Perfect All Year

A homeowner and her designer agree that Christmas-green walls are apropos not only during the holidays, but through every season // Photo by Beth Singer
For the main chairs, designer Alexis Elley matched the green wall with a Mary Mcdonald black, white, and green fabric.

As the holidays approach, this dining room in a Grosse Pointe home is the perfect spot for entertaining family and friends, thanks to the astute design work of Alexis Elley of Textures Interior Design in Grosse Pointe Farms.

“My client is interested in color and exploring,” Elley says of the female homeowner, a busy attorney with three children who loves to entertain. “She loves color and prints and is traditionally elegant. (She and her husband) have this big, beautiful, old, elegant home and they live in all of their rooms.”

Classic appointments in the space, which won an award in this magazine’s 2023 Design Awards in the Traditional Dining Room category, include original millwork, a chandelier, and sconces, which all “keep the integrity of the house,” Elley says.  Everything sings against a Benjamin Moore Chantilly White paint color.

“The only thing the client requested was green, glossy wall paint. She didn’t want a drab dining room; she wanted it to pop,” says Elley, who chose a vibrant, snappy Benjamin Moore shade called Garden Green. “We used such a high-gloss finish that we had to time the application with the weather.” They needed to be able to keep the windows open to help keep the air fresh and to assist with drying time, as high-gloss paints take longer to dry than semigloss or other types of paint.

For the chairs, which the couple already had, Elley matched the green wall with a Mary Mcdonald black, white, and green fabric. She also brought in an animal print. “Animal print is a thing of mine,” Elley says. “Plus, that theme and the colors make the space sexier and less grandma-y.” A diamond pattern in the rug adds to the luxe feel.

The table was discovered at an estate sale. “I had my painter refinish the base of the table in a black gloss paint and add gold trim detail,” Elley says. More eye candy includes a large painting by Colin Darke, who lives in the area. “The artwork adds a dash of modernity,” the designer says.

“Her husband wanted to be able to entertain clients, plus they have a large family and she adores Christmas,” Elley continues. “The room is well-loved.”

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