Solutions: Designers add a fresh touch to Macomb home

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

As our rooms tend to grow tired over time, some seek a fresh young feel like this homeowner in Macomb who worked with Patricia Warner, owner of Patricia Interiors LLC in Shelby Township, and Rebecca Stanley, one of the designers at her firm.

Enhancements to the two-story house were made in the great room, the home office, the sitting room, the kitchen and the foyer.

“She wanted an update and she wanted comfort,” says Warner. “She also wanted space planning. That was one of the first things she said.”

They were able to find furnishings and an arrangement that was more to her liking, and her husband got the comfortable recliner he wanted in the form of one that had some style and wasn’t overly stuffed. “She wanted the great room to look more sophisticated,” Warner says.

The renovated fireplace inspired the space where a combination of smaller pieces adorns the walls in lieu of larger art. “I love the idea of grouping as an alternative,” Warner says.

A soft gray color palette in the great room pairs with another pretty shade in smaller doses. “She loves purple, so there’s a tint of purple in the rug,” Warner says.

Her home office continues the washed gray feel of the great room with a bit of a twist with grays and blues. “The great room has gray undertones on the walls and the pop of color is purple,” says Warner. “When you go into her office, it has the same feel, but your pop of color is totally different with teal.”

The space features pieces the designer describes as having that “old barn wood feel.” A teal media cabinet for the TV contributes to the blue hues found in the room, while two work stations have major appeal. “She can turn back and work on her computer and then spread out her paperwork on the desk in front,” she says.

In her sitting room, the accent color switches to an orangey-peach. “It works if you keep the same color on the walls,” says Warner, who commissioned a piece of artwork for the space that was done by Paulino Cecilio Jr., who is based in Traverse City.

The kitchen was treated to a redo, too, with a new backsplash and crown molding above the existing white cabinets. “We changed the accessories and added base molding,” says Warner, who also had the tile floor grout cleaned and re-stained in a different color for a fresh update. New light fixtures were installed as well.

The wood on the staircase in the foyer was worn, so Warner gave her client the option to go back to the original color or try black. She chose the latter, which had a dramatic effect.

Other distinctive touches include the custom window treatments in the home office and the sitting room. “It gives it that finished, polished look,” she says.

In addition to the lovely aesthetic, the updates come with an added bonus. “When you get everything the way you want it in a room, you tend to keep everything in order and she does,” says Warner.

Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at