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Before & After: An Ann Arbor Home with Heart

by Annie Werbler

After working long days as a dedicated emergency room doctor, all Corey Damen Jenkins’ client wanted was to return to a 5-star hotel respite within his Ann Arbor, MI home. He asked the designer for a “modern luxe” spin on his 1,700-square-foot residence with classic details, built in the early 20th century. Jenkins sought to turn the space into a refined, earthy jewel box borrowing motifs from the homeowner’s travels, cultural interests, and distinct sense of style. He even took his client’s career as inspiration for sourcing the Jonathan Adler flame stitch throw pillows that resemble the screen display of a monitored heartbeat. The home’s bathrooms were gutted to accommodate Jenkins’ towering client, who at 6’5″ required custom-height vanities specified to his comfort. The main living spaces received a decorative update as well, featuring a cohesive palette of colors and textures throughout the home, with individual elements emphasized in different rooms for unique moodscapes in succession. —Annie

“After” photography by Brad Ziegler

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In the Ann Arbor, MI home of designer Corey Damen Jenkins' client, the posh master bedroom hotel suite vibe is enjoyed by a canine guest. An antique rug provides a colorful foundation in the otherwise neutral space featuring fresh, modern textiles with contemporary geometric patterns.
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A framed mural of rushing clouds is installed behind the bed to provide a “dreamy” backdrop. Jonathan Adler heartbeat flame stitch throw pillows were selected as a nod to the homeowner's medical career. To play up the glam factor, twig-themed sconces are added to provide ambient light and an organic touch to the suite’s interior design.
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This drab guest bathroom is given new beginnings thanks to the marriage of quirky wallpaper with matte-finished black tile. The vanity’s fluted chrome legs bring an Art Deco flavor to the mix.
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Dark bronze sconces have little in common with the bright chrome pendant but as a grouping they prove that mixing and matching finishes can be hip and timeless. Illustrated fish in a whimsical Cole & Son Acquario wallcovering by Fornasetti are a fun foil to more austere traditional finishes.
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A silver leaf antique mirror (circa early 1900s) is a classic juxtaposition against the quirky Cole & Son Acquario wallcovering by Fornasetti, which is well-suited to the room's functions (and features unusual poisonous deep sea fish!).
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In the great room, cosmetic changes were made to give the space a new look. Crown molding was added for architectural interest, and the fireplace is made more grand with a marble surround and hearth in place of square tiles. A niche next to the fireplace now houses a custom built-in entertainment system, complete with fabric-covered doors and shelving to display the client’s collection of Fornasetti pieces.
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The living room decor is an eclectic mix of modern art, traditional table lamps, and a rustic credenza behind the sofa to establish a dining area beyond. To give the room a glamorous focal point, a bold chandelier is hung front and center.
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Through the use of furnishings and décor, this very large room is compartmentalized into three working spaces: a living room, dining room and small office. The slouchy, oversized sofa serves as a line of demarcation. Simple, yet elegant window panels are hung to dress the windows while dramatic new artwork, pillows and other accessories are layered throughout the space to punch up the visual energy. A common palette of dusty reds and greens, off-whites, and pops of black unite the various zones.

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  • Just gorgeous! This place went from being a sad, black-leather bachelor pad to a cheerful, colorful living space that remains very masculine. The “before” shots show that the designer paid attention to the doctor’s tastes and translated those to the end product and didn’t just superimpose his own vision. Love the Fornasetti – especially the wallpaper.

  • Fantastic finishes and updates, I cannot get over that bathroom wallpaper, that matte black tile, nor the built-in under the tv. Swoon. A beautiful, masculine home.

  • Hello,
    Can you tell me where I could buy a chrome pendant like this one for my bathroom. I absolutely feel in love with it.

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