Polished Gem

This jewel of a kitchen gleams with dramatic blacks and whites, interspersed with splashes of elegance // Photography by Marta Xochilt Perez
Color cues
A dash of green and hints of red create complementary beauty in this space.

Interior designer Anne Strickland had become close with clients Archie and Anne Damman after working on two design projects for them, so when the couple asked her to help them with their recent first-floor renovation in a 1980s Bloomfield Hills home, Strickland was more than happy to jump in.

“They had lots of good furniture and accessories, and we worked to neutralize (the space) and showcase their beautiful items. We modernized it, but (didn’t want to) create too much fussiness,” Strickland says. “It’s layered with elements of tradition.” Without making any structural changes, Strickland pretty much reworked the existing space. Ron Laraia of Unique Remodeling Concepts (Troy) was the contractor for the project.

The designer acknowledges that Anne Damman is quite creative in her own right, so much of the project was what Strickland calls “a wonderful collaboration.”

Dishing up chic
The kitchen has been stylishly modernized in this Bloomfield Hills home. What won’t you find? Fussiness, says interior designer Anne Strickland.

Strickland, who owns Anne Strickland Interiors, based in her home in Bloomfield Hills and at the Michigan Design Center in Troy, worked with Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham on the cabinetry in the renovated areas of the home, including the kitchen, which features a clean palette of light tones. “The homeowner wanted everything light and bright, as her other homes were more color-saturated,” Strickland says. That’s not to say the couple wasn’t flexible. In fact, they lived with a white range hood for about four months before deciding the kitchen was too light. “The client decided she wanted more drama and wanted to paint it black, and now it’s the focal point in the kitchen,” Strickland says. “That range (by Majestic) wall is my favorite part of the space,” Strickland continues. “I love the contrast and focal point in this space.”

Also contributing to the “clean” look is the fact that all of the homeowners’ small appliances are kept behind cabinetry.

The range hood was once white, but after living with it for a while, the client decided she wanted more drama. It’s now a focal point.

A simple white backsplash and quartz countertops add to the beauty. Color, which absolutely pops amid the dark floors and cabinetry, comes in the way of the floral window treatment (Aurelia embroidery in navy, by Schumacher), wall art (beautiful plates), and the red-and-green bench cushions and pillows (Guepard stripe velvet in red, by Schumacher) in a cozy nook where one might browse a cookbook or sip a cup of coffee. The natural-oak flooring was stained in ebony to complement the black cabinetry, while brass hardware from Russell Hardware in Bloomfield Hills is the perfect accessory. Hudson Valley pendants and Visual Comfort picture lights create a welcoming mood. “I think the homeowners really like the space,” Strickland says. “It flows so well with the rest of the home.”

Is it red-y yet?
The chef can take a load of his or her feet on a comfy bench in the kitchen’s cozy nook. A Guepard stripe velvet in red, by Schumacher, adds a zesty punch to the color scheme.

More information: annestricklandinteriors.com