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Interior Design: Michelle Adams’ Fresh & Sophisticated Home in Ann Arbour, Michigan

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Michelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

One of the most fiendishly difficult things to get right in interior design is an artful mix of pattern, colour, texture and design influences. Some of the very best design schemes have a layered and curated quality that feels as if it has been built up over years. While this style may look effortless, anyone who has tried to emulate it will tell you it is anything but.

Enter Michelle Adams—known to us for introducing groundbreaking digital design magazines Lonny and TRADhome and reinvigorating Domino magazine, among other achievements—and her fresh and sophisticated home in Ann Arbour, Michigan.

Following a move to Michigan from New York, Michelle bought a classic 1920’s Colonial ‘Fixer Upper’ in a historical neighbourhood and set about putting her unique stamp on it. “I really wanted to mix a whole bunch of different influences that I have from traveling for so many years,” Michelle says. “I wanted them all to be sort of tied together by one common thread, and that’s my love for being near the water—whether that’s the ocean or one of the Great Lakes.”

Michelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

You can see Michelle’s love of being near the water reflected in the subtle blue and white tones she has used, especially in her living room. This space also acts as a foyer and central hub with doors opening to the front and back of the property. Other elements such as generous baskets, white beadboard panelling, simple window treatments and stripped wooden floors also add a sense of breezy beach style.

Michelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

In the living room, Michelle has taken her design cues from one of her favourite architects and designers, Michele Bönan, whose elegant portfolio of work includes JK Place Capri. Wingback chairs—a hallmark of Michele’s interiors—are mixed with mid-century pieces and a Carrara marble fireplace provides the focal point. This really is a masterful mix of styles which works only when blended together by someone like Michelle with extremely good taste and an innate understanding of design.

It comes as no surprise that Michelle studied Textile Design, as fabrics are a key component of the design of her home and another reason it works so well. One of her favourite pieces is the indigo upholstered bench that is placed in front of the statement shelves in the living room.

Michelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

Michelle is also brave with colour, choosing to paper her master bedroom walls in a very dark, almost black, grasscloth by Ralph Lauren. Adding a white upholstered headboard and alabaster bedside lamps makes for a striking and chic mix.

Michelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

This balancing of light and dark tones continues throughout the house and even features on the exterior which has been painted a charcoal grey with crisp white trim. Not only is the exterior striking in this colour, but the use of a dark tone is a clever design trick which helps to make the front porch recede as Michelle felt it was slightly out of proportion with the facade.

Michelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

Michelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

Michelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

The final design element which makes Michelle’s home feel very personal and special is her choice of artwork and mirrors. Hung on walls and propped up on shelves, the key word again is ‘mix’ and you can see a combination of modern with vintage, black and white photography, illustrations and abstract pieces, all of different sizes.

Michelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann ArbourMichelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

Michelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

With Michelle now working as a consultant for creative businesses and partnering on design projects with brands such as One Kings Lane and Skyline Furniture, we can’t wait to see what she does next . . .  LouiseMichelle Adams' Fresh and Sophisticated home in Ann Arbour

PS: You can see some inspiring ‘Before & After’ shots of Michelle’s renovation at House Beautiful.

 


 Images: All via One Kings Lane

 

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Louise Keane, Contributor This Is Glamorous
Interiors Editor, Edinburgh

Louise Keane grew up beside the sea in Dublin, inspiring a life-long love of the coast. She studied French and History of Art & Architecture in Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London to work first in publishing and then in Marketing & PR. After a move to Edinburgh, she decided to heed a creative urge which had been tugging at her sleeve for a number of years, and she retrained as an interior designer. While studying interior design, Louise discovered a love of pen and ink with watercolour illustration, which she now does alongside her interior design work. Louise runs her interior design company, Amalfi White Living, which offers her clients a fresh, elegant style, mixing vintage and modern pieces for a luxurious yet relaxed look. She dreams of renovating a white house by the sea.


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