Lake Michigan Retreat
This was a repeat collaboration between clients, interior designer, Terri Weinstein and architectural firm, Pappageorge and Haimes. The team restored and designed the primary residence a few years earlier. From inception to completed build out took some time. The clients and I attended all archictetural meetings, researched and selected materials for stone fireplaces, stone and wood floors and other materials, plumbing and light fixtures necessary to complete the design. The program for the Michigan retreat was to build a contemporary/industrial home on Lakefront property and furnish it as if it had been in the family for generations. Every consideration was given to the practicality of materials and furnishings for a family of 3 children and guests living on the beach.
Yard, garage and rummage sales, antique and architectural salvage stores and junk yards were resources for many of the furnishings that were collected, recorded (with photos and measurements) and warehoused during the planning and building of the home. A 3-day shopping excursion to Brimfield, MA flea market provided 23 pieces of rustic antique furniture and accessories. Once the shell was completed, all our "finds" were loaded up in a truck and delivered to the residence and placed according to our master plan.
Three full bathrooms and one powder room were designed using the same materials and rustic/industrial furnishings chosen for the project. An eye for function, practicality and comfort was a constant consideration. The eclectic mix of industrial materials (concrete and stainless steel), natural stone and wood, and found objects make this interior design truly unique.
Lighting and window systems were carefully planed to take advantage of, enhance and control the daylight. Though I'm a lighting designer, we engaged the services of White Light Design to collaborate on lighting design ideas and do calculations and specifications for the cavernous spaces. All mechanical systems were coordinated with the architects.