Animal Attraction

Garnering high honors in the 2023 Detroit Design Awards, this makeover’s story has a connection to the Detroit Zoo // Photo by Joe Tiano

As an avid animal lover and Detroit Zoo volunteer, Amy TerMarsch’s client wanted the living room in her Grosse Pointe Park home to feature some stylish animal vibes. TerMarsch, who owns 11-year-old Shelby Township-based Amy Elizabeth Designs, shares that the woman of the home wanted a place she could call her own (her husband has his space, too; it’s right off the living room through a side door).

“Her goal was to get the most out of the space, which isn’t large,” TerMarsch says. Going on a veritable safari of sorts, the designer brought in a zebra-print rug from Ghiordes Knot at the Michigan Design Center in Troy, a cat wall sculpture, lamps with brass coiled-cobra bases, animal-themed decorative shelf accents, cheetah print mantel lamps, and a cheetah print-patterned ottoman. The botanical artwork above the mantel was discovered in a small antiques shop at Eastern Market.

TerMarsch also painted the walls, ceiling, and trim in fresh, crisp white (Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace) and changed out the drapery. “The previous window treatments were mauve, and there was that Wedgwood blue color popular in the 1980s and ’90s,” the designer shares. New, chic drapery in a black velvet, from Decoroom (in the Michigan Design Center), complements the space. The fireplace surround, meanwhile, is made of a sumptuous black herringbone tile from A.M. Tile & Marble in Sterling Heights.

“She wanted a room that felt warm and cozy, because that’s her personality,” TerMarsch says. This makeover certainly accomplished that goal!

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