Detroit Home June/July 2017
“Tom and Vera are very organized,” Jones says. “They knew what they wanted long before they started building, and Tom even had the landscaping done (by Family Tree Landscaping of Dryden Township) before the house was finished.”
“It’s a lifestyle house,” Jones says. “They entertain a lot, so they really use the whole house.” Jones worked with the couple before ground broke, which the designer says is the optimum time to retain a designer. “We could incorporate furniture and design into our original plan, and by working with the builder, architect, and KSI Kitchen and Bath, we already knew where the electrical and plumbing would be, so we could design accordingly.” That saved money in the long run, Jones says, because any post-layout changes are costly.
“We really thought it out,” adds the designer, “from the wide-plank (8-by-56-inch), matte-finish distressed hickory floors to the Chilton Kensington blend stone of the bar in the lower level, which matches the exterior stone as well as the fireplace in the lanai.”
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When helping clients design an efficient home, Marianne Jones, above, says it’s important to truly examine their lifestyle. “Then you grow the space around it,” says Jones, who has an office at the Michigan Design Center. For a home in Grosse Pointe, she designed – and Chris Blake of the Blake Co. in Grosse Pointe constructed – a dressing area, shown above, with a built-in vanity to meet the client’s specifications.
Two deep drawers hold a hair dryer and tall bottles. Above, narrow drawers store flat objects like eye makeup and brushes. A three-way mirror on the wall across the vanity helps the homeowner see herself from all the angles when getting dressed.
“Its always collaborative and it (interior design) is not all about being pretty. It’s about being practical, too,” Jones says.
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The Detroit Home Design Awards
2015 Rising Star
Interior designer Marianne Jones, whose business is based in Birmingham, received the 2015 Brian Killian Rising Star Award.
“Opening my own firm was the culmination of my design, renovation and business experience,” Jones said in a statement. “A beautiful home is a collaborative effort inspired by the family and guided by the knowledge and strengths of the design team.”