Gentleman's Quarters - Oakland Hills Modern

Kitchen/dining room: Colorful statement rug by STARK

Photo credit: Eric Rorer

While we adore all of our clients and the beautiful structures which we help fill and adorn, like a parent adores all of their children, this recent mid-century modern interior design project was a particular delight.

This client, a smart, energetic, creative, happy person, a man who, in-person, presents as refined and understated — he wanted color. Lots of color. When we introduced some color, he wanted even more color: Bright pops; lively art.

In fact, it started with the art.

This new homeowner was shopping at SLATE ( for art one day… many people choose art as the finishing touches to an interior design project, however this man had not yet hired a designer.

He mentioned his predicament to SLATE principal partner (and our dear partner in art sourcing) Danielle Fox, and she promptly referred him to us.

At the time that we began our work, the client and his architect, Jack Backus, had finished up a massive remodel, a thoughtful and thorough update of the elegant, iconic mid-century structure (originally designed by Ratcliff & Ratcliff) for modern 21st-century living.

And when we say, “the client and his architect” — we mean it. In his professional life, our client owns a metal fabrication company; given his skills and knowledge of engineering, build, and production, he elected to act as contractor on the project.

His eye for metal and form made its way into some of our furniture selections, in particular the coffee table in the living room, fabricated and sold locally by Turtle and Hare.

Color for miles: One of our favorite aspects of the project was the long hallway. By choosing to put nothing on the walls, and adorning the length of floor with an amazing, vibrant, patterned rug, we created a perfect venue. The rug stands out, drawing attention to the art on the floor.

In fact, the rugs in each room were as thoughtfully selected for color and design as the art on the walls. In total, on this project, we designed and decorated the living room, family room, master bedroom, and back patio. (Visit to view the complete portfolio of images.)

While my design firm is known for our work with traditional and transitional architecture, and we love those projects, I think it is clear from this project that Modern is also our cup of tea.

If you have a Modern house and are thinking about how to make it more vibrantly YOU, contact us for a consultation.

Idee per un'ampia cucina moderna con lavello da incasso, ante lisce, ante in legno scuro, top in quarzo composito, paraspruzzi bianco, paraspruzzi in lastra di pietra, elettrodomestici da incasso, pavimento in legno massello medio, isola e pavimento turchese —  Houzz
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