Loaf & Laze

A cozy sitting area offers inspiration during autumn’s ‘indoor days’ // Photography by Werner Straube
Choice Chaise “Come fall, most homeowners want someplace in their home that’s cozy,” says designer Laura Zender, “and this is the perfect spot.”

As fall arrives, this homeowner knows just where she’ll be spending more time: lounging on an inviting chaise in the sitting area of her master bedroom.

Located on the west side of Ann Arbor, many of this home’s spaces were made over by interior designer Laura Zender, of Laura Zender Design in Ann Arbor. “We changed up paint colors, furniture, rugs, and lighting, to give the home a new look,” says Zender, who won an award for her work in this space in the Repurposed Furniture category of the most recent Detroit Design Awards.

The repurposed furniture, in this case, was the chaise. “I loved that piece and the lines, but it needed to be recovered,” Zender says. By replacing an olive-green microfiber with a luxe velvet/linen material featuring a diamond pattern and white velvet trim, the comfy lounge is now the perfect spot for reading, sipping on hot cider, or enjoying a nightcap.

“The chaise belonged to our client’s mother-in-law,” Zender says. “She purchased it in 1967.” Zender says the modern, graphic pattern juxtaposes well with the traditional lines of the piece. Custom draperies in a crisp tribal pattern, paired with a George Nelson cigar lamp, complement the heirloom chaise. Painting the walls in Sherwin-Williams’ warm Utaupeia completes the space, which has a view of the woods through a bay window. Add a spicy-hued chenille throw, a pillow with a chinoiserie pattern, and a cowhide rug and you get one nice reading nook.