Friday, September 14

The Junior League of Detroit Presents A Historic House Transformed And A Fabulous Showhouse For The Community!

The Home of Motown 
With Deep Roots In The American Car Industry, 
The Motor City Debuts 
a Historic Home Newly Transformed,
A Designer Showhouse! 
restored glass and metal work, unusual tile and handmade architectural detailing are showcased
throughout the home...

dining room design by Julia Buckingham
Tonight the The Junior League of Detroit presents this designer showhouse's Opening Gala!  I am excited to travel from New York City to attend.  The home is in the Boston Edison District which channels days gone by, and was originally designed and developed by some of Detroit's most prominent turn-of-the-century residents. Referred to as the Fisher Mansion, this English Tudor-style home is the Charles T. Fisher Mansion and was built in 1922 by architect George D. Mason for Charles and Sarah Fisher.  With a bevy of impressive sponsors helping the designers to transform the space, and ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine as the media sponsor, this showhouse is poised for great success! 
In 2017, the home was purchased by actor, author, and philanthropist Hill Harper who generously donated the 16,000-square-foot home as the setting for the showhouse where both locally and nationally acclaimed designers have transformed the home.  
I'm excited to note that our root cellar designs' fabric will be showcased in the home's spectacular dining room.  The space is designed by renowned designer Julia Buckingham who utilized two of our most popular patterns-- Tortoiseshell and our historic pattern, The Man showing an equestrian in full riding attire.  Julia upholstered two dining room's vintage settees to cozy up to the large dining table.  I visited during the installation a couple weeks ago and took "sneak peek" photographs of this dining room-- Julia brought her unique talent to the house, which is colorful, eclectic and although it channels the history of the home and area well, is also incredibly fresh and modern.  Down to every last detail (note the gentlemen glass ware), Julia captures the magic of the home and puts her design philosophy to great use! 
Julia Buckingham's dining room design 
shows her design philosophy at work...
"artfully weaving together a tapestry of antiques, modern and artifacts along with her custom designed pieces to create an updated approach that reflects today's lifestyle".  
I hope to see you tonight, and stop back in the coming days for more profiles of the designers involved in this home's transformation.
Sources in the dining room design:
Table: Keith Fritz Fine Furniture
Side Chairs: Custom by Modernique
Side Chair Fabrics: S Harris
Rugs: Lapchi
Banquettes: Vintage find by Modernique
Banquette fabric: Root Cellar Designs
Chandelier: Birthstone chandelier by Julia Buckingham for Global Views
Art above mantle: Windy O'Connor
Crown accessory in front of mantle: Custom by Modernique
Sconces: Louise Gaskill 
Teal cabinet: Julian Chichester
Art above cabinet: Martin Summers in frames by Tucker Frame Shop
Lamp: Louise Gaskill
Vases on cabinet: Elephant Vase by Julia Buckingham for Global Views
Mirrored shelves: Howard Elliott
Records: Vintage finds by Modernique
Window treatments: Installed by The Shade Store
Window treatment fabric: S Harris
Floral arrangement: Pot & Box
Bowl that flowers are arranged in: Meteor Bowl (Large in White) by Global Views
Napkins: Neiman Marcus and Valerianne of Scottsdale
Glassware: Vintage finds by Modernique
Silverware: Neiman Marcus
All paint: Benjamin Moore
Wallpaper: S Harris
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara