Franklin Residence

Photography: Werner Straube

This project was featured in the October 2017 issue of Traditional Home Magazine and received front cover honors. CDJA partnered with a young family to build a new home on a lush, heavily wooded property in Metro-Detroit, Michigan. Classic elements, such as paneled walls, elegant millwork, fine furniture, floral fabrics, and patterned wallcoverings, set the stage to create something at once timeless and new. To sneak in extra seating, CDJA flanked the living room’s fireplace with conversation nooks, their green velvet panels set in harlequin style and “tufted” with a single button. To mesh with the family’s lifestyle, Jenkins opted to forgo a formal dining room in favor of a casual eating spot that links the living area, kitchen, and patio. Repeated design elements—like three caged crystal chandeliers—unifies the spaces. As is standard with interiors created by the firm, the Parisian fashion runway also influenced the design concepts: for example, menswear patterns and rich colors in the study form a fitting backdrop for the husband’s sports collectibles—including his prized Babe Ruth sculpture.