A sun porch in a former showhouse is filled with delightful details that make the space come to life. (Jeff Garland)
Whatever plans you have for your home in the new year, there’s no time like the present to spiff up your spaces.
“Once the Christmas stuff comes down, people realize what their rooms really look like,” says Renea Lewis, interior designer and owner of Design by Choice at the Michigan Design Center in Troy, who gets a lot of calls this time of year for design projects.
“People are stuck in the house, especially in this weather,” she says.
For a screened-in sleeping porch she designed in a former Grosse Pointe showhouse, Lewis proves that details make a space feel special.
“I tried to look at it from a fresh perspective,” she says. “I wanted to capture the spirit of the room.”
Lewis was faced with the decision to treat or not to treat the windows. “I decided to let it be completely open because the room was flooded with natural light,” she says.
Without window treatments, the space was almost too stark, so Lewis added mosquito netting over the Recamier lounge for a romantic feel. “That softened it so much and allowed me to get in some free-flowing fabric,” she says.
The designer took the concept a step further by embellishing the basic netting with some feathers and beaded edges. “You can take something ordinary and add some detail,” she says.
Each piece makes a statement, such as the mirrored pedestal topped with an oversized floral flanked by greyhound statues, and the beautiful Persian rug.
“It’s a small room, but it really has so much charm,” Lewis says.
A torchiere by Fine Arts Lamps adds another lovely detail.
The designer, who works in a wide range of styles, says the colors she chose for the room are still extremely current. Tiffany blue walls paired with a buttercream shade on the ceiling create a beautiful combination, she says.
Another quick pick-me-up comes from the placement of the rug on top of the carpet. “That can really change an entire room,” Lewis says. “It doesn’t have to be Persian. You can duplicate the look with a rug that fits your budget.”
Good design is not about price point, says Lewis, “It’s about balance and scale and how things are put together.”
When updating your home, it helps to focus on one room at a time whenever possible. “That will keep the momentum moving to the next space,” Lewis says.
Paint is a real game changer. “Are you happy with the color on your walls?” asks Lewis. If not, she suggests picking a new shade.
If you’re still unsure where to begin, Lewis says, “Start where you spend the most time. You’ll see the impact more than anywhere else.”
Making it happen can be half the battle, but the effort is well worth it in the end. “Every room has something that can be done to lift your spirits,” Lewis says.
For information, contact Renea Lewis at (248) 643-4010 or go to www.designbychoice.net.
Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at email@example.com.