t want big — just nice. We wanted it light and bright, with lots of windows.”They also wanted the interiors to reflect that goal, which spurred the builder to recommend Rodriguez as part of the design team. “We liked her so much that I continued to use her for interior design afterward,” Paula says. “She’s so easy to work with.”The admiration is mutual, says Rodriguez, who praises Garrity for her eye for design as well as her sense of organization. Much of the project was done while the family was still living in Connecticut, which added logistical challenges — something the team solved through frequent communication and visits. “Paula flew back and forth for final selections,” the designer explains, adding that doing so made the building process easier. “It’s important for clients to see tile and counters in person. No one likes a surprise.”The house was completed before Zoom meetings revolutionized the process, she points out, adding, “now I do Zoom meetings for houses that are a half-hour away!” The family’s existing furniture and other items that were making the move were also taken into consideration during planning. “The Garritys were pretty consistent in the style of furnishings from their prior home, so integrating new pieces was easy,” Rodriguez says.Paula says the designer “quickly picked up on my vision and style.” Rodriguez describes that look as “clean, modern, and bright,” and says the goal was achieved through a minimal palette of neutral colors and adding accents in pillows and art. A light white oak floor reinforces the “modern, yet welcoming” feel the designer and homeowners were after.Project highlights include the kitchen, which features a clean, streamlined design and transom windows over the cabinets. “I don’t see that often,” Rodriquez says. “It accomplished bringing in light without having a window that was looking at the neighbor’s house.” She also loves the main living area. “It feels like something you can really sink into with close family and friends, yet is polished enough for entertainment.”Let There Be LightA Visual Comfort chandelier (City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy) is the crowning jewel in the dining room.The building process took about 16 months. Rodriguez says that with the floor plan, they were able to do “a fantastic job of utilizing the space we had. With the openness of the kitchen, living space, and breakfast nook, it’s easy to live and entertain in. A bonus is the covered loggia just outside the living space, which extends the entertaining area.”“We love Birmingham and living in Michigan,” Paula says. “It’s been a great place to raise our son, and we walk to town all the time. Neither of us has family here, but we’re extremely happy and have no plans to leave. It’s a house we could easily live in forever.”Unique touchesThe master suite and stairway exude elegance with special lighting and quality materials.BUYER’S GUIDE INTERIOR DESIGNER Katie Rodriguez, Katie Rodriguez Design, Birmingham, katierodriguezdesign.comBATHROOM Bathtub – Neptune Products, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Cabinet – Ideology, Birmingham Countertop – Ciot, Troy Faucet – Grohe, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Floor, Shower – Sinto Carerra Marble Hex, Cercan Tile, Michigan Design Center, Troy Flooring – White Mini Crystal, Ciot, Troy Sconces – RH Sink – Decolav, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Stool – Lighting Resource Studio, Michigan Design Center, Troy Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Gray ScreenBATHROOM, POWDER ROOM Cabinet – Ideology, Birmingham Chandelier – RH Mirror – Custom, Brandywine Construction & Management, Birmingham; Surround, Ideology, Birmingham Sink – Kohler, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Wall Treatment – Candice Olson, DuraleeBEDROOM Armchair – Robert Allen and Duralee, Decoroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy Blinds – Hunter Douglas, Interior Services by Peter Maurer Chandelier – RH Fireplace – Silver White, Ciot, Troy Flooring – Main Floor Carpet One Floor & Home, Royal OakDINING ROOM Chandelier – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Rug – Silver Gray Sisal, Hagopian, Birmingham Wall Treatment – JF FabricsKITCHEN Cabinetry – Ideology, Birmingham Chairs, Dining – Sandler Seating, Hampton Products Inc., Royal Oak Countertop – Ciot, Troy Faucet – Grohe, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Flooring – White Oak Hood – Specified by Ideology, Birmingham Lighting, Island – Arteriors, Lighting Resource Studio, Michigan Design Center, Troy Refrigerators – Specified by Ideology, Birmingham Sink – Thompson Traders, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Wine Cooler – Specified by Ideology, Birmingham Wine Storage – Specified by Ideology, BirminghamLIVING ROOM Chairs, Patterned – Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Fireplace – Alaska White, Ciot, Troy Flooring – White Oak Lamp, Floor – RH Ottoman – Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Rug – Milliken, Main Floor Carpet One Floor & Home, Royal Oak Sofas, Gray – RH Stools, Wooden – Bernhardt, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy Table, Glass End – Bernhardt, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy Wall Paint – Custom Mix, WhiteSTAIRCASE Chandelier – RH Flooring – White Oak Stair Runner – Masland, Main Floor Carpet One Floor & Home, Royal Oak Wall Paint – Custom Mix, WhiteEXTERIOR Exterior Siding Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Functional Gray Exterior Trim Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Backdrop Masonry – Columbus Brick Stonechase Genuine PapercutADDITIONAL PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS Architect – Krieger Klatt Architects, Royal Oak Builder – Brandywine Construction & Management, Birmingham Cabinet Designer – Ideology, Birmingham

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Let’s Dish: The holiday dining room table is covered with a puckered taffeta tablecloth and set with Buccellati flatware, antique raspberry and white-colored dinner plates that were purchased in Paris, and service plates Nancy and John purchased in Italy. “A lot of things have come from our trips,” DeAngelis says. Shown here is a favorite tabletop scenario, created by Nancy and interior designer Jane Synnestvedt of Birmingham.

Talk To The Animals: Several charming handmade bears sit on top of the Great Room’s fireplace mantel, along with a 16-inch-tall, blue-striped clay giraffe, handmade by the Valentis — and one of Nancy DeAngelis’ favorites.

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Taking Their Time: It takes two full days each year for Sue and Greg Valenti, co-owners of Coach House in Metamora, to install the holiday décor at the DeAngelis home. “I started with the Valentis 15 years ago,” DeAngelis says, “but because I now have so much, I haven’t added many new things in the past few years. I usually get a new ornament or two every year, but that’s about it.”

Accent On Pretty: The DeAngelises hired interior designer Jane Synnestvedt in 2011 to help with additional interior selections. She had previously done work for John DeAngelis’ business interiors. Synnestvedt added the long plank Italian table in the entryway — a perfect perch for a holiday angel and a stack of antique books. “We also added green-check fabric to the chairs in the front room (a great color come Christmastime), and we did a lot of accessorizing and organizing the art collection and pieces (John and Nancy) purchased on their various trips,” the designer notes.

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And The Angels Sing: The 25-inch-high angel that tops the living room’s eight-and-a-half-foot-high Fraser fir was purchased just last year, but it has already become Nancy’s favorite decoration. “She’s just gorgeous,” DeAngelis says. Crafted by the Valentis, the angel has a silk taffeta gown that is trimmed with antique ribbon, gold sequin wings, and a gold-and-crystal crown. While the Valentis put up most of the home’s holiday decorations, Nancy takes pride in trimming the tree herself.

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Homeowners often envision interiors that resemble their favorite boutique hotel. Few, however, actually move to a city because of a hotel experience.Pat and Paula Garrity are an exception. The couple moved to Michigan from New Canaan, Conn., with their son, when Pat accepted a job with the Detroit Pistons. “We chose Birmingham because my husband used to stay at The Townsend Hotel when his team came to town to play the Pistons,” Paula explains. “He loved the town and thought I’d like it, too.”She did. One of the things the family liked most about the area — and felt strongly about having in their future home — was access to Birmingham’s downtown. They purchased their lot from Brandywine Construction “because it was one of the few available that was truly walking distance to town,” Paula explains, adding, “it’s also a bit larger than many of the lots in the neighborhood.” After taking down an existing structure, the couple started from scratch with Brandywine, Krieger Klatt Architects, and designer Katie Rodriguez on a replacement that included 5,000 square feet, with four bedrooms and four baths.Using an existing design as a starting point, the team tweaked and tailored the floor plan to fit the family’s tastes and needs. They added a sport court in the backyard and a full gym in the basement, as well as an apartment above the garage for guests and the couple’s parents.Frequent moves through the years helped the couple hone their wish list. “You learn many things in that process,” Paula says. “We wanted to be efficient with space. We didn’t want a bunch of excess square footage. With a family of three (as well as a dog named Harper), we didn’t want big — just nice. We wanted it light and bright, with lots of windows.”They also wanted the interiors to reflect that goal, which spurred the builder to recommend Rodriguez as part of the design team. “We liked her so much that I continued to use her for interior design afterward,” Paula says. “She’s so easy to work with.”The admiration is mutual, says Rodriguez, who praises Garrity for her eye for design as well as her sense of organization. Much of the project was done while the family was still living in Connecticut, which added logistical challenges — something the team solved through frequent communication and visits. “Paula flew back and forth for final selections,” the designer explains, adding that doing so made the building process easier. “It’s important for clients to see tile and counters in person. No one likes a surprise.”The house was completed before Zoom meetings revolutionized the process, she points out, adding, “now I do Zoom meetings for houses that are a half-hour away!” The family’s existing furniture and other items that were making the move were also taken into consideration during planning. “The Garritys were pretty consistent in the style of furnishings from their prior home, so integrating new pieces was easy,” Rodriguez says.Paula says the designer “quickly picked up on my vision and style.” Rodriguez describes that look as “clean, modern, and bright,” and says the goal was achieved through a minimal palette of neutral colors and adding accents in pillows and art. A light white oak floor reinforces the “modern, yet welcoming” feel the designer and homeowners were after.Project highlights include the kitchen, which features a clean, streamlined design and transom windows over the cabinets. “I don’t see that often,” Rodriquez says. “It accomplished bringing in light without having a window that was looking at the neighbor’s house.” She also loves the main living area. “It feels like something you can really sink into with close family and friends, yet is polished enough for entertainment.”The building process took about 16 months. Rodriguez says that with the floor plan, they were able to do “a fantastic job of utilizing the space we had. With the openness of the kitchen, living space, and breakfast nook, it’s easy to live and entertain in. A bonus is the covered loggia just outside the living space, which extends the entertaining area.”“We love Birmingham and living in Michigan,” Paula says. “It’s been a great place to raise our son, and we walk to town all the time. Neither of us has family here, but we’re extremely happy and have no plans to leave. It’s a house we could easily live in forever.”BUYER’S GUIDE INTERIOR DESIGNER Katie Rodriguez, Katie Rodriguez Design, Birmingham, katierodriguezdesign.comBATHROOM Bathtub – Neptune Products, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Cabinet – Ideology, Birmingham Countertop – Ciot, Troy Faucet – Grohe, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Floor, Shower – Sinto Carerra Marble Hex, Cercan Tile, Michigan Design Center, Troy Flooring – White Mini Crystal, Ciot, Troy Sconces – RH Sink – Decolav, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Stool – Lighting Resource Studio, Michigan Design Center, Troy Wall Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Gray ScreenBATHROOM, POWDER ROOM Cabinet – Ideology, Birmingham Chandelier – RH Mirror – Custom, Brandywine Construction & Management, Birmingham; Surround, Ideology, Birmingham Sink – Kohler, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Wall Treatment – Candice Olson, DuraleeBEDROOM Armchair – Robert Allen and Duralee, Decoroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy Blinds – Hunter Douglas, Interior Services by Peter Maurer Chandelier – RH Fireplace – Silver White, Ciot, Troy Flooring – Main Floor Carpet One Floor & Home, Royal OakDINING ROOM Chandelier – Visual Comfort, City Lights Detroit, Michigan Design Center, Troy Rug – Silver Gray Sisal, Hagopian, Birmingham Wall Treatment – JF FabricsKITCHEN Cabinetry – Ideology, Birmingham Chairs, Dining – Sandler Seating, Hampton Products Inc., Royal Oak Countertop – Ciot, Troy Faucet – Grohe, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Flooring – White Oak Hood – Specified by Ideology, Birmingham Lighting, Island – Arteriors, Lighting Resource Studio, Michigan Design Center, Troy Refrigerators – Specified by Ideology, Birmingham Sink – Thompson Traders, Universal Plumbing Supply, Oak Park Wine Cooler – Specified by Ideology, Birmingham Wine Storage – Specified by Ideology, BirminghamLIVING ROOM Chairs, Patterned – Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Fireplace – Alaska White, Ciot, Troy Flooring – White Oak Lamp, Floor – RH Ottoman – Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Rug – Milliken, Main Floor Carpet One Floor & Home, Royal Oak Sofas, Gray – RH Stools, Wooden – Bernhardt, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy Table, Glass End – Bernhardt, RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy Wall Paint – Custom Mix, WhiteSTAIRCASE Chandelier – RH Flooring – White Oak Stair Runner – Masland, Main Floor Carpet One Floor & Home, Royal Oak Wall Paint – Custom Mix, WhiteEXTERIOR Exterior Siding Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Functional Gray Exterior Trim Paint – Sherwin-Williams, Backdrop Masonry – Columbus Brick Stonechase Genuine PapercutADDITIONAL PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS Architect – Krieger Klatt Architects, Royal Oak Builder – Brandywine Construction & Management, Birmingham Cabinet Designer – Ideology, Birmingham

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Santas, Santas Everywhere: The DeAngelis Christmas decorations include approximately 20 different Santas, and just about every one of them has been made from scratch, then trimmed with fabrics, by the Valentis. The almost 3-foot-high Santa that sits on the fireplace mantel in the breakfast area has a hand-painted face, a beard made out of real Tibetan lamb’s wool, and a hat — sewn by both hand and machine — created from a Brunschwig and Fils silk brocade fabric. “We use real fur, silk, velvet, ribbons, and metallic trims. Some are 75 to 80 years old and have gotten cost-prohibitive. We also go to antique shows a lot to buy antique and vintage fabrics and trims,” Sue Valenti says.

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Family Affair: Nancy and John DeAngelis, and daughter Kelly celebrate their holiday home. Kelly’s dog, Owen, is in the spirit, too.

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PROMINENT DESIGN The renovation project at this Gilbert Lake-area home started with a bathroom overhaul and led to two additional large-scale phases.Nearly a century ago, this home was built in an idyllic setting along Gilbert Lake in Bloomfield Hills. Featuring distinctive Michigan split-face fieldstone, the prominent structure was designed in a grand Colonial Revival Farmhouse style on a nearly 8-acre, picturesque parcel of land. The property includes the island in the middle of the lake. Its current owners purchased this historic gem in 2007.“The home was more than we ever imagined. We’d been looking for a house, and the day before I saw the listing email, we’d decided to take a break from our search,” the homeowner recalls. “When we first saw the property, (we knew) it was magnificent. It was out of our price range, but we bought it on a whim. My husband said it would be the best real estate investment he would ever make — and he’s in real estate.”In 2016, the homeowners decided to embark on an extensive four-year, multiphase renovation and expansion project to better showcase their collective passions centered on art, wine, entertaining, and family gatherings. They also wanted to maximize the home’s stunning water views. Maintaining the integrity, tradition, and many of the historical details of the original house was challenging, but paramount to the project.Robert Clarke, president and owner of CBI Design Professionals in Bloomfield Hills, explains that the project started with a bathroom renovation and led to two additional large-scale phases. “The second phase was to add a wing to the house that included an attached garage, kids’ activity area, new mudroom and rear stairs, laundry, and updates to the family room. It was the owners’ way of seeing whether the home could be expanded in a way to look as if it had been there 100 years. The original stone on the house is much larger, a bit darker, and more squared than what you find today, but (getting a close) match to the new stone needed for the addition was critical to the project.”According to Clarke, who also runs Integrated Architectural Interiors, the masonry work involved a lengthy process, but the new stone harmoniously blended in with the aged patina of the original stone after it was cleaned and restored to its former condition. The same stonework was also used outside, for the terraces and kitchen patio area, as well as indoors for the library’s fireplace and the mudroom area archways.CUSTOM CREATIONS The library, powder room, and wine room showcase magnificent details.Due to the success of the initial work, the next phase of expansion began with a two-story library, an additional staircase, a garden room, and a master suite, along with an exercise room and a significant wine cellar and tasting room in the lower level. Ultimately, the impressive home’s total square footage across three floors increased by about 9,583 square feet, to nearly 15,000 square feet.Considering the magnitude of the transformation, the homeowners have more than a few favorite areas. “The master bedroom is my favorite. I love how the room has windows on all four sides. It’s comfortable, spacious, clean, open, and bright,” the wife says. “I also love the peacefulness of the garden room, with windows on all sides, and I love how the furniture fits perfectly.” She says her husband’s favorite room is the library, a dramatic yet “warm, comfy, welcoming space” with a double-sided stone fireplace, soft leather furniture, custom tables with intricate designs, and a well-curated selection of art.LAKESIDE NUANCES The beautiful garden room is filled with light.The master bath is impressive.To accommodate the lifestyle of the homeowners, the house now has three entrances: a mudroom entrance, a main entrance, and a third entrance for larger-scale gatherings that has an interior door separating the entertaining space from the family living space. All three entrances have beautiful, unobstructed views to the outdoors.“I didn’t realize how little we could see of the lake before — the views were minimal. The changes have let in more lake. Now we live on the lake,” the homeowner says.In addition to Clarke and CBI Design Professionals, the collaborative team on this complex project included Mosher Dolan (builder), Integrated Architectural Interiors (interior design), Dana Jacob Designs (furnishings), and Richard Hass from Stewart Hass and Associates (landscape architect). The CBI Design project manager was Amanda Fox.By all accounts, this team’s efforts during the multiphase project have been a large-scale success.“These kinds of homes were prominent homes in the community when they were built, and they stood out. Over time, they become tucked away and not as prominent as they once were. We tried to stay true to the original style and bring the home back to its stately position. I think we were successful and did that with this home. The owners were thrilled and got more out of it than anticipated,” Clarke explains.“I’ve always loved this home — it’s close to everything, but you feel like you’re a million miles away. Living here has always made us feel like we’re on vacation,” the homeowner says. “It’s a larger scale than we ever imagined, but it’s peaceful, quiet, and everyone feels welcomed and happy here.” ARTISTICALLY CLASSIC The master bath’s Constellation Blackout, Artistic Tile, from Beaver Tile & Stone is head-turning. This stately home is nearly 100 years old. Buyer’s Guide DESIGNERS Robert Clarke, CBI Design Professionals, and also Integrated Architectural Interiors, both in Bloomfield Hills, cbidesign.net Dana Jacob, Dana Jacob Designs, FranklinBATHROOM, MASTER Cabinetry – Custom, Integrated Architectural Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; Cole Wagner Cabinetry, Rochester Hills; Patra & Patra Studios, Royal Oak; The Nielsen Group, Fenton Countertop – Glacier White, Corian, Korcast Countertop Solutions, Troy Faucets – Descanso Series with Knurl Handle, California Faucets, Advanced Plumbing & Heating Supply, Walled Lake Flooring – Constellation Blackout, Artistic Tile, Beaver Tile & Stone, Michigan Design Center, Troy Lighting, Mirror – Custom, Integrated Architectural Interiors, Bloomfield Hills, Cole Wagner Cabinetry, Rochester Hills Mirrors – Reid Glass, Southfield Shower Door – Reid Glass, Southfield Shower Walls – Statuario Light, Epic Porcelain, PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Toilet Room Doors – Custom, Integrated Architectural Interiors, Troy; Patra & Patra Studios, Royal Oak Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s WhiteBATHROOM, POWDER ROOM Faucet – Descanso Series with Knurl Handle, California Faucets, Advanced Plumbing & Heating Supply, Walled Lake Flooring – Craze in White, Ann Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy Mirror – Reid Glass, Southfield Sconces – Magni Home Collection, Jean de Merry Sink Unit – Custom, Grigio Armani Polished Marble, Integrated Architectural Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; PMP Marble & Granite, Troy Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White Wall Tile – Davlin in Rose Gold Leaf, Ann Sacks, Michigan Design Center, TroyGARDEN ROOM Armchairs – Jiun Ho Flooring – Red Oak Herringbone, Deluxe Floors Inc., Madison Heights Rug – Stark Carpet, Troy Sofas – Kimberly Denman, Jean de Merry Table, Coffee – Custom, Dana Jacob Designs, Franklin Table, Occasional – Custom, Dana Jacob Designs, Franklin Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s WhiteLIBRARY Armchairs – A. Rudin Bookshelves – Custom, Integrated Architectural Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; The Nielsen Group Inc., Fenton Flooring – White Oak, Deluxe Floors Inc., Madison Heights Table, Coffee – Custom, Dana Jacob Designs, Franklin Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s WhiteLIBRARY STAIRCASE Fireplace – Custom, Dan Gagnon, Michigan Fieldstone, Firebrick, Black Firebrick, Superior Clay Flooring – White Oak, Deluxe Floors Inc., Madison Heights Staircase and Railing – Northern Staircase Co., Pontiac Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s WhiteWINE CELLAR Ceiling Treatment – Custom, Salvaged Wood Timbers Flooring – Polished and Stained Concrete Wall Treatment – Chatham Gray Modular, Belden Brick, Redland Brick Wine Storage – Custom, Integrated Architectural Interiors, Bloomfield Hills; The Nielsen Group Inc., FentonWINE TASTING ROOM Ceiling Treatment – Custom, Salvaged Wood Timbers Flooring – Bluestone, Genesee Cut Stone & Marble Co., Grand Blanc Lighting, Ceiling – Shades of Light Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s WhiteEXTERIOR Masonry – Dan Gagnon, Michigan Fieldstone Railing – Artistic Ironworks, Detroit Windows – Marvin Windows and DoorsADDITIONAL PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS Builder – Doyle Mosher, Mosher Dolan, Royal Oak Landscape Architect – Richard Hass, Stewart Hass & Associates, Eastpointe

Upstairs/Downstairs: The curved double staircase was crafted by woodworker Glen Cooper. Cooper’s father helped build Henry Ford’s Fairlane home, and he remembers helping his dad there when he was a boy. For this staircase, Cooper kept “wetting and twisting the wood until he got it right,” DeAngelis says. At Christmas-time, the stair rails provide the perfect backdrop for several lush garlands.


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Resourceful Interior Designer Jane Synnestvedt Decorates With …

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“The inspiration for the room was the yellow cherub made of tiles. It hangs over the upholstered bench,” Synnestvedt says. “Nancy and Kelly purchased the tiles in Portugal, and carried them back knowing we would find a place for them.” The 100-percent wool pile carpeting is from Stark and has “that perfect little French blue dot.” They chose F. Schumacher & Co. wallpaper with a wide tonal stripe. Fabric includes F. Schumacher & Co. Barnet blue-and-white check for the drapery trim, bed coverlet, and pillows, as well as Old World Weavers, Kravet, and Robert Allen. The light fixtures were faux-finished to bring in the perfect shade of blue. Ceramic garden benches add elegance, while a functional computer area is secluded behind doors. Note: Wallpaper backs the shelving unit to add a splash of color when the doors are open. “It’s beauty and function,” Synnestvedt says.

Classic Greens: Even though green is especially favored come the holiday season, the interior designer likes to work with it year-round. An example: Antique chairs in the living room were reworked and covered in Robert Allen green-and-white fabrics. Gimp trim pulls the fabrics together.

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