Photography: David Duncan Livingston
When the owners of a French country-style house in Southeastern Michigan had a change of circumstances, they turned to Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates for a new vision in their home’s interiors. With children grown up and moved out, the empty nesters wanted to create something more daring with their design and decoration. The only challenge was striking the delicate balance between the husband, who was more contemporary, and his wife, who didn’t want to abandon traditional aesthetics altogether. In the living room, a modern Chesterfield sofa mingles with an antique table, while a vintage discus, previously used by the husband’s great-great grandfather—a former U.S. Olympian athlete—finds a new role. Shapely chairs create their own distinct silhouettes. Empirical-styled sconces dripping with crystal and metal accoutrement line the walls. Picture frame molding is painted in black and white for an unexpected take on a classic that resembles the stitching on a suit or dress. A goldenrod velvet sofa takes centerstage in the family room, while a mirrored bistro table gleams in the nearby breakfast nook. All of the spaces are unified with a neutral color palette of black, white, and gray with varied accents and layered patterned play.