Spring It On!

A designer creates a breath of fresh air in this classic Grosse Pointe Park home // Photograph by Marta Xochilt Perez

You can bring spring right into your living space, and enjoy it all year round, if you’ve got a room like the one shown here, designed by Kourtney Shammo. Shammo was working with Troy and Detroit-based Petrella Designs Inc. when she was asked to create this pretty living room in Grosse Pointe Park for a couple whose sons are grown. The firm also designed a casual dining space off the kitchen, as well as the dining room, the master bedroom, and a mud hall. Shammo, who has since launched her own design firm, Kourtney Anne Studios in Birmingham, looks back on this project with pride and joy.

“We stripped the existing high-gloss floors and refinished them with a natural stain with a satin top coat that shows off the white oak, and painted the walls in Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb, a nice gray, for starters,” Shammo recalls. “The homeowner had floor-to-ceiling built-ins that were super shallow and not functional. There was also an outdated fireplace.” Shammo is quick to point out that there’s no TV here, as it’s a place where the couple can read or enjoy each other in conversation. “The home is older and we kept the classic look, but created a more clean and casual feel,” she adds.

As for the palette, calm and organic were the goals, so the designer pulled in grays, blues, and greens that carry throughout the home and bring the outside in (a quaint courtyard is right outside this space). The drapery is
a warm gray with taupe undertones, and it’s “deeper than the walls, to
create contrast,” Shammo says, “but still in keeping with a monochromatic, clean feeling.”

Details are everything here, including the chartreuse tape trim on the window treatments. “We needed a pop, but didn’t want it feeling loud,” Shammo explains. “We carried that color into the pillows, which are more olive and not as bright. The chairs have a blue-based fabric with a green leaf motif, while the sofa is in a very neutral linen blend that’s low-maintenance, because they have two dogs.” A table by Hickory Chair (San Giorgio limestone with a wrought-iron base) does the trick. Stools, beneath the table, also by Hickory Chair, are upholstered in a Pollack fabric from Tennant & Associates (Michigan Design Center, Troy). “They were a fun way to bring color in; it’s muted but has that chartreuse again,” Shammo says. With casters, the stools can be moved around easily and can even become an ottoman when you want to “put your feet up,” she adds.

More information: kourtneyannestudios.com