New York State of Mind

When the owners of a French country-style home in Northville had a change of heart, they turned to Corey Damen Jenkins. “We did a complete 180 from what they had” says the interior designer and owner of Bloomfield Hills-based DWV: Design With Vision.

The designer credits his clients—Collin Green, who owns Foundation Repair Systems, and his wife, Jeremie—with already thinking outside the box. “Now that their children are grown, they could do more with the design,” says Jenkins, who gave them a black, white, and gray color scheme with varied accents. “Black, white and gray play well with everything.”

Balancing Act The only challenge, Jenkins says, was the delicate balance between the husband, who was more contemporary, and his wife, who didn’t want to abandon traditional altogether. “It was a marrying of two design aesthetics that are slightly different yet the same,” he says.

Since their previous look was more conservative, they were ready to be more daring this time, especially in the family room. “We wanted this room to be a lot more laid-back and less formal, so they could have parties. We wanted it to be fun and funky,” says Jenkins, who is an HGTV featured designer after winning an episode of “Showhouse Showdown”.

The fabrics are from Kravet and Ralph Lauren, and the carpeting is from Stark Carpet. Cornice boards and roman shades add architectural detail to the room.

The designer layered pattern on pattern with houndstooth, Greek key and plaid. “It just kind of came together,” he says of the overall look. “A lot of pieces were theirs. They have a stellar collection of art from their travels. We just had to reinvent the surroundings.”

Fancy Feast “The kitchen was completely rearranged and laid out differently,” Jenkins says. “They wanted a more open floor plan that was conducive for entertaining.”

A farmhouse table best sums up the merging of two style concepts, Jenkins says. The French country base is topped with a stainless steel counter. A chic chandelier above warms up the modern material. “Crystal has been around for centuries, but it’s still fresh and hip for today,” says Jenkins, who likes to give his clients something lovely to look at while they’re busy in the kitchen.

Black granite counters contrast with the white marble slab on the hutch. Custom tile from Virginia Tile creates the harlequin pattern backsplash made from crushed glass, ceramic and stone.

Park Avenue Posh In the living room, a leather sofa mingles with an antique table, while shapely chairs create their own distinct silhouettes. Sconces made from crystal and metal line the walls. “They’re like art,” Jenkins says. “They bring a very New York-penthouse touch. The traditional shape with modern crystals is a cool juxtaposition of styles.”

All of the walls are done in Benjamin Moore’s Grant Beige. Picture frame moulding is painted in black and white for an unexpected take on a classic. “It’s like stitching on a suit or dress that ties it all together,” Jenkins says.

“The moulding is a cost-effective way of giving them a high-end design that looks like a million dollars,” Jenkins says. “If you get your bones right and all of your structure in place it’s easy to layer on everything else.”

Detail-oriented Fornasetti wallpaper lines the upper portion of the wall in the powder room. “They wanted something glamorous and fun,” says Jenkins, who compares the wallpaper to art. The mirror frame was found by Judy Frankel, owner of Judy Frankel Antiques Center in Troy, in a field in France.

“I am really blessed to have clients with courage. And they have a complete treasure trove of artwork and great taste. I just had to edit and select,” says Jenkins, who carefully blended their existing collections with new finds to give the rooms a true sense of history. “We baked this design; we didn’t microwave it. It was a slow simmer.”


Mattlow, Jeanine. “New York State Of Mind.” StyleLine. November 2012: Page 104. Print

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